About SPK and Associates
Headquartered in Scotts Valley, CA, SPK and Associates is a leading woman-owned Engineering & IT Services Company that serves product development teams. For over 20 years, we have been helping our customers to harness technology to optimize engineering and attain their business goals. We understand the systems, processes, data and applications critical to successful engineering, and dedicate ourselves to helping you build, test, and release your products faster and better. Our core expertise covers four functional areas: Product Lifecycle Management (MCAD, PLM, PDM); Software Lifecycle Management (ALM, DevOps); Cloud for Engineering (Infrastructure, Security); Data Engineering and Insights. Read more about SPK in our Capabilities Statement.
WBENC Certified Woman-Owned Business
Top MSP 2022
Top MSP 2021
Top MSP 2020
Top MSP 2019
SPK and Associates (SPK) teams have spent the last 20 years applying information technology solutions for the benefit of engineering and manufacturing companies.
Founders Steven Kling and Christine McHale started SPK in 1997 with Steven bringing to the company his passion for business strategy, customer support, and quality, and Christine adding her passion for technical delivery and systems thinking. Both founders had honed their skills and ideas while at Hewlett Packard where they had worked for many years in the Professional Services Organization.
In 1998, a client approached SPK asking for help in improving their engineering MCAD systems network. Despite having limited experience with engineering applications, SPK undertook the challenge and not only met the requirements, but expanded its portfolio of services for engineering over the next 18 years. That client is still working with SPK because of its uncompromising approach to quality and client satisfaction.
Since then, SPK has been entirely focused on the specialized technology needs of product and software development organizations. Today, SPK also participates inside the product development effort, bringing information technology expertise into product teams to help develop connected, IoT enabled products.
SPK does not provide cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all engineering IT solutions. SPK’s R&D experience “from the ground up” allows it to tailor its tech services to meet client needs. The end result is faster product release schedules, improved products, and better product quality.
SPK does not work outside of your team. They work for and inside your team, freeing them from mundane, repetitive and distracting tasks. This lets them do what they do best — design and build better products.
SPK is passionate about donating a portion of its profits to both local and international charity projects. Each quarter a specific project of interest is chosen and funded out of the profits of SPK.
What makes SPK and Associates different?
On average, clients work with SPK and Associates for 8+ years
20+ Years of experience with medical device, aerospace, automotive and other regulated industries
Hardware + Software
Uniquely positioned with years of understanding of both hardware and software product development
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
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.
Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder
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.
District Manager & Vice President, Engineering
With over 25 years experience of management in engineering operations, 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. 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.
District Manager, Director of Engineering Technology & Applications
In his current role, Edwin is responsible for managing a team of Application Engineers that provide architecture, implementation, process reengineering, and ongoing support for MCAD/EE applications. Edwin’s knowledge of FDA Regulations and GxP Quality Systems, combined with his experience using Python for Machine Learning and Data Engineering, enables him to innovate legacy system automations, integrate cloud or IoT products, and increase engineering efficiency. He applies his multiple M.S and B.S. degrees in Biomedical, Electrical and Computer Engineering to architect solutions that solve interdisciplinary business problems. With 20 years of experience, Edwin strives for excellence by prioritizing customer satisfaction and quality.
District Manager & Director, Cloud and Infrastructure
With a B.S. in Information Systems Management from University of California, Santa Cruz, Mike has 2 decades of experience in IT, cloud, and data technologies. Mike is highly skilled in architecture, and infrastructure design, including architecting solutions for companies like Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, Ximedica, and many others. Leading client support efforts, Mike has a large scope of responsibility from pre-sales to discovery sessions, creating functional and technical specifications and doing project delivery. Mike has several industry certifications, including those from AWS, and Microsoft.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Michael comes to SPK with over 20 years of experience in bringing software to market. With a B.S in Business Administration from Methodist University, his industry certifications include those from ICAgile, Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft and the Scaled Agile Framework. With his experience as a technology executive, he’s guided many companies to successful IT and software projects, and become a skilled strategist who transforms strategic plans into workable solutions and benchmarks performance against key operational targets/goals.
Director of Finance and Contracts
Sarah Craft is currently SPK’s Director of Finance and Contracts. She has worked in finance for over 15 years. Sarah began her career an accountant in a CPA office after receiving her Bachelor of Science from UC Santa Cruz. While there, she held various positions from Registered Tax Preparer to Property Manager. Sarah joined SPK in 2013 as an accountant and helped grow SPK’s finance and contracts function as the company grew. She currently manages all SPK’s Accounting, Finance, and Contracts functions and has developed a deep expertise in Data Analysis and Business Intelligence which she deploys for SPK as well as for some of SPK’s clients. She holds a Post Graduate degree in Data Science and Business Analytics from UT McCombs School of Business and will receive her MBA in 2024.
Careers at SPK
SPK is always looking for highly motivated individuals who are searching for the very best place to work and express their technical talents. We commonly hire field support engineers, software developers, project managers, mechanical CAD experts and other technical disciplines.
What our customers say about us
Our company had a plan for cloud implementation but we weren’t sure if we were making the right decisions on a few areas, including security. When we engaged SPK, not only did they validate our plan, they provided so much more insight than we originally thought about and helped revamp our cloud plan for the better.
We needed Atlassian implementation help and SPK was great . The fit our budget, and helped us implement a system that worked for our team. I would recommend SPK for others needing to implement a Jira Service Desk system. In particular, Steve L. was great.
I loved working with SPK. I got what I needed, they provided the right information at the perfect time. I was even impressed that I didn’t have to ask them to do things like work within our policies. They asked me before I had the chance. Their consultants are professional and really know how to work with SolidWorks.