ECONOLITE’S LEADERSHIP TEAM IS COMMITTED TO THE MISSION OF “SAVING LIVES THROUGH IMPROVED MOBILITY.”
Michael “Mike” Doyle is the Econolite, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Doyle has held this position since acquiring the company in February 1978 as part of a private partnership acquisition. Under Mr. Doyle’s leadership, Econolite expanded to serve many aspects of the transportation market, offering products and services from Econolite, Econolite Canada, Econolite Systems, and CAVita.
Mr. Doyle is a past Chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) and spent many years serving on the ITSA Board of Directors and Leadership Circle. In 2013, he was inducted into the ITS America Hall of Fame.
Outside of the ITS industry, Mike spent many years as Chair of the Huntington Medical Research Institute in Pasadena, California. Mr. Doyle is also a founding partner in the law firm Stone & Doyle (Pasadena, Calif.). He is licensed to practice law before the State Bar of California, and is a member of the State Bars of Georgia, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Prior to acquiring Econolite, Mr. Doyle was a partner with Alexander Grant & Company (now Grant Thornton) (Chicago, Ill.), a leading global independent audit, tax, and advisory firm.
Mr. Doyle holds a Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase College of Law (Cincinnati, Ohio). He earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio).Dismiss
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mohaddes has been the President and COO of Econolite since January 2017.
Abbas has over 30 years of experience in the application of technology in transportation systems, including Traffic Management, Communication, Traveler Information, Systems Integration, Transit, Connected and Automated Vehicles. He is a recognized expert in ITS, and has over 70 publications and presentations at industry organizations around the world.
After serving the City of Dallas, Texas as a traffic engineer, and several years of consulting practice, he co-founded Meyer, Mohaddes Associates in 1991 in Los Angeles, a firm focused on application of technology in traffic management and systems planning, which later merged with Iteris. He is the former CEO of Iteris, where he led the transformation and substantial growth of the company into a software-based traffic management information technology organization through organic growth and acquisition.
He is a founding member and past chairman of ITS America, past chair of the ITS America Leadership Circle, member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), past member of the TRB Executive Committee, and member of the board of trustees of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI). He is a fellow at ITE and member of the University of California Irvine, Chancellor’s CEO Roundtable. He is also a member of the board for National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), and a board member of the V2I Coalition executive committee, which is a committee founded by AASHTO, ITSA, and ITE, focused on connected and automated vehicle activities.Dismiss
President & Chief Operating Officer
John W. Tracey is Econolite’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Tracey is responsible for the Company’s worldwide finance organization, which includes managing acquisitions, guiding corporate strategy, administering tax planning, accounting and reporting, and overseeing internal audit programs. Mr. Tracey brings three decades of corporate accounting and tax experience to Econolite.
In addition to his responsibilities at Econolite, Mr. Tracey is a member of the Marshall Business School Alumni Association, University of Southern California. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), as well as a licensed certified public accountant. Mr. Tracey has also served as the President of the School Board for St. Philip the Apostle School (Pasadena, Calif.).
Prior to joining Econolite, Mr. Tracey was most recently a Managing Partner with the financial planning and accounting firm Lucas, Horsfall, Murphy & Pindroh, LLP (Pasadena, Calif.). Before that, he was with the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
Mr. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Taxation from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, Calif.).Dismiss
Chief Financial Officer
Kirk T. Steudle is Senior Vice President, Systems, for Econolite responsible for leading the Company’s Transportation Systems Group, including its subsidiary CAVita. Steudle reports directly to Econolite President & COO Abbas Mohaddes.
Prior to joining Econolite, Mr. Steudle was director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, overseeing MDOT’s over $4.7 billion-dollar budget, and was responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of Michigan’s highways and more than 4,000 highway bridges at a department with 2,700 employees. He also oversaw administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects.
Mr. Steudle is a nationally recognized leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies (CAV), and is the former President and CEO of the American Center for Mobility (ACM). ACM is a purpose-built facility for testing, developing, and validating CAV vehicles at Willow Run Michigan airport. He was also the 2014-2015 Chair for the ITS America Board of Directors. He is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the USDOT. Mr. Steudle is a Past President of AASHTO and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the TRB Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB.
Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering. He also serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2012.Dismiss
Sr. Vice President, Systems
Alice Cook is Econolite’s General Counsel responsible for partnering with the Company’s business unit leaders to enhance business strategies while managing and mitigating legal risks. Ms. Cook oversees legal affairs throughout the organization, provides internal legal guidance and support, and acts as a liaison with outside counsel. She is a member of the State Bar of Colorado and is Registered In-House Counsel with the State Bar of California.
Ms. Cook has multi-functional and diverse legal experience, most recently in her role as Econolite’s Associate General Counsel, and formerly as co-owner and in-house counsel for Swis Tire & Automotive, Inc. (Denver, CO), as well as a litigator for the international law firm, Morrison & Foerster (Denver, CO). In addition, Ms. Cook was a member of the board of directors for a privately-held community bank and has served on boards for various non-profit organizations.
