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

Neil Jacobstein

We are honored to welcome one of the world’s leading scholars of Artificial Intelligence technology Neil Jacobstein as the Explore 2018 keynote speaker! Neil Jacobstein is chairman of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics track at Singularity University at the NASA Research Park in Northern California, a Silicon Valley think tank that focuses on educational programs and “exponential technologies.” Prior to becoming chairman of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics track, Neil served as Silicon University’s president. He also served as a technical consultant on AI research and development projects for DARPA, Boeing and NIST, among other organizations. In addition, Neil served as CEO of Teknowledge Corporation, a pioneering AI company that worked on AI applications systems for industry and government.


Bob Kalka, IBM

Vice President, IBM Security Business Unit
Bob Kalka is responsible for IBM’s global technical professionals, strategic client initiatives and enablement programs. He has also been intimately involved for the past two decades in developing IBM’s overall strategy for its comprehensive security-related investments. Bob has been involved in the information security industry for 24 of his 28 years with IBM. He has held a number of leadership positions in product management, sales, business development, marketing management and product development. He is a frequent international speaker on the relationship of business with Information Technology, risk management, cloud computing and cognitive security, and has had numerous papers and articles published on these topics. He also holds a United States Patent related to secure distributed computing software. Bob received a MBA degree in Organizational Change and Development from Syracuse University and a BS degree in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Bob also holds a certificate in strategic marketing planning from the Indiana University Graduate School of Business. Bob is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) by ISACA. He is an active member of the Industry Advisory Boards for the Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity in the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Department of Computing Security at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. Bob is also a highly active musician in Austin, Texas, where he fronts several groups, spanning big band jazz, rock, funk, blues and worship styles. 


Bob Parker, IDC

Group Vice President
Bob Parker is responsible for the global research direction of four industry practices at IDC – Retail, Energy, Manufacturing and Financial Services. Additionally, he leads IDC’s research on Digital Transformation, coordinating the research strategy in this area across all groups and regions. Bob has been in the research domain for over 15 years; joining IDC over 10 years ago after spending six years at AMR Research. Prior to getting into research, he held several operational and IT management positions including serving as the CIO at Eastern Technologies, a defense contractor. Bob has an MBA from New Hampshire College with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support Systems, and a BS with a dual Finance and Computer Science major from Rivier College. Bob is a highly regarded speaker and frequently quoted in industry and business media as a subject matter expert on industry technology investments. 


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, analytics, pricing and events, customer research and the development of 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.