Founded and led by Mike Varga and Kim Vogel, Tandel has grown and prospered since its beginning in 2001 when we were 12 people operating out of Honeywell’s Clearwater facility. Now we are 170+ and active across the country but still headquartered in nearby Oldsmar Florida.
Our success and growth has been a result of extreme customer support focus. Our management, technical teams, and support staff are all geared toward being absolutely Responsive to our customers. This means quality, fast and flexible solutions, and technical services at competitive pricing.
We understand both the technological and business challenges that our customers face. Our mission is to make each of our customers successful in delivering on their Aerospace and Defense projects and products through excellence in technical services and innovative and cost effective delivery of product development solutions.
Our people and our partners are highly capable and highly passionate about delivery excellence. We foster team emphasis in Responsive Engineering by focusing on being:
- Responsive – The right capability at the right time
- Respectful – Listen and understand and respond with the respect our customers deserve
- Resourceful – Looking beyond the immediate and obvious to include partners and industry capability to resolve problems
- Resilient – Going the extra mile to innovate and meet program technical, schedule and cost goals
Mike is co-founder and leads the business development strategy and is responsible for its implementation. Prior to founding Tandel Systems, Mike was an executive with Honeywell Space Systems for 22 years. Mike was Director of Growth and Portfolio Management, responsible for growth strategies, M&A and R&D budgets for a $500M a year business. Prior to this, Mike was Director of Commercial Systems Operations, an entrepreneurial organization that grew very rapidly within the Space Systems Division. Mike also held successive engineering positions, culminating with the position of Chief Engineer for Honeywell’s Avionics and Control Systems Division in Clearwater, Florida. He was actively involved in the development and deployment of various avionics integrated systems for National Satellite Programs and for NASA’s Shuttle and Space Station Programs.
Kim is co-founder and is responsible for all product and project development, quality, and budget. Kim also sets and drives the vision for Tandel’s product strategy. Previously, Kim served as Vice President of Operations and Engineering for Tritheim Technologies/PublicCARD, a smart card and applications company that he founded in 1995. During his tenure at Tritheim, he was chief architect of the product line. Kim has been awarded numerous patents from the United States Patent Office in connection with his work. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University.