What began in the late 70’s as a father’s basement hobby in Central Illinois is now in its 30th year a successful, mid-sized developer and vendor of dealership management systems.
In 1984, Gerry Fricke, who had been tinkering with software development as a hobby, customized his DOS-based accounting software, PC-General Ledger to meet the specific needs of equipment dealers.
In 1996, when Fricke’s daughter, Anne Salemo, acquired the company, she set forth to realize her vision to migrate from a DOS-based system for equipment dealers to a full-blown Windows-based business system for equipment dealerships. The result was the launch of DealerWin, Charter's first Windows product.
In 2009, Charter Software introduced ASPEN, a SQL-based program to meet the changing needs of dealers impacted by the trend toward multiple-locations, advancements in software technology, and more sophisticated manufacturer requirements. ASPEN now has more than 3000 users and continues to evolve to accommodate growth and changes in the industry.
In the summer of Charter’s 30th year, the company expanded their corporate headquarters and manpower to increase their ability to service the steadily growing number of dealerships using ASPEN. With a 1200 foot addition in office space, Charter now occupies a suite of approximately 6,000 square feet. The Charter team is comprised of about 30 individuals, and includes the recent additions of a new Director of IT and Development, Customer Support Manager, Business Development Administrator, and Director of Sales/Marketing.