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Meet the IT professionals that will teach your RPG Boot Camp sessions.


Patrick Behr

Patrick Behr has been working on IBM i and its predecessors for 20 years, with a focus on RPG and DB2. Patrick has worked for large retail companies like Costco and Starbucks, manufacturing companies, small businesses and the government.

Patrick lives with his wife in Southern California and enjoys the many outdoor activities that the area affords, including kayaking, rock climbing and surfing. He and his wife also volunteer for local animal rescues and have fostered more than 700 dogs so far.


Jim Buck

Jim Buck’s career in IT has spanned more than 35 years, primarily in the manufacturing and healthcare industries, in addition to teaching at the collegiate level. He is a past President (13 years) of the Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professional Association and has served on a number of teams developing IBM and COMMON certification tests. Jim has co-authored with Bryan Meyers many IBM i books that are used in companies and colleges worldwide, with “Programming in ILE RPG” 5th Edition being the latest in 2015.

Other accomplishments include: recipient of the 2007 IBM System i Innovation – Education Excellence Award, 2014 COMMON President’s Award and recognition as a 2013/2016/2017 IBM Champion – Power Systems.

Jim is an independent consultant and professional IBM i trainer. He is active in the IBM i community, working to help companies train their employees in the latest IBM technologies and helping develop the next generation of IBM i professionals.


Max Valdman

Max Valdman is an IT professional with an MBA and BS in Mechanical Engineering and over 20 years of IT experience, primarily in the Consumer Goods industry. He is currently an IT Manager for the world’s largest hammock manufacturer, The Hammock Source. Max is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Group of IBM i Collaborators – MAGiC and serves on the Advisory Committee of HarrisData, an enterprise software application company. Max and his family are enjoying the climates of Eastern North Carolina and Greenville, home of the ECU pirates.


Scott Klement

Scott Klement is an IT professional with a passion for both programming and mentoring. He joined Midrange Dynamics at the beginning of October 2022. He formerly was the Director of Product Development and Support at Profound Logic and the IT Manager and Senior Programmer at Klement’s Sausage Co., Inc. Scott also serves on the Board of Directors of COMMON, where he represents the Education, Innovation, and Certification teams. He is an IBM Champion for Power Systems.


Kody Robinson

Kody Robinson is a Business and Financial Systems Developer for AECC, headquartered in Little Rock, AR. He started his IBM i journey right out of undergrad at the age of 21. Kody develops and modernizes old and new applications for internal clients using languages ranging from RPG free-format to PHP. Along with his day job, Kody also travels and advocates for IBM and COMMON in regards to companies modernizing and hiring young developers in the work force. IBM has also named him an IBM Champion for Power. In between that, helping with nonprofits and finishing up his masters in Information Science, he also does Economic Development for Central Arkan


Ray Everhart

Ray Everhart is Senior IBM i Analyst and X-Analysis Product Manager for Fresche Solutions. He has spent years helping IBM i companies by assessing their RPG, COBOL and CA 2E (Synon) applications and processes to improve business outcomes. As Product Manager for X-Analysis, he works closely with IBM i customers to understand their business goals and technical needs to drive innovation within the product suite.


John Fellner

John Fellner is an independent software development consultant for the IBM i and Windows platforms. For many years he did software development and support at the IBM Toronto Lab in the AS/400 / iSeries / IBM i RPG Compilers and Developer Tools area.