Sensible ERP for businesses.

Since 2003, we’ve been helping distribution and manufacturing businesses get their inventory under control and deliver on time and at the right price.

SalesPad was born out of a partnership between a distribution business owner and a software developer. Now, we’re a fast-growing company in Grand Rapids, MI, with over 100 employees on our team.

SalesPad has deep roots in West Michigan and we are committed to the growth and success of our community by creating local jobs and a culture that attracts and retains top talent.


How we started.

Pete Eardley, the owner of Michigan-based distribution firm Charter Industries was frustrated using Dynamics GP, along with clipboards and legal pads, to manage his operations. Matt Williams, a consulting software developer, was brought in to create an add-on software application to boil down those manual workflows into something more streamlined.

They both loved the software that was created, and they knew that it could solve the headaches of anyone who sells and distributes inventory.

We’re about businesses.

Since then, SalesPad hasn’t stopped helping businesses make the most of their inventory. Our enterprise software solutions are uncannily user-friendly, and work with leading applications Intuit QuickBooks and Microsoft Dynamics GP.

From medium-sized manufacturers to enterprise distribution companies with both B2B and B2C channels, we’re all about creating technology solutions that move businesses forward.

We know our stuff.

We love that entrepreneurial spirit, but we’re not a start-up. We’ve been privately owned since 2003, and have since created cloud and desktop systems with add-on integrated products that make doing smart business easier.

At SalesPad, we’re about taking the uncertainties out of running a business, whether that’s maintaining inventory, interacting with customers, making sales, or getting orders out.

SalesPad in a snapshot

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100+ Employees
15,000 SalesPad Users
15,000 Users
1,200 Companies use SalesPad
1,200 Companies
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30,000 sq. ft. Headquarters
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Located in Grand Rapids
SalesPad is involved in the community through many different local charities
Involved in the Community

Our Leadership

Pete Eardly, Chairman of the Board

Pete Eardley
Chairman of the Board

Pete, CEO of Charter Industries and Chairman of the Board for SalesPad, attended Michigan State University. Pete worked as a manufacturer representative in the furniture industry before starting his own company, Charter Industries, in 1990. Now, almost 27 years later, his business is still thriving. In 2003, Pete knew Charter Industries was outgrowing its warehouse management software. He partnered with software developer Matt Williams in hopes to solve the issues and increase efficiency. From their partnership, SalesPad was born. Pete is highly committed to making both businesses successful.

Pete’s office provided the inspiration for SalesPad — he had six to eight clipboards hanging on the wall that would eventually become workflows in SalesPad software.

Matthew Williams, CEO

Matt Williams

Matt, the other half of the SalesPad partnership, knew from a young age that he was going to have a career in technology. Matt attended Grand Valley State University where he majored in computer science. He was a principal at Springthrough (software development), CIO at Great Lakes Computer, and worked as an IT Manager at Steelcase before starting SalesPad. Today as the CEO of SalesPad, Matt sets the strategic goals and direction for the company. His past experience as a developer has given him a better understanding of the software industry, making his leadership role crucial to SalesPad.

A triathlete with an identical twin, Matt’s the founder of three companies. He may also have a tattoo addiction.

Joe Alt III, Director of Custom Software Development

Joe Alt
Director of Custom Development

Joe manages SalesPad’s 21-person custom development division, which creates solutions as new products or add-ons to existing products. Those solutions span web, desktop, web, big data, and mobile development disciplines. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration with a minor in computer science from Grand Valley State University and is taking classes at Michigan State University for an Executive MBA. Joe worked as a software developer at Steelcase and Siemens Dematic before joining SalesPad.

Jeremy Boogaart, VP of Business Development

Jeremy Boogaart
VP of Business Development

Jeremy graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in computer science. He started out as a software developer at SalesPad, and played a key role in the beginning stages of the organization. Jeremy is now in charge of new business opportunities and running the operations behind the scenes.

Surprisingly enough, Jeremy was born across the pond in England and holds dual citizenship.

Sarah Ellis, Finance & HR

Sarah Ellis
VP of Finance & HR

As Vice President of Finance and HR, Sarah is responsible for the overall financial and human resource management of SalesPad.
Working closely with the other members of the company’s Executive and Leadership Team, Sarah plays a critical role in strategic decision-making regarding business planning and budgeting and human capital management strategy. For over a decade, Sarah’s had her hand in recruiting and retaining every individual within the SalesPad Team, creating a high-performing and motivated workforce that has helped to enable the company’s growth.
Sarah graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

While Sarah’s role at SalesPad has her involved in a wide variety of areas, her taste in food is a little more narrow. For example, she’s never tried eggs by themselves — or tried coffee, for that matter.

Dan Hodgson, VP of Operations at SalesPad

Dan Hodgson
VP of Operations

Coming from a retail management background, Dan joined SalesPad in 2011 as a customer representative on the company’s technical support team. He held numerous roles within the company, eventually working his way up to VP of Operations. Dan’s past roles at SalesPad have included Implementation Specialist and Manager of Implementation & Support Services. As Vice President of Operations, Dan oversees SalePad’s support, project management, implementation and development teams. He also creates and manages budgets and personnel plans.

Funny enough, Dan was initially turned down by SalesPad for the tech support job — they had decided to go with a different candidate. Dan was later hired, and after a couple years, he was managing his entire team.

Louis Nowlan, Director of Development and IT at SalesPad

Louis Nowlan
Director of Software Development & IT

Louis oversees all product development and quality assurance teams for the SalesPad Desktop and SalesPad Cloud product lines. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Ahuntsic College in Montreal, QC. Before joining SalesPad, Louis was an implementation specialist and level 3 technical support at Bell Business Solutions in Montreal, as well as a software developer at Bombardier Aerospace, also in Montreal.

Jacob Pegg, Director of Product at SalesPad

Jacob Pegg
Director of Product Development

Jacob is responsible for interacting with the product development team to specify the direction for all SalesPad products. Working as the liaison between marketing and product development, Jacob identifies potential features or products that might be a good fit for the SalesPad product family. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from Appalachian State University. Prior to SalesPad, he was the IT manager for Associated Hardwoods. Jacob was also a systems administrator, web developer, and customer service technician for New River Net.

Jacob can work from anywhere — he once took an implementation support call from a customer while sitting in a tree-stand deer hunting. Needless to say, he didn’t see many deer that day.

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