Windward was created by Windward Studios - both companies named for founder David Thielen’s childhood home on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii. The company is headquartered in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. In 1994, Windward Studios was an innovative game development studio. Our first product was the popular and highly-rated RTS (real-time strategy) game, Enemy Nations. With this huge success, we took our first step in software development. After six years of over-the-top sales, we now offer Enemy Nations to our customers for free. Not only that, but we still continue to support it for free.
After the success of Enemy Nations, Windward re-dedicated its efforts to creating easy-to-use reporting products that were intuitive and delivered a huge value to customers. Unlike Enemy Nations, Windward's new products were designed to take up as little of the user's time as possible rather than having them up all night, every night, conquering the world. Simply put, Windward’s developers worked very hard to make its new products effortless. Ironic or not, this philosophy has created a worldwide reputation for Windward’s impressively easy-to-use reporting software. Although our goals have changed, our passion for innovation has not. We pride ourselves on the fact that Windward reporting software is the fastest, easiest, and most powerful reporting software on the market.
Since 2002, we have focused our efforts on developing the highest quality enterprise-level reporting software for business teams. In addition, we wanted to create a product that made it easy for nonprogrammers to design reports. At Windward, we have helped companies of all sizes, from small businesses to the Fortune 100 to government agencies, solve their reporting crises. Windward reporting tools are proven, high-quality products and in the years ahead, Windward will continue to deliver the most cutting-edge business software for development teams. Our experienced, well-appointed staff is uniquely qualified to meet these goals and to satisfy the demands of the marketplace.
Today, Windward's user group spans 70 countries and all continents except Antarctica. We have over 1000 customers whose applications include financial statements, inventory reports, product-usage reports, purchase orders, invoices, training certificates, timesheets, and licenses.
Shirley became Windward's President/CEO in June 2009, following a 3-year tenure as Windward's VP of Operations. Her career spans more than 25 years of leadership in the software industry, including enterprise solutions, document management, legal, mortgage processing, entertainment and educational software. Prior to joining Windward, she held positions with IBM, Wonderland Hill Development Co & Interlinq Software. Shirley has a degree in Business from Colorado State University.
Dave is a senior software developer with more than 30 years of experience, including work at startups SiTera (sold to Vitesse), QuickStreet, & Newmerix, in addition to four years at Microsoft. If you're really interested in the compulsory list of impressive-sounding titles he has held, check out Dave's LinkedIn profile. What the profile doesn't tell you is Dave once created a game so compelling (Enemy Nations) that a now-professional World of Warcraft player lost his job because he played it incessantly on company time.
Lisa has two decades of expertise in marketing technology products and services, publications, websites and conferences. Lisa joined Windward in 2006 as VP of Marketing. After managing both sales and marketing from 2008 to 2010, she now focuses on marketing strategy and programs as well as expanding Windward's active global partnership program. Prior to joining Windward, Lisa was President of Digital ID World, Consumer Marketing Director at Primedia, and Circulation and Database Manager at Athletic Business Publications.
Lisa holds a Master's of Arts from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor's of Arts from Scripps College in Claremont, CA.
Cordie is a 14-year veteran of technology sales and sales management who has earned numerous awards and commendations. He specializes in connecting companies with high-tech applications ranging from reporting systems to office imaging solutions to customer relationship management software. Notable achievements include twice being named the top manager nationwide at Crestone CRM, six years performing in the top 10% at Danka Office Imaging, and served six years in the US Army. Cordie holds an MBA from Gonzaga University and a BA in Management from Trevecca University.