As president of VTech Communications, Ernie is responsible for sales, marketing, operations, human resources and information systems. Prior to this role, Ernie was vice president of operations, directing the supply chain, sales support, transportation, distribution, returns and information technology departments as well as managing VTech's brand license with AT&T. His focus is on business growth, process improvement, operational excellence and customer satisfaction.
Ernie holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Connecticut College and an MBA from Babson College. Prior to joining VTech, he held several management positions with Verizon and GTE.
Vice President, Human Resources
Laura has led VTech’s U.S. human resources initiatives since 2000, steering workforce development, organizational dynamics/culture, risk management/safety, compensation and benefits. She collaborates with leaders in VTech’s U.S. and Hong Kong offices to help define and execute the company’s strategy from a human resources perspective. Laura provides HR leadership for the Telecom division as well as the Electronic Learning Products (toys) division, headquartered in Chicago.
Laura was nominated for, and won, the Portland Business Journal's HR Leadership Award. Laura’s passion for wellness led VTech to be voted one of the top 3 healthiest employers of its size by the Portland Business Journal in 2012. Her hard work and dedication has also helped VTech earn Platinum level recognition from the American Heart Association for worksite wellness.
Laura has a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from George Fox University, studied finance at the University of Washington and is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR®) by the Society of Human Resources Management. Prior to joining VTech, Laura provided HR leadership in various industries, including high-tech, manufacturing, distribution, health care and consumer electronics.
Vice President and General Counsel
Kenton's time with VTech dates from 2004, and as general counsel since 2006. His department manages the company's legal risks, which includes drafting agreements and negotiating transactions, protecting/defending the company's position in disputes, advising in areas of legal and business risk, and ensuring compliance with laws, regulations and corporate policy. Kenton also serves on VTech's 401k management committee.
Kenton has an engineering degree (magna cum laude) and a law degree (in 1982) from Vanderbilt University. Prior to VTech, he worked at Chevron and in a large law firm, then in-house at Dow Chemical Co., Enron, FEI and Williams Companies. He has spoken at the American Bar Association's annual meeting, was a presenter at several statewide continuing legal education seminars, and has published two legal articles: "The Development of e-Waste Regulation" and "Evolution of House Counsel Positions in the Face of the Asian Business Model."
Vice President, Marketing
Allison has been with VTech since 2003, leading the corporate and channel marketing functions for the company. Allison is tasked with developing strategic advertising, public relations and marketing communication plans to build the brand and support the sales objectives of the U.S. operation. In addition, the marketing team is responsible for delivering pricing strategy and channel programs to support the retail, business and hospitality divisions.
Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Portland State University. Prior to joining VTech, she held several management roles in channel strategy and marketing with McCaw Communications and AT&T Wireless.
Senior Vice President, Sales
Since 1992, Matt has held a variety of management positions at VTech, in areas including account management, sales, distribution, product management and pricing. Today, he leads sales and product marketing for the retail and hospitality divisions. Matt is also responsible for managing VTech’s brand license agreement with AT&T.
Matt is an alumnus of Oregon State University where he studied economics.
Vice President, Finance
A CPA licensed in Oregon, Gerrit has managed all financial reporting, accounting and taxation for VTech since 2002. Before joining VTech, Gerrit oversaw similar functions at a benefits consulting firm. Early in his career, he gained public accounting and taxation experience working for a predecessor of Deloitte & Touche. He also served in management roles in the mining, distribution and leasing, and commercial loan subsidiaries of PacifiCorp.
Gerrit is a member of the Oregon Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Executives Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and management from Portland State University.
Vice President, Business Phones
Vice president of VTech’s business phones, Graham joined the company in May 2011. He manages the business phones division, overseeing North American sales, channel strategies and e-commerce initiatives.
Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in biological and biochemical sciences from the University of Salford (UK) and an MBA from Georgetown University with a focus on strategy, technology and international business. Graham has 20 years of experience in a variety of strategic roles within the technology and telecommunications sectors, including seven years at Avaya in various channel roles.
Vice President, Operations
Nick joined VTech in 1999 and has directed a variety of areas since then, including finance, supply chain and sales support, as well as working closely with VTech’s U.S. and Hong Kong leadership teams to help define and execute the company’s successful entry into new business development. In his current role, he leads the company’s U.S. operations initiatives—specifically overseeing the supply chain, sales support, transportation, distribution, returns and end user support areas.
Nick has a bachelor’s degree in business management, marketing and finance from Washington State University. Before coming to VTech, Nick held leadership positions in the high-tech and financial industries. He was also a principal and co-founder of a financial services firm in Minneapolis prior to returning to the Pacific Northwest.