John L. Shetrone Jr
President and CEO
John founded Vision in 2000 as President and CEO, and has since guided its growth and success to its current level of nearly 500 employees, with revenues exceeding $117 million annually. With a hands-on approach, John is involved in the development of Vision’s strategic direction, identifying promising technologies and lines of business.
John’s passion for delivering 100% customer satisfaction and a world-class customer experience, has led to the development of a culture-training curriculum focused on customer service, exceeding expectations, and creating raving fans, which he presents. John’s service in the U.S. Navy resulted in a service-related disability, enabling Vision to secure a prime contracting role on the GSA VETS GWAC program, a $5 billion government-wide acquisition vehicle.
John holds a degree in electrical engineering from Capitol College and a Master of Administration Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to Vision, John was a co-founder and principal of the Apex Group, a network integration company sold to ADC Telecommunications in 1997. Recognized as a local business leader by SmartCEO Magazine, the Baltimore Business Journal, and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition, John’s leadership has seen Vision rank steadily in the INC 500/5000, and recognized by CRN Magazine as a national Top 20 Value-added Reseller.
SVP and COO
Kevin is an information services principal with over 25 years of progressive technical and managerial experience. In his role as COO, he is responsible for all aspects of Vision’s division activities – including daily operations, long-range planning, and overseeing several of Vision’s major accounts.
As a founding partner, Kevin was integral to Vision’s strategic direction and rapid expansion and today continues to oversee expansion of operations and services to meet revenue and profitability goals. His close partnership with Vision CEO, John Shetrone, dates back to 1992 when he was hired by Mr. Shetrone for The Apex Group, rising quickly from engineer to director for the mid-Atlantic region, and helping oversee the migration of The Apex Group to an ISO 9001-certified company in 1997.
Kevin’s technical background and expertise date back to his service in the United States Air Force, where duties included installing, testing, and maintaining secure telecommunications systems in a highly classified environment. He was repeatedly recognized for the quality of his work, earning two Air Force Achievement Awards and numerous letters of commendation.
Albert (Al) Saxon
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Al joined Vision in January 2001. In his role as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, he actively leads sales and marketing efforts, focusing on developing new opportunities through vendor partnerships, and developing new markets and technologies. An early member of the Vision executive team, Al was responsible for the implementation of highly successful sales and marketing strategies which led to Vision’s successful transition from a commercial-only enterprise to commercial/federal contractor.
Responsible for the development of Vision Technologies’ Schedule 70 contract, Al previously led the company’s efforts to secure the VETS GWAC contract, establishing a record of flawless performance and project execution. As a result, Vision was recognized as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Hottest Companies in the U.S., CRN Magazine’s Top 20 Fastest Growing VARs for 2010, and as an Inc. 5000 company for the last 4 years in a row.
Al was a founding member of the Maryland Chapter of the Elite Service-Disabled Veteran Business Network; President and founding member of the Veterans Industry Advisory Committee (VETS GWAC); former member of the CRN Fast Growth Advisory Board; and leads Vision’s efforts in support of a variety of veteran and service-disabled veteran causes.
S. Michael Quade
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Michael joined Vision in 2005. In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Michael oversees a staff that provides broad-ranging internal services, including accounting, finance, treasury, credit/collections, human resources, management information systems, payroll, purchasing/materials management, and warehousing.
Most recently, Mr. Quade’s focus has been on creating integrated systems, enhancing banking and strategic relationships and creating tools to manage and control increasingly complex and disparate activities. His team is also responsible for the development of new services for Vision’s customers, including an on-line, customer-facing project-management office, allowing Vision to provide 24/7 project status updates to customers across the U.S.
Michael is a Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of comprehensive, progressive experience in providing accounting and strategic financial management services to leading-edge firms, with twelve of these as part of Vision during its critical growth phases that have seen the company’s revenue grow to over $105 million annually.