AJS Management andDIRECTION

Johan Venter

Managing Director

Johan is responsible for the overall management of the group with a particular focus on product design, innovation and strategic direction. His talent and ability in these areas of the AJS business ensure that the AJS software remains abreast of emerging technological trends. He loves to keep the competitors guessing!
Johan was born and bred in the Free State and, after high school, studied information technology in Bloemfontein. He subsequently studied computer programming at the Microsoft institute and still holds a very treasured qualification certificate signed by a certain Mr. Bill Gates!
His career started out with a technology company – Willem Smith and associates based in Bloemforntein where he was responsible for technical support and desktop document design.
In 1995 he started his own business – Nutech – which was the authorised AJS agent for the Free State area. The AJS user base in the area grew substantially during this time.
In 2001 he handed over the reins of Nutech to take up a position as CIO of VVM – a large Johannesburg based collections agency. It was here that he gained vital experience in the workings, strategies and system requirements of a large call centre environment. He was responsible for implementing and maintaining all of VVM’s technology requirements and developed a fully-fledged Call centre system, fully integrated to the AJS financial system – from scratch!
Needless to say his experience and knowledge in the call centre industry and the systems required to run them is unsurpassed.
In 2005 he, along with Digby Vickers, acquired the AJS software and founded the group of companies that you see today.
Johan is married and lives in Johannesburg with 11 dogs. He loves nature and the outdoors – especially camping and water sports. He is an avid reader of anything technical or scientific.

Johan can be contacted at johan@ajs.co.za

Chris Pearson

Director: Sales

Chris Pearson is a director and shareholder of the company, responsible for new business development and based in the Cape Town office. Before joining AJS in 2009, Chris was the managing director of Korbitec Solutions, responsible for the management of sales and support in South Africa. While at Korbitec, Chris was responsible for overseeing a number of the new initiatives introduced into the Korbitec Group including products such as GhostConvey, WebConvey, and Windeed, and this gave him a great deal of experience when it comes to the selection of viable new business ventures.
After studying marketing in Port Elizabeth, Chris began his career as a salesperson with Sharp Electronics. While there, the company released its first PC’s, and in addition to selling the new hardware Chris was also required to develop software applications, since there were no off the shelf software products back then. This, along with the sales and support roles of both hardware and software gave Chris an excellent understanding of the technology business. At age 22 Chris was a co-owner of one of the first Apple and IBM PC dealerships in South Africa, which was later sold to the Data Age Group of Companies.
Chris is married to Jenny, and they have two grown children. His interests include walking on Table Mountain, open camping in the African bush, and before he was side-lined by a knee injury, he enjoyed playing a variety of sports including hockey, squash, tennis, cycling and golf. In Chris’ own words “I play a lot of golf, but not very often”.

Chris can be contacted at chris@ajs.co.za

Digby Vickers

Director: Account Management

Digby heads up account management for the group. He also provides considerable input to marketing and business strategy. He has a natural ability to work with all personality types as well as a desire to please. This makes him the ideal person to lead account management and customer relationship initiatives at AJS.
He has been with AJS since 1990. Prior to that he was employed by the Anglovaal group company – Claude Neon Lights - where he worked in the Legal department. Digby studied Journalism at Rhodes University and spent 2 years in the South African Air Force as a Regimental Policeman, based at AFB Hoedspruit and Swartkop.
Digby’s many years of experience has made him an expert in understanding and managing the needs and expectations of AJS customers. His strong interpersonal skills ensure that the AJS project, implementation and support teams remain focused on and sensitive to, customer satisfaction. He wants to exceed the customers’ expectations – every time! Digby loves reading, learning and constantly looks for ways improve product and service delivery. He embraces innovation and is never afraid of anything new – as long as it makes sense.
He is a keen sportsman having played most of the South African team sports over the years. His sporting passion, however, has always been golf and 18 holes at the OLD course at ST Andrews, is at the top of his bucket list. Nowadays he limits his sporting activity to golf, gym and a bit of road running. He is also an enthusiastic, if messy, amateur cook.
In 2005 he, along with Johan Venter, acquired the AJS software and founded the group of companies that you see today. Digby married his high school sweetheart Merlynne, a schoolteacher, 30 years ago and is a devoted father to a daughter, 3 sons, 1 son in law and, recently, a grandson.

Digby can be contacted at digby@ajs.co.za

Barry Swart

Director: Development

Barry is responsible for Software Development and based in the Cape Town office. Before joining AJS in 2011, Barry was the founder and managing director of AVID Software, which was incorporated into the AJS product offering.
He majored in Computer Science and Economics at the University of Stellenbosch and continued with a post-graduate degree in Computer Science and Investment Management. After a short period working as a software developer for a local company, he founded AVID in 2003 and was one of the first players in the mobile application space in South Africa. With a passion for business process flow and agile software development methodologies, he is currently working with the rest of the development team to deliver the next generation of cutting edge AJS products.
Barry is married and lives in Stellenbosch. His interests includes fresh and saltwater fly-fishing, hiking, woodworking and gardening.

Barry can be contacted at barry@ajs.co.za

Louisa Stander

Director: Financial

Louisa Stander joined AJS in 2013. She is responsible for the financial management of the Coleso Group of Companies, and is a newly appointed director. She is based in Cape Town.
Louisa attained a BCompt degree from the University of South Africa while completing her articles at Price Waterhouse Coopers. She also did a post graduate diploma in tax and obtained a diploma from the Team Impact University. Louisa joined McIntyre and van der Post Attorneys in Bloemfontein as financial manager, and spent 12 years with them. When her husband was transferred to Johannesburg, Louisa joined Moodie and Robertson Attorneys as Financial Manager in Johannesburg. She was headhunted and joined VVM as General Manager- Finance in Randburg. She spent the next six years with them.
During the 22 years as Financial Manager and later General Manager Finance, Louisa gained valuable knowledge, understanding and experience of the complexities of the legal profession as well as of AJS Legal and Accounting practice management system. She is a seasoned FM and financial discipline comes naturally to her.
Louisa is married to Kobus, and they have three children and four Dutch hounds. She has a passion for her family and enjoys travelling the world and, when time allows, enjoys reading a good book.

Louisa can be contacted at louisa@ajs.co.za

Kobus Stander

General Manager: SBS

Kobus Stander manages AJS Smart Business Services, a newly established initiative of AJS. AJS SBS offers on-line bookkeeping and accounting services for the small to medium sized legal firms in South Africa.
Before he joined AJS in 2014, he was the managing director of Beekman Canopies. This Cape Town based company, manufactures and distributes glass fibre canopies to the local new light commercial vehicle market, and is approved by all the major motor vehicle manufacturers in SA. Under his leadership Beekman grew their national market share substantially and increased national representation by 39%. Other achievements : recognition by GM as supplier of the year finalist two years in a row, ISO 2001 approval, Training school awarded by Merseta and entered into export market into southern Africa.
He completed his studies through Unisa and, at the same time, compled his articles at Price Waterhouse Coopers. After qualifying he then joined a private motor dealership group, as FM, en then later as FD in the Free State. After the Imperial Group acquired the business, he was promoted to financial director of two of their divisions in Johannesburg, managing the finances of approx. 18 branches nationally (brands include Ford, BMW, GM, Volvo, Landrover en Renault)
After Imperial acquired Beekman Canopies in Cape Town, he was promoted to MD.
Kobus is married to Louisa, and has three grown up children. He has a passion for travelling the world and has done this extensively, from swimming with the dolphins in Mexico to riding elephants in the Taiwanese forest. He is also an amateur musician, playing the piano and enjoys being creative in the garden.

Kobus can be contacted at kobus@ajs.co.za

Justin Perfect

Support Manager

Justin Perfect is a Project Manager at AJS, responsible for the business analysis, scoping and installation of all AJS products and solutions. Prior to joining the AJS team in 2013, Justin was the COO of the Latin Link Group. He’s responsibilities included the daily running of the Management Board, Sales Forecasting and maintaining the wellbeing of the 100 plus staff complement. While at Latin Link, Justin managed to reduce the overheads by 20% by implementing stringent cost cutting process that naturally saw an increase in profit.
From head of Operations and Financials to Entrepreneur, Justin is well versed in the art of Business.
Justin and Lee-Anne were married in 2007 and have 3 amazing children. His interests include a wide variety of sports and the intrigue of a good book is always great when not attending school functions. From philosophy to surfing, not much escapes his inquisitive nature.

Justin can be contacted at justin@ajs.co.za

Mike Greeff

Support Manager

Mike Greeff,Joined AJS in Gauteng in 2012 and since relocated to Cape Town in 2014. Mike has had the responsibility of managing the support staff nationally, which includes the national service desk based in Cape Town. His role in the AJS has been managing installation projects and ongoing support of the AJS product range.
Mike qualified with a National Electrical Engineering Certificate and National Information Technology Diploma in 1988 from Port Elizabeth Technikon.
Working for companies such as Telkom, Hewlett Packard, Dimension Data and Korbitec, Mike gained his experiencing in mainframe, networking and Microsoft technologies by implementing solutions and services within all industries. From a technical background, Mike’s management responsibilities have included sales, support, services and project management.
Mike’s keeps himself active by playing golf (12 hcap), playing Masters Hockey, fishing, walking table mountain and has completed 19 Argus Cycle Tours. He hopes to complete his 21st in 2 years’ time. Mike has two grown children, Michelle and Grant and is engaged to Joyce.
Mike learned his motto many years ago when taking his car in for service and that is: “Let’s not make our problems the customer’s problem

Mike can be contacted at mike@ajs.co.za