MEET LOCAL ENGINEERS WHO ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Shavonti Archer, Founder of Systematic Motivation, LLC
An Engineer, Mentor and Advocate for Diversity
Shavonti Archer is a skilled engineer by trade, advocating for diversity within the engineering community. She founded Systematic Motivation, LLC in 2018, a company- based foundation whose primary focus is creating more opportunities for minority students to explore their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs and encourage their desire to pursue a career in STEM. Born and raised in Locust Grove, Georgia where she attended Luella High School, Archer quickly discovered her love for engineering as a 10th grade student. She was instantly captivated by videos of solar and wind farms.
In 2013, Shavonti Archer graduated from Georgia Southern University to attain her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. During her tenure at GSU, she became a member of The Society of Women Engineers and would later become president of the organization. She was instrumental in launching Society of African American Sisterhood (SAAS) on GSU’s campus. She served as an orientation leader, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and managed to complete an internship with Rayonier Performance Fibers and one of the largest engineering companies to date, General Electric.
In conjunction with her current role as a transmission and distribution engineer for a local utility company, Shavonti’s involvement with engineering organizations such as The Society of Women Engineers has allowed to present and share her knowledge at over 100 speaking engagements, connecting with both adults and children. At her most recent speaking engagement, Shavonti spoke to the young women of EmpowHER in West Palm Beach, FL. She shared her journey to becoming an engineer and what motivated her to stay committed.
Shavonti is a thought leader with a passion for giving back. Systematic Motivation, LLC further supports the idea that engineers are not limited to a certain look or color. Though the industry is dominated by those who are not minorities, there is still room for pioneers from other communities. Systematic Motivation’s aspires to level the playing field and broaden the horizons for all students.
Salvatore Vecchio, born in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, was raised in the Italian Street Festival of OLMC Church, and began his "festival life," as a baby. When Sal was 4 years old his dad opened Vecs Video, a small, boutique, VHS rental store. Sal quickly learned to operate the Epson 386 computer, to check tapes in and out, and it was not a rare sight to see “Sally Boy” alone running the store!
In 1992 Sal moved to Boca Raton with his family, and in 2000, he moved to Orlando to attend college. At UCF, Sal studied Electrical Engineering and Communications. He transferred to FullSail University where he graduated at the top of his class, with a degree in Recording Arts. He holds music certifications for AVID Pro Tools Operator Music & Post Production, Solid State Logic Live Sound Engineer.
Sal worked at the famous Transcontinental Recording Studios on projects like Eminem’s Album Encore. He worked as the Live Sound Engineer for Nick and Aaron Carter, Brooke Hogan, Sean Paul. While in Orlando, Sal was also Chief Engineer of Bushi & Bashi Recording Studios and G-Force Recording Studios.
In 2005 Sal moved back down to South Florida when most of the major studios closed and started working for a custom home theater installation company. Within a few years, he founded a custom installation company, Vecs Tech. Sal completed the Crestron Digital Media Engineer certifications and residential system designer certification.
He has designed the low voltage infrastructure for multi million dollar projects like the Seagate Yacht Club and Seaside Estates. Sal is also one of the best technicians in the world, he was even flown out of state to fix Trumps infamous 737 while he was campaigning to become president!
While his business was doing well something was missing, Sal realized he needed to get back to his musical roots. He DJ’ed at multiple clubs around Orlando but put away the turntables when he moved back down. With the help of his amazing wife Ana, Sal found another outlet for his music, yoga and fitness events. With the love and support of the local community Sal dived head first back into the music industry, DJ-ing at festivals and events around the area. This year he was even flown around the world to South Korea to run sound for Ultra Music Fest Korea’s Live Stage!