Pamela Lopker is chairman of the Board and president of QAD Inc. Lopker founded the company in 1979 and is responsible for shaping the vision and strategic direction of QAD, as well as directing the company's global research and development efforts.
Lopker has long been recognized for her entrepreneurialism and leadership in the advancement in manufacturing software. In March 2001, Fortune magazine named Lopker a "Hero of U.S. Manufacturing." She has been profiled four times by Forbes magazine and numbers among Manufacturing Systems' "Legends of Manufacturing," as well as START magazine's manufacturing industry visionaries.
The publication's June "CEO Visionaries" cover story recognized Lopker as an executive that champions the innovative use of technology for driving manufacturing excellence. She received Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Greater Los Angeles area in 1996.
Lopker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).
An inductee in the WITI Hall of Fame, Lopker is noted for her many charitable contributions, mostly related to advancing technology and education at local and state-wide institutions. In 2007 alone, Lopker has donated time and money to her Alma Mater, the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as Santa Barbara High School, the Family Services Agency and the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College.
In 2005, Karl and Pamela Lopker and the Lopker Family Foundation made a major gift to help establish the first endowed chair in computer science in the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara.