Photo courtesy of Laserfiche.
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) honored the Long Beach-based Laserfiche President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Karl Chan at its annual CIO/CTO Awards at the Los Angeles Hotel Downtown with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to a release, Chan has served as the CTO since 2005, after working for the company since 1989.
“It’s rare to find a leader who is willing and able to innovate in one spot for 26 years,” said LABJ Publisher and CEO Matt Toledo in a statement. “Karl’s creativity, passion and technical expertise made him the perfect choice for the Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Chan said he was honored by the award, which was presented to him on June 3.
“I’m honored, but I don’t feel old enough to have a Lifetime Achievement Award! I’m only in my 40s, and I’m having a lot of fun in my work developing enterprise content management (ECM) software,” he told the Post.
According to Laserfiche employees, Chan was “instrumental” in creating 1994’s Laserfiche for Windows, 1997’s Laserfiche Workflow and 2011’s Laserfiche Forms. He also helped establish the company’s recent products, Laserfiche Connector and Laserfiche Cloud.
“In today’s fast-paced global economy, you need to be constantly innovating,” said Thomas Phelps IV, Chief Information Officer (CIO) & chief corporate strategist at Laserfiche. “Having a CTO who uses creativity and vision to find new areas for our ECM software suite to automate, optimize and transform the way companies do business is critical to achieving long-term success."
Chan said his success was due to his approach to work.
“I’m a builder and a problem-solver,” he said. “I love the challenge of solving business problems using technology. And because there are always new problems to solve, I’m constantly challenged and engaged by my work.”
Other Laserfiche executives praised Chan’s technical expertise, as well as the personal energy he brought to each workday.
“Karl is a brilliant leader who has improved the company’s business performance in countless ways through his energy, discipline and passion for technological innovation,” Chris Wacker, CEO of Laserfiche said. “His keen business acumen and sharp technical skills motivate Laserfiche employees across all functional areas to continuously achieve new heights of excellence in bringing our enterprise content management solutions to the market.”
“Karl is an inspiring leader who has been an amazing role model to younger engineers,” said Phelps. “He encourages employees across the company to think creatively about how to solve business problems.”
Laserfiche's Long Beach Headquarters are located at 3545 Long Beach Boulevard.