VECTOR AIRPORT SYSTEMS
ABOUT OUR CLIENTS
The Vector team recognizes the dedication and hard work it takes to run and maintain an airport. That's why our team works diligently every day to bring you imaginative, intuitive, high-value solutions to aid in achieving your mission.
Our First Client: Vector was founded in 2005 to provide airports a better way to manage aircraft landing fees. This solution, PlanePass, was first implemented at Massport's Hanscom Field and has undergone continuous improvement while also being implemented at dozens of airports around the United States.
To date Vector has installed systems at 60+ airports worldwide, ranging from busy international commercial hubs to local GA airports.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Founder and President
Pete Coleton is the Founder and President of Vector Airport Systems. Pete drives Vector's overall business strategy and coordinates the efforts of Vector's individual departments and divisions. He has established Vector's company culture and provided the vision that has grown Vector from a startup to a recognized industry leader in airport solutions.
Pete has a business degree from the College of William and Mary and more than 30 years experience in the fields of corporate finance & accounting, software development, and aerospace technology. Pete's multidisciplinary background allows him to have a hand in guiding all of Vector's efforts, from business development and finance to project management, software development, material fabrication, field installation and client services.
Vice President and Chief Engineer
Tom directs Vector's domestic and international sales and marketing initiatives, provides technical consulting to Vector's clients on topics of airport operations and noise management, and works closely with Vector's software and product teams on product innovation.
Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace field, but his fascination with aviation started with childhood dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and has translated that technical approach into achievements in several aviation industry segments, including acoustical engineering, information systems management, project management, product design and operations consulting. He is a member of the ASME and INCE, a regular presenter at conferences, and holds multiple patents for aerospace-related systems.
Though he never became a fighter pilot, Tom's technical approach and breadth of skills have made him a recognized national leader in the aerospace field.
Director of Software Engineering
Joel manages Vector's software team, providing the leadership and technical vision to develop, implement and maintain Vector's internal and client-facing software platforms. He works closely with Vector's product design and operations teams to maximize the value Vector's solutions provide to clients.
Joel began his career in software engineering after earning a BS in Computer Science from the College of Wooster, a small liberal arts school in Ohio. While he has worked for firms both small and large, building software and solutions for the aviation industry has remained a constant. Vector's unique combination of hardware and software products has provided Joel a rewarding environment in which to grow and flourish as an innovative technical leader.
Joel has particular expertise in developing systems that integrate multiple sources of flight-tracking data into intuitive software interfaces. Vector relies on Joel's expertise and technical skill to develop to provide high-impact, user-friendly products.
Director of Product and Project Management
Dave leads Vector's Product Management team, working with Vector's technologists to develop and innovate Vector's product line. He also serves as Vector's Project Manager, leveraging his PMP certification and focus on client satisfaction to drive successful product implementations.
In addition to numerous professional certifications, Dave holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY-Buffalo and an MBA from the University of Maryland. Dave's professional journey began with 9 years’ active duty in the USAF – or, going back further, working at every job in his dad's small restaurants in upstate New York, when he learned the value of hard work and caring for customers by emphasizing quality in every meal and customer interaction. After the military, Dave settled into a long career working in various aspects of the software industry as a trainer, QA specialist, product and project manager, and as a human capital technology consultant to many well-known companies.
In addition to his role on the Product and Project Management side, Dave spearheads organizational development initiatives that help transform Vector into an organization that is poised for growth -- a perfect combination of the things that excite him.
Director of Operations
Suzannah directs Vector's PlanePass and Systems teams. Her ability to cultivate excellence across multiple teams helps ensure that Vector's products provide maximal value to its clients while simultaneously creating a rewarding and engaging work experience for Vector's staff.
A graduate of the St. John's College 'Great Books' curriculum, Suzannah has over 20 years professional experience in management, operations, customer service and business administration. She is driven by innovative thinking and the desire to continuously learn, with a keen eye towards process improvement. At once analytical and drawn to big ideas, Suzannah contributes significantly both to Vector's technical excellence and commitment to company values.
Director of Finance and Administration
Patrick directs Vector's Finance and Administration teams. He administers client contracts and manages Vector's accounting, insurance, compliance, benefits and other HR-related functions. His multifaceted role allows him to engage with both Vector's clients and staff in multiple arenas.
Prior to joining Vector, Patrick spent 15 years in the hospitality industry, managing high-end properties in New York City and Washington, DC. The broad range of operations and administrative responsibilities required in hospitality management made Patrick uniquely positioned for his role with Vector. He holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and enjoys translating data-driven insights into real-world improvements that provide value to clients and internal stakeholders alike.
JEFFREY HOLCOMB Executive Director - Africa
Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Jeff serves as an Executive Director, pursuing new business opportunities and fostering client relationships across the African continent. He liaises with civil aviation authorities, economic advisors and other ministerial entities to explore how Vector's products can provide airspace management tools and maximize overflight fee revenues.
Jeff retired from a US Army Special Operations military career in 2004. Since then, he has led multinational businesses across multiple disciplines, including aviation infrastructure development in Africa. Jeff is an experienced Director and Executive with a demonstrated history of successful, profitable project execution. He is also SCUBA qualified, an avid alpine and rock climber, skydiver, mountain biker and fitness enthusiast. Jeff speaks fluent Spanish and German and is involved in several philanthropic efforts.
Executive Director - Africa
Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Zulekha serves as an Executive Director, developing new markets for Vector's overflight billing & collection solution. She works with government advisers and business leaders to illustrate how Vector's ability to maximize overflight revenue can increase cash flow and accelerate aviation infrastructure development.
Zulekha has two decades experience in technology industry verticals in airspace, telecommunication, and financial services. Her roles have spanned business development, relationship management and project management. Zulekha has lead several multi-country product implementations in Africa for globally recognized companies, many focusing on the development and modernization of aviation infrastructure. She is a passionate about customer success and enjoys collaborating with cross-functional teams to execute projects on the national and regional scale.
Business Development Executive
Fred serves as Business Development Executive on Vector's domestic and international sales and marketing team. Fred interacts primarily with Vector's PlanePass clients, illustrating how the product can benefit their operations. Relying on his finance training, Fred built the Vector Airport Revenue Modeling Tool that accurately models and provides 'what-if' analysis for any airport in the country.
Fred started in aviation industry after receiving an MBA from the University of South Carolina. Before his graduate studies, Frederick held positions of escalating responsibility in the finance field. He earned a BS in Finance and another BS in Mass Communications from Boston University. He is a regular presenter at aviation industry conferences and holds a patent for an aviation-related system.
Business Development Manager
Ken is a Business Development Manager and member of Vector's sales & marketing team. Together, Ken, Tom and Fred are responsible for sales & marketing strategy and implementation of Vector's products. Ken focuses primarily on small- to medium-sized GA and reliever airports.
Since joining Vector in 2013, Ken has held multiple positions. Starting as a customer service representative, he also held the title of Systems Manager -- where he managed installations, system fabrication, and field equipment logistics -- before transitioning into sales. His experience in other roles has given Ken a unique and valuable perspective on Vector's product line.
A Virginia native and University of Virginia graduate, Ken currently works remotely from California, facilitating a close relationship with Vector's clients in the Western US.