Volker Oakey has led NovaTech through several acquisitions and incarnations since he acquired the Power Measurement division of Roller-Smith corporation in 1979 and created Bitronics. He has gradually broadened the commercial and geographic breadth of the organization from a primarily domestic supplier of Power Measurement equipment for electric utilities into a global supplier of substation and process automation systems.
He began his business career in the finance department of Bethlehem Steel, where he rose to Assistant Treasurer of the Corporation. He also served as Treasurer of the raw materials division and served on the board of several joint ventures. He left Bethlehem Steel in 1987 to assume the chairmanship of Consep Membranes (today known as Suterra), a bio-agricultural company focused on non-toxic control of agricultural pests. He resumed the CEO role of NovaTech in 1999.
Volker serves on the board of directors of Bend Research Inc, a pharma and biopharma research firm with a world-wide reputation for solving challenges 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. He 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 Pennsylvania.
Aubrey “Buz” Zey founded NovaTech LLC in 1984. He has been instrumental in shaping the growth of the corporation by guiding of the company’s marketing, product development programs, and strategic acquisitions. His extensive engineering experience broadens the company’s offering and enhances the deep partnership relationship with many of our primary customers.
Before founding NovaTech, Buz held the position of VP of Technology for the Pritchard Corporation in Kansas City, where 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.
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.
Rod Ray was the CEO and chairman of the board of directors for Bend Research Inc. (BRI), a leading independent scientific development and manufacturing company. He started at BRI in 1983 and grew the company from a small contract R&D firm to nearly 300 employees. His expertise includes the management of pharmaceutical compounds through development to commercialization, and the commercialization of products ranging from electronics to 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.
Scott Pickering is the CEO and board member of ABEC, Inc, (www.abec.com), an integrated biopharmaceutical manufacturing firm headquartered in Bethlehem, PA. Scott joined ABEC in 2001 as President and COO, and became CEO in 2003. Since joining ABEC, the company has experienced tremendous global growth, opening offices and manufacturing facilities in Fermoy, Ireland, Springfield, MO., and Shanghai, China. He is also on the Board of Directors for United Gilsonite Laboratories.
Scott came to ABEC after eight years at GE, where he focused in Aerospace and Lighting and held multiple operations roles. During his time there he was a GE Six Sigma Black Belt and a GE Manufacturing Management Program graduate, in which he held four positions across two businesses for a time period of two years. Scott was responsible for focusing GE Lighting on process changes and business improvements that would impact both internal and external customers. Prior to ABEC, Scott also spent one year with Danaher at Anderson Instruments as the VP of Manufacturing. At Danaher he had full exposure and execution of the Danaher business system.
Scott has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and a MBA from Washington University. In his free time Scott coaches Youth Volleyball and Soccer teams, and enjoys being active and playing various sports.
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.
Jean Bandy joined NovaTech in May 2011 after working for MillerCoors brewing 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 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 has 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.
Jeff is responsible for NovaTech’s combined sales and marketing organizations and strengthening mutual interests across divisions. Jeff was previously Vice President of International Sales & Operations and responsible for NovaTech’s sales efforts outside the United States and Canada.
Prior to joining NovaTech he 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.
Jeff joined NovaTech in 2015 and is responsible for our overall marketing efforts, as well as strategic planning and educational services.
He was most recently with Tyco International where he held various roles in strategy and marketing. Prior to joining Tyco in 2008, Jeff worked for AMETEK where he supported a number of strategic acquisitions and worked with business unit leaders to identify adjacent growth opportunities. He began his career with DuPont, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, Six Sigma and product management.
Jeff holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management, both from Drexel University.
Alan started with NovaTech in 1993 after his graduation from the College of Engineering at Kansas State University. He was an Application Engineer, System Engineer and Project Manager before assuming duties as the Director of Engineering for the Orion Substation Automation and Cyber Security 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.
Paul is responsible for sales and business development within U.S. Electric Utilities.
Paul began his career in sales support with NovaTech in 1987 while attending the University of Missouri (Kansas City). 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. Paul was Director of Sales when the company was acquired in 1999 by World Wireless Communications, and he returned to NovaTech in 2003.
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.
Dwight is responsible for Process sales and business development within the U.S. 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.
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 has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (1978) and a Masters of Administrative Science from Johns Hopkins University (1985).