Creativity, innovation, daring and drive. Meet the leaders that live the Zonar values at and away from the office. Our team of impassioned people includes accomplished business leaders and industry experts, each of whom is driven by the same mission—to help you be safer, more efficient and more successful. What matters to you, matters to them…even when they’re hard at play.
As our president & CEO, Michael’s focus is on an exceptional customer experience, strategic business partnerships, high-growth market strategies, and scalable business processes as we continue to expand. Adept at leading large technology organizations, he specializes in IoT and hybrid computing environments, which deliver seamless connectivity for smart mobility solutions of tomorrow.
Before joining Zonar, Michael led consulting services for North America at Oracle across commercial and public-sector business units, overseeing 1000+ employees. And he served as General Manager and Vice President for Technology Services Consulting at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Before shifting to information technology, Michael began his career designing and leading the manufacture of heavy trucks for Peterbilt Motors.
He currently serves on the board of directors for Radiant Logistics, Inc., a public company operating as a non-asset based third-party logistics provider. He has a Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Paul brings 20 years of recruiting leadership working across corporate functions, with an emphasis on recruiting top talent for fast growth technology companies, top consumer brands, and mobile industry depth. Beginning in 2012, Paul was a Recruiting Manager at Starbucks, overseeing recruiting for Technology, Supply Operations, Finance & Accounting & HR functions to support their rapid growth. Prior to Starbucks, Paul was Director of Global Recruiting at Motricity, where he ramped up the recruiting function during their rapid growth and IPO supporting hiring for their mobile content, merchandising, and marketing solutions for Enterprise customers. Paul also brings a depth in fast growth, mobile technology in his earlier roles as Sr. Manager of Talent Acquisition at T-Mobile and Sr. Staffing Manager at AT&T Wireless.
Larry joined Zonar Systems in 2016. Larry brings over 25 of years of technology leadership industry across a range of industries including both Fortune 500 companies and small venture-backed initiatives.
Prior to joining Zonar, Larry was Director Product Marketing & Product Management at Nuance Communications. Larry started out his career as a system engineer developing navigation systems for military aircraft including the integration of early GPS systems with inertial navigation systems. Larry then transitioned into leading product management roles with major technology companies including Netscape, Yahoo, Vendio.com, T-Mobile USA and Nuance Communications.
Larry has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara, a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles.
Chris leads our finance and accounting teams, and applies his experience building world-class financial organizations to drive high-impact results. His responsibilities include all aspects of financial planning and analysis, controllership, working capital management, investment analysis, business partnership and then some. His remit includes helping define and drive our overall organization to achieve aggressive goals in alignment with external partners.
Prior to Zonar, Chris served in a number of roles of increasing scope at Amazon since 2017, including CFO of Amazon Robotics and Director of Operations and Strategy for Packaging innovation. Before Amazon, Chris held finance and operational leadership positions at several leading firms, including Novelis, Boston Scientific, and Ford, with a focus on equipping teams to unlock value through smarter use of analytics.
Chris earned his MBA and MS in Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. A skiing, hiking and trail enthusiast, Chris is married with two high school-aged kids. And he’s active in local community activities.
Tim leads strategic growth for Zonar in the pupil and transit fleet management markets. And he does so with deep expertise in student safety protocols, cost management, risk management, organizational design and technology use. He joins us after founding and working at multiple transportation management and advisory firms, along with working for a large transportation provider.
With more than 20 years in transportation operations and fleet maintenance analysis experience, Tim worked closely with hundreds of public, private and non-profit transportation management operations as a consultant, educator, practitioner and supporter. To help educational institutions and transportation providers with return-to-school plans, Tim made frequent virtual appearances during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic as: co-manager of the Student Transportation Aligned for Return To School Task Force; the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services; and the National School Transportation Association.
Matthew joined Zonar in 2017 and serves as the Senior Vice President, Customer Success and Information Technology. With him, he brings more than 25 years of technical and business leadership from a variety of industries, including SaaS, information technology security, digital media, consulting and mobility.
