Leadership Team

Driving Growth

Executive Leadership

Tom Furey, CEO and Board Member

Tom Furey serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Sagetech Avionics, having led the company since its launch in late 2019 following a carve-out of the avionics division of Sagetech Corporation, where he had been COO for five years.

Prior to joining Sagetech, Tom enjoyed a 20-year career in general management, engineering and manufacturing leadership roles in the aerospace, automotive, chemical and printing industries.  Earlier in his career, he served as a Naval Flight Officer flying the A-6 Intruder aircraft, including service in the Persian Gulf during the first Gulf War.  He holds a B.S. in Math from the U.S. Naval Academy, M.S. degrees in Engineering from California State and MIT, as well as an MBA from MIT. 

A dog lover, you can find him out enjoying the great outdoors on any given weekend, rain or shine. 

Matthew Hamilton, CTO

As Chief Technology Officer, Matthew Hamilton leads the technology teams of the company to create advanced avionics solutions that serve on unmanned aircraft platforms.

Like Tom, he has been with the company since 2015 and continued his leadership role following the carve-out. Before joining Sagetech, Matt developed deep avionics and surveillance technology expertise through leadership roles at ACSM and Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems, an L3 Harris and Thales joint venture. 

Matt holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

Pooneet Goel, CSO and Board Member

As Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member, Pooneet Goel lends his 20+ years of strategy, startup, and technical expertise to Sagetech. Pooneet draws on his experience as a serial technology entrepreneur and investor to guide Sagetech’s corporate strategy and operations. 

Earlier in his career, Pooneet spent several years at Booz and Company advising Fortune 500 CEOs on operations strategy. Starting his career as a software developer, Pooneet holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) as well as a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

In addition to driving innovation in the product road map and technology development processes, be sure to ask this connoisseur about his other passion for home roasting coffee.

Nathan Chandrasekaran, CFO and Board Member

Nathan Chandrasekaran serves as Chief Financial Officer and Board Member, bringing 15+ years of expertise in finance, strategy, and technology. Nathan offers deep experience in private equity firms and has served as a board member for numerous companies.

Earlier in his career, Nathan spent several years at Merrill Lynch, as a telecom strategy consultant at inCode Wireless (now Ericsson) and started his career as a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting. Nathan holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) and a B.S. in Neuroscience from Bowdoin College. 

He thrives on building high performing corporate cultures and infuses Sagetech with his philosophy of “having impact on Day 1.”

David Day, CCO

David Day serves a Sagetech’s Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for product design and production compliance to government and industry requirements. 

David brings 30+ years of avionics engineering experience from major avionics companies including  L3 Harris – ACSS, Honeywell, and Motorola Government Electronics Group, where his expertise included surveillance systems engineering, FAA and AIMS PO equipment certification, design assurance, and quality management systems. David holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University. 

On any given day after work you can find him enjoying the variety of outdoor recreation that the Columbia River Gorge has to offer.

Michelle Manson, VP Marketing

As VP of Marketing, Michelle Manson brings marketing, communications, and PR strategy and expertise to Sagetech’s team.  

Building a program from 20+ years of experience in leading marketing teams for global aerospace brands, she drives key marketing initiatives including brand evolution, awareness and demand generation, industry thought leadership, and marketing process. Michelle graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English, Business minor, and has led the marketing efforts for aerospace and technology companies including Interpoint (Crane Aerospace), VPT (a Heico Company), Bsquare, and Astronics Corporation. 

With passions for dogs, hiking, learning, and travel, she lends her innovation philosophy of “you don’t know until you try” to Sagetech. 

Tony Dirks, Sales Director

Tony Dirks serves as Director of Sales, offering more than 15 years of working within the UAS-centric aerospace arena in the Columbia River Gorge.

Every day, he acts as our customers’ advocate, advising them on innovative ways to evolve their systems and vision for program success. In addition to building out Sagetech’s sales channel, he serves as an ambassador to foster relationships throughout the worldwide UAS ecosystem. Prior to his career in the aerospace industry, Tony spent 20 years in law enforcement where he attended the FBI National Academy and held leadership roles including County Sheriff and Chief of Police in several jurisdictions. Tony holds a B.A. from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and completed graduate work at the University of Virginia.

Company Advisors

Prabhu Goel, Board Member and Advisor

Prabhu Goel serves as both a Board Member and Advisor for Sagetech. He began his career by joining IBM’s EDA organization at East Fishkill where he was involved with developments in the area of chip test automation.

At IBM he developed the Podem algorithm and other technologies that earned him 4 patents and several awards. He left in 1981 to join Wang Labs where he was exposed to the commercial EDA industry. He left Wang in 1982 to start Gateway Design Automation – the company that delivered the now industry standard Verilog-XL to the market. In 1989 he sold Gateway to Cadence and continued at Cadence for 2 more years. He left Cadence to become a private venture capitalist. Since 1992, he has been an investor and a Director in a number of private companies. In 1996 he sold one of his companies, Frontline Design Automation, to Avant Corporation for a second venture success. Several of his present investments are in the EDA industry. Prabhu completed his graduate studies from Carnegie Mellon.

Douglas Kirkpatrick, Advisor

Douglas Kirkpatrick is a Sagetech Advisor and the CEO of Eridan, a leader in efficient 5G technology.  He is a VC and former Chief Scientist at DARPA, where he led projects ranging from rapid DNA synthesis to real-time holographic displays.

Prior to DARPA, Dr. Kirkpatrick was the VP of R&D for Fusion Lighting, a Maryland-based high-efficiency lighting startup, and prior to that a staff scientist and VP at SAIC.

Dr. Kirkpatrick received his B.S. degree (Physics & Mathematics) from the College of William and Mary (1980) and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1988 (Physics). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has authored more than 30 journal articles and 60 US and international patents.

Arpit Mehta, Advisor

As an Advisor for Sagetech, Arpit Mehta brings a deep knowledge & expertise in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from his experience within the DoD and commercial markets. 

Arpit started his career within DoD at Edwards Air Force Base working on multiple high-visibility Air Force programs. Arpit also held additional leadership roles at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., Amazon Prime Air, and Boeing. Today Arpit is the Test & Evaluation Director for the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), which is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) organization established in 2015 under the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Research & Engineering (R&E). 

Arpit is very passionate about developments in the UAS markets within the DoD and commercial sectors. He has authored and published several technical papers and presented at aviation related conferences. Arpit holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and California Polytechnic University, Pomona, respectively.