Board of Directors
Volker Oakey, Chairman and CEO
Volker Oakey is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of the corporation. He has led the company through several significant acquisitions which have broadened its commercial and geographic breadth from a regional organization to a global supplier of DCS control systems as well as measurement and communications products for the industrial and utility markets. NovaTech’s 12 fold growth during the past 10 years has been driven by its focus on meeting the requests of its customers. This requires an understanding of their needs and the commitment to spend the research dollars necessary to produce them. It also necessitates the establishment of global joint ventures and partnerships to maintain the customer service we feel is required by our international clients.
Volker served in the US Air Force as a B-52 navigator in the Strategic Air Command. He subsequently received his MBA in from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Penna. He began his business career in the finance department of Bethlehem where he rose to Assistant Treasurer of the Corporation, with responsibilities for the corporations cash flow. In addition he served as Treasurer of the raw materials division with oversight duties in funding mine expansions, vessels as well as board of director positions on several joint ventures. He left Bethlehem in 1987 and assumed the chairmanship of Consep Membranes, a bio-agricultural company focused on non-toxic control of agricultural pests. He moved to his current position in 1999.
Volker serves on the board of directors of Bend research, a basic research firm, which has developed a world-wide reputation in solving problems associated with drug delivery in the pharmaceutical industry. He is also an the board of directors of ABEC, a supplier of bio-reactors and ancillary equipment used by the bio-pharmaceutical industry. Volker graduated from the University of Maryland with an economics degree. Top
Aubrey “Buz” Zey, President
Buz Zey is a member of the board of directors and President of the corporation. Buz was the founder of NovaTech LLC in 1984. He has been instrumental in shaping the growth of the corporation through the guidance of the company’s marketing and development programs as well as its acquisitions. His extensive engineering experience was key in significantly broadening the company’s service offerings. This has resulted in a true partnership relationship with many of our primary customers.
Previously, Buz held the position of VP of Technology for the Pritchard Corporation in Kansas City. He was responsible for technology used in the petrochemical industry including refineries, pipeline operations, natural gas processing, and utility plants. His current efforts for NovaTech include the management and integration of our utility and process operations with a particular emphasis on R&D functions. Buz held a number of technical positions with other companies before joining Pritchard in 1974. He graduated from Central Missouri State University with a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Missouri. Top
Edward Giera, Director
Edward Giera is the Managing Member of E.J. Giera, LLC, which he founded in 2012. Ed started his career in New York as Analyst with Associated European Capital Corporation in 1984. In 1986, Ed joined Kleinwort Benson Inc. as a Vice President in the Fixed Income group from 1986 to 1992. In 1992, Ed joined J.P. Morgan Securities LLC in London where he held several positions, including Managing Director and Head of Acquisition Finance from 1999 to 2001, Head of the Financial Institution Debt Capital Markets from 2001 to 2003, Head of Capital Markets for Europe from 2003 to 2006, and Global Head of Pension Advisory from 2006 to 2011. Ed has advised and served on the boards of several private companies, and currently also serves on the boards of Pension Corporation Group Limited and the Renshaw Bay Real Estate Finance Fund L.P. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Top
JoAn Mann, an organizational consultant, speaker, researcher and trainer, has worked with small business owners, national associations, Fortune 500 executive teams, universities and numerous businesses in a wide variety of industries and governmental agencies since 1980. Her scope of work covers assessments, team development, cross-cultural teamwork, strategic human resource management, stress management, creative decision-making, management skills and effective communications. She authored the PREP Personal Strengths Profile in 1984 in cooperation with Statistician Dr. Robert Houston. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Applied Sciences, Deggendorf, Germany in the International Management BS and MBA programs, teaching cross cultural communications, strategic international human resource management and presentation skills.
JoAn has her Masters in Business Administration from Denver University emphasizing statistics, human resource management and marketing. Her Bachelor’s Degree is from Colorado College in Fine Arts and German with teaching certification. Top
Rod Ray is the CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Bend Research Inc., a leading independent scientific development and manufacturing company. Rod has worked at the company since 1983 and has led the company from a small contract R&D firm to a company with nearly 300 employees. His previous positions included President, Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Operations, and Director of Engineering. Rod’s expertise includes directing management of large-scale programs to advance pharmaceutical compounds through development to commercialization and he has extensive experience in the commercialization of products for diverse industries, including pharmaceutical, electronics, energy, medical-device, agriculture, and space-based applications. Rod is involved in numerous civic and professional activities, including the Oregon State University Foundation Board of Trustees, engineering advisory councils at the University of Colorado and Montana State University, and the executive board of the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of the Cascades. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University. He is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Oregon, holds 21 U.S. patents, and has 44 publications. Top
Gunther Oakey is Corporate Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors. As such he provides legal counsel to the board and the corporation’s management team. He also serves as a Director of NovaTech Europe. Gunther has responsibility for all legal obligations of the corporation, which include customer contracts, joint venture and partnership agreements and the establishment of domestic and international subsidiaries.
