About Core Commissions

What We Do

At Core Commissions, we are dedicated to simplifying the sales commission process. Our flexible and powerful sales commission management software fully automates sales incentive and commission calculations. The tools are intuitive and cost-effective but capable of handling even the most complex commission rules. Users process commissions and generate individualized reports with a few button clicks. 

Based in SW Washington, Core Commissions has been developing financial solutions for commission-based sales organizations of any size for over 15 years. 

We can: 

  • Automate your commission process
  • Get you up and running quickly
  • Generate in-depth reports and analytics

Core Leadership Team

Kirt Phillips

Founder and CEO

Core’s founder and CEO, Kirt Phillips, has over 25 years experience in commission management and BI software development. Under Kirt’s leadership Core has grown from a small custom development shop into an industry leader in incentive compensation management. An engineering graduate of Texas A&M, Kirt is an expert in financial management systems and has previously served in executive and advisory positions at several leading-edge technology companies including New Edge Networks and GST Telecom. When not working on new ways to automate complex rules, Kirt may be found perfecting his neopolitan pizza recipes or hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.

Dave Havens

Co-founder and Chief Product Architect

Dave brings more than 20 years of hands-on software development and data architecture experience. He has been involved with Core since its inception and headed up the design of Core’s industry-leading rules engine. As Chief Product Architect, Dave is involved with all technology-related operations with oversight on best practices, software requirement specifications, and programming. Dave holds a BS in Software Engineering Technology from Oregon Institute of Technology and in his spare time, you can find him running, exploring overseas business opportunities, and playing board games.

The Core Team

Abbey Felley

Systems Implementer

As System Implementer, Abbey works closely with clients to gather requirements, build commission rules, write ETL queries, and troubleshoot issues. Originally from the small town of La Grande, Oregon, she holds a degree in mathematics and computer science from Whitman College. Abbey enjoys photography and uses her free time to go backpacking and hiking in the summer, or to stay home and read in the winter.

Austin Gallogly

Implementer/UI Strategist

Austin started at Core after several years as a project manager in the healthcare IT industry. He works alongside customers to automate and streamline their commission plans using SQL queries among other tools, and he holds a degree in Mathematics and French from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Outside of the office, Austin enjoys hiking, biking, and birdwatching, as well as playing piano on rainy days.

Nathaniel Gurnee

Data Integration Analyst

From gathering rules to ETL applications and robust data visualizations, Nat is dedicated to helping clients utilize Core to its utmost so they can count on quality analytics and rapid incentive calculations. His role typically involves collecting information. Nat is a fan of all things pertaining to data science and received a degree in Business Administration with a focus in analytics and information systems from George Fox University. On the weekends, he can be found rock climbing, hiking, golfing, and volunteering at his church in Portland as a men’s ministry leader.

Jonathan Haas

Technology Manager

Jonathan graduated with a computer science degree from Seattle Pacific University and joined Core after a position as a software developer at Faithlife, working on Logos Bible Software. Although he occasionally assists with customer implementations, Jonathan primarily works behind the scenes in a development role managing and maintaining servers, administering databases, and rolling out Core feature upgrades. Outside of work Jonathan is very involved in his church as a youth group leader and Sunday school teacher, loves to sail the San Juan Islands, and is an accomplished mountain climber.

Sandra Halbrook

Managed Services Specialist

As part of the Managed Services team at Core Commissions, Sandra prepares and processes customer statements into the commission system. She has a background in order tracking system administration and billing. Outside of work, Sandra enjoys games and puzzles, road trips, watching sports, and spending time with her family.

Wyatt Jackson

Data Support Specialist

A Portland, Oregon native, Wyatt has his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Puget Sound and Portland State University. He works closely with customers as part of the Managed Services and Implementation teams. In his free time, Wyatt enjoys performing opera and playing soccer, video games, and board games with friends.

James Johnston

Implementation Manager

As lead of Core’s Managed Services Division, James is key in managing a full project lifecycle including requirements gathering, functional design, installation, user acceptance testing, issue resolution and production implementation. James works closely with clients making sure Core exceeds customer expectations. James graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Management Information Systems. When not in the office, he enjoys playing guitar and participating in fantasy sports.

Kris Kingsbury

Account Manager

As Account Manager, Kris works directly with sales organizations to understand their commission requirements and pain points. He guides prospects through the Core application demonstrating how Core can automate their unique commission plan rules. Prior to joining the team, Kris graduated from Portland State University with a degree in mathematics and communication studies. He’s a connoisseur of puns and spends his free time golfing, mastering video games, and cooking up new recipes in the kitchen.

Ryan Milem

Software Architect

Ryan started as a System Implementer working directly with customers, but has since transitioned to software development. He has been focusing on adding more features to CoreNext, as well as maintaining the current Core Commissions platforms. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing board games and video games with his family, as well as reading fantasy and sci-fi books.

Matthew Norvell


As an integral member of the development team here at Core Commissions, Matthew primarily develops features for our proprietary RuleBots technology while providing support on other projects as necessary. He graduated from Washington State University Vancouver with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science before joining Core. When not developing advanced technology for commission automation, Matthew plays guitar and collects records.

Shane Phillips

Senior Implementation Manager

Overseeing the implementation team, Shane ensures that the Core toolset is being used in the most efficient and practical manner to meet the needs of our customers. ETL data mapping, report creation, troubleshooting and resolving complex technical issues are all under his domain. Shane holds a degree in Atmospheric Sciences with a minor in Applied Math from the University of Washington. He joined Core Commissions after a summer stint as a line cook at The Bad Monkey in Ocean City, Maryland. In his spare time Shane enjoys traveling, camping and his Nintendo Switch.

Lynn Phillips

Vice President of Operations Support

Lynn’s role is to equip the organization with systems and infrastructure to operate efficiently and within budget. She oversees HR, marketing, billing, and office administrative functions. Lynn learned the ropes in the telecom industry at Electric Lightwave and GST Telecom, where she was responsible for expanding market presence into new cities and strengthening the company’s existing footprint across the Western US and Hawaii. Lynn graduated from Western Maryland College with an Economics Degree. Puzzles, wine tasting, and travel keep Lynn busy during off-hours.

Samantha Phillips

Project Manager

As our Project Manager, Samantha is the primary point of contact for a customer during their software implementation. She is responsible for gathering requirements, answering questions, and providing training support. In addition, she keeps projects on schedule, within the budget, and Core’s customers happy. Prior to joining Core, Samantha graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Management Information Systems. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, painting, spending time with family, and frolicking with her dog Wallace.

Josh Reiter


Having earned his computer science degree from Western Washington University, Josh provides implementation and development services and support to Core Commissions clients. Prior to joining the team, Josh spent five years as a QA tester and lead with Welocalize. He spends a lot of time outdoors running and hiking but also likes to read and play board games.

Clare Goggin Sivits

Marketing Manager

Clare manages and directs marketing efforts for Core Commissions across multiple platforms. With a diverse background, she takes a unique perspective on how to introduce new and potential customers to Core Commissions that is based on her experiences as a writer, metrics enthusiast, and strategic marketing professional. When not spreading the word about powerful commission automation tools, Clare writes for various publications about beer and spirits and also explores the incredible beer scene in the Portland Metro area.

Austin Yerroeck

Implementer & Managed Services Specialist

Austin works closely with Core Commissions clients to build out commission rules in order to help them process monthly sales data and commissions output. In his free time, Austin splits his time between PC gaming, listening to metal, and longboarding his way around the Pacific Northwest.


Want to work for us?

We are always looking for technical gurus to support our growing team. Click here to see all current opportunities with Core Commissions. If you’re a passionate worker and think you have what it takes, send your resume and details to info@corecommissions.com for all opportunities.