Company Name: Orion Technologies
Executive Name and Title: Nirav Pandya, President and CEO
Years at the Company: 6
Education: B.S. Chemistry, Ursinus College, B.S. Computer Engineering, UCF
Nirav Pandya’s entrepreneurial spirit, dedication and customer-centric focus have helped grow several successful businesses. He began his career as an engineering intern at Digital Infrared Imaging and worked his way to serve as VP of Sales and COO before being named CEO in 2006. Under his leadership, the business grew from $600,000 to $18 million in just three years.
In March 2010, Nirav accepted a new challenge and joined Orion Technologies; a specialist in cutting edge single board computer (SBC) technology used in a variety of military, industrial and commercial applications. In August of 2012, Orion’s Board of Directors named Nirav the CEO. Since then, Orion has doubled its revenue year over year and has been named a GrowFL Florida’s Companies to Watch winner due to growth in revenues from $1 to $5.3 million and employees, from 5 to 24.
The key to their growth is how their vertical integration strategy (building multiple components that fit together with their base products) plays out with some of their more significant customers. Orion partners with customers like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman or Harris during the prototype stages of, what are quite often, very large programs. Once tested and approved Orion’s products become part of the program.
Nirav lives in Orlando with his wife and two children and is an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Orlando City Soccer fan.