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A team of leaders. A shared history.

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Todd Erdley, CEO

Todd serves as our CEO. He led the original team of co-workers that founded Videon, and he has emphasized teamwork and community as essential parts of work at Videon ever since. Early on, Todd envisioned a place where employees would work with one another in a supportive environment, producing high-quality products and enjoying themselves at the same time. That vision has been realized in Videon.

Todd still focuses on his vision for Videon. He assesses the industry, the market and our team to initiate course corrections in our goals and the paths we will use to reach them. He also identifies and works to develop our leadership team, driving the company towards our vision. Overall, his leadership helps us recognize where we want to be and plan our route to get there.

For Todd, the path to Videon began with BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Penn State. He remains an enthusiastic member of the Penn State community, having served on various committees like the College of Engineering's Industrial Professional Advisory Committee (IPAC) and frequently offering lectures in engineering classes. He also supports the community through extensive involvement in the Centre Region Entrepreneur Network and other local business groups. Todd is most at home on a bike—he's a cycling enthusiast and spends hours each week pedaling around central Pennsylvania.

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Paul Brown, President and CTO

As Videon's President and Chief Technology Officer, Paul focuses on product development and organizing our resources to meet corporate goals. He identifies the objectives, methods, and resources to combine Videon's software and hardware to create cutting edge products.

Paul was one of the original founders of Videon itself and has been an integral part of the organization ever since. He coaches youth soccer and chairs the board of Discovery Space, an educational museum for local children.

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Rob Bargo, COO

Rob is Videon's Chief Operating Officer and one of the original founders of Videon. He oversees operations at Videon which includes manufacturing, supply chain, quality, IT and service departments. Overall, he makes sure that the designs we create for our customers can be manufactured and serviced reliably and with high-quality results--while meeting the financial and timing constraints of different customers. His work on our AS9100 certification and the implementation of QRM manufacturing have made our Manufacturing Operations department truly world-class.

Rob earned an AAS in Electronics Technology from Pennsylvania College of Technology and, since that point, has worked in a number of related positions in technology operations. He currently is a board member of the Innovative Manufacturing Center of PA as well as co-champion of the MADE in Central PA group. Outside of Videon, Rob enjoys taking advantage of this region's excellent fly fishing.

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Joan Potter, Director of Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Joan is responsible for cultivating Videon's unique corporate culture. From recruiting and promoting the best-qualified candidates to fostering a creative, productive and effective environment, her role has expanded along with the company's growth. Joining Videon in its start-up phase, Joan was excited to have the opportunity to work with Todd Erdley who was a leader with a vision for an organization that would focus not only on growing a successful company but also on growing employees. The knowledge and experience gained from her involvement in three prior start-ups helped establish Videon’s initial office framework, policies, and procedures.

Joan enjoys promoting VeloVideon, our biking wellness program, as a model to other businesses in the community, and was instrumental in helping Videon earn the Silver Bike Friendly Business designation awarded by the League of American Bicyclists. For relaxation, she finds bicycling in central Pennsylvania’s beautiful countryside ideal.

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Jim Hudak, Board of Directors Member, (Retired) President of CIT Commercial Finance

Jim Hudak has more than 25 years of experience in corporate and leverage banking, specifically targeting middle-market companies. He has served in a number of capacities on the credit, underwriting and origination sides, and his areas of expertise include:

  • Private equity and M&A trends
  • Capital markets
  • Trends and convergence in media, information services and technology, entertainment and gaming, sports and communications sectors

Mr. Hudak started his career at Philadelphia National Bank in the mid-1980s, completing a formal bank training program and specializing in commercial real estate. He soon had roles at both Merrill Lynch and Citibank, where he worked in the Leveraged Finance division, leading many middle-market transactions. In 1991, he joined AT&T Capital in its Capital Markets Division and focused on large project financings and leverage leases. He soon joined with another partner and co-founded AT&T Capital's Telecom Group and eventually augmented it with media, entertainment, and other technology sector capabilities. Over the years, Mr. Hudak successfully guided this group through several accretive acquisitions, including Nomura, Newcourt Capital, Tyco, and CIT.

From 2010 to 2019, Mr. Hudak ran the Corporate Finance Group at CIT, which comprises leading industry verticals in Aerospace & Defense, Commercial & Industrial, Communications, Media & Entertainment, Energy and Healthcare. The Group is dedicated to servicing the specialized financing and advisory needs of small and middle-market companies in the United States and Canada.

Mr. Hudak received a BA from Bucknell University and an MBA from Cornell University. He is a former officer in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.

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John Vidmar, Board of Directors Member, (Retired) Director of Ben Franklin Transformation Business Services

Mr. Vidmar has been involved in start-ups and small companies for over 35 years. He has been founder, co-founder or partner in four business ventures and has served as a consultant for 70+ businesses. His experience in marketing and strategic issues has been focused on healthcare, financial and technology markets.

Prior to his retirement in April 2018, Mr. Vidmar worked with small businesses as the Founder and Director of the Transformation Business Services Network in 32 counties in Central Pennsylvania. Sponsored by the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, the project provides services and education directly to qualified manufacturing and technology companies. He also served as a member of the funding group making decisions for technology investments. Additionally, Mr. Vidmar spearheaded the effort to launch the Pennsylvania Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center which is now statewide and has over 1000 members in its database.

Mr. Vidmar received a BA in Advertising from The Pennsylvania State University.