Spectware names Jan Horsfall as CEO

Colorado Springs entrepreneur and investor Jan Horsfall is the new CEO of Spectware Inc., a company that develops crane inspection software.

Horsfall takes the reins of the local firm as the company prepares to roll out version 2.0 of its mobile application for managing and inspecting heavy equipment cranes.

Horsfall is the former vice president of Internet search firm Lycos and has founded several technology startups. He recently founded Gelazzi, a gelato restaurant chain that has plans to open in several U.S. cities. He  is also co-chairman of a new, statewide effort to connect entrepreneurs to the capital and technological resources.

“We’re ecstatic to have someone of Jan’s caliber and experience to propel Spectware through its next growth stage,” said Eric Skinner, Spectware founder and president. “Jan has a proven technology track record and has the senior marketing prowess to position Spectware for strong future growth.”

Skinner and his wife Tabitha launched the company in 2009. Eric had been a crane mechanic for 24 years. In 2006, one of his coworkers was killed when a crane flipped on him on Interstate 25 and Nevada Avenue. He was determined to build a company that would make crane inspection more efficient, he said.

He wanted to build a company that removed the hours of paperwork from crane inspections. He created a software program that is a real-time electronic overview of the entire crane inspection process, including tracking crane inspections and operators’ certification and qualifications.

SpectWare debuted its software in March 2011 to 120,000 leading experts in the crane and rigging industry at the ConExpo show in Las Vegas, Nev. They’ve been taking orders since. The program is now used by companies in 35 states and 14 countries, Skinner said.

The company graduated from the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator in October.

In 2010, OSHA passed new regulations for crane safety, which increased the required documentation for all cranes and crane operators. The result has been more interest in SpectWare’s product. The company expects to break even next year and projects that revenue could hit $18 million in five years.