Our Team


Joe Batts, a principal member of Objective Systems, has over twenty-five years of professional experience in software development and technical sales. Prior to founding Objective Systems, Joe successfully operated for ten years a private practice in database development and consulting. He formerly was a nationally ranked marketing representative for a local services firm. Joe holds a master of arts degree in telecommunications from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.


Ed Heckman is a software developer with more than twenty years of experience in the manufacturing, distribution and professional services industries. Ed’s current activities involve the development of the 4th Dimension DBMS for Dealership Software, a product that is sold to independent leasing companies. Ed has specialized in 4th Dimension development since the inception of 4D and is considered an expert in accounting systems.

Ty Hallsted has been providing real-world business software solutions since 1976 with expertise in all phases of software development. Ty’s scope of expertise spans development and/or project management of small business databases, enterprise-wide data/database solutions and proprietary systems work (operating systems, device drivers, compilers etc.). Two recent projects include analysis and design of an Oracle-based corporate fleet aviation maintenance system and complete development of an ISP’s billing system for photographs and other content uploaded and downloaded by major print and TV media. By asking himself “If I were using this software what would I want it to do?,” Ty frequently identifies overlooked but highly valued new functionality in his projects.

Greg Loya obtained his Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1996. Since then, he has applied his statistical analysis and programming skills across many industries, including telecommunications, education, labor, and finance. He has 15 years of experience developing with 4D for multiple environments: enterprise systems, custom desktop and web applications, and vertical market products. Greg excels in systems integration, having designed, developed, and administered Oracle and SQL databases, application servers, and desktop, web and mobile front-ends. His most recent projects utilize Java, PL/SQL, 4D, and Ruby on Rails.

Kent Wilbur has more than thirty years of professional experience in software development and consulting, dealing almost exclusively with 4th Dimension™ since 1990. He spent eleven of those years working directly for 4D as their in-house programmer, systems manager, and primary trainer. He was on the development team for 4D V6, V2003, and V2004, providing him with a through understanding of how 4D works internally. Kent was selected by 4D to be the key demonstrator of 4D V6 before it was first released and has appeared as a speaker at many of the 4D Summits.™ Experienced in SOAP, 4D’s web implementation, client server architecture, and multi-language solutions, Kent is experienced in database design, building solutions from scratch, and improving or extending existing systems.

Michael Ferguson has over 20 years experience developing 4th Dimension databases. With substantial knowledge of inventory, warehousing and contact management, Michael has worked for private industry, universities, non-profits and the federal government. He has worked on both client server and web applications and has developed a specialized component for 4D. Michael holds a B.S. in Accounting.

Mike Beatty has worked as a software developer, project manager and program manager during his professional career. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Economics from Wake Forest University, Mike worked with ERP systems as a systems analyst and database administrator. Mike returned to Wake Forest University and received his MBA, while developing data systems for a Fortune 500 company based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. During the past 18 years, he has used 4D, 4D Server, and 4D’s web capabilities to create multiple applications in the medical, transportation and financial services industries.


Karen Riecks has more than 25 years of varying experiences in the IT environment. As a Marine Corps officer, she received her masters in science in information systems management from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. For the next 13 years, she provided systems management for over 15 personnel systems at the Headquarters Marine Corps level, including the Marine Corps’ unique integrated personnel and pay system. She managed all facets of systems development and the associated contractual documents, providing the interface between the users of the system and those developing the system. She gained significant hands-on testing experience during these years. Since her retirement from the Corps, she managed the IT operations at a college for eight years and provided data integrity services and systems testing at a non-profit for two years. She now enjoys focusing on testing for Objective Systems, LLC.

Web Design and Development

Meredith Dittmar is a communications professional and graphic designer with more than 20 years of related experience. Her specialties include logos and corporate identity systems, websites, print publications, and presentations. She is proficient in Adobe Creative Suite products such as Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Other skills include photography, animation, proofreading, and illustration. With experience working in both public and private organizations, Meredith emphasizes hands-on project management and ongoing customer service. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in studio art from the University of New Hampshire.

Network Services

Corey Bellesen has been in the telecommunications industry since 1997. In that time he has provided Internet and networking solutions from the central office to the end user, including multiple Government Facilities and Utility Companies. Over the past 5 years, he has been providing outside plant design, development, installation and network management for an ISP in North West Montana. Through the merging of Microwave technology and Fiber Optics the business has expanded by 400%. Most recently he has been working to streamline the network needs of Objective systems, and their customers.

Technical Support

Taylor Williams is the most creative runner of Cat 5 cable in the area. He will find a way to route the cable over ducts, through cinder block or under flooring. He has hand-built a server rack and modified server rack supports to fit a cabinet. He continually receives compliments on how pleasant he is to work with. And, he’s done multiple installs of equipment, operating systems and software. He’s the “go to” guy of Objective Systems.

Mary Granger is our on-call support for our Montana node. She has assisted in reprogramming the router and setting up scripts for backup. She is proficient in both Windows and Macintosh environments. When an emergency occurs, Mary is there to help us.