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 Group expanded to serve many aspects of the transportation market, offering products and services from Econolite, Econolite Canada, Aegis ITS, and Safetran.
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
Mr. Mohaddes has been the President and COO of Econolite Group, Inc. 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
Peter Sweatman is a cofounding principal of CAVita and has over 30 years of experience in transportation research and innovation, and the application of R&D. That experience encompasses vehicles, drivers, and infrastructure and impinges on technology, policy, and strategic planning. He is a trusted national voice on safety, ITS, transportation research and education, connected and automated vehicles, and freight technology and policy. His professional experience covers private industry, academia, and government. He has worked extensively in Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as the United States.
Dr. Sweatman is a past chairman of the board of ITS America, and also served as founding chair of the ITS America Leadership Circle. He served on the U.S. Department of Transport’s ITS Advisory Committee, as well as a number of roles with the Society of Automotive Engineers. At Transportation Research Board, he chaired the recent EU-US Symposium Towards Road Transport Automation, and served on the Committee on National Research Frameworks: Application to Transportation. He is currently working with the industrial consortium Together for Safer Roads.
He served as director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) from 2004 to 2015, and founded the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) in 2013. He served as director of the MTC, and was responsible for the launch of Mcity on July 20, 2015: “the world’s coolest test facility” (Bloomberg). He also serves as executive advisor to the UM’s Data Science Initiative.
Sweatman holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne.Dismiss
Charles Toth is Econolite Canada’s (an Econolite Group 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 the Econolite Group, 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
David Kohl is currently Chief Operational Excellence Officer at Econolite Group, Inc., reporting directly to Econolite Group 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.
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 the Econolite Group, Mr. Kohl was named Chief Excellence Officer in 2008. Prior to this position, Mr. Kohl was the Chief Operating Officer at California Chassis (Anahiem, Calif.). Mr. Kohl started his career at Gibbons Enclosures, Inc. (Industry, Calif.), holding positions with increasing responsibilities eventually being named General Manager.
Mr. Kohl holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, with concentration in Finance, from California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, Calif.) and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Program in Management.Dismiss
Douglas Terry serves as Chief Operating Officer for Aegis ITS. Mr. Terry joined Econolite Group, Inc. in 2009 to launch Aegis ITS with the mission to deliver Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) services to customers in the areas of software development, system integration, operations, and maintenance. Mr. Terry has worked in ITS planning, design, deployment, and operations, with special expertise in technical and program management for ITS deployment. Having spent his entire career in the industry, he has worked with transportation agencies around the world to improve their ITS infrastructure.
Before joining Econolite, Terry was a Senior Vice President at TransCore (Hummelstown, Pennsylvania) where he deployed the first all electric tolling system in the Middle East for the Road and Transport Authority of Dubai, UAE. Previously, he served as TransCore’s National Director of ITS, doubling the size of TransCore’s traffic management business. Mr. Terry has served on the boards of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) and ITS Georgia.
Mr. Terry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.). He is a registered professional engineer (Electrical) in Georgia, California, and Colorado.Dismiss
Eric Raamot is Econolite’s Vice President of Engineering. 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 Vice President of Engineering, Mr. Raamot 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
Gary Duncan is Econolite Group’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Duncan is responsible for the technical management of the Company’s strategic technology partnerships, research, and technology business development programs. He has more than 40 years’ engineering and management experience in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) industry.
Mr. Duncan has been actively involved in the development of a number of transportation industry standards including NEMA TS2, NTCIP, ATC and recently SAE’s J2735 DSRC Message Set standard. He serves and has served in an advisory role on ITS related research projects including the FHWA ACS Lite research, NCHRP 3-66 Traffic Signal State Transition Logic Using Enhanced Sensor Information and 20-07246 Observed Minimum Thresholds of LED Signals, and various Performance Measures research projects led by Purdue University’s Transportation Engineering School. Mr. Duncan also serves as a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Traffic Signal Systems Committee and is co-chair of the ITE Connected Vehicle Task Force and ATC Controller Working Group. Mr. Duncan is currently serving as a member of the advisory board of the University of Idaho’s National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology.
Prior to joining Econolite, Mr. Duncan was a member of the technical staff at TRW Defense Space Systems Group.
Mr. Duncan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Engineering of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management program.Dismiss
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John W. Tracey is Econolite Group, Inc.’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 Group.
In addition to his responsibilities at Econolite Group, 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 Group, 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
Mark Nogaki is Vice President of Sales for Econolite Group, Inc., responsible for the Company’s worldwide sales organization. His proven track record in building and leading customer-focused sales organizations in different technology-based industries is vital in helping Econolite identify and realize key business development objectives, and meet the needs of its transportation agency customers.
Prior to joining Econolite, he has served in different executive and senior management capacities, including being the managing partner and co-owner of an analytics consulting firm, as well as heading up sales, product management, and marketing in the software, financial services, and electronics industries. These experiences were gained in companies ranging from early-stage start-ups to multinational corporations.
Mr. Nogaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration degree, both from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).Dismiss
Persephone Oliver is the Econolite Group Inc., Vice President of Marketing Communications responsible for the Company’s strategy, development, and execution of market and competitive intelligence, advertising, media relations, product launches, sales collateral, and tradeshow/conference programs.
In addition to her responsibilities at Econolite Group, Ms. Oliver actively contributes to the ITS industry through her work with planning and advisory committees. Ms. Oliver previously served as Co-Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s (ITS America) Exhibitor Advisory Committee and Chair of the Programs Sub-Committee for ITS Americas Chicago Complete Streets Symposium. Ms. Oliver is also former 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 donates to causes that focus on wellbeing, 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.Dismiss
Rodney Mathis is Senior Vice President of Aegis ITS (an Econolite Group Company), 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
Sue Burns is Econolite Group, Inc.’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 Group, 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
Wayne Hagewood is Econolite Group, Inc.’s Vice President of Operations responsible for the Company’s manufacturing operations, supply chain, quality assurance, and facilities management programs. Mr. Hagewood has more than 40 years of management and leadership experience in large scale global operations in a wide range of industries, including traffic management, electronic control, irrigation, petroleum and HVAC industries. His particular expertise is in streamlining and integrating global company operations with other organizational programs such as lean enterprise and operational excellence, International Standards Organization (ISO), and information technology.
In addition to integrating cross company functions, Mr. Hagewood establishes educational programs at Econolite’s facilities, providing employees with advanced learning opportunities that enhance personal growth, as well as efficiencies throughout Econolite Group’s operations.
Prior to joining Econolite Group, Mr. Hagewood managed operations for Rockwell Automation’s Allen-Bradley division (Milwaukee, Wis.). He has held executive operations management positions with Windsor Art Products Inc. (Vernon, Calif.), several divisions of Masco Industries (Taylor, Mich.), and Rain Bird (Azusa, Calif.). Mr. Hagewood began his career with Carrier Corporation (City of Industry, Calif.).
Mr. Hagewood holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Business Management from the University of Redlands (Redlands, Calif.).Dismiss