Joe's experience includes over 20 years IT and mechanical engineering in HVAC manufacturing, with more than a dozen of those years as CIO for one of the world leaders in the industry. During that time, Joe developed some of the most popular software tools in the industry, providing a competitive edge for his company and giving him a solid reputation for software development in the HVAC industry. Also, while in the HVAC industry, Joe participated in many successful projects to improve manufacturing and business efficiencies including 5S and Visual Management, Value Analysis, Lean Manufacturing, and Lean Office. Some of the key systems he developed while in the HVAC industry include product selectors, pricing and configuration systems, electronic ordering, and paperless workflow. These experiences, coupled with Joe's engineering and IT background, provide him with a unique set of skills that can rarely be found in any industry. In 2010, Joe Lewis left his position as CIO to form PhaseAlpha, LLC. Having worked with many vendors, witnessing all of their deficiencies, Joe set out to create a company that he would have wanted to work with as CIO in his previous job. Most custom software firms have a one-size-fits-all approach that either delivers way more than needed or requires clients to change how they work to "fit" into the new system. PhaseAlpha has a different approach. PhaseAlpha acts a client advocate, delivering solutions that fit each client’s needs rather than the other way around.