Staff Bios

Computer And Software Enterprises, Inc., founded in 1980 in San Luis Obispo, California, develops and distributes ABLE, portfolio management software for the asset-based lending industry. The corporation initially focused on the design and implementation of proprietary systems for large corporations seeking a competitive advantage in their respective markets.

In September 2015 CASE's business was incorporated into HPD Software - the global market leader in invoice finance software. HPD has been in business for over 40 years and has been specializing in asset finance software for over 25 years. Our financial IT products and services are used in over 50 countries around the world, by over 100 financial institutions, servicing over 50,000 asset based finance clients around the globe.


Karen M. Benson

Karen Benson is the ABLE Product Director.  She has served as the ABLE product manager since 2003, continuing to oversee all product development and service issues.

Karen, originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, served the County of San Luis Obispo for three years as Data Processing Supervisor in its Information Services Division, before joining CASE in 2001. Previously she worked as a Senior Systems Analyst for Newfoundland Telephone Company Limited and graduated with Honours from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  

Rickey D. Gilligan

Rick Gilligan is a Senior Software Engineer/Architect and began his career in 1976 working for Cal Poly as a RSTS/E and UNIX systems administrator and systems programmer, writing disk device drivers and networking drivers for an early version of UNIX, while studying Computer Science. He also worked as a computer operator on IBM mainframe systems for Cal Poly and Schilling-McCormick.

He began working for CASE as an independent contractor in 1980 and became a full-time Programmer/Analyst at CASE in 1981 developing programming tools and standards.

He was one of the key initial developers of ABLE in 1983 and has been involved in everything from software and database design to programming, testing, quality assurance, project management, support, customer training, hardware configuration, and sales.

Since 1980, he has also been responsible for managing CASE/HPD's development and support systems and network --- from installation to troubleshooting to day-to-day operations at both our main U.S. office and our hot-standby disaster recovery site.  

David J. Oksner

David Oksner is a Senior Software Engineer for HPD Software, LLC (USA).  He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1999 with a B.S. degree in Computer Science.

At that time, he had already been working for CASE as a Programmer/ Analyst for the ABLE project for three and a half years, eventually becoming involved in all aspects of the product, including design, programming, testing, debugging, and customer support. He has also been involved in the design and management of the servers and network for both the main development systems as well as the disaster recovery network.  

Ruth E. Kuhn

Ruth Kuhn is the Director of Administrative Services at HPD Software, LLC (USA) and has been with CASE/HPD since 1987. She oversees Contract Administration, Employee Benefit Programs, and Corporate Finances.

Ruth graduated Summa cum Laude from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a B.A. degree in History. Prior to coming to CASE, she was the bookkeeper and office manager for United Sweets, Construction Management Services, and Showcase Rental Cars.