Meet the Tablet Command team!
Van served the Stockton Fire Department from 1997 through 2014, when he retired as a Battalion Chief. Throughout his career, he was active in the development and delivery of Fire Service training with a focus on Urban Search and Rescue (US&R), and Emergency Planning and Management. Serving as a subject matter expert during the 2004 revision of the FIRESCOPE Operational System Description for US&R, and a member of the curriculum development team for the California US&R system, Van developed a global perspective related to the needs of the fire service. When initially exposed to Tablet Command, he was skeptical about the solution and relevance to the needs of his organization. As one of Tablet Command’s first Enterprise Users, his skepticism quickly became advocacy. Following his retirement, Van joined the Tablet Command team in a customer support/success role, and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer by the Board in May of 2017.
Andy has 18 years of experience in the fire service in California and in Washington State. He is currently a Captain in Contra Costa County. Andy has a visionary mind and has provided many of the conceptual aspects that are foundational to Tablet Command. Andy is passionate about continuing to improve the Tablet Command solution, by using it in the field, learning from other users’ experience, and sharing his in. Prior to working in the fire service Andy was a teacher.
Will began in the fire service in 1998 and previously served the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District as an Assistant Fire Chief. Will oversaw the Communications Division of the Fire District including the 911 Center, Radio, Telecomm, and Information Technology. Will is passionate about fire communications systems, computer networking, database systems, computer programming, and bringing functional mobile technology to the fire service. He represents an unusual mix of fire service insight and technological expertise.
With more than 17 years of professional programming experience, Marius has been with the team since the first line of code was written in April 2012. His experience ranges from Linux system administrator, PHP, mySQL, Postgres, Sybase/SQL Server, C#, .net, Hadoop via Azure, and broad web and mobile technologies. More recently, he has been focusing on Objective-C, Swift, and Node.js.
John brings a unique combination of fire service and technology experience, which started when he worked for CMC Rescue in college. Later, he ran a Lee & Associates Rescue Equipment training and equipping firefighters all over California. He met Van at a confined space instructor course in 1998. Most recently, John was the Director of Technology for Ojai Valley School, an independent college preparatory school, where he modernized the network and server infrastructure, managed the technical aspects of the school’s web site and implemented student and course management systems. He is excited to be working again with the fire service!
Tony has forty years of sales, marketing, and business experience. He worked for many years as a marketing manager in the technology sector where he created and managed comprehensive business and marketing campaigns. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Davis. In his spare time Tony and his wife enjoy spending time with their children and six grandkids.
Thom began public service as a US Marine in 1983. He continued serving as a Graduate Public Service Intern at the University of Illinois while earning an MBA. Thom then had a 20 year award-winning career with IBM in software sales. He began working with fire departments as an executive at Target Solutions in 2010, leading the company to significant financial growth. Thom joined the Tablet Command team as the Director of Sales in 2016.
Patrick Harper is a 21-year veteran of the fire service and has served on volunteer, combination, and career fire departments. He currently is the Executive Officer of the Indianapolis Fire Department’s 3rd Battalion, and serves on the faculty of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Leadership Academy. Patrick served five years as the District 4 Fire Training Coordinator and was a founding instructor of the Central Fire Academy. He is also an Associate with the Gasaway Consulting Group where he teaches company officer leadership and development throughout the United States.
WIth over a decade of professional programming experience, Steven came onboard in 2015 as the lead integration engineer, working with clients to enable Enterprise functionality with their respective CAD systems. Experience with C#, .Net, SQL Server, Java, and PHP. He has direct experience with Emergency Communications, Dispatch Center operations, and Fire Service operations, supporting all aspects of technology, from servers to devices in the field, and CAD/RMS/PCR vended applications to full-stack in-house development.