Alumni Spotlight: Gerard A. Pompa
Compunetix Vice-President and Division Manager, Communication Systems Division
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pompa received his BS in computer science and mathematics and his MS in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and 1987. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the Nuclear Service Integration and Service Technology Divisions from 1981 to 1987 in software engineering. He designed and implemented software systems for real-time control robotic equipment and other devices for inspecting and repairing nuclear power plant components. Mr. Pompa also developed robotic devices for turbine generator inspection, resulting in several U. S. Patents. In 1987 he joined the WESPACE Division, leading the on-board control software development group for the Industrial Space Facility.
Mr. Pompa joined Compunetics in October 1988 as a senior software engineer in the Communications Systems Division (CSD). He was involved in the software design and development of the Triple Redundant Controller for the NASA Voice Switching System. Later, he became the principal software engineer for Compunetix and managed CSD’s software engineering. Mr. Pompa became responsible for the CONTEX teleconferencing system program as development manager in 1990 and in 1992 took on his current position as CSD division manager. As general manager, Mr. Pompa has profit and loss responsibility for the 75 person division and oversees all project management, sales, marketing, engineering, and R&D groups within CSD. CSD has grown to over $25 million, and is the recognized leader in the multimedia teleconferencing industry. Mr. Pompa is a member of the Compunetix, Inc. board of directors and a director of Compunetix Research, Inc. Mr. Pompa was promoted to vice president in 1998.
About Compunetix (www.compunetix.com)Founded in 1968, Compunetix is dedicated to developing advanced multipoint communications technology for the telecommunications industry, private enterprises, and government customers worldwide.
Compunetix is a financially secure, privately held manufacturer located in Monroeville, Pennsylvania with offices in Australia, Germany, Italy, the UK, India, and Hong Kong. With more than 250 employees, Compunetix has installed almost 250,000 conferencing ports worldwide. The CONTEX conferencing system is a proven, highly-reliable telecommunications bridge that enables customers to communicate efficiently, increasing productivity and speeding decision-making. This flexibility and reliability, and a willingness to modify the bridge for specific customer needs, have long been key ingredients to Compunetix’s success.
Compunetix has three product divisions and one manufacturing division. The Communications Systems Division operates primarily in the commercial sector providing audio and data conferencing systems to the telecommunications industry; the Federal Systems Division focuses on the custom requirements of the federal government; the Video Systems Division is dedicated to selling and supporting Compunetix video and multimedia conferencing systems; and the Instrumentation Systems Division offers a vertically integrated design and manufacturing facility with electronic design, assembly, and test capabilities.
Compunetix’s central goal is to drive technological innovation and enhance the electronic communication of multiple users, achieving greater collaboration and productivity.
Compunetix Market FocusCompunetix is uniquely focused on the conferencing market, concentrating on both large-scale service bureaus and small-scale enterprises, and has a long history of outstanding customer service and technology leadership. CONTEX products are designed to provide service providers and enterprises with flexible, robust, and feature-rich platforms for managing conference calls. Developed with the input of our partners and customers, this platform is ideal for both operator attended and automated, on-demand operations. All CONTEX systems support full-featured touchtone controls, Web interfaces, and wireless IM/SMS messaging.
Compunetix is dedicated to providing our customers with complete and highly functional integration interfaces used to tie third-party applications to the conferencing environment for additional functionality. Compunetix recently launched mobile conferencing services that leverage the advantages of wireless networks, providing easier call initiation and additional notification capabilities. “Communication without Limitation” means that Compunetix offers greater freedom and flexibility when using the CONTEX platform for multipoint collaboration.
The increasing demand for meetings that combine audioconferencing and data presentations is satisfied by a suite of Compunetix-developed applications: CONTEXWeb, CONTEX Messenger, and CONTEX Presenter. These applications and interfaces create a rich collaboration environment for executive meetings, project groups, e-learning, distance medicine, telejustice, business continuity, and crisis communication.