Jouko Tapani Vakiparta

Yesterday we learned the sad news of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Jouko Tapani Vakiparta. Jouko’s creativity and business knowledge combined to form the foundation of what is known today as MiTek’s Sapphire Build Software; his talent for designing and developing was unmatched in the industry. He will long be remembered for his ability to quickly grasp new business issues and resolve them systematically – he could discuss a difficult concept over dinner and have a prototype ready for review the next day after breakfast. Having both worked closely and laughed regularly with Jouko, we will miss him dearly, as he will be missed by all those who had the opportunity to spend a day with him and his sunny disposition. Our deepest condolences to his family, coworkers, and clients, all of whom were also his friends, as that was Jouko’s nature. We encourage all to celebrate Jouko’s life by doing what Jouko did best – sharing kindness and inspiration with those both near and far.