Software’s Fralick ’82 a role model, mentor for students

top-story-fralickMark Fralick, a 1982 graduate of UW-Green Bay in Business Administration, is a force to be reckoned with in the high-flying world of business software.

His company, GetUsROI LLC, with offices in the Houston Metro Area and Brookfield Wis., just made its debut in the Inc. magazine 500/5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. It claimed the No. 7 spot among all software companies in the entrepreneur-rich state of Texas.

GetUsROI designs the systems that drive the conveyors, robotics and database tracking that make contemporary warehouse management a modern marvel.

“I’m not a guy who likes to spend all my time doing budgets, but I’m a developer, a coder,” Fralick told a UW-Green Bay computer science class during one recent visit. “I can code well. And, as we all know, it’s hard to do… and harder to do well.”

Along with his occasional guest lectures on campus, Fralick is a consultant to Computer Science Chair Peter Breznay on curriculum matters. He also has placed UW-Green Bay students in challenging, advanced-level internships serving major accounts including Georgia-Pacific, Panasonic and Crown Bolt.

“Mark hired three interns,” Breznay notes, “and paid them a pretty good rate. Each of them got their own projects and were sent as a group to visit warehouse sites where GetUsROI technology is used.”

Another four or five interns were set to follow in their footsteps in a Green Bay “pod.” All students get credits and grades for their internships — the class number is COMP SCI 497, Internship in Computer Science.

Fralick made his first big splash in the industry in 1990. He co-founded Software Architects Inc., offering proprietary supply-chain solutions to companies including Compaq, Panasonic, Delta Faucet and Timex. He eventually sold the rights to that software to industry giant RedPrairie, in 1998.

In his rare spare time (during plane rides and down time on business trips), Fralick writes. His first novel, Opa’s Rhyme, is targeted at the young adult market.

Friday deadline for enrolling in TAM sessions on new search/screen software

Here’s a reminder that Friday (Feb. 3) is your deadline to inform Human Resources of which overview session you’d like to attend to learn more about TAM — Talent Acquisition Manager. TAM is a module of the HRS system that promises to streamline the hiring process and change the way candidates apply for positions. Beginning later this month (Feb. 20), TAM will be used in unclassified search and screens, adjunct faculty and LTE recruitments (although permanent classified-staff positions will be unaffected).

The hour-long info sessions will be offered at three different times, in the Union’s Alumni Room:
• Wednesday (Feb. 8), 10 a.m.
 • Wednesday (Feb. 8), 3 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 10, 11 a.m.

Please respond by this Friday to indicate which overview session you will attend. Email your response to Human Resources.

A TAM primer

Already distributed to employees but repeated here for the record and your edification, here’s a brief look at some of the features of the new search-and-screen software soon to debut at UW-Green Bay:
• Security, which ensures that applicant data is protected
• Decreased amount of paper use and reduced likelihood that files are misplaced or lost
• Real-time applicant status monitoring with the use of applicant tracking
• Increased chances of attracting quality candidates by providing more online options
• Savings from creating a paperless application process

In addition to the Feb. 8 and 10 overview sessions, HR indicates that search and screen committees and the appropriate administrative support individual will be given an overview of TAM at the launch of each new search and screen.