As vice president of Systems Assurance and Partners at National Instruments, Tony Vento is responsible for ensuring NI systems meet customer and NI expectations for support, deployment, and a scalable business model with partners. He maintains a broad knowledge of NI products and is a key part of various strategic initiatives.
Vento joined NI in 1986 as the company’s first applications engineer for NI LabVIEW software. In 1988, he opened the company’s first direct field office in Atlanta, Georgia, evangelizing LabVIEW and NI hardware across seven states. In 1991, he opened the field office in Colorado, covering seven other states. In 1993, Vento became the regional sales manager for New England, the Northwest United States, and Canada.
In 1995, Vento shifted his focus to Europe and Asia, taking on leadership positions as the director of sales and support for Europe and later Japan. He traveled extensively in these roles to deliver the NI culture to these branch operations and build the field sales and support force.
In 2001, Vento took new challenges as the director of applications engineering; ni.com became a Top Ten Best Support Site during his tenure. He became involved with business development and led the company’s real-time business goal team. As NI expanded into larger systems, Vento added systems engineering to his responsibilities. In 2007, he became a vice president.
Vento received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and completed a combined master’s degree in business and computer science at The University of Texas at Austin. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Engineering School at the University of Colorado.