About

In the making for over 18 years, Distilled Technology’s guiding principles focus on transparency, engagement, and a practical approach.

Philosophy

WYSIWYG… an acronym that has been around since the infancy of computing. A lot has changed since that acronym was coined. For better, or for worse. At Distilled, we believe some of those core tenants have been lost. And by reintroducing them back into software development in a modernized way, folks can get exactly what they need from their software… nothing more, nothing less. Our name, “Distilled,” is reference to that core philosophy.

Distilled Technology gets its name from the scientific process of distillation. The process of distillation is extracting the purest form of something from its constituent pieces. This concept is found in software development as well. From extracting the business problem from the noise surrounding it, to creating pin-point software components, creating what you need, and only what you need, in its purest form, is the most efficient, cost-effective, transparent, and purest way to create high quality software. This is a guiding principle for Distilled Technology. Distilled prides itself on quality, transparency, and a no-frills experience when partnering with other companies. And we will do this together, confirming our findings with you, our partner. Only then can we be assured we’re all working towards the same goal, regardless of how ambitious it may be.

Strong partner relationships, transparency, engagement in the process, a focus on people… these things happen naturally at Distilled because they are an ingredient to our way of doing business, not an empty promise written in a dusty company handbook.

History

Although founded recently, Distilled has been in the making for over 20 years. Our leadership team have been working side by side for over 15 years. You simply will not find a better, more well-rounded team of technology professionals.

Before becoming Distilled Technology, most of Distilled’s technologists already worked together at an exciting SaaS company. Founder and CEO Brian Ludemann recognized that the capabilities of his team transcended the bounds of working for a single company, and when presented with the perfect opportunity, decided to establish Distilled Technology and extend the reach of that amazing team of professionals.

Almost immediately, Distilled began to expand it’s customer base including partnerships in Education Technology, Financial Services, Manufacturing, and others.

Our Team

Our people make us powerful. We’re a talented team building rock solid products that focus on customer success. See below to learn more about our “core team.”

Brian Ludemann

Founder and CEO

Brian has over 20 years in Technology. Brian’s love for technology started at a very young age. Before he could even drive a car, he could be found typing up programs from Compute magazine, pushing the boundaries of his TI 994A. His corporate career started smack dab in the middle of the Dot-Com boom. Starting as a Developer, he quickly progressed to higher levels of responsibility including Architecture and technical leadership. Since then, Brian has held leadership positions in industries of all different shapes and sizes. Brian’s rare ability to speak both at a detailed technical level and a business level has enabled him to create the vision of what makes a successful application development company, and help Distilled’s customers cut right to what’s important: creating rock solid software efficiently, predictably, and transparently.

When not in front of a computer, Brian enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, playing the drums, and is an avid car enthusiast.

Scott Nobles

Chief Architect

Scott has over 20 years in the software industry. During that time, Scott has worked in many industries, including Financial Services, Healthcare, and Government. Scott has steadily progressed his level of responsibility throughout his career becoming the top technologist at the companies he’s work for.

Scott has architected mission critical applications for state tax agencies, financial claims firms, and back-end banking systems. Scott possesses the deepest understanding of the Microsoft technology stack, staying abreast of emerging technologies and the evolution of cloud computing. Scott is a mentor, an expert at requirements analysis, and a veteran when it comes to deploying systems which support user bases in the hundreds of thousands. Scott’s experience with enterprise software development has earned him a reputation as one of the leading cloud architects in the Charlotte area. He advises clients on the most critical systems, and presents a level of professionalism you would expect from someone who is so well respected.

Scott holds a Masters of Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When Scott is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Seth Flowers

Lead Developer

Seth has over 15 years in the software industry, concentrating on Software Development, Architecture, and Team leadership. Seth is a Microsoft certified professional and has leveraged his experience over a broad spectrum of industries including financial services, Education Technology, and manufacturing.

Seth’s emphasis on Test Driven Development and quality has earned him the responsibility of creating the core functionality of many mission critical products throughout the years. Seth has experience creating workflow engines, complex algorithms, service orientation, and is highly competent from the front end to the database. Besides programming, Seth loves spending time with his wife, children, extended family, and friends from church.

Luke Rice

Developer

In his time as a software developer Luke has devoted himself to quality, consistency, and reproducibility in the software development process. Luke has served as both a developer and software QA, which contributes to his thoughtful and thorough approach to solving problems.

Luke understands that even in a fast-paced technical environment that communication is essential, and strives to communicate effectively with all members of team, from product owners to fellow developers.
Luke holds a Master of Computer Science from Appalachian State University, where he also worked as a Graduate Assistant.
Luke’s academic interests include the Internet of Things, embedded systems, and artificial intelligence. When not on a computer, Luke can usually be found running, hiking, or working on the family farm.

Kurt Merkle

Senior Developer

Kurt has been working in the software industry for over 20 years in roles ranging from Designer, Developer, Consultant and Project Manager. Prior to his work in the IT industry, Kurt worked and a project engineer in the power generation industry. In addition to power generation, his clients have been in industries including chemicals, process and discrete manufacturing, warehousing and logistics, municipal water treatment, social services, food and beverage production and distribution, education, financial services, and a number of others. Kurt holds a Master in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla.

In his role at Distilled Technologies, Kurt is responsible for building mission critical software applications according to customer requirements using the latest technology tools.

In his time away from work, Kurt enjoys spending time woodworking or tinkering with his classic muscle car. But mostly he is outdoors backpacking, biking or enjoying other sports with his wife and 3 sons.

Justin Crist

UX Architect

Justin has over 20 years in the software industry. Justin is a digital marketer who is very passionate about content marketing, UX design, and emerging technology. Justin possesses a well-rounded skillset, including front-end development, content strategy, user experience, web design, and brand strategy.

Justin has worked in finance, entertainment, education technology, retail, and government. Over the years, Justin has helped companies realize their outward content vision through digital marketing channels including web, print, and outbound marketing. He has many titles including UX architect, Director, Project Manager, and business owner.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University, and HubSpot certifications. When Justin is not working, he likes spending time with his wife and 5 children.

Sabrina Lasher

Technical Project Manager

Sabrina is new to the technology industry, having previously served the community as an elementary school teacher. Sabrina brings project and process management skills to this industry by fulfilling the role of Business Analyst, project manager, and ScrumMaster. She specializes in facilitating the critical role of managing all of the communications between customers and internal teams, and is an expert Agile process steward and process implementer.

Sabrina received her Master’s degree from SUNY Oswego in Reading, and is continuing her education in Project Management and Business Analysis. When Sabrina is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.