Company History

Founder Kirk Williams started KW Works as a custom software development shop in 2010 offering his services to a variety of clients. It was during this time that he started working with United Home Services, a small Home Improvement company. KW Works collaborated with this client to develop the first version of uCloud Installer ERP, a tool designed to help Home Improvement companies run more efficiently and communicate directly with their vendors, contractors, and customers.

As KW Works’ reputation spread, it became increasingly clear that one person could no longer handle the workload. In 2011, the first software developer joined the team. Two years later, the team had grown to 18 developers, QA professionals, designers, and client managers.

KW Works is proud to continue supporting its clients through custom software development, data services, uCloud, or just talking through a difficult situation. KW Works is here to help.

Our Leadership Team

Kirk Williams – President

Kirk grew up in Utica, Michigan and attended University of Michigan where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and German. During his junior year, he traveled to Germany where he founded the theatre company that would be his passion throughout his graduate studies. Upon completion of his degree, Kirk earned the prestigious Mellon Fellow award which he used to pursue his PhD at Harvard, studying the intersection of culture and technology.

Kirk joined the faculty at Yale University soon after completing his studies at Harvard. After 8 years with Yale, Kirk was enticed to join the corporate world due to his work with scientific simulations and cultural phenomenon. After a brief stay at a large technology company, he moved back to Michigan where he founded KW Works.

Darrell Hawley – Vice President

During his career, Darrell has spent time not only writing software, but also leading projects, managing professionals, selling software services, developing new business, and tracking the financial health of an office. He strives to identify the true needs of his customers and then deliver the software that addresses those needs both on and on budget.

Darrell earned an M.S. in Geology from the University of Toledo before reinventing himself as a software developer in 2000 to satisfy his need to create. In 2013, He moved into the role of Managing Partner for Atomic Object. Darrell joined KW Works on October 31, 2016 as Vice President.

In the past, Darrell has spent a number of years as a member of the CodeMash organizing committee and as well as the president of his local Little League

Ali Zaidi – CTO

Ali is an accomplished leader and a talented developer with an advanced degree in Computer Science. During his time in school, Ali’s focus on Artificial Intelligence gained him the attention of the local business community which led to his first professional position during his second year of college. Since that time, Ali has worked on a variety of projects spanning Mobile, Web, and the Cloud. His strong communication skills coupled with his technical background have consistently pushed him into leadership roles. Ali has worked in several industries writing code in C#, VB.NET, Java, Javascript, and Ruby.

Dan Carey – Client Manager

Dan is a highly accomplished Technical Project Manager specialising in leading the lifecycle of complex software development projects. With over 40 years of software development and delivery management under his belt, Dan joined KW Works in Oct 2015 to help clients face new challenges as they grow. Originally from County Cork on the south coast of Ireland, he had also lived in California before settling in England. He has operated at all levels of the software development lifecycle, from software developer to director, before progressing to Project and Program Management. Ushering businesses through change by employing thoughtful IT management is the primary skill he brings to KW Works.