About Kanoa

Our Philosophy

For over 25 years, we have seen different manufacturers implementing various software solutions, all to varying degrees of success, yet they rarely achieve the lofty goals they were meant to provide. We came to the realization that there is no perfect, commercial, off-the-shelf manufacturing software solution. It simply does not exist. Every company has different needs, different business processes, different enterprise resource planning systems, quality systems, inventory systems, and data flows; all which need to be connected in a specific way to satisfy their unique environment.

Building custom software from scratch is not the answer either. That has been the approach of large manufacturers, who have been forced into developing their own in-house solutions. Over time, the software becomes obsolete, the knowledge of how the systems work goes away, and user expectations change. The in-house developers have either retired or work somewhere else.

If you can’t buy it and you don’t want to build it from scratch, what are your choices? This is where Kanoa comes in. We built an Industry 4.0 enabling framework which sits on top of Inductive Automation’s Ignition platform. Ignition provides the support for connecting to any type of data source and our applications provide value out-of-the-box while remaining open and flexible so it adapts to your unique manufacturing environment. Kanoa provides a mobile responsive web application replete with built-in security, navigation, language support, asset management, product management, shift management, production scheduling, production order management, production analytics, quality management and SPC. 

Kanoa will help you realize your lean manufacturing goals and give your teams the technology tools they need to work in a smarter, more connected manufacturing world.

Our History

Kanoa Consulting was established in October 2018 by Jason and Nicole Coope. After 20 years of working for organizations in the manufacturing and software industries, Jason was ready to start a business as a consultant, focused primarily on Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). Nicole was a multi-business entrepreneur in family law and community counseling, and was ready to join forces with Jason to create a new company. Jason and Nicole met in 1998 in the semiconductor industry at GEC Plessey in Plymouth, England. After 20 years of working in a variety of positions, they were both ready to work together on this new business, which they named Kanoa (pronounced Ka-NOH-ah), meaning “Free One”.

Meet the Team

Jason Coope

Jason Coope

Founder, Principal

Nicole Coope

Nicole Coope

Founder, VP of Operations

Sam Russem

Sam Russem

VP of Business Development

Per Tagseth

Per Tagseth

VP of Product

Makai Post

Makai Post

Senior Full Stack Developer

Jason Zhou

Jason Zhou

Full Stack Developer

Sophia Judish

Sophia Judish

DevOps Engineer

Kyle Kelly

Kyle Kelly

Executive Assistant

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Darren Steele

Software Engineer

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Jim Plenty

Data Architect

Leadership Team

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Jason Coope

Founder, Principal

Jason started his career as an electrical and electronics engineer in the test and measurement field. He went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in software engineering from Anglia Ruskin University, a masters certificate in IS/IT Project Management from Villanova. Jason is a certified Lean Six Sigma practitioner and Project Management Professional. After 20 years of working in semiconductor, automotive, steel, and food and beverage industries, he co-founded Kanoa to provide comprehensive lean continuous improvement tools to the manufacturing industry. Kanoa provides the MES technology tools, training and consulting to help factories drive continuous improvement and digital transformation initiatives.

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Nicole Coope

Founder, VP of Operations

Nicole's background as a technical expert, certified counselor, and multi-business entrepreneur make her a unique and ideal VP of Operations and lead Continuous Improvement coach for Kanoa. Nicole graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and put that degree to use in the Financial and Semiconductor industries for 8 years. Then, Nicole went back to school to earn her Masters in Community Counseling and get licensed as a National Certified Counselor, leading to 16 years of work as a counselor and professional coach. Today, at Kanoa, Nicole leverages her technical and coaching expertise to guide manufacturers on how to best adopt, use, and drive continuous improvement using Kanoa software.

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Sam Russem

VP of Business Development

Sam has focused his career on helping manufacturers implement, utilize, and realize value though innovative Smart Manufacturing technologies. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering in 2009, Sam would spend the next 14 years of his career in manufacturing Systems Integration. This provided him with the opportunity to experience the world of manufacturing from a variety of perspectives: from startups to global enterprises, from manual assembly to complex automation, and from the shop-floor to the board room. Sam joined Kanoa in 2023 after seeing the Kanoa MES platform and believing it held the answers to the most urgent and important challenges manufacturers face every day. Sam also volunteers with the ISA and is the Director-Elect and Scholarship Chair for the ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries division.

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Per Tagseth

VP of Product

Per joined Kanoa in June 2023 as a Product Owner for the Kanoa MES framework and modules. He comes with experience as both a product manager and product owner; with a background in designing, developing, and managing projects in the financial services and aerospace sectors. He is a Certified Agile Product Owner and Scrum Master, using both Scrum and Kanban methods. He has experience leading large teams, complex projects, and substantial budgets. His areas of expertise include Portfolio Strategy and Management, Agile Framework and SDLC methodologies, Quality Assurance, Vendor Contracts and Management, and Financial Data Management. Outside of work, Per enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and working on various improvement projects in his north Phoenix, AZ home.

Our Team

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Makai Post

Sr. Full Stack Developer

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Jason Zhou

Full Stack Developer

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Sophia Judish

DevOps Engineer

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Kyle Kelly

Executive Assistant

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