Gunther received his Juris Doctorate in Law from the Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Maryland Bar Association and the Society of Human Resource Management. Prior to obtaining his law degree, Gunther worked in the office of Representative Wu from Oregon in the U.S. House of Representatives. He graduated from Lewis and Clark University with a degree in international politics. Top
Jean Bandy, VP D/3 Process Automation Division
Jean Bandy joined NovaTech in May 2011 after working for MillerCoors since 1997, holding positions in the Albany, GA and Milwaukee, WI breweries and in the Milwaukee corporate offices. During her tenure at MillerCoors she held positions of increasing responsibility in brewing operations, brewery IS management, corporate brewing, process and product development and corporate engineering. She was most recently Manager of Manufacturing Systems for Brewing and Utilities with responsibility for automation using NovaTech’s D/3®, DeltaV™ and PLCs in the breweries. Jean started her career as a process engineer for GE Engineered Materials in Waterford, NY and Mt. Vernon, IN. She began working on the D/3 in Mt. Vernon in 1984 and joined NovaTech (then EMC) as an applications engineer in 1985. In addition to D/3 applications in numerous industries, she worked on the development of NovaTech’s TotalVision® and FlexBatch® products. Jean has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.S. in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University. Top
Kevin Johnson, VP Business Development
Kevin is responsible for corporate business development and partner relationships across NovaTech’s multiple operating divisions. Kevin joined NovaTech in 2003 as an account manager within the Process Solution Business Division and later was promoted to V.P. of Eastern region Sales for both the company’s Process and Utility Divisions. Prior to joining NovaTech, Kevin held senior management and business development positions at several professional services firms in the architectural engineering and construction fields. He began his career in 1981 at Philadelphia Electric Co. working in the research & testing group assigned to the nuclear division. Kevin graduated summa cum laude from Kings College with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration and holds a degree in Engineering Technology from Pennsylvania State University. Top
Jeff is in charge of the company’s commercialization efforts outside of the United States and Canada. This includes the company’s D/3 process control products, Orion Substation Automation Platform, and the Bitronics family of electrical power measurement instruments.
Jeff coordinates our efforts in Europe through our wholly owned subsidiary in Belgium as well as our systems integration partner in Poland. In Central America, South America and Asia our efforts are channeled through a combination of industrial representatives and systems integrators. He previously was Vice President of Governmental Affairs for CIGNA Corporation, a major supplier of Employee Life and Health benefits. While there, he led a number of initiatives in state and federal regulations. Jeff is past chair of the Pennsylvania Economy League and a member of the Asia Society and sits on the board of the Heritage Conservancy. He received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College. Top
Joe has over 30 years of experience developing sustainable process control strategies for customers in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, and specialty chemical industries. Joe started has career as an electrical design engineer at Texas Instruments with primary focus on process control related to semiconductor manufacturing. Joe has held a number of engineering & management positions at NovaTech and has recently been involved in the development of several process control and optimization solutions related to the process division products. Joe earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Dallas. Top
Alan Staatz, VP Orion Substation Automation Division
Alan started with NovaTech in 1993, the same year of his graduation from the College of Engineering at Kansas State University. Since then, he has held the following positions with the company: Application Engineer, System Engineer, Project Manager, and Director of Engineering for the Orion Division. He currently holds the position of Vice President of Engineering for the Orion division. He possesses over 18 years of Substation Automation and RTU experience. Throughout those years, he has assisted in the development of the Orion product line. Alan has a B.S. degree from the College of Engineering at Kansas State University. Top
Paul Wallace, VP Utility Sales
Paul is responsible for sales and business development within the utility business unit. He has been with NovaTech since 2003 in various utility sales roles. While attending the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Paul began his career with NovaTech in 1987 providing support for the domestic sales efforts. He later joined Arcom Control Systems as Sales Manager before the entrepreneurial spirit seized him and he started a company to develop spread spectrum radios for the commercial metering industry. The company was acquired in 1999 by World Wireless Communications where Paul was Director of Sales prior to becoming the VP – Operations where he remained until 2003 and his return to NovaTech. Top
Frank Wendt, VP Bitronics Power Measurement Division
Frank joined Bitronics in 1995 after spending 10 years with Mannesmann Rexroth in various positions within production, inventory control and procurement. He is currently responsible for the site management of the Bitronics Division in Bethlehem. Frank’s education includes a BA in Business Management from Moravian College along with professional certificates in Leadership, Six Sigma, Production and Inventory Control. Top
Dwight Wood, VP Process Sales
Dwight is responsible for sales and business development within the Process Solutions business unit. He has been with NovaTech and predecessor companies since 1980 in various sales and market development roles. Dwight started his career with The Singer Company, Link Division, supporting domestic power and industrial simulation sales efforts. He later managed the company’s Military Command and Control Simulation marketing efforts. In 1989, he assumed an international market development role in the Industrial Simulation unit and led a number of key business development initiatives expanding the company’s market position and presence in Western and Eastern Europe. In 1997, he joined the Process Automation Division where he has served in a number of sales leadership roles. Dwight is a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. Top
Ray Wright, VP Utility Marketing
Ray Wright has sold and marketed automation products and systems for the past 30 years, including industrial robotics with Unimation (’81-85), Programmable Controllers at Modicon, (’87-’97) Protective relays at ABB, (’97-02) and substation automation and process automation at NovaTech (’02 to present). During this time, Ray has developed new approaches to automation problems, including the first industrial robot at General Motors Baltimore and suites of new products for substation automation while at Modicon, ABB and NovaTech. Ray’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (1978) and a Masters of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University (1985). Top