VPT’s Leadership Team
VPT’s leadership team is comprised of distinguished engineering and corporate professionals who have built VPT into the prominent high reliability power solutions provider it is today. Together, they lead every aspect of VPT’s success, from developing innovative technologies and processes, to delivering products to our global customer base. The team’s dedication to upholding exceptional company values is carried through to each member of VPT’s global team of talented employees and business partners.
Dan is the founder and CEO of VPT, Inc. He earned an S.B. degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. He started his career with RCA Astro-Electronics in 1978, designing electronic circuits and systems for satellites. In 1993, he co-founded VPT and has grown VPT to be the world’s leading supplier of advanced DC-DC power converters for military, commercial aerospace, and space applications. Dr. Sable orchestrated the successful acquisition of VPT by Heico Corporation in 2009.
In 2012, Dr. Sable accepted the position of Adjunct Professor of Practice in the Virginia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and now teaches one class per semester. He serves on the boards of several companies and assists several local entrepreneurs in business start-ups. In 2018, he was inducted into the Virginia Tech Academy of Engineering Excellence.
John joined VPT in 2003 as the CFO playing a key role in the company’s early growth and development. He was named President in 2010 and under his leadership the company has continued to grow becoming the world’s leading supplier of Hi-Rel power converters. John also serves as an executive board member of three VPT subsidiary companies.
Mr. Hodock began his career at Ernst & Young and has held various financial and operational positions with several manufacturing and high-tech companies. In total, he brings nearly 30 years of experience to VPT.
John is a Certified Public Accountant and honors graduate from West Virginia University.
Leonard has been with VPT since 2004 when he joined as a senior design engineer. He has developed PCB-based and hybrid DC-DC converters for Mil/Aero as well as space applications. As manager of space programs, he developed VPT’s DLA-approved radiation hardness assurance plan and led the development of a broad range of isolated and non-isolated space qualified hybrid DC-DC converter standard products. Leonard has been the Vice President of Engineering since 2014 and oversees the development and maintenance of DC-DC converters and EMI filters in three high reliability markets: space, military/commercial aerospace, and military COTS.
Prior to joining VPT, Leonard worked for the Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Division for two years developing power stages and control algorithms for Navy shipboard, high power, motor drives and power converters. Other work experience includes six years in the U.S. Navy with four years onboard a nuclear fast attack submarine. Leonard received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, specializing in power electronics in 2003 from Virginia Tech. In the Navy, Leonard completed a two-year classroom and hands on training program on the operation and electrical maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion systems.
Ben is Chief Financial Officer for VPT. He has been an employee since 2009, beginning with Heico Corporation’s acquisition of VPT in May of that year. Ben is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial integrity, processes and operations.
Previously serving as Assistant Controller and Controller, Ben has spent a decade working in various developmental capacities through the company’s growth, overseeing financial integration of strategic acquisitions, ERP implementations, IT systems development, public accounting consolidations and regulatory compliance, and long-range business planning. He began his career as a financial analyst for a sell-side boutique investment bank in Baltimore, MD before relocating to Blacksburg.
Ben graduated with a B.S. in finance and accounting from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and is a Certified Management Accountant.
Shawn Graham has been a key member of VPT, Inc. for twenty-three years and is a member of the Senior Management team, reporting to the President. He has occupied multiple roles at VPT including Chief Operations Officer, Executive Director of Quality, and various others. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Along with significant management involvement in all aspects of VPT, Shawn directly manages a department encompassing quality assurance, operations and facilities, mechanical and process engineering, test engineering, product failure analysis and customer support, program management, supplier management, and manufacturing over five facilities, domestic and abroad. He is the highest level interface for VPT’s suppliers, DLA Land and Maritime and GIDEP (government certification), quality registrar (ISO certification), and hybrid industry specification involvement (JEDEC).