As a young helicopter Crew Chief (mechanic) in the US Air Force, our Founder, Mr. Norman Serrano discovered that helicopter vibrations increasingly worsened prior to breaking down. Through creating a process to dynamically balance spinning subsystems within the helicopter platform, including the main rotor and tail rotor systems, Mr. Serrano reduced maintenance time from weeks down to hours.
As a result of his research and efforts, his unit quickly attained 100 percent operational readiness, achieving 2,500 flight hours with no mission cancellations. The success of his unit drew the attention of one of the pioneers of the balancing industry, Mr. Jim Chadwick, who recruited Mr. Serrano to be one of Chadwick-Helmuth's lead Applications Engineers.
For various reasons, Mr. Serrano felt the helicopter industry was on the wrong path in trying to resolve their inherent vibration issues and he decided to become an independent consultant so he could conduct the research and development he believed would solve the underlying challenges the industry faced both then and today.
After thousands of hours of R&D, he successfully developed the Vibration Intelligent Balance Solution (VIBS, pronounced as vibes) technology. Since then IVT has been able to apply the VIBS technology to almost anything that spins in other industries, including Aviation, NASCAR, Transportation, Green Energy and much more.
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Our Leadership Team
Norman Serrano, Founder and Chief Technologist
Norman is recognized worldwide as an expert in vibration and has developed multiple vibration balancing patents. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aeronautical Engineering and spent his career focusing on vibration issues. He has been featured in magazines and as a leading speaker on vibration at technical seminars sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Professional Aircraft Maintenance Association, Flight Safety, Popular Rotorcraft Association and others. He has written many articles and training manuals on dynamic balancing of vibrations, including a manual for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Lee weatherby, CEO
Lee has a degree in Computer Information Systems from CalState Polytechnic University. He founded Accurate Automotive, where he became nationally recognized as an industry leader by many automotive professional organizations focusing much of his career on vibration issues. He was involved early on in the development of the company’s vibration technology and has been a consultant to NASCAR teams and automotive component manufacturers among others.
matthew sites, chief strategist and cfo
Matt comes to IVT having served in a number of roles including Chief Financial Officer; Senior Advisor of Channel Sales & Development; VP of Corporate Development; and Program Manager where his responsibilities included IT, cybersecurity, energy, aviation, and transportation. He served as both an enlisted Soldier and Officer within the National Guard, including leadership positions within the National Guard Bureau Office of Legislative Liaison and Army Operations Center at the Pentagon.
michael isom, senior ADVISER
Michael has consulted numerous Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, as well as the U.S. and foreign governments on legal, strategy and legislative matters, often regarding emerging and disruptive technologies. He has a B.A. in Chinese from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Georgetown University. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, a methodology to improve business processes by utilizing statistical analysis. He is also a reserve officer in the US Army, where he has taught at the US Army War College, and advised both US and foreign governments on programmatic and technology issues.
scott simonton, chairman
Scott has been co-founder of national and international companies and is co-founder of OfferPad, LLC, currently the fastest growing company in Arizona, and Starwood Custom Homes LLC, the largest custom home construction company in Arizona. His business ventures, in addition to vibration technology, include real estate construction and development of master planned communities, healthcare, water purification, manufacturing, bottling, retail food, farming, and financial services. He is a CPA, SRA, CRA, RMU, and MREC.
george field, Sr. Engineer
George has many patents for innovative technologies in the field of sensors and micro-processors. He worked on the Polaris, Minuteman and Athena missile programs, and instrumentation for the experimental Beryllium Oxide Nuclear Reactor. He was an early innovator incorporating micro-processors into the design of audio spectrum analyzers, and also incorporated diagnostic micro-processors into the E-Systems, TACAN and VOR navigation systems. He co-founded Metrolab Inc. and contributed to the development of the U.S. GPS and ARGO navigation systems.
neil harrison, chief software engineer
Neil is recognized internationally in the field of computer science and is Chairman of the Department of Computer Science at Utah Valley University. He received a B.S. in computer science from Brigham Young University, a Master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University, and a PHD in computer science from the University of Groningen. He has written numerous books, papers, and articles on computers programming, languages, and software. He has also developed tutorials on organizational patterns, domain analysis, and many others. He is the recipient of multiple academic excellence and research awards, and the the Neil Harrison Shepherding Award was named in his honor and is awarded at all Pattern Languages of Programming conferences.
mike callahan, Director of operations
Mike retired as US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with over 3,000 hours of helicopter flight time. He has a degree in Business Administration and Masters in Computer Information Systems. He completed two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and 24 years in the Air Rescue Service. He was Chief of Academics, instructor pilot, functional check flight pilot and served as CIO for the City of Anchorage and State of Alaska before coming to IVT.
matt shannon, outside sales director
Matt is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel and has extensive experience in both his military and civilian roles. His responsibilities have included serving as the Bi-Lateral Affairs Officer to the European country of Georgia, where he coordinating teams for the US Army, Air Force, European Command and National Guard. He also served as the lead military officer within the Embassy’s Defense Attaché Office.