Startup firm Spectware names CFO, gets new digs

Peter Skalla is Spectware's new CFO.

Spectware, a company that develops crane inspection software, has named Peter Skalla its Chief Financial Officer.

The startup company, a recent graduate of the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, also announced a new office location, 25 W. Cimarron Street, above the Warehouse restaurant.

Skalla comes to Spectware after holding CFO roles at Mesa Networks and Chatter Inc. He also is the co-founder of Rock Mountain Ventures, a Colorado and Texas–based venture capital fund.

“This is a great time to be involved with Spectware,” Skalla said. “The company has identified a deep unmet need in a large market.”

Spectware was founded by Eric and Tabitha Skinner, who 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 created a software program, Spectware Pro, which 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. Today, the company has about 100 customers in 40 states, said Jan Horsfall, who was named CEO of the company earlier this month.

“It comes down to one thing, this isn’t a technology company in search of a solution,”Horsfall said.

The software was born from a need, he said.  “I’ve always believed in (Skinner’s) 20 years of experience in this industry – it’s no small thing,” he said.

The company expects to open to investors in the next 30 days and then roll out version 4.0 of Spectware Pro shortly after, Horsfall said.