In 1986, Catherine and Larry Wendt founded Syscon, Inc. to meet the emerging information technology needs of small businesses as personal computing became widely available. For nearly 30 years, Syscon, Inc. has provided advanced, practical solutions for our clients. We’ve expanded our products and services over the years, adding appropriate solutions for small and mid-size businesses.
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Catherine Wendt brings her unique background and 35+ years of business experience to the Construction Industry, including clients, industry associations, publications, and our team members. Today, she is a trusted advisor for businesses across the country, the active owner and President of Syscon, and an active musician.
In addition to her consulting responsibilities, Catherine stepped into the role of President at Syscon in 2013 after heading up the Network Department for five years. As with many family businesses, she’s held various roles at Syscon including Controller, Sales and Marketing, and Project Management. Under her leadership, Syscon has expanded its Consulting, IT Support, and Cloud Hosting services to the Construction industry, introducing the company’s first App focused on Field Time collection.
Growing up as the oldest of 11 children, raising four children, married to Larry since 1984, and having worked with construction companies of many sizes, locations, and trades has allowed Catherine to support clients during their business journey. Her weekly video blogs with helpful tips on tech-related items, as well as published articles and blog posts have provided many opportunities to educate our clients and our industry. The IT industry, including software, changes quickly, so attending industry events and staying current with the technology, then passing that along for the success of our clients is a primary goal in Catherine’s role at Syscon.
• C12 Affinity Group
• CFMA Valley of the Sun member
• ASA Chicago member, Educational Committee member
• ASA of Arizona member
• Women’s Business Enterprise, Certified
Catherine’s articles have been shared in a variety of publications including the Daily Herald Business Ledger newspaper, TUG Newsletter, Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce newsletter, CFMA Connection Café, Construction Business Owner magazine, to name a few. Catherine is also a major contributor to Syscon U, a monthly client newsletter. She writes and records a weekly video blog highlighting topics within the IT and Construction community, Sage 100 Contractor, and updates on It-related security to the business community.
Aside from her day-to-day responsibilities at Syscon, Catherine has been a participant and support of the arts. Catherine spent five seasons singing with the Chicago Symphony chorus and in 1999 service as the ‘Artist in Residence’ at Hubbard High School in Chicago, assisting vocal students in preparation for competitions and performance opportunities. Catherine has served as a soprano section leader at a variety of churches and with community choruses. For nine years, Catherine served as the Director of the Elmhurst German Men’s Chorus, participating in the Directors’ Forum at the National Association level.
In her newer Arizona community, Catherine served for several years as an interim choral and orchestra director at North Ridge Community Church, participated in the Chandler Chamber series recitals, as well as the Paradise Valley Chamber Consortium recitals, and serves as President of her community’s Home Owners Association.
Construction Accounting – implementation, workflow solutions, procedures, training, outsourced CFO/Controller, with a heavy emphasis on education for the bookkeepers that serve this industry
Financial Review for Construction Companies – Over/Under Billing (WIP) analysis and reporting, yearend compilation for CPA, Project Management workflow and reporting, month end closing services, bank reconciliations to meet separation of duties requirements for family-held companies, payroll reporting and analysis
Unions and Prevailing Wage – Setup union benefits and deductions for union reporting, assist with union audits, workflow and updates for union wage/benefit renewals
Sage 100 Contractor – implementation, training to use new modules or address new reporting needs, across the country, onsite and remote, over 25 years
Two-day training with Chris Voss, author of Never Split the Difference
C12 Member for five years with monthly group training and one-on-one coaching
Bachelor of Arts, Northeastern Illinois University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors, with minor in Linguistics, 1999
2022 was certified as a Women Business Enterprise
2022 panel host for ASA Chicago presentation on Succession Planning
2015-2020 served as Captain for our accountability group in the Technology Marketing Toolkit community
2008 named to Twenty Influential Business Women by the Business Ledger
2001 Master Builder Certified Consultant (now Sage 100 Contractor)
Larry has been a successful entrepreneur and information technology consultant for over 30 years. His formal education is in physics and mathematics, with significant work in expert systems and artificial intelligence. His ‘practical’ education includes co-founding Syscon, an information technology consulting company working with small and mid-sized businesses to meet their information technology needs. With the Syscon team, he has designed, developed, and implemented many technology solutions including cost estimating, accounting, complex data analysis, and data collection systems. Larry’s passion to build practical and useful technology solutions that work in everyday business continues to make him a sought-after expert in the construction industry.
Larry comes from a family tradition of entrepreneurship. This experience has provided a solid foundation for his consulting work in the business world. Larry designed and founded Benchmark Estimating Software – one of the first computerized estimating systems written for the construction industry; Realmusic, Inc. – a music label that was nominated for a Grammy Award; Albert Wendt Construction Co. – a third generation commercial masonry company; Syscon, Inc. – an information technology consulting company; and most recently – Gladius Asset Management LLC – a commodities futures hedge fund.
-Construction Business Consultant since 1986, Specialty Contractors
-Systems Design and Development with Business back office focus
-Syscon Financial Package for Proactive Management of Construction Financials
-Cost Estimating Software for Masonry Construction
-Data Analysis and Expert System for High Resolution Mass Spectroscopy
-Fully Automated Momentum Based Trading System for Commodities Futures
-Sage 100 Contractor – Certified
-Sage Paperless – Certified
Bachelor of Science in Physics from Northern Illinois University
Masters work in Mathematical Probability and Statistics at Northern Illinois University
2008-2014 Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates of Chicago (ASA Chicago) Board Member
2012 Developer of the Year for custom software and reports enhancing Sage 100 Contractor construction management software
2006-2008 ASA Chicago Technology Committee Chair
2007-2008 ASA Chicago Professional Member of the Year
2006-2007 ASA Chicago Award for Series of “Technology for Contractors” Presentations
2002 Intuit Top 5 Sales Organization for Intuit Master Builder
1990 Nominated for Grammy Award for “Embrace the Window” as composer and producer
Chris is a technology wizard, data master, and workflow automation guru. In addition to designing our electronic field time solution, Chris transforms mountains of data from multiple sources like accounting software, field time collection software, and Excel spreadsheets into dashboards on Power BI that shows meaningful data that helps clients make informed decisions.
As Syscon’s Vice President of Technology Services, Chris oversees the company’s network technicians and programmers under one solution-delivery umbrella. After starting with the company in 2014 to focus on Syscon’s website re-design, he moved into the Business Consulting department shortly thereafter. In 2016, Chris took on the Programming Team as part of a Sage product re-write that impacted Syscon’s decades’ worth of custom analytical add-on tools to this construction-specific accounting software.
In 2019, Chris worked to rearchitect our Sage hosting environment and many client environments to work with the Sage 100 Contractor SQL Server update. In 2020, Chris led the team to architect the next generation cloud environment on Microsoft Azure. In 2021, through the proliferation of infrastructure as code, the networking and programming worlds combined and Chris took over as VP of technology services.
Cloud Hosting (including for Sage 100 Contractor!)
Microsoft 365 Services
Sage 100 Contractor Add-On Specialist
Custom software development
Business Intelligence Reporting
2021 – Syscon’s Bulldog Award