Carl Schaeper, Director of IT Solutions
Carl Schaeper joined PS LIGHTWAVE as CRM/Database Administrator in 2014. From 2006 to 2014, Mr. Schaeper worked for Phonoscope Enterprise Group, first in document management then administering software systems for Cable TV, Accounting, and IPTV. He also launched the company’s first Microsoft-based CRM solution to manage contract and sales data.
Mr. Schaeper, a native Texan, had an early interest in the natural sciences. While studying chemistry at Purdue, he was hired by Hydrochem Industrial Services to conduct chemical research for oil, gas and pipelines. He realized, however, that his true calling was in the field of Information Technology. He began taking computer science courses at the University of Houston, where he developed a keen understanding of the underlying structure of computers and how computers, programming and data structures work together. He joined Inventec in Houston, a major OEM notebook supplier for Compaq. Mr. Schaeper held the position of Supervisor of Logistics and Planning, where he managed the company’s inventory levels and was responsible to Compaq for the fulfillment of replacement parts orders across the U.S. Simultaneously, Mr. Schaeper secured Microsoft certifications and was subsequently hired by Stewart Mortgage Information, a division of Stewart Title. He and his team built and maintained a series of access databases and created a document production system, which enabled the production of documents for projects ranging in size from fifty to thousands of pages for eight national banks around the country.
Today, Mr. Schaeper has come full circle and uses the industry knowledge he has gained to manage the internal IT team at PS LIGHTWAVE. Mr. Schaeper’s department oversees all internal desktop support, the company’s server infrastructure, and the company’s IT security and use policies. Mr. Schaeper managed the development, deployment, and ongoing support of LITE, PS Lightwave’s custom project management solution, Sage CRM and the integration between those and related systems.
In his off-time, Mr. Schaeper is the President of the Curling Club of Houston. As part of the club’s community outreach efforts, Mr. Schaeper, along with another team member, have certified as wheelchair instructors to teach people in wheelchairs how to curl. Mr. Schaeper’s is a proud member of the Curling Club of Houston’s bronze and gold medal Arena National Championship teams.