Innovation and Accountability

  • Volker Oakey

    Chairman & CEO

    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.

  • Alan Staatz

    Vice President and General Manager : Substation Automation

    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.

  • Jean Bandy

    Vice President and General Manager : Process Operations

    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.

  • Buz Zey

    Director : Technical Advisory

    Aubrey “Buz” Zey founded NovaTech LLC in 1984. He was instrumental in shaping the growth of the corporation by guiding of the company’s marketing, product development programs, and strategic acquisitions. Buz retired from the Presidency at the close of 2018, and remains on our Board of Directors in a technical advisory capacity.

  • JoAn Mann

    Director : Organizational Effectiveness

    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

    Director : Strategy and Technology

    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

    Director : Business Development

    Scott Pickering is the CEO and board member of ABEC, Inc, (, 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.