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 20 additional airports around the United States.
To date Vector has installed our VANTAGE aircraft ID and Tracking systems at 50+ airports worldwide. Airports range from busy international commercial airports to local GA airports.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Founder and President
Pete says "My favorite quote is "The three grand essentials of life are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." I'm lucky to have all these in my life, many contributed by Vector. The work we do for our clients is really worthwhile, I love the truly talented and dedicated team I work with at Vector, and lastly, I hope never to have to install another Vector system in Arizona during summer."
Pete has a BBA from the College of William and Mary and more than 30 years experience in the fields of corporate finance/accounting, software development, and aerospace. Pete has participated in Vector system installations at more than 40 airports around the world in some really harsh conditions but has come away from those trips with the greatest sense of satisfaction and some of the most lasting memories of his life.
Pete and his wife, Krista, were on the HGTV show "Curb Appeal" in 2005 at the same time he was starting Vector. (Season 17, Episode 12).
Vice President - Sales
Tom Breen is the Vice President of Vector Airport Systems. Tom has always been fascinated by airplanes and wanted to be fighter pilot growing up, but poor eyesight and motion sickness meant that career wasn’t likely. An interest in how things worked led to a degree in mechanical engineering and his first job out of college was in the aviation/airport field.
Over the past 25+ years Tom has worked at several different firms, small and large, but always in the aviation field - specializing in the tracking and identification of aircraft. Aviation gets in your blood making it hard to leave the industry and three years ago, Tom jumped at the opportunity to work at Vector Airport Systems in a senior leadership role. After working at billion dollar companies, where the contributions of any individual are hard to perceive, Tom is enjoying the challenges and benefits of working at small business where everyone’s contributions are appreciated and have a direct impact on the company’s success.
Tom races cars - real ones. He also flies planes - tiny ones.
Director - Software Engineering
Joel has always loved to live in new places: moving to Chicago in his late teens, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in Ohio at the College of Wooster, spending a semester in China and six months in England after graduation.
Once back in the US, Joel relocated to the Washington, DC area and began his career as a software engineer—building great solutions to help airports for several companies and many different technologies. Throughout the process and a number moves throughout the country and into technical management, building software for airports has remained a constant.
After a decade on the move, Joel finally found a place and company that could be “home” in Vector Airport Systems. Vector’s great team and unique combination of hardware and software products provide rewarding experiences and friendships, making it the perfect environment to put down roots and grow and flourish as an innovative technical leader.
Joel's brain is packed with an astounding amount of trivia: every movie, every restaurant, every gadget, literally anything we ever bring up in conversation. He's like a cross between Einstein and Forrest Gump - in a good way.
Director of Product and Organizational Development
Dave’s professional journey began with 9 years’ active duty in the USAF – or, going back further, working at every job in three of his dad’s small restaurants in Western New York State 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.
His dual role in working with our technologists on the Product Management side, and in spearheading initiatives that have helped to transform Vector into an organization that is poised for growth, is a perfect combination of the things that excite him.
When he’s not working, Dave can usually be found in the kitchen creating something savory; at the gym trying to minimize the impact of those savory creations; or in a quiet place reading or writing books.
Suzannah has over 20 years professional experience in management, operations, customer service and business administration. She graduated from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM under their “Great Books” Socratic-based curriculum.
Suzannah is driven by innovative thinking, intelligent people, and the desire to continuously learn. She has professionally excelled working with those in forward-thinking business areas where she can apply her analytical yet creative skills to teams and departments.
Despite a disdain for clichés she often quotes Esther Dyson: “Always make new mistakes."
Director of Operations
Business Development Manager
Ken has held nearly every position at Vector. Since joining in 2013 where he started as a customer service representative, Ken has also held the titles of Systems Manager where he managed installations, system fabrication, and field equipment logistics, and most recently, as Business Development Manager. Together, Ken and Tom are responsible for all sales and marketing strategy and implementation of Vector's products.
Ken currently works remotely from the California office, giving him a close relationship (and travel time) to Vector airports west of the Mississippi.
Ken has an impressive collection of amazing novelty socks. Look for him at the next conference to check them out. You won't be disappointed.