Vante's Vogel named chair of AZ Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council has elected Roger Vogel, chairman, president and CEO of Tucson-based Vante Medical Technologies, as its board chair.

Vogel is the first chairman from a Tucson company for the Phoenix-based council, which has more than 700 members statewide.

Vogel joined Vante, a developer of precision manufacturing systems for the medical device industry, in March 2005. He previously had a 20-year career with IBM Corp., where his last position was vice president and general manager of IBM's Tucson data-storage development center.

He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Vogel is vice chairman of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, vice chairman of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and a director of the Campus Research Corp., a nonprofit organization that manages the University of Arizona's research parks.

Modular Mining Systems appoints Lanz as GM

Tucson-based Modular Mining Systems has appointed Greg Lanz as general manager, North America.

Lanz, who has more than 15 years of experience in mining and information technology, previously was Modular's manager of global sales.

He also has prior experience in the North American region as an account manager and project manager, dating to the region's inception in 2002. He began his Modular career as a project engineer.

Before joining Modular in 1999, Lanz worked as a mining engineer at Marston & Marston.

He received his B.Sc. in mining and mechanical engineering from Queen's University at Kingston, in Ontario, Canada.

Brandt is named chief of Northwest Fire District

The Northwest Fire District's elected governing board approved a contract to name Michael J. Brandt as fire chief. The two-year contract is effective May 28.

Brandt has served as the district's interim fire chief since Oct. 6, following the retirement of Jeff Piechura.

Brandt has more than 35 years of fire/EMS service in the Tucson area. He previously served as Northwest Fire's assistant chief of operations and administered the Operations/Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Special Operations/Wildland, Training, and Communications divisions.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Arizona State University in fire administration, and of the Arizona State School of Public Affairs Advanced Public Executive Program, the district said in a news release.

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