VALMARC executive team includes industry leaders of unquestioned expertise – who revolutionized machine vision and track and trace by developing and introducing the Data Matrix 2D barcode and turning it into the global standard. Veterans of major executive and management consulting firms, including Deloitte and McKinsey, round out our leadership team.

Derek R. Spence — Chief Executive Officer - Chairman of the Board

Derek R. Spence - Valmarc’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board - succeeds Cofounder, Pat V. Costa. Derek joined Valmarc as an investor in 2012 and joined its Board in 2014 when Striker Partners became the lead investor in the Company. Derek has significant financial, operational and strategic business experience working with early stage ventures and growth equity platforms for more than two decades.

Derek is also a Managing Principal at Striker Partners, joining the firm in 1999 to help establish Striker’s investment strategy. He has primary responsibility for overseeing all of the activities of the firm, including sourcing, structuring and negotiating transactions, as well as evaluating operating performance, coordinating financial and legal due diligence and reviewing transaction agreements for Striker's Investments. Prior to joining Striker, Derek worked directly for the Office of the Chief Executive at Deloitte & Touche ("D&T") in New York, analyzing and executing principal investment opportunities for the firm on a global basis. While at D&T, he played a key role in structuring, negotiating and closing numerous transactions in various countries. Derek earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Curtis W. Howes - Cofounder - President - Member of the Board

Curtis W. Howes’ expertise in the Machine Vision, Automatic Identification and Logistics and Information Systems market sectors spans more than 25 years. Curtis served as Vice President of Automatic Identification for Robotic Vision Systems (RVSI) from 1997 to 2005. Earlier, he was Senior Program Manager and General Manager for Intermec Imaging Systems, a large barcode industry supplier and a division of Litton Industries.

Curtis also served as Senior Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute for the Department of Energy Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Richland, Washington. Curtis earned a MS in Information Systems from the United States Naval Postgraduate School, a MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

While a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1980s, Curtis was a member of the Corps’ Research, Development and Acquisition Command. Among other things, he was responsible for the planning and execution of a major research and systems engineering development effort in support of the interoperability of Marine Corps Tactical Data Systems. He was also appointed by the U.S. Military Communications Electronics Board (USMCEB) to represent the Defense Department at the NATO Tri Services Group on Communications Electronics Equipment for Data Distribution. He worked with his counterparts from other NATO member nations to find viable solutions to problems associated with the interoperability of international computer resources as they related to tactical data communications for major weapons systems, as well as wire and radio applications.

Diane E. Sarantopoulos - Cofounder - Vice President - Secretary - Member of the Board
With more than 20 years of experience in industrial barcode and machine vision industries, Diane E. Sarantopoulos has a major strategic advisory role at Valmarc Corporation and oversees a significant range of Valmarc’s operational activities. Diane’s impeccable judgment of people, projects and new ventures informs every significant company decision. Diane has worked with Valmarc Corporation’s other co-founders, Pat Costa and Curtis Howes, since 1995. In addition to her other responsibilities, Diane serves as Valmarc’s Secretary and Treasurer.
Dr. Ernest G. Henrichon, Jr. - Senior Vice President of Engineering & Technology
Dr. Ernest G. Henrichon, Jr. brings a wealth of experience to Valmarc Corporation. A recognized expert in Machine Vision, Smart Cameras and Industrial Inspection, Ernie served as Vice President of Engineering for the Acuity CiMatrix division of Robotic Vision Systems (RVSI), which developed the Data Matrix, the 2D barcode standard. It also developed a family of smart cameras, hand-held barcode scanners and integrated systems for machine vision, package inspection and product identification.

Earlier, Ernie was Vice President of Research, Development & Engineering for ICAD, developer and manufacturer of FDA-approved medical devices for scanning, digitizing, processing and analyzing mammogram films. He has also held executive engineering posts at Newport Technologies Inc, Imaging Technology Inc., Scientific Systems and Hendrix Technology.

Ernie earned his Ph.D and MSEE at Purdue University and his BSEE at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eric P. Johanson — Vice President of Systems Architecture & Software Engineering

Eric Johanson is the lead architect and designer of Valmarc Total Vision. Previously, Eric served as Principal Software Engineer at Newpoint Technologies, Inc. and Senior Software Engineer at C-Grams Unlimited. Early in his career, Eric was the lead architect and designer of an innovative and highly successful monitor and control software suite for the satellite communications industry. Eric earned his degree in software engineering from Daniel Webster College.

Brian R. Anderton — Vice President of Field Implementations & Services

Brian is a proven leader with over 18 years’ experience solving complex business problems on a global scale for brand owners and retailers. He has taken advantage of every opportunity to deepen his business and technical knowledge, developing expertise in Supply Chain, Brand Protection, Consumer Engagement, and Business Intelligence and Analytics.

As a Valmarc executive, Brian led teams that implement and support the Valmarc Total Vision (VTV) solution, a cloud-based solution, designed to create, share, and collaborate across “Big Data” global information platforms, utilizing Universal Interactive Serialization technology (QR codes, 2D barcodes, RFID, & NFC), and real-time data analytics, without loss of security or control of data. The VTV solution provides product visibility and traceability, combats counterfeiting and diversion, allows customers to communicate and collaborate with partners globally, gain worldwide logistics visibility, and connect with consumers directly and securely.

John S. O'Brien — Director of Business Development

John S. O’Brien has spent over two decades working with 2D barcode and related technologies and its applications to business problems and systems. John’s career includes the following positions: Unique Identification Program Manager/Director, Business Development, Siemens Energy & Automation, General Manager, RVSI Acuity CiMatrix Division, Vice President, Human Resources, RVSI and Vice President, Administration & CFO Charles River Data Systems, Inc. John earned a B.S. Economics from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Gordon K. Low - Member of the Board
Gordon K. Low has more than three decades of business and engineering experience. Gordon was a Principal and Practice Managing Director at Deloitte LLP in Boston. He also served as a Managing Director at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Calgary, Alberta and spent five years at McKinsey & Company. Gordon is licensed as a Professional Engineer by The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, Canada (APEGA).

Gordon earned his BS at Brigham Young University and his MS at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his thesis was on the commercialization of innovative technologies.

Pat V. Costa
In Memoriam

Pat V. Costa, CoFounder and former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board passed away early this year. He is, and will be, dearly missed for his vision, intelligence and fairness. Pat brought more than 30 years of experience in the Machine Vision, Automatic Identification and Information Systems market areas. Pat served as CEO and Chairman of Robotic Vision Systems (RVSI) from 1984 to 2005, building it into an industry leading $250 million company with a market cap of $500 million and a 75% market share. Under his leadership, RVSI developed the Data Matrix 2D barcode and secured its acceptance as the global standard.

Earlier, Pat was Publisher of Telecommunication Magazine, technical director for H.L. Livermore Company and executive vice president of GCA Corporation, a manufacturer of electronic equipment and semiconductor capital equipment. From 1986 to 1988, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Automated Vision Association (AVA), now called the Automated Imaging Association. Pat earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a MS in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BSEE from Northeastern University.