The program's original name was HAS (Humphries Automotive System). The program was originally designed in the early 1980's-by Stan Humphries who is an airline pilot and flies for Air Canada to this day. The head office was located in Burlington ON, Canada.
To help with costs and management of the U.S. expansion plans, an outside partner was brought in. Problems evolved and within eighteen months the PACE Business Manager was sold to Triad Systems and within one month was in turn bought by CCI Systems, which was later renamed to Activant Solutions Inc.