Before joining Zonar, he spent three years at Ingram Micro Cloud, where he was the senior director of Customer Success, Consulting, and Professional Services. While he was there, Matthew was responsible for a team of consulting professionals helping marquee customers to implement cloud products, services and managed services. Prior to Micro Cloud, Matthew spent eight years at WatchGuard Technologies, splitting time as their Chief Information Officer, President of WatchGuard Technologies Canada and Vice President of Corporate Development, leading a number of mergers and acquisitions.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Washington State University. Outside the office, Matt enjoys spending time with family and coaching sports. He also works on several Boards focused on promoting activities for youths.
Gordon joined Zonar in 2018 as part of our cloud transformation to deliver ongoing service across mobile and web applications—and to help drive our evolution as a mature enterprise services and product leader. With almost 30 years’ experience in software development and product delivery, Gordon’s been a perfect fit since his first day. Prior to joining our team, Gordon served as Director of Engineering and Senior Program Manager at Nuance Communications, delivering XT9 and Swype text input technologies across millions of devices and supporting enterprise offerings with major cellular networks.
Gordon graduated from the University of Stirling, having studied Computer Science with a subsidiary in Economics. Since moving to the U.S., he enjoys all things outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, particularly getting dirty on a mountain bike.
Susan joined Zonar in 2015 and currently leads the marketing, sales development and sales operations organization. In her role, Susan’s responsibilities span all aspects of Zonar marketing and sales enablement efforts such as building the brand, creating awareness and driving customer preference through all channels, including demand generation, sales order processing, product marketing, industry events, media relations, eCommerce and customer retention.
Before joining Zonar, Susan was head of marketing for the Serengeti Law division of Thomson Reuters, the industry-leading global legal e-billing and matter management SaaS-platform. Prior to that time, Susan served as Vice President with the Affinity Insurance Services division of Aon Corporation, where she spent 15 years driving aggressive portfolio growth within the medical malpractice and recreation insurance divisions. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from University of California, Los Angeles.
When she joined Zonar, Jill brought more than 15 years of experience as a product leader for telecommunications and big data companies. Today, she oversees our portfolio of smart fleet management solution suites from early concept to product delivery and finally, to market. As a passionate advocate for creating career advancement pathways for women in technology, Jill co-leads ASPIRE, our women’s affinity group. She also mentors women within our organization.
Jill spent 12 years as a product leader at Zetron, a leader in mission critical communications systems for public safety, transportation and utility organizations. She began her career as an engineer at Sprint, focused on their cellular network design. Then she moved to a startup, which was focused on smart-antenna technology for cellular networks. There, she served several roles, including field validation manager and design engineering manager, before leading product management efforts. Jill earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech. And her Master of Business Administration at Seattle University.
Fred joined Zonar in 2010 after a 25 year career with the Washington State Patrol (WSP). During his career, he commanded the WSP Academy, Government and Relations Division and the Commercial Vehicle Division. He is the Past President for the Washington Chapter, FBI National Academy Associates. Fred is a member of the American Trucking Association (ATA) Safety Policy Committee, Association of Equipment Management Professionals Safety Committee, Truck Renting and Leasing Association's Government Relations Committee and Equipment Technology Advisory Council. And he's the Chair of the 2022 ATA Law Enforcement Advisory Board. Fred earned his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington. In 2021, Fred was named a Gold Globee® winner in the Executive of the Year, automotive, transportation, storage and logistics category of the 6th Annual 2021 American Best in Business Awards.
In this current role as Vice President of Compliance, he leads Zonar's product development to meet the needs of customers today and tomorrow. Over the last twenty-four months, Fred has been deeply involved in the ELD (electronic logging devices) mandate, from the policy level down to the compliance level for Zonar’s tablet.
With more than 25 years in the transportation industry, Wayne has learned just about every aspect of running a successful operation there is. Here at Zonar, he’s responsible for applying his extensive knowledge to our strategic growth in freight and over the road markets.
Wayne began his career at Celadon, where he started in the accounting side. He worked his way up from driver payroll clerk to become Vice President, Treasurer. And, when the opportunity was right, Wayne moved to operations, where he worked his way up to becoming Vice President of Operations. After 17 years, Wayne ventured into other venues of transportation, including spending two years working at smaller companies and seven years in the telematics industry. Along the way, Wayne has learned the ins and outs of transportation from the industry’s best.
