Association of Shareware Professionals Inducts Three into Hall of Fame

At the Association of Shareware Professionals (ASP) lunch, held July 15, during the Shareware Industry Conference in Denver, CO., Jerry Stern, Chris Thornton and Steve Pavlina were inducted into the ASP Hall of Fame.

The ASP Hall of Fame was established in 2000. Some previous inductees include Jim Knopf (also known as Jim Button) and Bob Wallace, arguably the founders of the shareware marketing concept, as well as Phil Katz, founder of PKWARE and author of PKZip, and Marshall Magee, who started his company in 1983 with a product called Automenu; he became one of the first shareware authors to make more than $1 million dollars in sales. He was the founding ASP President. All ASP Hall of Fame members can be seen at .

Jerry Stern is a computer consultant and software developer. His current shareware titles include FileTiger and Graphcat.

Jerry joined the ASP in 1992, and has served the organization as editor of its monthly news magazine ASPects since 1997. He scanned past issues of ASPects and published all back issues on CD and on the ASP members only web site, so that new members have full access to the ASP’s history.

Chris Thornton established Thornton Software Solutions in 1991, later incorporating as Thornsoft Development, Inc. He is the author of the popular Clipmate Windows clipboard extender. Clipmate has won the SIAF best utility award three times. In 2004, Chris was inducted into the SIAF Shareware Hall Of fame.

Chris joined the ASP in 1992 and served as ASP Chairman of the Board in 1999 and 2000. During his term, the ASP purchased what became the PAD standard, and launched the popular standard for download sites. The ASP also launched its Hall of Fame during his term as chairman.

Steve Pavlina founded Dexterity Software in 1994 as a retail game developer. The company switched to direct Internet sales in 1999, with Dweeb and other titles. In 2005, Steve switched careers, and is starting a new business as a motivational speaker (

Steve has had a profound effect on the growth of the ASP membership over the years. He has consistently urged new game developers to take advantage of the benefits of membership in the ASP. In 2004, Steve was a major source of new members, when he published an article on his web site, backed by an offer of a free copy of Dweeb to developers who joined the ASP.