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Meet the leadership behind KPA's innovative solutions.

Vane Clayton

Vane Clayton

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (303) 228 8760
Email: [email protected]

"At KPA, we deliver solutions to our clients that minimize risks and maximize profits by reducing costs while also limiting liability through regulatory compliance. Our employees are passionate in their goal to ensure safe, healthy and productive work environments for our clients through a combination of software and expert advice in collaboration with our client’s own best practices.” – Vane Clayton, Chairman and CEO

Vane is Chairman and CEO of KPA, joining in 2006.  He brings to KPA 20+ years of experience in successfully building profitable, growth companies as President/CEO.  Under his leadership, KPA has grown organically and through accretive acquisitions, which have expanded the product offerings and introduced KPA to new markets, currently with 5,200 clients in 49 states and Canada. Vane’s goals for KPA are to continue to provide additional value for our current clients while leveraging KPA’s 28 years of risk management and compliance experience in additional markets.  Vane notes, “KPA expertise and  enthusiasm for making compliance not just a required activity but a profitable activity for our clients has been our past, is our future and embedded in our culture. Whether developing award winning training, industry leading software products, professional consulting or support services, every employees focuses not just on effective risk and workplace management but helping our client in achieving overall business goals."

Prior to KPA, Vane was President of ZOLL Data Systems, an enterprise software subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation. While at ZOLL, the team launched a user-friendly .NET Tablet software application and acquired a human resource software solution to expand the suite of products offered to the ambulance & fire public safety markets. Vane holds a B.S. in Agricultural/Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Gabe Orvis

Gabe Orvis

Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (303) 228 8752
Email: [email protected]

Gabe is CFO of KPA, joining the company in April 2007. He brings to KPA 12 years of finance experience in the industries of software, technology, manufacturing and agri-business. Gabe has worked for and audited private and public companies and is a licensed CPA in the State of Colorado.

Gabe has held several controller positions, recently at Intrado, Inc. where he held senior finance positions as corporate controller, in charge of SEC reporting and supporting a sales group responsible for $284MM in contracts, providing all pricing and negotiations support.

Prior to Intrado, Gabe was a Senior Manager with KPMG in the Boulder, Colorado office. Gabe holds a B.S. in Political Science, a B.S. and Masters of Accounting from the University of Florida.

Bill Duclos

Bill Duclos

Vice President, Operations
Phone: (303) 228 8758
Email: [email protected]

Bill is Vice President of Operations at KPA. Bill has over 20 years of proven success in leading operations, managing customer relationships and account direction, including business process re-engineering in start-up to Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining KPA Bill was VP of Operations for Convergys Corporation for their Government and New Market Division. His responsibilities included the USPS and Medicare Accounts. Prior to Convergys he worked at Finali Corporation and Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and managed clients, including First Data Corp., Cendant, Saab, Toshiba, Maxtor, EDS facility Systems, Philip Morris, Nestle' and Pepsi. Mr. Duclos has also led business development teams that successfully sold over $104 million in customer care solutions.

While at Finali, Bill was responsible for developing and implementing the company's operational infrastructure, and for managing ongoing operations, including client relationships, operational delivery, HR, Training and P&L's.

At EDS, Bill was the Western Regional Client Delivery Executive responsible for 7 customer contact centers with over 1,300 employees and an annual budget of $67 million. His responsibilities included all client relationship management, operations and business development.

Bill earned his B.A. in Finance Risk and Insurance from Michigan State University.

Bill Reidy

Bill Reidy

Vice President, Sales
Phone: (303) 228 8764
Email: [email protected]

Bill Reidy is the Vice President of Sales for KPA, LLC. With more than 18 years of executive management experience at some of the most successful dealer groups in the country, Bill brings a wealth of automotive retail experience to the KPA management team. Designing and implementing highly effective sales and operational management processes throughout his career, he has developed a specialty as an accomplished trainer, providing results-driven training programs for all levels of dealership personnel. Prior to KPA, Bill served as the Vice President of Sales & Operations for Cox Digital Exchange and Director of Sales for VAuto.

Eric Schmitz

Eric Schmitz

Vice President, Product and Business Development
Phone: (303) 228 8766
Email: [email protected]

Eric is Vice President of Product and Business Development at KPA. Eric is responsible for KPA's Environment and Safety products and services. Eric joined the company in 1995 as a field engineer, rising to Manager of KPA's Western region before advancing to his current position.

Prior to joining KPA, Eric worked as a field chemist and project manager for a hazardous waste disposal contractor at military installations across the US. He oversaw a team responsible for the sampling, characterization, and shipment of wastes ranging from surplus rocket fuel to tritium-contaminated Q-tips used to clean nuclear warheads.

Eric earned his B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Davis in California.

Kathryn Carlson

Kathryn Carlson

Vice President, HR Management Products
Phone: (303) 219 7803
Email: [email protected]

Kathryn Carlson is the Vice President, HR Management Products for KPA, LLC. Kathryn has over 27 years of Human Resource Management, HRIS product management, and product marketing experience and is certified as a HRCI Senior Professional Human Resources  (SPHR) and SHRM-Certified Senior Professional  ( SHRM-SCP).  Prior to joining KPA in 2009, Kathryn was a Senior Director, Product Management for ADP where she lead the team that developed an award winning, patented employee selection software program and was responsible for establishing an HR virtual consulting service  providing services to over 100,000 small business. Kathryn’s focus at KPA is developing and managing HR software and HR compliance programs that improve efficiency, reduce risk, and ensure compliance for companies ranging from small businesses to international corporations.

Jessica Gard

Jessica Gard

Vice President, Human Resources
Phone: (303) 228 8754
Email: [email protected]

Jessica is Vice President of Human Resources at KPA. She brings KPA 12 years of experience in Human Resources, in addition to 7 years in Sales and Marketing.

Prior to KPA, Jessica was Vice President of Human Resources at Heska Corporation, a companion animal health company (NASDAQ: HSKA) and Thule. Earlier in her career, Jessica managed various product lines as Global Category Manager (Product Management) for Case Logic (acquired by Thule).

Jessica holds a B.S. in Marketing and an MBA with a focus on Change Management from the University of Colorado. She is certified as a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and Certified Benefits Professional (CBP).

KPA Core Values

At KPA our Core Values are more than just words; they're the way we live. In every task we complete, our clients see how we uphold our core values, proving that we handle their business with the utmost care.

Strong culture, direct communication, and a tradition of going above and beyond make coming to work each day a positive experience. As we continue to grow, we strive to ensure that our culture remains alive and well. Check out our core values and see if they speak to you:

  • We are resourceful and efficient.
  • We are respectful with our word and deed.
  • We are accountable for our words and actions.
  • We are always helpful.
  • We promote teamwork to sustain a culture of cooperation.
  • We achieve excellence in individual and company performance.
  • Our integrity is unquestionable.