Meet the team, share our vision.
We are committed to bringing the most progressive automation technology to niche markets and routinely underserved processes. By incorporating rapid product development practices, and a software driven design, we are able to bring cutting-edge technology typically reserved for only the largest scale applications to our customers.
Vape-Jet was founded in Portland Oregon in 2018, and all manufacturing, assembly, support, and fabrication is done in-house, or with local partners. Data is at the forefront of everything we do, and we focus on streamlining efficiency by automating repetitive processes. Our systems adapt and evolve through the innovative and swift application of technologies. Our iteration process allows us to quickly apply the most advanced technologies to today’s automation problems. We have the agility needed to adapt to our fast-changing business environment, and we actively pursue opportunities to work with industry partners for new product development.
Our expert team is dynamic and adaptable, with diverse backgrounds and skill sets ranging from spacecraft operations to microfluidics. Every machine is built and tested onsite, and backed by on-demand and customized support from our engineers. We strive to maintain a customer focused development process, and are proud of our efforts to incorporate consumer change requests into our revisions.
Ryan Hoitt is an entrepreneur, hacker, and technologist with 15+ years experience in a variety of roles. Ryan started out as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy, with a focus on satellite communications, encryption, and operational security. After his military career, he was employed with industry leaders, including Andrew Communications, Intel, and Micron. He managed projects ranging from working on semiconductor manufacturing automation equipment, to large-scale satellite antenna build outs. Ryan also spent five years acting as a principal operations supervisor for Intelsat, managing ground-based operations during satellite launch missions, and routine spacecraft telemetry processing.
After leaving the aerospace sector, Ryan served as the CTO of Cabinet Grow, a startup focused on IoT self-contained growing chambers. He then founded the Grow Camera, an NDVI imaging device for monitoring crop health, which was acquired by GreenGro Technologies (GRNH) in April 2017.
In his free time, Ryan is an ameteur mycologist and hammocking enthuisast. He loves exploring the Pacific Northwest and enjoying the outdoors, which offsets his occasional need to compete in capture the flag hacking competitions.
Brian is a financial executive with 15 years of experience. He holds a dual Masters in Accounting from the University of Oregon, and Physiology from Oregon State University. Brian started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked with large private and SEC companies, leading audits of companies $200M – $1B+.
Brian has provided high-level financial oversight to the cannabis industry since 2015, and obtained expertise in the nuanced details, such as accounting under 280E. He has provided advisory to some of the largest companies in the cannabis industry by revenue in Oregon, including Wyld Confections, Empower BodyCare and Pistil Point. Additionally, Brian provided key financial consulting to help raise $3M+ for Folium Farms. In 2019, Brian was named Honoree CFO of the Year for mid-sized private companies by the Portland Business Journal.
Incidentally, Brian was also one of the primary male models featured for Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbells ad campaigns in China. In his free time, Brian watches YouTube cat videos, and talks about tardigrades in space.
Devon Reid is a chemist and engineer with 10 years experience in high-tech product development. As an optical engineer at Abbott Laboratories, Devon was awarded three U.S. patents, including sole-authorship for a novel method of switching light. Other projects included semiconductor manufacturing equipment development, subsystems that manufactured mirrors for the James Webb Space Telescope, and the design verification and validation of LASIK diagnostic equipment for U.S. Food and Drug Administration medical device approval.
Pivoting to the cannabis sphere in 2014, Devon has since worked in nearly every aspect of this emerging industry (cultivation, manufacturing, training, compliance, etc.) In late 2017, Devon provided essential business planning input and documentation that garnered licensure for a manufacturing facility in California’s newly regulated cannabis market, establishing Piner Processing in Santa Rosa. Later clients include strategy consulting for a track-and-trace software startup in San Francisco, and development of a CBD brand of products. With his move to Oregon in 2019, Devon has realized his goal of joining a professional team to develop automated cannabis manufacturing equipment.
When not ruminating product research and development concerns, Devon enjoys spending time with his dog, listening to drum ‘n’ bass (since he no longer has time to produce, dj, or manage record labels), and fermenting various foods and beverages.
Yunus Emre, Lead Software Developer for Vape-Jet, graduated from Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi in Turkey. Yunus is passionate about building new things, and software development gives him the opportunity to take his knowledge to new levels. During his time as a college student, Yunus partnered with his colleague to build test web applications. After graduating from Orta Doğu Teknik, Yunus worked as a contractor, and this led him to his career with Vape-Jet. Yunus has helped create unprecedented new automation technology in this nascent industry, and is critical to the Vape-Jet team.
In his free time, Yunus likes cycling on sunny days, and immersing himself in technology and artificial intelligence related content. He also enjoys helping his younger siblings with their school and course work.
Andi Stiller is a CAD expert, explorer and tinkerer. Working in the past for Heidelberg Printing press and in the automotive industry. After traveling and resettling in South East Asia (Indonesia) started working as a teacher, tinkering in a FABLAB, working for several NGO’s and now working full time as a freelancer.
In his free time he explores the countryside with the motorbike or bicycle, making tropical fruit wines and chilling in the garden.
Relentlessly friendly and helpful, Sarah has plotted a career path dedicated to the service of others. She worked tirelessly for over a decade in the multi-family housing industry focusing on quality-of-life issues. Her innate curiosity has rewarded her with fond memories from a number of completely unrelated jobs – some of her favorites being a few months spent in the basement revamping the Portland Japanese Garden’s webstore, her stint as an apprentice piano technician, and a summer driving a dump truck and learning the mysteries of our waste disposal system!
