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Boise, Idaho - Vessel, a Veteran-owned mission-driven company dedicated to reshoring U.S. Manufacturing with custom software solutions, proudly announces the appointment of Journey Utterbeck as our new MEP Account Manager.


With extensive experience in leading large teams and managing complex projects, Journey brings invaluable expertise to Vessel. She will play a crucial role in expanding our "MEP Success Team" operations, focusing on onboarding new customers - primarily MEP Centers - onto the Vessel platform with the utmost commitment to professionalism and support.


Journey joins Vessel with a strong managerial background, known for maximizing profitability and ensuring high levels of customer and team satisfaction. Her proficiency in organizational strategies, project management, and operational effectiveness will be pivotal as Vessel continues its rapid growth trajectory.


Known for her ability to assess challenges, make insightful decisions, and prioritize effectively, Journey is passionate about delivering exceptional customer service and driving continuous improvement. Her exceptional communication skills further strengthen her ability to foster strong relationships with partners and stakeholders.


Journey is a graduate of Boise State University, holding a bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies, complemented by certificates in Spanish, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, and Human Relations, as well as Creative Influence.


"At Vessel, our mission revolves around our relationships with MEP Center partners. Journey will play a pivotal role in equipping MEP Centers with our advanced tools and resources, enhancing their ability to connect with and support local manufacturing clients, thereby fostering professionalism and shared success." 

-Derik Ellis, CEO, Vessel


Beyond her professional endeavors, Journey enjoys travel, live music, and exploring Idaho's breathtaking outdoor landscapes. We are excited to have her on the Vessel crew!

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Boise, Idaho - Vessel, a Veteran-owned mission-driven company driving fortitude and dominance for U.S. manufacturers through a full suite of technology, is thrilled to welcome Caleb Sherfick aboard as our new Lead Software Engineer.


Caleb Sherfick is an ambitious software developer with a passion for problem solving and a commitment to building impactful tools. 


Most recently serving as a Lead Software Engineer with a well-known national trucking and transportation software company, Caleb brings years of experience in supply chain technology and optimization. An expert in building back-end programming, workflows, and functional systems, Caleb will bring his expertise in coding, testing, and integration to the development team’s growing portfolio of custom-built software.


Caleb earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Boise State University, where he then turned his interests towards technology participating in a Full Stack Immersive Program gaining a variety of technical skills and certifications. 


"Caleb’s diverse technical skills and proven leadership in software development will be a tremendous asset to our team. His experience in delivering high-quality, reliable solutions aligns perfectly with our mission to support and enhance U.S. manufacturing operations. Caleb's ability to mentor others and his passion for problem-solving will drive innovation and efficiency in our projects. We're excited to welcome him as we continue to build robust and cutting-edge solutions for our customers." - Derik Ellis, CEO


With Vessel’s mission to bolster U.S. Manufacturing through software solutions custom built for manufacturers, Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP) and similar organizations, Caleb’s expertise will be instrumental to our combined efforts to reshore and provide supply chain resilience across our nation.


Outside of work, Caleb loves to travel with his family and is a proud husband to his wife Katie and father to their 2 year old son Kai, with another baby on the way later this year! 

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Vessel Press Release Thursday, January 25th 2004

Boise, Idaho - Vessel, a Veteran-owned mission-driven company steadfast in its commitment to reshoring U.S. Manufacturing, is thrilled to announce Derek Olson as our new Chief Technology Officer.


Derek Olson - Chief Technology Officer - Vessel
Derek Olson - Chief Technology Officer - Vessel

Derek Olson brings to Vessel a wealth of experience in software engineering leadership, a proven track record of invigorating technology teams, and a remarkable knack for navigating technological challenges.


With years of direct supply chain software expertise, Derek will focus on building robust software frameworks, refining software engineering principles, and devising a repeatable methodology that aligns with Vessel's mission to enhance economic impact at all levels through a comprehensive supply chain program.  Derek’s leadership will spearhead our technology team towards achieving impact with precision and efficiency, leveraging a full suite of technology that integrates seamlessly into existing operations of Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers and industry associations.


"Derek’s extensive technology and supply chain expertise positions Vessel as the leader in piloting SMB-focused software solutions. His passion for and commitment to reshoring and resilience for U.S. manufacturing is a perfect match for the culture within Vessel. We’re a shoulder to the wheel team focused on making a difference, driving fortitude, cultivating relationships, and identifying efficiencies for our partners." 

-Derik Ellis, CEO


Derek is recognized not just as a technology guru but as a people person, where he self-describes that "nerds are his people." He has passion for software and talent for fostering thriving technology teams.


As CTO, Derek's primary objectives will include enhancing our software capabilities, honing our engineering practices, and establishing a robust framework that propels Vessel towards unparalleled excellence in industry with economic impact at the Federal, State and local levels.

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