June 26, 2018 – ERP Maestro, provider of the leading cloud-based access control, security auditing and risk reporting solution for SAP systems, announced today that founder and CEO Jody Paterson is a recipient of the South Florida Business Journal’s (SFBJ) 40 Under 40 award. Each year, the SFBJ honors South Florida’sbest and brightest young professionals under the age of 40 for their professional success and community involvement with a 40 Under 40 award, which recognizes and acknowledges those who have made their mark in the business world while shaping the community’s future.
Just past the age of 30, Paterson founded technology company ERP Maestro in 2013, creating a cloud solution for internal access controls and security and more job opportunities in South Florida. Since then, Paterson has raised $20 million in funding to grow the Weston-based business that also has offices in London and New York. The company’s rapid expansion has resulted in plans for a new office in Plantation to accommodate growth.
Paterson began his career with KPMG in his home country of South Africa, before relocating with the firm to the U.S. While with the company, Paterson created new security methodologies for one of the top enterprise resource planning companies, SAP. However, he also believed there had to be a better and more cost-effective way to help companies pass their SAP security and audit tests. He taught himself to code, and over a three-year period of nights and weekends, he developed an automated solution.
Today, seven of the world’s leading audit and accounting firms use Paterson’s innovative platform, which is also used by customers in over 19 countries.
“When I got my first customer, I did not even have a company formed yet. I had no capital, no employees and no idea how to run a business,” said Paterson. “What I did have, however, was an idea, a product, a customer and a burning desire to succeed. Since then, I have surrounded myself with a team of top talent to turn ERP Maestro into the successful growth story it has become.”
With a team of nearly 50 employees now, Paterson anticipates quadrupling that number over the next couple of years.
“I am honored to be a named a 40 Under 40 finalist,” said Paterson. “I believe I share a common goal with other award recipients who want to make a difference and contribute to the growth and success of the South Florida community.”