David Conkle - President
David Conkle is the Founder and President of Viewpoint Systems. David started Viewpoint in 2011 when he decided that there was a growing need for a line of ruggedized monitors that were simple to operate, easy to install, reliable and could be manufactured at a lower cost than what was currently available in the market. Mr. Conkle has over 20 years’ experience in engineering and electronics manufacturing. David graduated from Sewanee University with a degree in physics and started his career by serving his country and joining the U.S. Navy as an officer in the nuclear submarine program. David was stationed on the USS Florid SSBN 728 for three years and left the Navy honorably after receiving his Naval Nuclear Engineering Certification. David then went to work for IBM as a quality engineer and during his third year he assumed a management position over a team of quality engineers. David left IBM in 2000 to pursue a Master in Business Administration and Master in Information Management degree from Arizona State University. After graduating David went to work for Jabil Circuit, a large electronic contract manufacturer. During his time at Jabil David designed a global supply chain software application and managed a $100M customer account in Eastern Europe. David left Jabil in 2007 and went to work for a rugged display manufacturer where he served as the Director of Operations before he founded Viewpoint Systems. David enjoys hiking, fishing, boating, and triathlons.
Eric Prochaska - Inside Sales / Program Management
Eric Prochaska serves as Viewpoint’s inside sales engineer along with providing program management on custom design monitor projects. Eric has over 30 years’ experience in engineering, manufacturing, corporate level operations, quality engineering and business development. Prior to joining Viewpoint Eric was Senior Principal Consultant at CCXOS Inc. where he provided product development expertise, cost estimating, process analytics, technical and proposal preparation services to firms in the defense industry, electronics, software development, systems integration, manufacturing, information security and health-care information technology. Eric work experience is extensive and diverse from participating in new business startups to being part of the management team that grew Manufacturing Technology, Inc. from $5M in revenue to $70M over a period of ten years. Mr. Prochaska has served in a number of positions during his career including Design Engineer, Operations Manager, Program Manager, Business Unit Manager, Engineering Manager and Director of Proposals & Contract Administration. With a strong knowledge of what it takes to transition a business from the startup phase to solidifying a market base, Eric has been responsible for not only project and engineering management but aspects of resource allocation, budgeting, customer relationship management, procurement and organizational leadership. Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology from the University of West Florida and is a member of the Program Management Institute. Eric enjoys sailing and high performance road cars.
John Kirkpatrick - Operations
Mr. Kirkpatrick has been involved in Production and Operation Management since completing his education in 1992. John's undergraduate degree is in Commerce and Business Administration while his graduate studies were in Applied Statistics and Management Science. Most of John's career has been spent in manufacturing with advanced materials such as carbon fiber, thermoset and thermoplastic adhesives, and honeycomb sandwich panels produced in a semi-automated manufacturing environment.
In addition to his duties as operation / plant manager; John has overseen the implementation ofQMS system certification for ISO-9001, 2008 and 2015 standards and ERP-Accounting system integration. John has accumulated extensive experience in international trade and logistics both in supply chain and business development. John brings all of this practical experience to Viewpoint along with over 20 years developing leadership qualities built upon mutual respect while achieving win-win relationships with suppliers, co-workers, and customers. John enjoys spending weekend at the beach taking long bike rides.