Meet the team

Sven Kempf

Sven grew up in Germany and moved to the Seattle area in 2011. He has been working in the Aerospace & Transportation Industry for 15 years and brings a wealth of technical and management knowledge to the team. In his free time he loves exploring the outdoors with his wife and 4 children. Fishing, hunting and camping are just a few activities that he loves to indulge in out of his Adventurevan or Overland trailer. Sven is responsible for Sales & Marketing as well as general Business Management of the company.

Martin Burgisser

Martin is a multicultural leader with extensive expertise in aerospace Manufacturing, Operation and Business Development. His European background as a toolmaker journeyman with a BS in Industrial Engineering enables him implementing Vartan. Vans diverse customer wishes and dreams with the ever developing Adventure Van – Overlanding product trends. His hobbies include gallivanting with his own adventure motorcycle and van called Galavan. Martin is responsible for managing our van conversion shop and makes sure everything we build meets the highest standards in the industry.

Matthias Funke

Matthias is an Engineer with 20 years of experience in designing Aircraft parts and systems. After leaving the corporate world he followed his passion for all things outdoors, especially overlanding and offroading in camper vans. There are a lot of similarities between designing parts for aircrafts and for campers and he translates all this experience into our designs – very limited amount of space, light weight designs, highly functional and efficient layouts, complex systems, and harsh environmental conditions. His personal vehicles are a 1978 Westfalia VW Bus he has restored himself, as well as a 1989 Chevy G20 which has been restored and converted into a fully off the grid overland vehicle by himself and our team. During 2020, he has been living and working most of the time out of his Westfalia while surfing the Oregon Coast. After finishing his G20 build in 2021, he has worked out of this van for a few weeks while being on an overland trip from Seattle down to San Diego and offroading in amazing areas in Utah.​ Matthias is responsible for our design engineering and makes sure every inch of your van is used in the most effective way.