Steve Epner 

Steve EpnerSteve Epner serves as “Innovator In Residence” at The Catalyst Center, helping organizations find new answers to old questions. In this   economic environment, organizations need inventive ideas to succeed and Steve provides a solid foundation and easy to use insights  and tools to help all stakeholders create ideas that can positively impact the future.


Historically, Steve founded User Group, Inc. a consulting company, which he later sold to Brown Smith Wallace, a financial accounting and advisory firm based in St. Louis. Today, BSW has over 200 employees in 3 offices working nationwide from their  headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Additionally, Steve founded Independent Computer Consultants Association, was a founding  member of the EDI Coalition of Associations and created the Distribution Solutions Council. Also, Steve started publishing the  Distribution Software Guide (available online at, which now has over 15,000 businesses subscribers globally.


Steve received his Master of Science, Technology degree from Purdue University, School of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University. Originally, Steve became “hooked on computers” after writing his first program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Through the years, Steve has learned that no matter how much technology you apply, you must solve real business problems to succeed.


Additionally, Steve is a Adjunct Professor, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Saint Louis University and Webster University. He also lectures for the University of Industrial Distribution and in the Certificate programs for the Manufacturers Representatives Education and Research Foundation. Steve has authored or co-authored 9 books, most recently and notable, Simplify Everything, over 900 articles and has made over 400 presentations to business and association audiences.