Whitney McNaney - Operations Manager
Whitney grew up in Vermont and has been with Filabot from the beginning. As the Operations Manager, she works tirelessly to perform the essential functions of our company. From customer support to fulfilling orders, she covers it all and makes sure we run smoothly. Whitney is the glue between our office operations and warehouse staff, balancing our two teams so we can work optimally. She loves dogs and is often seen with Ray, her black lab. Whitney works hard and plays harder.
Gene Torvend - New Business Development
Gene grew up in California and attended California Polytechnic where he received a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was on GE’s Mfg Mgt Program and worked for various high tech Business’s. Most recently ran his own Multi-plant manufacturing company. His passion is sales, marketing, customers, engineering and growing business’s. When not working Gene loves his dog Sage, motorcycles, fishing and the outdoors. Nothing better than a hike up the mountain to think about projects.
Derek Geno - Director of Sales
I grew up in the dairy and maple capital of Franklin County Vermont. Received a degree in Hospitality Mgt from Northern VT University Johnson. After graduation moved to San Francisco and enjoyed a career in Orthodontic sales, where I found a passion for building lasting relationships and partnering with customers to uncover needs, find solutions and improve outcomes. I live in Stowe and spend my time with my girlfriend Chris, sampling her creations from the kitchen, peddling bicycles and wrangling my Border Collie puppy Arlo. I am excited to be back home in Vermont and join the Triex team!
Michael Porzio - Lead Industrial Designer
Lived and studied in Massachusetts earning his BA from Rhode Island School of Design. In 2015 he moved to Vermont. He has used his Industrial Design background from building tools for future NASA missions to designing handcrafted furniture and tables for skyscraper boardrooms. At Filabot, Michael specializes in Product Design, Rapid Prototyping, and CAD modeling. Outside of work, Vermont offers him the luxury of testing and driving his plethora vintage and homemade off road machines.
Jack S. - Laboratory and Engineering Assistant
Jack grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and came to the northeast to attend the University of Vermont where he obtained a BS in mechanical engineering in 2020. This is Jacks first engineering job out of college and he is very excited to join and contribute to the Filabot team! Jack is especially stoked to be joining a company that has such a passion for sustainability. When Jack isn't working you can find him on a mountain, snowboarding, climbing, or camping.
Sean Miller - Head Artificer
Sean Miller is a Maine native transplanted to Montpelier, VT for the past several years. After an early adulthood in academia pursuing bookish apocrypha such as semiotics and continental phenomenology he discovered the simple joy of working with his hands after learning to work on his broken Volkswagen. Fixing led to making and now he is several years a professional carpenter with an emerging interest in metal fabrication. In his free-time Sean carves functional wooden objects (mostly spoons) using axes & knives and enjoys collecting vinyl. He still reads voraciously and often ponders the philosophical implications of being a maker in a world that is increasingly ready-made.
Tyler McNaney - Owner
Tyler grew up in Vermont and has been tinkering his whole life. He first went to Vermont Technical College in 2011 but dropped out to pursue Filabot. After successfully funding the Filabot on Kickstarter he’s invented, refined and run the business ever since. Tyler can be seen in the office, at the warehouse doing everything from running marketing meetings to helping design the latest products using CAD software. When he isn’t working, Tyler enjoys long walks and spending time with his family in Northern Vermont. When he isn’t doing that, he’s inventing more things, building more projects and having a great time doing it all.