Meet the Vespoli Team

 

Dave Trond

CEO

Dave began rowing for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1979. After a short career in the yards building aircraft carriers and submarines, he returned to rowing as UMass Amherst's Head Coach. Always interested in finding ways to improve his coaching skills, Dave earned his Masters in biomechanics and coached at pre-elite camps in the summer. In 1991, Dave joined Vespoli as the first and only salesman touring the country. As CEO, Dave is proud to lead the company in its employee-owned era. He lives in Hamden with his wife Liz, a rowing coach, and their dog Rio.

Tony Garcia

CFO

Tony has more than three decades of finance, business strategy, and general management experience. As Vespoli's CFO, Tony oversees the company’s financial reporting, employee stock ownership program, and administrative functions. He spent over 25 years in the construction industry before joining the Vespoli team, holding various positions in management, financial preparation, and reporting. Tony holds an accounting degree from Quinnipiac University.

Victor Ceci

DESIGN/MANUFACTURING ENGINEER

Victor launched his rowing career in Connecticut as a Greenwich High School freshman, going on to study mechanical engineering and captain the rowing team at Bucknell University. After graduating, he spent five years as an engineer while coaching at the Greenwich Water Club in the evenings. Victor has been with Vespoli for three years, developing new hulls and designing innovative new components and rigging. He can be found fishing, biking, working on cars, and traveling with his girlfriend Elizabeth in his free time.

Pete Smith

SR. Manufacturing ENGINEER

Pete's boat building career began in the 1970s at Carbocraft in the U.K. Carbocraft was the first company to make racing shells with aerospace materials, bringing revolutionary carbon fiber technology to the world of rowing. Pete transitioned to Vespoli in 1981 and is now the company's Senior Manufacturing Engineer, overseeing repairs and boat production and designing prototypes. He loves seeing an idea through from start to finish and finding those small improvements and alterations that make all the difference on the water.

Matt LeBlanc

REPAIR MANAGER

Matt LeBlanc is Vespoli's Repair Manager, overseeing all aspects of repair and refurbishment. His rowing career spanned from high school crew to rowing and coaching for Grand Valley State University, and he served as boatman at the University of Michigan for 14 years before opening his own repair shop. Matt also founded Michigan's Bomber Rowing Club in 2012. His expertise lends to quick repairs, easy transport, and streamlined administration.

Kyle Loten

Northeast Account Manager

Kyle joined the Vespoli team in 2016 as the company's Northeast rep. His rowing career started in 2004 at Northeastern University, transitioning to coaching in 2008 with Gentle Giant Rowing Club, Fort Lauderdale's Pine Crest School, and the Florida Rowing Center. A New Englander at heart, Kyle is thrilled to re-emerge in the community where he took his first strokes and coached his first crews. Outside of rowing, Kyle is an avid cyclist and runner and an occasional hockey player. Kyle resides in Dedham, Massachusetts with his wife and newborn daughter.

John Monaghan

Mid-atlantic account manager

John began rowing at LaSalle College High School in Philadelphia, continuing with crew as an undergraduate at LaSalle University and as a Masters rower. His older sons began rowing in high school, sparking John's involvement with Junior rowing and regatta operations. He coached at Radnor High School and Philadelphia Adaptive Rowing and has served as Vice President of the Philadelphia Scholastic Rowing Association. John remains an avid Masters rower and loves to race. When he's not on the river, he enjoys skiing, snowboarding, and boating at the Jersey Shore. John, his wife, and their three sons reside in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Jeff Border

southeast account manager

Jeff began rowing in 1988 at St. Joe’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, New York. Easily the worst rower on the team, he was in better shape the following fall, earning the Doc Shaub Award as best high school oarsmen at West Side Rowing Club by senior year. After rowing throughout college, Jeff launched his coaching career, bringing a novice team to gold at the Head of the Hooch his first year. As Vespoli's Southeast rep, Jeff is a trusted advisor to all the regional programs. He and his lovely wife Kelly have two boys, Holden and Knox, in Orlando, Florida.

Tom Kraft

midwest account manager

Tom joined Vespoli in 2015 as our Midwest rep after eight years as Ann Arbor Huron High School Rowing's Head Coach. Tom has coached youth for over a decade, and he's spent many years coaching Open and Masters rowers with the Ann Arbor Rowing Club and Black Bear Sculling Camps. As boatman for Huron High School Rowing and Ann Arbor Rowing Club, Tom has developed and administered boat and equipment purchase plans and equipment maintenance plans. He's worked extensively with club budgets, fundraising, and parent and volunteer boards, making him a fantastic resource to customers planning for team equipment needs.

Ed Maxwell

west Coast account manager

Ed rowed at MIT for four years before beginning his career as a chemical engineer in Rogers, Connecticut, where he was quickly drawn back to the rowing community with a volunteer coaching position at the Pomfret School. A job change brought him to Boeing in Seattle, where he coached the boys at Green Lake Crew. In addition to his 33 years at Green Lake, Ed has coached the women's team at Western Washington University, the Junior Men’s National team, and continues to teach USRowing coaching courses. Ed remains connected to rowing as Vespoli's newest West Coast rep.

Stephen Lambers

Small boat Account manager

Stephen began his rowing career at Detroit Boat Club, continuing with a successful sculling career at Wayne State University. After college, Stephen relocated to Philadelphia to train with Vesper Boat Club and later Penn AC. He has spent time at the helm of a launch with stints coaching Detroit Boat Club, St Joseph's Prep, Manhasset High School, and Penn AC. Off of the water, Stephen is an avid cyclist and an enthusiastic greyhound owner. He lives in Philadelphia.      

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