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ED SERRANO | Managing Director

Ed Serrano is the Managing Director of Vekta Automation. Born in the USA, he moved to Australia to study Mechatronic Engineering at Curtin University. Ed graduated in 2004 with Honours and then started working for PFP Technologies with the Razer Linear Saw. In 2009, Ed purchased the IP and rights to the Razer saw and formed Vekta Automation with his wife and brother. Ed has over 14 years experience with industrial automation projects specifically for the timber Truss and Frame industry. With a solid understanding of the conditions and needs of truss plants and his experience in industrial automation, he has helped many plants improve their production and business through automation. Ed’s success in combining his abilities as an Engineer and a Business Director was officially recognised when he was named the 2018 Winner for the Medium Business Category- 40under40 in the Business News Awards. However, if asked what he’s most proud of, Ed would always say his family! Two beautiful little girls, a cheeky son and an amazing wife are what really makes Ed tick! His family is the only thing that takes a higher priority in his life.

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JEFF SERRANO | Director

 

Jeff Serrano, Ed’s younger brother is the third owner of Vekta Automation. Jeff always had an interest in Mechanical Engineering which saw him attend University at Purdue, USA. From the outset, Jeff brought fresh and clever ideas to address mechanical shortcomings of the Razer Saw and ancillary equipment resulting in Vekta equipment being more reliable, having improved functionality and being easier to maintain. In October 2014, Jeff started the US Manufacturing facility- Vekta USA in Minnesota. Jeff married Ashley in 2015 and they are about to welcome their first baby, pushing their three cats down the line of importance.

DARINA GASSANOVA | Customer Service Manager

Darina joined Vekta in July 2018, as our Customer Relations Manager. She comes to Vekta with a wealth of customer service and management experience having previously worked at Swagelok and RAC. In 2015, Darina was named the RAC employee of the year. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Taxation and has completed various Entrepreneurship, management and sales coaching programs. In 2016, Darina was involved with Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnership that involved working on a project to help keep Indigenous families together. In her spare time, Darina enjoys camping and going on hiking adventures with her dog Jet, who is a dingo cross kelpie. For her holidays, Darina prefers to head North, with the Kimberley and Kakadu being her favourite places. Darina’s hidden talent is Ukranian dancing, and even appeared on television show, Australia’s Got Talent!

MATT RAMAGE | Engineer

Matt is a highly skilled Mechatronic Engineer with a diverse skill set and experience covering electronic, software, and mechanical engineering. He has a keen interest in how things work, and is highly motivated to constantly improve everything he is working on. Matt studied at Curtin University in Perth and received his degree in Mechatronic Engineering with Honours before obtaining his doctorate. Before Vekta, Matt started out designing and building the embedded systems for tools and accessories for the Perth Bomb Response Unit’s robot. He then moved to a local aerospace company to lead the development team designing new unmanned aircraft systems. With this history, Matt has a strong focus, on safety and reliability being fundamental. On the weekend you would often find Matt camping, wakeboarding or just enjoying the great outdoors of WA with his wife Kristy and son Benjamin.

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SIMON DUTTON | Support Engineer

 

Simon is a man with many talents. From being a commercial helicopter pilot, serving in the Army Reserves to graduating with first class honours in Mechatronic Engineering. In fact he has come full circle with his very first job being in the timber industry and now experiencing first hand how technology is benefiting the industry. Simon has extensive experience in delivering technical support services in fast-paced, high pressured environments and making sound judgements when analyzing problems and creating innovative solutions- perfect combination of skills for Vekta USA. Simon has undergone extensive training with Veka Australia and is excited to bring those skills and benefits to Vekta USA’s customers. Simon has a passion for travelling and adventure activities- in fact he has even swam with freshwater crocodiles and camped under the stars in the Aussie outback.

RYAN BURTENSHAW | Service and Support Engineer- Queensland

Ryan is a creative and hardworking problem solver with a flair for innovation and safety. Since 2017, he has brought a versatile engineering skill set to the support team evidenced by his passion for the continuous development and advancement of automated and integrated systems. Ryan holds two engineering degrees from the University of Southern Queensland majoring in Computer Systems and Electrical/Power. Ryan began his engineering career in the energy sector, working for a power distribution company in Rural Queensland for 6 years before moving to application development. If Ryan is not on-site on the weekend, he will be inside and avoiding the sun like a vampire with his better half Cill.

NICK TISDALL | Service and Support Engineer- New Zealand

In July 2018, Nick Tisdall (Bachelor of Engineering with honours in Mechatronics) joined Vekta’s support team. In November 2018, Nick will relocate to Auckland, New Zealand bringing with him the Vekta excellence, knowledge and skills Vekta’s technical Engineering team are renowned for. Nick has the perfect combination of being mechanically minded, experience servicing many different types of machines, workshop skills including welding, turning and CNC milling plus a passion for programming. At Vekta, he has enjoyed experiencing the amount of time and the level of workmanship from the engineers, programmers, fabricators, fitters and electricians, that goes into building an industrial machine as complex as the Razer. As well as the commissioning and installation process- seeing the Razer cut jobs was a satisfying moment. Nick enjoys fishing, hunting and diving and going on adventures with his partner Jade and their two dogs. His family come from Tavewa island in Fiji that is only 3 square kilometres with no roads.

DAVID RICHARDSON | Service and Support Engineer – Victoria

David is a qualified Mechanical Engineer graduating from Charles Darwin University with Honours. He completed his degree living as an external student in Cairns. David has always had an avid interest in mechanical fitting, with many of his childhood weekends spent helping his Dad rebuild his motorbikes and tinkering with his Meccano set. As an adult, this translated into rebuilding broken motorbikes and reselling them, providing essential experience with mechanical fitting as well as supporting him through university.

When asked, “What have you found most surprising about the Timber, Frame & Truss Industry?”

David commented, ‘The versatility and prevalence in which timber is used in construction. Coming from the Northern Territory I grew up with homes and buildings that were steel and brick construction but with my introduction into the timber industry through Vekta I have realised just how important timber is with its wide spread uses in every level of construction.’