The Person Behind the Voice – Larry Kirkpatrick

My name is Larry Kirkpatrick, and I work in the Technical Support department at Red Wing Software. I have worked for Red Wing Software two different times: from 1981-1985, and then I came back in 1997 and have been here since then. The quality of the people I work with and service at Red Wing Software is incredible and I think it shows to our customers. I still talk to customers today who I talked to back in the 1980s. I am married and have two kids. My son Ian is 30, and my daughter Keli is 27.

When I am not working, I love to spend time with family and friends and my two dogs Kiska, a yellow lab, and Will, my boxer who has been a challenge since he was born deaf. One of them has to go everywhere with me. I also have a passion for rebuilding old cars and motorcycles, or as my wife says, ‘anything with a motor’. My wife and I have had an exciting past year. In June, my daughter was married, and two weeks later we decided to sell our larger family home and downsize to a smaller one with more property. We are finally settling in and enjoying our new home.

Larry K

The Person Behind the Voice – Carole Thuringer

By Stephanie Elsen

Carole Thuringer joined Red Wing Software’s support team 16 years ago. Carole has been an asset to Red Wing Software in a variety of ways over the years. After several years of working on the support team, she managed a network of reselling partners. She then went on to start and develop the ‘How2’ documentation system and videos, and then also created and launched Red Wing Software University (RWSU) which customers still use every single day. Most recently, Carole has taken on the role of Staff Accountant, though she continues to work on the RWSU, the testing of new products, and helping with migration processes.

Carole has a 13-year-old daughter named Zoe, who is a straight A student, excels in track, and loves to participate in plays. Carole also just celebrated her fourth wedding anniversary with her husband John. In their spare time, the three of them enjoy family activities. Carole says, “The three of us love trail riding with our ATVs and our Arabian horses. We used to compete at horse shows almost every weekend each summer, but have switched gears in the past couple of years to Competitive Mounted Orienteering. Never heard of it? Think of a timed scavenger hunt through the woods on horseback using an old-fashioned map reading compass! This year, we are also expanding our horizons and will be competing in 25 and 50-mile endurance rides with our horses.”

Carole Thuringer

The Person Behind the Voice – Cindy Bauer

Cindy Bauer is the Marketing Manager at Red Wing Software. In the past several years, Cindy’s four wonderful children have grown up, moved out, graduated college, and several have gotten married. I caught up with Cindy to ask her about the transition and how it has been for all four children to leave home and move on with their bright futures.

Cindy Bauer
  • The last couple of years have been a whirlwind with all the changes in your household! Please tell us about your kids and what they’ve done since leaving home.

    We have two girls and two boys. Our daughter Jordan is the oldest and she and her husband, Mike, had a baby boy, Patrick, in September. Josh and Andrew are our middle children and are identical twins. Josh is in pilot training in the Air Force and will be marrying Kaitlin in December. Andrew is a financial analyst and just got married to Megan last month in Texas. Our baby of the family, Elizabeth, just graduated from college in December and is transitioning from student to full time career mode.

  • What are some tips on how to stay sane with all the planning that goes into multiple graduations, weddings, etc.?

    My husband, Dave, and I have been married for almost thirty years and have been so lucky to have four children that certainly kept us busy and on our toes. Between years spent in hockey arenas, baseball fields, and other activities, it seemed like we were always running to the car for some event. We also owned our own business and there never seemed to be enough hours in the day and sleep was minimal! To keep everything and everyone organized, I was, and still am a planner. When the kids were in school, we had a big, white board calendar on the wall and it was rare that there weren’t three or four events scheduled on each day. I am also a huge fan of sticky notes! Now with lists for wedding invitations and budget items, etc., I have advanced to spreadsheets and reminder notes on my iphone…although I still always have a pad of sticky notes nearby.

  • What are some of the things you enjoy and look forward to now?

    When Elizabeth left for college and there truly was an empty nest it was really hard to get used to life not on a roller coaster. But over time, you really do find other activities that take up your time. Dave and I are fortunate that three of our four kids live within an hour of us, so we get to see them regularly. Some of my favorite things to do are going to workout classes, reading, golfing, watching sports, and volunteering. Of course since our grandbaby, Patrick, was born, all of our worlds revolve around him and watching him grow. I think probably the best thing of all is we have four children that have met wonderful people that joined our family and now they are all our best friends and we really enjoy spending time with them.

Cindy Bauer

The Person Behind the Voice – Ron Delaney

My name is Ron Delaney and I work in Technical Support. In March, I celebrated my seven year anniversary at Red Wing Software. It is my second time working for the company. I worked here from 1981-1985, when Red Wing Software was just starting. I then spent over 20 years working for two other companies in Red Wing. The computers and software have changed drastically over the years, but the one thing that has not changed is Red Wing Software’s dedication to providing excellent customer service. Currently, I support users in TurningPoint and Red Wing Payroll, and I am starting to assist users with CenterPoint Payroll.

I work from home two days a week and recently updated my home office to have a treadmill desk. I am slowly working on being able to walk, talk and use a mouse at the same time. When I am on the phone, I stop walking so I can concentrate on talking and using the mouse. It is a learning process and I hope with time, I will be able to accomplish all three tasks at the same time.

Outside of work, I enjoy golfing, which can be quite relaxing if you can ignore all of the bad shots and other things that can occur on the golf course. I have been golfing over 25 years and have learned that it is a sport that teaches honor and integrity. There are no referees on the course to tell you if you need a penalty - it is something that you have to acknowledge and force yourself to play the game properly. I have been involved in a men’s team league for the past 13 years and I have golfed with a group of friends every Tuesday (weather permitting) for 15 years.

Ron Delaney

Ron and two different views of his home office.

The Person Behind the Voice – Mike Zielski

My name is Mike Zielski. I am the Quality Assurance Manager here at Red Wing Software. Red Wing Software has been my home away from home for the past 12 years. I am responsible for delivering quality software releases to our customers.

My daily commute to Red Wing Software involves a 30 mile trek from River Falls, WI, where I am originally from, and continue to live with my wife Kathryn and 8-year-old daughter Kadence.

When I am not stressing over a product release, I love to travel and cheer on my Wisconsin Badger sports teams. Some of our most recent trips have been to New York City, Washington D.C., Mexico and Pasadena, California for the past three Rose Bowl football games.

My last trip to the Rose Bowl was a hectic one, but as a big Badger fan, it was worth it!

My summarized itinerary…

December 31st:

  • Took a flight at 5:00 p.m. (CST) from Minneapolis to Las Vegas.
  • Rented a car and drove from Las Vegas to a hotel in East Los Angeles (about a 3.5 hour drive). I arrived about 11:30 p.m. (PST).

January 1st:

  • Drove to the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California and parked my car at 5:30 a.m. (PST).
  • Walked about two miles up to the Rose Bowl Parade and claimed my spot for the 8:00 a.m. Rose Parade.
  • Watched the parade until 10:00 a.m. and walked back down to the Rose Bowl Stadium.
  • Watched the football game.
  • Left the game about 6:00 p.m. and drove down to San Diego (about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive) to stay overnight at my brother-in-law’s apartment.

January 2nd:

  • Caught a flight back home from San Diego at 9:30 a.m. (PST) with a layover in Denver.


Our next big adventure is a trip to Disney World in Florida in March. Wish us luck!

Mike Zielski