Sarah is passionately committed to creating and maintaining both physical and virtual spaces where people feel safe and comfortable. She loves analyzing data and predicting patterns; she is always wondering what could go wrong and trying to avoid potential negative outcomes. She hates inefficiency and waste. Sarah tends to bring her administrative skills to bear with ruthless cheer.
Her hobbies include competitive and/or cooperative gaming, taking things apart to see how they work, spreadsheets, and looking at other peoples’ cats on the internet.
Joshua Maramba is a business advisor and sales executive with over 10 years of experience. Early in his career, he gained experience improving the sales and operations for many retail companies such as Complete Nutrition, Aaron’s, and Starbucks. During his time managing multiple locations for these national companies, he gained a reputation for rapidly increasing new customer acquisition and retention rates with his customer focused philosophy. His achievements encouraged him to establish his own consulting practice in early 2017, with the focus of helping small businesses grow smarter and faster.
In early 2018 Joshua entered the cannabis industry to help emerging brands develop sales and marketing strategies that could keep up with their rapid growth. He has worked with many of the fastest growing cannabis companies in Oregon, and served as the Head of Sales for True Terpenes, Empower BodyCare, and now Vape-Jet.
In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and four young children, the study of history, and volunteering time to advise new business owners on sales and marketing.
Sawyer Sheppard is a Sales and Marketing professional with a marketing degree from Portland State University. Sawyer is passionate about business development, consultative sales, branding, and copy writing. He brings experience from a diverse background including the medical tech industry, real estate industry, and food service industry. He is passionate about getting to know his clients, being an aid in decision making, and meeting the audience he serves where they are at.
Outside of his time at Vape-Jet Sawyer enjoys camping in Oregon & Washington state parks with his partner Chloe and friends, creating and discovering new music, reading books on philosophy & business, as well as playing video games online with friends.
Connor is a new arrival to Oregon after spending the last decade in Northwest Arkansas. He brings experience leading operations in startup biotechnology, as well as a diverse background including outdoor recreation and outdoor education. He has experience in regulatory compliance, supply chain management, and team training and development. He brings his focus on systems, communication, and efficiency to the production floor at Vape-Jet.
Outside of work Connor and his partner Kate spend time hiking, rafting, and fishing. They can also be found fermenting vegetables and baking sourdough breads at home.
Jeffrey Morris is a manufacturing technician with a degree from Portland State University in physics. Jeff has a background in a vast range of fields. Sales, construction, and most importantly electronic and physics based projects, Jeff has dipped his fingers into those positions. This contributes to his longing for learning and trying new things, making him a valuable role in the Vape-Jet work environment. Most notably Jeff has worked on CAD systems, coding, arduino projects, and various side things with computers and cars.
Jeff enjoys working with his hands and challenging himself with problem solving, learning new things, and asking questions. Being work oriented, Jeff will do what he can to work through a roadblock in a creative way, and dedicate himself and time to accomplish goals professionally and in his private life.
Jeff is a fun loving easy going person who spends his free time in social interactions and challenging himself and others, writing comedy, physical well being, and doing things outside like skiing and hiking. Feel free to say hi, he’ll become your best friend.
Originally from Michigan, Stefanie brings previous experience in various manufacturing roles from cannabis gummy manufacturing and packaging to plastic injection molding manufacturing. Bringing together communication and mechanical skills, she works to build our awesome machines starting with the newest Jet Fueler 2.0.
When out of the office, Stefanie enjoys creative outlets such as knitting, cooking and baking especially. She can usually be found doing either something creative indoors or walking or roller skating outdoors, enjoying the Oregon summer weather.
Carly is a designer with 10 years of industry experience. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Cal State Long Beach’s School of Art. Throughout her career she has taken on a variety of projects including brand development, packaging design, web design, digital marketing, logo development, layout and print design, as well as high level art and creative direction.
Her specialty is what she likes to refer to as “personality driven design” where the brand’s history, key differentiators and future aspirations are seen as the “DNA” that determines the visual identity and informs each design decision. Her approach to creative direction involves working with clients as collaborators in order to develop a truly unique vision together.
As with most creatives, Carly doesn’t limit her artistic energy to her day job but instead dabbles in a variety of mediums including digital art and illustration, as well as more traditional handcrafts such as fiber art and stained glass.
Dennis is an experienced problem solver with a technical mind and a passion for learning. His diverse background includes work as a paramedic in northern California, 9-1-1 dispatcher in southern Oregon, and sugar beet farmer/software tester in northern Minnesota.
Dennis has always been captivated by computers, gadgets, and anything tech related. He loves tinkering with computers and taking things apart to learn how they operate. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge, experience, and passion as the Product Support Technician at Vape-Jet.
Outside of work, you can often find Dennis with his fiancé, Emily, and their corgi, Wall-E. They enjoy exploring the west coast, cooking, and playing board games together as well as with friends.
Emma is the Administrative Assistant for Vape-Jet. Prior to joining Vape-Jet, she was with the customer service and sales industry for more than 10 years. She started out as customer service representative, a tier II agent, then a team supervisor. Her roles and responsibilities varied as her movement went up. These experiences helped her gain more knowledge and enhanced her skills to be able to effectively deliver her administrative duties with Vape-Jet which includes managing and distributing paperwork, organizing files, taking memos, and general office managerial work.
Emma enjoys travelling with her kids and spending time with nature. Her hobbies also includes cooking delicious sweets, playing with her dogs and gardening.