Ms. Cook holds a Juris Doctorate (Sturm College of Law) and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. In addition, she earned a professional mediation certificate through the University College, University of Denver. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association (Construction Law, Intellectual Property Law, and In-House Counsel Sections) and the American Bar Association (Public Contract Law Section).
Charles Toth is Econolite Canada’s (an Econolite company) Chief Operating Officer. In this position since 2006, Mr. Toth is responsible for leading all operational aspects of Econolite Canada, including the satellite offices. Working with the overall objectives of Econolite, he oversees the operational controls, administrative programs, quality assurance procedures, and resource planning to effectively grow the organization on a sustainable path. Mr. Toth is based at Econolite Canada’s headquarters in Markham, Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Toth joined Econolite Canada in 2001, and most recently held the position of Chief Financial Officer. Before Econolite Canada, Mr. Toth held various senior executive and management positions in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Automotive industry.
Mr. Toth holds a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation and a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting degree from Concordia University (Montreal, Canada).Dismiss
Chief Operating Officer
Eric Raamot is Econolite’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Mr. Raamot manages every aspect of the Company’s day-to-day firmware, hardware, and system software development operations, as well as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) integration and support. In addition, he is responsible for production line support in the manufacture of Econolite’s many embedded products. He was instrumental in developing Econolite’s groundbreaking Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) software – Centracs® ATMS.
Prior to being appointed Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Raamot was Vice President of Engineering. Previously to that, he was Econolite’s Director of Systems Engineering in charge of software design and development and customer support.
Mr. Raamot has served on various standards committees including NTCIP, NEMA and ATC. Additionally, he is involved with several university research programs. He is a recipient of the “2010 Best Paper Award” from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Signal Systems Committee for his collaborative work with Purdue University on Railroad Preemption Performance Measures.
Before joining Econolite, Mr. Raamot was responsible for firmware and software development, as well as systems integration for AECOM Systems Integration Group, which was later acquired by Econolite.
Mr. Raamot holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from the Transportation Engineering program at the University of Colorado.Dismiss
Chief Technology Officer
Persephone Oliver is the Econolite Vice President of Marketing Communications responsible for the Company’s strategy, development, and execution of advertising, media relations, product launches, sales collateral, tradeshow/conference programs, and corporate training programs.
In addition to her responsibilities at Econolite, Ms. Oliver actively contributes to the ITS industry through her work with planning and advisory committees. Ms. Oliver served as Co-Chair of the demonstrations and Technical Tours committee for the 2020 World Congress on ITS. She previously served as Co-Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s Exhibitor Advisory Committee and Chair of the Programs Sub-Committee for ITS Americas Chicago Complete Streets Symposium. Ms. Oliver is also former Sustaining Member Secretary and past President for the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA), Sustaining Members and Co-Chair for the IMSA Sustaining Exhibitor Advisory Group (SEAG).
Ms. Oliver is a member of Women in Transportation (WTS), an International organization dedicated to building the future of ITS through the advancement of women. Outside the ITS Industry, Ms. Oliver is a small business/franchise owner of a Kickboxing studio and donates to causes that focus on well-being, such as the Special Olympics, Autism Speaks, and Juvenile Diabetes. Ms. Oliver also previously served as Chair of the Huntington Medical Research Institute’s (HMRI) Event Planning Committee. HMRI is an organization dedicated to improving quality of life through its research and discoveries, including; the original conceptual designs for seat-belts, door locks and headrests that are now integral components of modern automotive safety standards.
Ms. Oliver holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), as well as an accreditation in Traffic Signal Operations from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Management & Team Building certification from the University of California, Irvine.Dismiss
Vice President, Marketing
Snehasis “Sunny” Chakravarty is Econolite’s Vice President of Engineering. In this role, Mr. Chakravarty is responsible for providing leadership in planning, establishing, and directing all aspects of the company’s engineering policies, along with influencing and executing the technology roadmap for the company.
Prior to joining Econolite, Mr. Chakravarty was most recently the Vice President of Engineering at Beyond Limits (Glendale, CA), where he was responsible for the overall engineering strategy and the design, development, support, and operations for the company’s portfolio of AI-based products and solutions. Prior to that, Mr. Chakravarty was Director of Engineering at Trustwave (Chicago, IL) and M86 Security (Irvine, CA). At Trustwave and M86 Security, he led the engineering and program management activities for the company’s Web security, filtering, and analytics products, along with running a globally distributed Security Labs team.
Before that, Mr. Chakravarty held senior level Engineering positions with increasing responsibilities at Symantec Corp. (Mountain View, CA) and HCL Technologies (Noida, India).