A Hoosier native, Wayne earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at Ball State University in Indiana. When he’s not working, he enjoys baseball, fishing, and spending time with wife and two children.
Ken joined Zonar in 2011 and serves as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, bringing 30 years of entrepreneurial-driven management experience with him. Now, he applies his experience in managing a global supply chain, logistics and order fulfilment of Zonar's high-tech hardware product lines, while maintaining world-class quality.
Before joining Zonar, Ken was Director of Manufacturing for Lockheed Martin. As part of the senior management team at Aculight, he helped position the company for acquisition by Lockheed Martin. Leading up to the acquisition, his responsibilities included establishing the manufacturing strategy and advancing the production capabilities. And before Lockeed, Ken was President and Founder of BBP Inc, a start-up venture that developed a universal aftermarket windshield head-up display system for the automobile aftermarket. He raised money and was responsible all P&L functions related to commercialization of BBP technologies. Ken earned his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts, with a Business Minor from San Jose State University. And outside the office, he enjoys restoring and fabricating custom cars.
Since joining Zonar in 2012, Mike has held management positions of division sales director for the eastern U.S. and U.S. direct sales. He established Zonar's inside sales group and was on the team that established the company’s channel sales, DTNA Virtual Technician Renewal Program and OEM initiatives. As the GM of OEM & Indirect Markets, Mike currently also serves as Zonar's vice president of Sales.
Prior to joining Zonar, Mike spent 30 years with GE Capital TIP Division, which served all segments of the freight industry. While there, he held positions in operations, sales and division sales management. And during his last 10 years with GE, Mike was the senior product sales manager for North America and was a Six Sigma Black Belt. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at the University of Kentucky.
Nick has been instrumental in our growth and development since coming on board in 2014 and being promoted to manager of sales engineering. Currently at the helm as GM, Vocational & Industrial Services markets, Nick drives strategic growth for off-highway solutions, where he most enjoys being in the field and supporting the success of customers.
Prior to joining Zonar, Nick began his career as a sheriff, ultimately retiring as Commander of IT & Digital Communications, which sparked his transition to the corporate world of transportation telematics. He served as chief operating officer for DoubleMap. And as executive vice president of sales at Quantum XXI, where he developed go-to-market strategies and expanded sales impact in new vertical markets. Outside of the office, Nick enjoys mountain biking, golfing and anything competitive. Above all, he loves time with his family.
Nathan joined Zonar in 2022, bringing with him 28 years of engineering, program management and sales experience in the automotive, commercial vehicle, off-highway and industrial electronics markets. Here, he leads our sales strategy and development across all markets and verticals.
Nathan launched his career as a Project Engineer at Navistar®, where he designed their Next Generation Truck platform and prototype hybrid electric propulsion systems. Before joining Zonar, Nathan served as Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing for AMETEK® Instrumentation Systems. While there, he reorganized the global sales and marketing teams for three brands, leading to significant year-over-year pipeline and new business wins.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, and his Master of Business Administration at Indiana University. Away from the office, Nathan enjoys running, kayaking, hiking, golfing and mountain biking; showing his devotion to the outdoors acquired by growing up on a family farm in Indiana that raised 30,000 ducks.
When Catherine joined Zonar in 2015, she brought more than 20 years of experience directing global human resources programs for start-up and Fortune 500 companies. Now, she oversees almost all aspects of Zonar HR, including employee experience, learning & development, compensation & benefits, and more. Catherine collaborates with leaders at all levels to drive impactful HR programs to promote employee engagement and meet corporate goals. Since her first day, she’s played a key role in shaping our unique company culture.
Catherine has a broad human resources background as both a strategic business partner and a hands-on HR practitioner. Before joining Zonar, she held senior level roles with Swift HR Solutions, Motricity, Starbucks and Microsoft. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics & Management at Albion College. Away from the office, Catherine’s love of sports is second only to her love of family.