Thomas BurkeThomas P. Burke

Founder and CEO

Tom Burke holds a B.S. degree in Technical Writing from the State University of New York. He started his technical career as an Air Force electronics instructor. Before starting his own technical documentation and training courseware development business in Syracuse NY in 1989, Tom spent more than 20 years in GE’s aerospace and defense business. Most of this time was spent in supervisory and management positions in technical publications and training organizations.

Tom is a race fan and a fisherman. He is a graduate of the Skip Barber Racing School and raced in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events from 1999 through 2002. In 2001, he won the Driver of the Year award for his SCCA region.

Tom and his wife Toni live in Greenville, SC. They have three daughters, two of whom live in North Carolina.


Veronica WestfallVeronica Westfall


Veronica has been with Topaz since its founding in 1992. In addition to her role as company President, she serves as the General Manager of the Syracuse NY office and Project Manager for several key titles, including the Electrical and Solar PV programs. Veronica holds dual BA degrees in English and Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University. Before joining Topaz, she was senior editor for Smith Corona Business Machines and served in GE’s aerospace division as a technical editor.


Troy StantonTroy Staton

Executive Vice President

Troy began his working career as a millwright apprentice. Later joining the U.S. Air Force, he served as an F-15 Eagle lead crew chief and aircraft maintenance instructor. Since leaving the Air Force, Troy has worked 30 years in the HVAC/R industry as a technician, crew leader, project manager, and instructor. Before joining Topaz, Troy managed the Greenville, SC operations of a large mechanical contractor. He is an NCCER-certified Master Trainer and served as an SME to the NCCER HVAC program for over a decade. He is currently managing the revision of the HVAC curricula, as well as various Maritime Construction programs in development.

Troy also has more than a decade of charitable service with Junior Achievement programs, serving as a volunteer instructor, local board member, and administrator of an annual JA Titan business plan challenge that awards scholarships to local high school students. He has also taught JA programs to middle-school and college students in Shanghai, China. In years past, he served as the Cubmaster to 77 young boys in the Boy Scouts of America.


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