Tom Harmon, president of Utah Scientific, has announced his retirement after 15 years at the helm of the company. Dave Burland, current COO and executive VP of finance, will assume the role of president, while Harmon will remain active with Utah Scientific as chairman of the board. The changeover will be effective January 1, 2018.
Under Harmon’s leadership, Utah Scientific has expanded its global leadership in video routers, master control switchers, and related control software and built on its reputation as the thought leader in those areas. Harmon oversaw many technology milestones as president, including the latest advance in SDI/IP hybrid routing, the recent launch of the industry’s first enterprise-scale, single-link 12G routing switcher, and the first no-fee, 10-year product warranty in the broadcast industry. Also, during his tenure, Utah Scientific was a three-year winner of Frost & Sullivan’s Global Customer Service Leadership Award in the video switcher category.
“It’s been a fantastic ride, with the best team in the industry,” said Harmon. “And I can’t think of a better professional to take over the reins than Burland. After more than 20 years of working closely with him, he really understands what makes our company tick, and I’m completely confident he’ll be able to take Utah Scientific to new levels of success in the coming years. I look forward to working with Burland, the board, and the rest of our executive team to ensure a smooth transition.”
“Over his 40-year career, Harmon has not only earned the admiration and loyalty of his team members, but he’s respected by chief engineers and key industry influencers,” said Burland. “During his tenure, he has shepherded Utah Scientific through plenty of changes in the broadcast landscape — from analog to digital media and now the migration to all-IP workflows. We’re delighted that he’s agreed to stay on as chairman and continue to serve as a valuable consulting resource for our team.”
Dave Burland is a 28-year veteran of the broadcast industry, having served in senior management roles for Quanta Corporation, Dynatech Video Group, and Vela Corporation prior to his 16-year tenure at Utah Scientific.