Iris Schimke

Iris Schimke

Iris Schimke

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Show Date: October 9th, 2019

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Iris Schimke
CEO and President
Express Information Systems

Iris maintains the entrepreneurial vision for the delivery of technology as a tool for business. Her view that software, the cloud and consulting services are merely a big hammer that must show business a real result is unique in today’s technology community.

She is keenly aware that the mere collecting of big data sets without steady and rigorous analysis equates to only half of the effort in driving great decisions. Whether it is improved profitability, the right product offerings, deeper employee productivity, reducing direct or indirect costs or freeing up cash flow, she understands that arming clients with the ability to turn collected data into real knowledge is the reason and only measure for success.

She has leveraged this philosophy to continue to increase not only steady revenue growth but continued profitability through the toughest of economic times. Her investments have been unusual, often bucking the trends to cut staff and services. When her peers in the financial and ERP software markets were being acquired or closing, she was planning steady growth to add customers, add employees, invest in new product lines, and to expand the service offering. The economy has provided challenges which she turned into opportunities to heavily train her employees with a focus on bringing deeper value to clients. Express thrives today under her leadership with a team that fulfills on the promise to clients each and every day. When the momentum of the computer age was ramping up, Iris Schimke was a Revlon representative who fell in love with Macintosh computers while working on her sales reports. She found that there was an opportunity to provide staff with more time in their days by developing software solutions to meet their needs. In the meantime, she met a representative of Great Plains Software. The two decided to partner in creating Express Information Systems, now one of the nation’s leading custom business software companies.

Express Information Systems, founded in 1989, with corporate headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, has a successful tenure in the mid-market ERP industry that is surpassed by none. Today we serve more than 300 mid-market clients, helping them to drive their business forward with innovative solutions to their accounting, reporting, HR, payroll, project tracking, as well as distribution and inventory management challenges. Our diverse clientele spans the industries of manufacturing and distribution, healthcare, hospitality, nonprofit, and professional services, with multi-entity/multi-location businesses being our specialty.

We’re fully certified and staffed with long-tenured professionals who are experts on Sage Intacct Cloud Financials, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Dynamics 365. We’re also experts with the leading best-of-breed solutions that integrate with these systems, including budgeting/forecasting from Adaptive Insights and Bi360, document imaging and workflow automation from PaperSave, AP and expense management from Nexonia and Gorilla Expense, and HR and payroll services from MyStaffingPro and Workforce Go – to name just a few.

The culture that drives our loyal employees at Express is serving others, imparting knowledge, and delivering on the promise to take the best tech products and wrap them in the deepest touch services possible. Going above and beyond to make that happen is what we call the “Express Heart”.

Iris Schimke
Express Information Systems
PO Box 691261
San Antonio, TX 78269

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , and on In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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