Speakers & Session Leaders

Get to Know the Speakers and Session Leaders

Throughout the week, you’ll hear from a number of speakers including QAD President Pam Lopker and other executives. Important topics will be addressed, ranging from the state of the business to what’s new in product development and technology and how QAD services can help you become a more Effective Enterprise.

Explore 2018 Keynote 
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To make 2018 the best Explore yet we are working hard to secure some of the most thought-provoking and relevant speakers to address the topics you want to talk about. Ray Kurzweil, one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, was 2017’s keynote speaker. Stay connected as we continue to add keynote speakers and session presenters. Who do you think will be 2018’s keynote?


Pamela Lopker, QAD

President and Chairman of the Board

Pamela Lopker is responsible for shaping QAD’s vision and strategic direction and driving the company’s global research and development efforts. Lopker has long been recognized as a leader and entrepreneur in advancing manufacturing software. She has received many accolades, including “Hero of U.S. Manufacturing” from Fortune and “Entrepreneur of the Year for the Greater Los Angeles area” from Ernst & Young. Lopker holds a B.A. in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Karl Lopker, QAD

Chief Executive Officer

Karl Lopker oversees all business aspects of QAD, including operations and market expansion, with strong regional and industry-specific development focus. Lopker formerly served as president of Deckers Outdoor Corporation (NMS: DECK), which he founded in 1973. After he joined QAD in 1981, Lopker continued to hold a board of directors’ position with Deckers, now a multimillion-dollar company including Teva, Simple and Ugg footwear brands. Lopker serves on the QAD Board of Directors. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).


Anton Chilton, QAD

Chief, Global Field Operations

Anton Chilton currently leads QAD Global Field Operations and is dedicated to providing new and current customers with a positive experience implementing QAD. Before joining QAD, Chilton held senior roles in global systems integration companies for more than 12 years. He has extensive experience in Asia, Africa and Europe, managing business consulting and global account management teams and has built an extensive knowledge of the design and delivery of high value software and outsourcing solutions. Prior to his consulting experience, Chilton designed software and infrastructure solutions to support for British Steel. He received his Global Executive MBA from INSEAD and also served in the British Royal Navy’s Submarine Service.


Bill Keese, QAD

Senior Vice President, Research & Development

Bill Keese is responsible for overall product direction and overseeing the research & development organization and development process. Keese has held various roles within research and development and product management organizations. He has 26 years of experience in the software industry. Keese has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo.


Carter Lloyds, QAD

Chief Marketing Officer

Carter Lloyds is the Chief Marketing Officer for QAD. He is responsible for overseeing marketing and sales operations, market research, marketing communications, web marketing, customer research, analytics, pricing and events, particularly developing initiatives that drive customer value. Prior to joining QAD, Lloyds spent 10 years consulting, teaching and researching business strategy. Carter holds a B.S. in accounting and a Ph.D. in business strategy from the University of Southern California.


Tony Winter, QAD

Chief Technology Officer

Tony J. Winter is responsible for driving the company’s long-term technology, architecture and product release strategies. Winter oversees a global Research & Development team, manages all technical relationships with QAD global partners, and innovates on QAD’s key technology initiatives, including its mobile computing and QAD Cloud ERP.  Winter holds a bachelor of science degree in physics and computer science from Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom.