Who We Are

Peter and Amy Kardel

Peter and Amy founded Clever Ducks in 1992.

Peter can’t resist the high adventure of rock climbing, cycling, sailing and backpacking trips with the kids.  His current favorite book (after the Bible) is “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. Amy has been a leader in business by serving in Rotary, the Downtown Association and the SLO Chamber of Commerce. She is currently board chair of CompTIA, the global IT trade association. They are proud to have grown an IT services company in their hometown of San Luis Obispo.

 Clever Ducks has 16 employees who service the computer consulting needs of the best small businesses on the Central Coast of California.

Meet Some of The Ducks

We’re not only Ducks, we’re also musicians, chefs, mechanics, and more. Learn More

Shannon Stamey

Our Account Manager is a master communicator, scheduler and client favorite. Outside office hours, she enjoys traditional cooking with a cultural connection and traveling the world. If a dish has a story behind it, she wants to make it.

Jill Bilich

When she’s not at the front desk, you can find our Executive Assistant playing soccer with her husband and friends or spending time with the teens in Calvary SLO’s High School Youth Group. She’s passionate about helping businesses thrive and figuring out smart ways to make processes better and more efficient.

Ivan Grishchenko

In addition to providing Clients with amazing service and researching new solutions, our Client Success Representative enjoys playing pick-up basketball and relaxing at the beach. His other interests include solving logic puzzles and exploring military history.

Ben Thompson

Aside from keeping computers in tip-top shape for clients, Ben enjoys playing drums as well as hiking and being outdoors. Ben can also be found working on and cruising the streets in his ’73 Maverick.

Shane Gray

Clients may be used to seeing this Network Technician loading and unloading technical gear from his car to their offices. At Clever Ducks, we know he has arrived when we hear the growl of his approaching motorcycle.

Amir Arres

Selected competitively from many global applicants, our AIESEC IT Intern from Tunisia is a real catch. Amir works on data analysis and program projects behind the scenes. Amir has a passion for service at work and at home. He’s already volunteered in San Luis Obispo to help kids and the homeless, just like he did while he was a student in Tunis.

Nick Martinico

We often find our Service Technician Trainee in the Lab imaging new computers and listening to epic and inspiring soundtracks composed by John Williams. His enthusiasm to learn in all areas of technology motivates our staff to improve their own knowledge and training skills.

Chris Thompson

Studying for new certs nearly every month, our Service Technician is well on his way to being a Network Technician. After hours, you can often find him learning, practicing, or performing a variety of instruments.

Joel Harrell

Our Network Technician strives to provide the best service possible for our clients. He’s excited to have moved his family to a new home recently. After hours you can find him making his own wine, gardening with his family  or playing racquetball.


Being the office dog is a tough job, but someone had to do it. Falkor is named for his doppelganger, the dragon in The NeverEnding Story. A rescue Tibetan Spaniel from SLO County Animal Services, he enjoys walks around downtown, back scratches from the team and greeting guests to the office.

Our Team Works in Beautiful Downtown San Luis Obispo

Clever Ducks fly in formation. We work together with you to get further, faster. We use our experience and technical skills to give your business maximum efficiency.

Our Company Values

We exist to help people do their best work. And that means all people we touch: our clients, vendors, community and team.


We’re stronger and faster together, so that’s how we work. We’re aligned through constant, respectful, honest and open communication.


We lead. That gives us agility in decision making and execution—ensuring great outcomes.


We are obsessed with excellence in integrity, process, judgment, learning and innovation. Excellence is a reward in itself!


We are geared to drive value in our actions for our clients, vendors and community.


We build others up, according to their needs, and have fun at work while being productive.


We are passionate about delivering results that provide a competitive advantage for our customers.

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