Troy Branning is the founder of Avtec, having created the company in 1979 to fulfill a need for mission-critical dispatch capabilities for the transportation industry. Today, Avtec is a leader in console dispatch systems across the globe, with customers in the public safety, utility, business, government – and of course, transportation – industries.
Branning graduated from the University of Florida in 1961 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and worked in the mobile radio industry for 34 years – setting forth on his career with Communications Company, Inc, a small two-way radio manufacturer.
Branning’s five years at Communications Company gave him an appreciation of how an individual contributor can have a significant impact on a small company's results. After attempting to further his career within a much larger organization – General Electric – Branning found his niche working in South Carolina for a small division of a large company making locomotive radios. During his 13 years at the Union Switch and Signal Division of Westinghouse Air Brake Company, Branning became manager of research and development, and later, plant manager.
Branning’s division was eventually sold to a railroad firm in Missouri, and he initially followed the company westward. After a year living in the Midwest, he decided to return to South Carolina and to address a need he saw for a better way for railroad operators to manage their dispatch communications. Using just $5,000 capital and a dream, Branning created Avtec.
From its humble beginnings at his home, today Avtec employs more than 100 people from a state-of-the-art facility in Lexington, South Carolina. Even though Branning retired in 1995, his imprint is still felt today, in a commitment that his son, Michael, upholds as the current CEO: Do business in an ethical manner, and consider the care of customers and employees as the most important duty.