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 over 20 years of experience in the fire service in California and in Washington State. He is currently a Fire Captain with a large Northern California Fire Department. 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 and attended USC before transferring and completing his BA at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Will began in the fire service in 1998 as a full-time firefighter while pursuing a degree in Information Systems from San Diego State University. He has worked in the San Diego region as a firefighter, paramedic, fire dispatcher, and flight rescue medic. He began his career with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District in 2005, leaving at the end of 2020 as an Assistant Fire Chief. While at Contra Costa County Fire, 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, integration systems, computer programming, and bringing functional mobile technology to the fire service industry. 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 was the Vice President of 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 has over 20 years of experience in 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.
Angel graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2016 and has since had experience as an Application Engineer (supporting customers directly in the field) and most recently a Software Developer in the Industrial Automation and Robotics industry. Angel brings his knowledge of C#/.NET, SQL databases and Node.JS to the TabletCommand team. He looks forward to applying his love of continuous learning to help the TabletCommand software stack advance and evolve to help customers find maximum utility from the product. Angel enjoys traveling, hiking and enjoying the great outdoors in his spare time.
Nelson is an accomplished business executive with a trades and public safety background. He worked with Ontario Hydro in Canada for a decade as an Electrical Inspector to improve electrical safety for clients and to reduce workplace fatalities. In the late 1990’s, Nelson turned his attention to managing fire ground risk for Fire Service organizations. To that end he set up and served as President of three private corporations in both the USA and Canada to provide risk management products. Educated at York University and Schulich School of Business, he has over the last twenty years built a strong network of clients and contacts within the Fire Service in North America and Australasia.
Eric joins Tablet Command as a Product Specialist after a 31-year fire service career with the Puget Sound Fire Department near Seattle, WA. Eric brings a command officer perspective and a core value of taking care of people. During his career, he served as a Shift Commander, as well as the Chief of Training for the South King County Fire Training Consortium, where he helped to develop a shared training division serving the needs of 12 neighboring organizations. As a regional Training Chief, he was an early promoter of Tablet Command as a platform to improve firefighter safety and consistency in operations. Eric retired as the Assistant Chief of Operations for Puget Sound Fire in 2020. As a member of Tablet Command, he looks to contribute further to improvements across the Fire Service industry.