Meet Our Leadership Team

The executive leaders at Karmak exemplify the diverse backgrounds, creative spirit, and innovative approach that embodies Karmak. Read below to learn more about the Karmak Leadership Team!

Jim Allen

Jim Allen

CEO/PRESIDENT

Jim Allen

CEO/PRESIDENT

About Jim: Jim Allen assumed the role of CEO in July of 2021, where he’s passionate about connecting with customers and leading the Karmak team towards stellar service. Jim has worked in software technology for over 20 years and has 10 years prior experience in IT.  Jim has served in various management positions and most recently has served as Karmak’s COO.

Tim Ward

Tim Ward

Chief Financial Officer

Tim Ward

Chief Financial Officer

About Tim:  Tim Ward joined Karmak in June 2020, bringing more than 30 years of experience in Software, Services, Distribution and Manufacturing in both PE backed companies as well as privately held organizations. A transformational senior executive, Tim has inaugurated process, infrastructure, and operational improvements that resulted in exponential top- and bottom-line growth, follow-on capitalization, and three successful exits. At Karmak, Tim is focused on driving significant business value and market leadership with direct responsibilities for the company’s accounting, tax, treasury, financial planning and analysis, and business finance operations.

Gail Wilkinson

Gail Wilkinson

VP of Human Resources

Gail Wilkinson

VP of Human Resources

About Gail:  Gail Wilkinson joined Karmak in 2003 as VP of Human Resources.  Prior to Karmak, Gail worked in human resource management in Wyoming both in the public sector and private sector.  She first gained operational experience in a management role with IBM in the Washington, D.C. area.  For Gail, leading a team at Karmak is about people – in understanding not only what motivates employees, but also what tools and training they need for success.  Gail’s focus on our employees helps ensure Karmak provides stellar service to our loyal customers and provides a challenging environment where Karmak team members can thrive.

Scott Elbring

Scott Elbring

VP of Sales & Marketing

Scott Elbring

VP of Sales & Marketing

About Scott:  Scott Elbring, VP of Sales and Marketing, joined Karmak in 2013.  Scott has 18 years of leadership experience with technology companies including Toronto based Softchoice as District Sales Manager and Mitchell International of San Diego as Director of Sales.  Scott is passionate about developing people and building positive, successful teams who achieve the right results for our clients.  Scott is devoted to best practices in leading teams and improving processes to help take Karmak to the next level so our clients in heavy-duty and automotive industries can achieve the best possible results.

Mike Wagener

Mike Wagener

VP of Development

Mike Wagener

VP of Development

About Mike:  Mike Wagener joined the Karmak team in June of 2017.  Over the past 27 years, he has held various development and management positions at software companies, most recently working at a large healthcare company as Director of Software Development for their patient portal product, which had over 11 million users.  Mike’s passion for creating a fun, exciting, and high-performing development organization is helping Karmak attract the best software development talent possible. Mike continually monitors the ever-changing technology landscape to ensure Karmak’s software is built using industry best practices and tools that are scalable well into the future.

John Cowan

John Cowan

VP of Business Solutions

John Cowan

VP of Business Solutions

About John:  John Cowan joined the Leadership Team in March of 2020 as VP of Business Solutions. For over 20 years, John worked on the product team of ADAM DMS, a company Karmak acquired in 2016. As a graduate of NADA Dealer Academy, he is passionate about infusing best practices and efficiencies into Karmak solutions. John’s primary goal as a Leadership Team member is to turn his understanding and experience with both technology and business operations into valuable tools for our customers.  Utilizing the wants and needs of the customer in the creation process will ultimately produce industry-leading solutions.

Kim Stoops

Kim Stoops

VP of Client Services

Kim Stoops

VP of Client Services

Kim Stoops joined the Karmak Leadership Team in August of 2021 as VP of Client Services.  Over the past 24 years, Kim has held a wide range of customer service positions throughout the company since joining Karmak in 1997. Her passion revolves around process and improvement and delivering exemplary customer service.

Meet Our Board Members

J. Richard Schien

J. Richard Schien

Founder & Chairman

J. Richard Schien

Founder & Chairman

About Richard: Richard began developing Karmak software after becoming frustrated that the only software he could find to use in his father’s business, Schien Body & Equipment, was modified automotive software that didn’t provide enough functionality. This sparked his inspiration to begin writing software to meet the specific needs of the heavy-duty trucking industry. Richard is proud to say that unlike Apple, Karmak did not start in a garage — it started in a storage closet. Now years later, Karmak is a far cry from the cramped headquarters it once was. Richard’s primary goal as the company moves forward is to assure that the customers are just as pleased with Karmak’s newer software as they were with Legend and INFO5.

Linda Schien

Linda Schien

Secretary & Treasurer

Linda Schien

Secretary & Treasurer

About Linda: Linda started with Karmak 15 months after its founding. She became Secretary and Treasurer in 1984, and has been with Karmak ever since. Linda and Richard started Karmak in a makeshift “office” in a storage closet at Schien Body & Equipment. In those early days, Linda used to love to schedule Richard to go out and give demos. His voice carried, so she knew the “office” would be quieter if he was on the road.

 

Richard Walden

Richard Walden

Board Member

Richard Walden

Board Member

About Richard:  Richard C. Walden, CPA, is a sole practitioner in Carlinville, Illinois and an author, editor, and lecturer for the Illinois Tax Schools sponsored by the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service. Prior to entering private practice in 1980, he was a revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service. Richard is a director of CNB Bank Shares, Inc and its subsidiary bank, CNB Bank & Trust, N.A. since 1987. He serves as Chairman of the Board and also chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a director of the Carlinville Area Hospital, Carlinville Area Hospital Foundation, and the Macoupin County Community Foundation. Richard has been a Karmak Board Member for 28 years.

Joe Pereles

Joe Pereles

Board Member

Joe Pereles

Board Member

About Joe:  Since October 1990, Joe has been employed as Vice President and General Counsel for Drury Hotels Company, a regional hotel chain. Prior to joining Drury Hotels, Joe was a partner in the St. Louis law firm of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale. Joe holds MBA and JD degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and an undergraduate BS degree from the University of Utah. Joe was elected to the National Board of Governors of the American Red Cross in May 2005, and served as Vice Chair of the Board, Chairman of the Governance and Board Development Committee and a member of the Executive Committee when his nine year term ended in 2014. He joined the Red Cross National Philanthropic Board in May 2014, and is also a member of the Compliance and Mediation Committee of the International Red Cross. Joe is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hebrew Union College-Cincinnati and a Vice President of the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council. He also served on the advisory board of Vertex Chemical Corporation until its sale in 2011.  Joe became a Karmak Board Member in 1990.

Check out our careers

Every employee at Karmak is considered a creative force, contributing innovative ideas to meet the changing needs of the industry. Our team consists of more than just software experts. We are always looking for bright minds in Sales, Marketing, Consulting, Support, Training, and more.

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