Mr. Chakravarty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from Presidency University (Kolkata, India) and a Master of Science degree in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata, India).Dismiss
Vice President, Engineering - Anaheim
Sue Burns is Econolite’s Vice President of Human Resources responsible for the Company’s human resources programs, including employee development, training, relations, enrichment, benefits, and recruiting. She is also responsible for ensuring organizational and employee policies develop and evolve congruently with Company growth. Ms. Burns has three decades of human resources management experience.
Ms. Burns is a certified Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR®), as well as a training facilitator and coach for development programs with DDI, and Continuous Process Improvement.
Prior to joining Econolite, Ms. Burns was most recently the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for Primedia (now Source Interlink Companies), one of the largest publishing companies at the time. She managed the full range of human resource functions that addressed an employee base of more than 1,000. Prior to Primedia, Ms. Burns managed the human resource program for the Orange County Register newspaper, a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper that serves 34 cities and 300,000 subscribers.
Ms. Burns holds a Master of Arts in Management degree from University of Redlands and a Bachelor degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University (Orange, Calif.).Dismiss
Vice President, Human Resources
Barry Einsig is a Principal of CAVita, responsible for business development and execution of the strategic advisory programs. Einsig will work closely with Econolite President & COO and CAVita Principal Abbas Mohaddes, and CAVita Principal Peter Sweatman.
Einsig joins CAVita following six years with Cisco Systems, Inc., where he was an executive responsible for global automotive and transportation solution development. Einsig helped launch Cisco’s leading innovative solutions in several new markets, including connected and automated vehicle, rail, roadways, and mass transit.
Prior to Cisco Systems, Einsig was the Director of Transportation/Strategic Development for Harris Corp. (Washington D.C.) where he was one of the founding members of the Broadband team to lead the company into the LTE market. While at Harris, Einsig received a patent for the use of video over LTE networks.
He is a member of Singapore CARTS Committee focused on Connected and Highly Automated vehicle systems. He has worked globally with customers in all modes of transportation, including: Network Rail, Deutsche Bahn, Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Port of Hamburg, SFMTA, Transport For London, BNSF, WMATA, AMTRAK, DART, PA Turnpike, TMR Australia, Metrolinx Toronto. Einsig is a published authority on ITS, infrastructure systems, and connected vehicle applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA).Dismiss
David Kohl is Econolite’s Vice President – Corporate, and reports directly to the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Abbas Mohaddes. Mr. Kohl is responsible for the strategy, management, and execution of the Company’s efficiency and effectiveness improvement programs. Mr. Kohl is charged with process improvement initiatives across the entire organization and various additional corporate assignments.
Mr. Kohl has nearly 40 years of operations management experience in the precision sheet metal fabrication and transportation industries. He is an American Society for Quality-certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.
A 30-year veteran with Econolite, Mr. Kohl was named Vice President, Process Improvement in 2017. Prior to this position, Mr. Kohl has been the Chief Operational Excellence Officer at Econolite, and Chief Operating Officer at California Chassis (Anaheim, Calif.). Mr. Kohl started his career at Gibbons Enclosures, Inc. (Industry, Calif.), holding positions with increasing responsibilities before eventually being named General Manager.
Vice president – Corporate
Rodney Mathis is Vice President, Field Services at Econolite, responsible for the Company’s Traffic Engineering and Maintenance operations. Throughout his career, Mr. Mathis has worked on developing the continual optimization of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) engineering and maintenance processes by leveraging technology. His acumen in preventative maintenance, emergency response, and increasing public safety led to the design of a one of a kind ITS field asset and maintenance management system (MMS) software, which evolved into the Centracs® MMS. This software type is currently being utilized by more than 24 government agencies.
Mr. Mathis was most recently President of Econolite’s Traffic Engineering and Maintenance business where he oversaw the Company’s Team Econolite contract services operations. He joined Econolite in 2004 as Director of the Traffic Engineering & Maintenance division. Mr. Mathis has managed in excess of 8,000 ITS locations during his career.
Prior to joining Econolite, Mr. Mathis was Vice President and General Manager at Signal Maintenance Inc. (Anaheim, Calif.).
Mr. Mathis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering & Management from the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, Miss.).Dismiss
Vice President, Field Services
Ryan Bullock is Econolite’s Vice President of Operations – Anaheim. Mr. Bullock is responsible for the supply chain, traffic cabinet engineering, mechanical design, document control, and cabinet estimating at Econolite.
Mr. Bullock joined Econolite in June of 2014, where he most recently served as Vice President of Cabinet Product Management. As VP of Cabinet Product Management, Mr. Bullock was responsible for driving year over year double-digit growth for the company’s traffic Cabinet and Signal product lines. Prior to Econolite, Mr. Bullock managed the Engineering Department at Lantronix, responsible for the company’s hardware design, documentation, certifications, and manufacturing support processes.
Mr. Bullock earned an APICS Certification in Production and Inventory Management and is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and Institute of Transportation Engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of California, Irvine.Dismiss
Vice President, Operations – Anaheim