The SPK and Associates Executive Team

Chris McHale

Chris McHale

Chris McHale, one of the company’s founders, is SPK’s CEO. She is responsible for the overall operational and financial success of SPK. Chris has over 25 years experience in the technology sector, starting in the trenches as a Unix consultant at Hewlett-Packard. She was the Business Manager of HP’s western professional services organization, before co-founding SPK in 1997.  This early experience gave her a deep appreciation of the technology challenges faced by customers and engineers alike.  She holds a BA with Honors from University of Virginia, and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Steve Kling

Steve Kling

Steve Kling, one of the founders of SPK, is its COO.  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.

Carlos Almeida

Carlos Almeida

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.

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