SPK and Associates Executive Team
Steve Kling, one of the founders of SPK, is its Co-CEO. Steve has spent over 35 years managing and leading professional services organizations at the director and vice president level. Steve’s relentless drive to provide excellent client service comes from his background at Hewlett Packard where he ran the professional services organization in the western United States. Serving as an executive consultant to companies such as Embarcadero Technologies, Visionary Design Systems, AllAdvantage and Hewlett Packard, Steve has helped build and shape world-class technical support organizations.
Chris McHale, also one of the company’s founders, is currently SPK’s COO and Co-CEO. She is responsible for the overall operational and financial success of SPK. Chris spent years providing technical consulting to customers herself, and so is intimately familiar with the technology challenges faced by customers and consultants alike.
Prior to founding SPK, Chris was a technical consultant and Business Manager at Hewlett-Packard for their Professional Services Organization. She holds a BA with Honors from University of Virginia, and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Carlos Almeida serves as Vice President, Engineering for SPK and Associates, LLC. In this role, Carlos focuses on bringing together a combination of best practices of software engineering and operational continuous improvement for our customers. He is responsible for setting the technical and business strategy for customer SDLC process engagements and SPK’s SaaS offering. Carlos also drives development of new business opportunities via strategic business relationships with top software ISVs.
Carlos joined SPK and Associates with 25 years of senior management experience in engineering operations and has extensive experience in establishing high-performance software development infrastructures. His prior role included Group Director of Engineering, Cadence Design Systems, leading global organizations focusing on Quality, Release Management, Program Management, Process & Tools Development, IT, and Manufacturing. Carlos also managed key partner technical relationships with customers such as Intel and HP.