Our Team | About Us
A team of committed professionals leads our company. Responsible for every aspect of the company's operation, from corporate direction and software development, to marketing and radar innovation, the executive team is responsible for ensuring the company's future growth and that its dedication to meteorological excellence remains.
Robert O. Baron
President, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Robert Baron, the founder of Baron Services, started the company after 22 years of broadcast meteorology experience. Mr. Baron received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and concluded additional studies at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has been a long-standing member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and in 1982 received the AMS Seal of Approval for Television. In addition to being named a finalist for Inc. Magazine's 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year award, Mr. Baron received the Entrepreneur of the Year-Southeast Region award from Ernst & Young in 2008. He was later named an AMS Fellow in 2010.
John W. Wessinger
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. John Wessinger began his career at Ernst & Young LLP where he rose to the position of Senior Manager over a ten-year period. He then worked with a public company as the Director of New Business Development. In this role he traveled extensively internationally forming, buying and selling operating units of the company. He joined Baron as Chief Operating Officer in June 2000.
Bob Baron Jr.
Chief Products Officer
Mr. Robert Baron Jr. joined Baron Services in 1992 after graduating from the University of Florida's Fisher School of Accounting with a Master's degree in accounting with a specialization in Tax. Mr. Baron Jr. oversees the Marketing, Sales, and Technical departments for Baron Services and Baron Radar to ensure overall customer satisfaction and quality. In addition, he is responsible for developing new strategic directions for the company, as well as investigating future business opportunities.
Chief Development Officer
Mr. Dreisewerd joined Baron Services in 2006. His primary responsibilities include enhancing Baron's weather operations center, and leading the customer support and weather forecast teams. Mr. Dreisewerd previously served 11 years as Weather Services Manager for Surface Systems, Inc., a Quixote company, where he managed the entire weather division, including overseeing forecast operations, guiding new development, and ensuring customer satisfaction. He was later promoted to Director of Operations for Quixote Transportation Technologies where he was responsible for the customer service and manufacturing for three separate operating companies. Today, with the expertise of Mr. Dreisewerd guiding future forecasting developments, Baron Services is well-positioned to expand its role as the only provider of complete weather solutions.
Executive Vice President, Software Development
Mr. Thompson has over 25 years of experience in the computer software and radar hardware industry. His strong experience in hardware interfacing, networking, communications and hardware design at the system level keeps Baron Services on the cutting edge of new weather technologies. He also has substantial experience in a wide variety of programming languages and development platforms and has designed and programmed at both kernel and application levels. As Executive Vice President of Development for Baron Services, he is responsible for directing the development process for all new product implementations.
W. Ardell Hill
President of Broadcast Operations
A well-respected broadcast industry veteran of 35 years, Mr. Hill has a strong history of successful leadership. He played a key role in the acquisition of television stations within Media General’s broadcast group and led their transition to digital television transmission implementing new technologies and processes. Hill will be instrumental in driving Baron’s product development and marketing strategy going forward.
Vice President of Marketing
Ms. Grantham's responsibilities center around marketing and advertisement activities for all of the Baron companies. These activities include advertising, trade shows, training conferences and the overall shaping of a strategic message. A graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, she worked as Director of Marketing for Intergraph Corporation before joining Baron in 1995. In 2005, Ms. Grantham's marketing team won a Tennessee Valley Advertising Federation award for that year's NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) booth design, followed in 2006 by several awards from Graphic Design USA.
Vice President of Finance
Ms. Gould is responsible for all functions of accounting and personnel, including accounts receivable, accounts payable and human resources. Before joining Baron Services in 1999, she served at Morrow Realty as an area resource manager, where she received several awards for Best Financial Management and Top Achiever. She also has worked as senior accountant and corporate treasurer for RJW Manufacturing.
Director of International Business Development
Mr. Braswell joined Baron Services in 2004 and is responsible for the international business development of Baron's Doppler radar and image display systems. Formerly an International Business Development Executive with The Republic Group, Mr. Braswell managed international activities for Upper Air Sounding, Wind Profilers and Infrared (IR) Doppler radar product lines. After graduating from the University of Alabama (BSEE), Mr. Braswell served as a founding member and President of Enterprise Electronics Corporation (EEC).