President and CEO
After working for seven years at GE Aviation (then Smiths Aerospace), David founded DornerWorks in 2000. Under his leadership, DornerWorks has grown rapidly, doubling in size several times in the first few years. David’s entrepreneurial spirit and skills have been recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal with the “40 Under Forty Business Leaders” Award in 2007 and he was the inaugural recipient of the Calvin College MBA Horizon Award, which recognizes outstanding alumni business professionals. David holds Bachelor’s degrees in Engineering, Physics and Mathematics from Calvin College, and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from MSU.
Steven H. VanderLeest
Chief Operating Officer
Steve is a multi-talented technical expert and entrepreneur who is both a principal of DornerWorks and a Professor of Engineering at Calvin College. Steve has proven expertise in safety-critical hardware and software engineering design and processes, including DO-254 and DO-178C (both to level A). Steve was the Principal Investigator for the first DornerWorks Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) federal contract, awarded by the US Navy on a project titled “Safe, Secure, and High Performance Hypervisor: A Partitioning Approach to Isolating Untrusted Software”. Steve has also served as a technical expert for a number of legal firms. Before joining DornerWorks, he was the key architect for a flight-certified network protocol stack at Smiths Aerospace (now GE Aviation). He holds an MSEE from Michigan Technological University and a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published dozens of papers on a variety of technology-related topics. Steve and his wife Pam have been married for over 30 years. They have three children and several grandchildren. Steve’s hobbies include music, app development with squishLogic, and blogging on Deus Ex Machina.
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Jeff joined DornerWorks in 2004 after 10 years as a business manager for a variety of organizations in New York City. During this time, he honed his skills leading these multi-million dollar businesses in human resources and financial administration. Jeff returned to Grand Rapids to assist in managing the rapid expansion of DornerWorks, as well as establishing the development of our professional staff and providing his human resource management skills to the company. Jeff is responsible for all administrative, financial, and human resources activities. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from Hope College.
Vice President of Marketing and Sales
Lance joined DornerWorks as a staff engineer in 2005 after a career developing electronics and software in the automotive and power distribution industries. Since then, Lance has become a key leader at DornerWorks, now leading our marketing efforts to communicate the value DornerWorks brings to our customers. In addition, he has been successfully implementing our quality management system from the ground up and overseeing certification to strategic international standards ISO 9001, SAE AS9100, and ISO 13485. Lance holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Calvin College, and a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Marquette University.