Karl F. Lopker

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Karl F. Lopker
Born Karl Francis Lopker
(1951-12-19)December 19, 1951
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died August 25, 2018(2018-08-25) (aged 66)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Education University of California, Santa Barbara (B.S. 1973)
Occupation Business executive
Years active 1981–2018
Employer QAD Inc
Title CEO
Pamela Lopker (m. 1981)
Children 2

Karl Francis Lopker (December 19, 1951 – August 25, 2018) was an American business executive who served as CEO of QAD Inc and was a co-founder of Deckers Outdoor Corporation.

Early life and education[edit]

Lopker was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Downey, California.[1] He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute and matriculated at the University of California, Santa Barbara from which he graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1973.[1][2]

Deckers Outdoor Corporation[edit]

While a senior at UCSB, Lopker with fellow UCSB student Doug Otto created Deckers Outdoor Corporation in 1973.[3] Lopker oversaw manufacturing of the production while Otto was responsible for sales and distribution.[3] Despite a growing company, Lopker decided he wanted to work in software and was bought out by Otto in 1982.[3] He joined QAD Inc as CEO, a company his wife, Pamela Lopker, founded.[4]


Despite working at Deckers at the time, Lopker urged then-girlfriend Pamela to start QAD Inc.[5] The Lopkers made the decision to write one of their software programs to be able to run on multiple computers, launching their program, MFG/PRO, and the company to international success.[5] MFG/PRO was also the first manufacturing software program to use UNIX.[5] Lopker also made the decision to recruit PeopleSoft employees after their Oracle acquisition and subsequent layoffs.[6]

UC Santa Barbara affiliation[edit]

In addition to attending college at UCSB, Lopker and his wife were both honored by the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association's "Distinguished Alumni Award" in 1998.[7] The Lopkers made a major donation to the university which resulted in the first endowed chair in computer science at the College of Engineering.[8]

Personal life and death[edit]

Lopker married business partner and UCSB alumnae, Pamela Meyer, in 1981 and would later have two children.[1][9] On August 25, 2018, it was announced that Lopker had died of prostate cancer, 13 years after diagnosis.[1][9]


  1. ^ a b c d Lopker, Pam (26 August 2018). "Karl Francis Lopker of Santa Barbara, 1951-2018". Noozhawk. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  2. ^ "Bloomberg Businessweek Executive Profile Background". Bloomberg. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Stewart, Ethan (December 8, 2011). "Diamonds on the Soles of Their Shoes". The Independent. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Olsen, Patricia R. (January 23, 2010). "The Joy of a Family Shop". The New York Times. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Leff, Lisa (February 16, 1997). "Money, Fame And Family". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ Wehner, Ross (January 27, 2005). "California software maker may hire some laid-off Peoplesoft employees". The Denver Post. Denver, Colorado. 
  7. ^ "Distinguished Alumni Award". UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Karl and Pamela Lopker Help Establish First Endowed Chair in Computer Science". UC Santa Barbara Engineering. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Yamamura, Jean (August 27, 2018). "Deckers and QAD Cofounder Dies". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved August 30, 2018. 

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