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ED SERRANO | Managing Director

Ed Serrano is the Managing Director of Vekta Automation.  Born in the USA, Ed moved to Australia after high school to study in a field that was not yet popular in the USA.  In 2004, he graduated from Curtin University (Perth, Western Australia) with Honours as a Robotical Engineer (Mechatronic Engineering).  Over the years, he has accumulated a considerable amount of experience with industrial automation projects in a variety of industries and countries.  Specifically, Ed has more than 10 years of experience with the Prefabricated Truss and Frame industry, all of which has involved the Razer linear saw and other forms of automation. With a solid understanding of the conditions and needs of truss plants and his experience in industrial automation, he has helped many plants overcome machinery obstacles and has been instrumental to the success of the Razer saws. 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.

Shelena & Ed Serrano Industry Export Award 2014

SHELENA SERRANO | Operations Manager

Shelena is Ed’s better half – married in 2006! A high school teacher before the days of Vekta and kids, Shelena has a strong personality and has always been up for a challenge. Teaching in some of the toughest conditions in Perth, she excelled and was well on her way to formidable roles within the education system. Despite her love for teaching, Shelena’s first priority is also to her family and she gave up the teaching career to raise her kids in the way that only a loving mother can. Today, Shelena somehow manages to look after the little ones as well as overseeing the Vekta accounts, marketing, and company growth strategies. As if this wasn’t enough, she is on the Executive Board for a large, Not-For-Profit organization (Communicare), has completed a Diploma in Business Governance, and is heavily involved in her children’s schools.  She seems to defy logic when it comes to what you might think one person was capable of in a given day, but does so with grace and a smile (most of the time!)

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KALLEN HAIR | Sales and Engineering Manager

Kallen is a cheerful and dedicated individual from a small town in country Western Australia. Growing up in his father’s workshop, which made its living designing and manufacturing agricultural machinery, he developed a keen interest in robotics and engineering from a young age. This resulted in Kallen completing a Bachelor of Engineering- Mechatronics at Curtin University in 2012. He joined Vekta as a Graduate Mechatronic Engineer in 2013, becoming involved in service and support,, research and development of new products and improvements of current products. Kallen has been instrumental in developing Vekta’s excellent reputation for customer service and technical support. In October 2018, Kallen with his wife Leandri and son Mathias; will relocate to Minnesota to manage Sales, Engineering and Customer Relations for Vekta USA. A loss for Australia but a massive gain for Vekta USA. As an avid ice hockey player, Kallen is excited about experiencing a true American ‘face-off’.

CAITLYN PLEWRIGHT | Adminstration Manager

Caitlyn is our Administration Manager, handling things from operational documents, accounts, human resources and marketing. She joined Vekta in 2012 as an admin assistant, working around her University classes as she studied for her Bachelor of Primary Education. Caitlyn has spent time assisting in all areas of Vekta, giving her a broad range of experience and knowledge of the happenings at Vekta. Upon completion of Caitlyn’s degree in 2015, she decided to stay on at Vekta and trained with Shelena to take over for her when she went on Maternity leave. She now works full time in her new role. At the start of 2018, Caitlyn decided that she no longer needed a social life and took up studying her Masters of Business Administration to help expand her knowledge and skill in her role.

Scott Henderson

SCOTT HENDERSON | Production Manager

Scott emigrated from Scotland with his wife Claire in February 2009. During his time in Scotland he completed his apprenticeship in marine engineering and shipbuilding as a fully qualified electrician, working offshore and onshore over a number of years to several countries.

Scott joined Vekta in July 2012 as an electrician but very quickly gained the position of production manager. Scott was married to Claire in February 1998 but left it a very long time to produce the best thing he has ever made – His daughter Elannah who joined the family in July 2014 only a short 16 years after they got married!!!

Quality is always a key factor with Scott and this shows in his work. He also has years of experience in renovating properties which is a good asset to have. While Scotland is a major tie to Scott, he became an Australian citizen in 2013 and is proud to call himself a proper Scozzie.

Chad - Engineering Manager

CHAD GOULDING | Engineering Manager

Chad is the engineering manager at Vekta Automation and oversees the development of new products. He joined Vekta in 2013 as a software engineer with past experience in the defence, telecommunication and video game industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Visualisation and has a keen interest in artificial intelligence and algorithm design. Outside of work, he enjoys gardening, bush walking, photography and watching esports. At dusk, Chad is sometimes spotted feeding homeless cats at the industrial park.

DARINA GASSANOVA | Customer Relations 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

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.

ROELAND VAN WINDEN | Mechanical Engineer

Roeland is originally from the Netherlands but moved to Auckland New Zealand as a child. After high school, he completed a NZ Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and worked for several years before realising the need to further his education and completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Design. During his degree, he worked for a robotic design company where he found his passion for automation and, for his final year project built a robotic arm that poured various drinks for customers at an engineering show, also showing his passion for a nice, cold beer!

Since then Roeland has travelled and worked in the UK, met his better half, Teresa, and started his family with two sons and a daughter. When he found the position at Vekta everything felt perfect and he is thoroughly enjoying his time back in the automation design seat and a fantastic team and workshop to support him.

RYAN BURTENSHAW | Service and Support Engineer- Melbourne

Ryan is our Support Engineer located in Melbourne. Born in New South Wales in 1987, he grew up in Queensland until 2015 when he moved to Melbourne with his lovely girlfriend, Marcilla. He 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, moving to application development in late 2014 before joining the Vekta family in 2017.

Ryan is a creative and hardworking problem solver with a flair for innovation and safety, he brings a versatile engineering skill set to the support team and a strong passion for continual development and advancement of automated and integrated systems.

In his spare time Ryan enjoys being inside and avoiding the sun like a vampire with his better half Cill.

THIEN NGUYEN | Service and Support Engineer

Thien is our new Service and Support Engineer, having graduated from Edith Cowen University with his Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronic Engineering, he is fresh out of the learning pot and ready to jump on this learning experience here at Vekta. Born in Perth in 1990 he was raised by both of his Vietnamese parents, and is a playful individual with the desire to understand how things work, this in turn, is what directed him down the pathway of Engineering. Outside of being a dedicated engineer, Thien enjoys watching a variety of team sports as well as venturing and exploring the world with his amazing partner, Srey.