John Knox

Chairman, President & CEO

John Knox is Chairman, President and CEO of Safe Fleet. He was most recently Chairman, President and CEO of ADCO Global and Chairman of Royal which bought ADCO Global in 2013. From 2002 to 2005, John was President and COO of Sovereign Specialty Chemicals. John spent much of his career with The Valspar Corp in operations and executive roles. His last position was President of Valspar Europe, Middle East and Africa. He began his career with ICI in sales and marketing. In addition, he has served for 10-years as a trustee of the University Of Virginia School Of Engineering and has served as a Board of Director of Velsicol Corporation, Rutherford Chemicals, and Strive Logistics. John is a member of YPO International (Young Presidents Organization).

Chuck Gessler


Chuck Gessler is the Chief Financial Officer of Safe Fleet. Chuck joined Safe Fleet from Bushnell Inc. where he was a senior executive responsible for financial and administrative functions of this global consumer products company. Previous to Bushnell, Chuck was in senior leadership roles with Ply Gem. Chuck began his career with a large public accounting firm where he provided auditing and guidance for multi-national, Fortune 500 companies. Chuck has been very successful creating value with privately owned businesses and has been involved with several successful recapitalizations. Chuck’s experience includes ERP implementations, acquisitions, and managing significant organic growth.

Bob Shupp

Sr. Vice President Operations, Supply Chain, and Strategic Initiatives

Bob Shupp has over 20 years of experience in operations and supply chain management. Prior to joining Safe Fleet, Bob was VP of Operations for Ames True Temper, a manufacturer of non-powered lawn and garden equipment. From 2007-2011, Bob held executive level positions at FCI USA, Inc., including VP and General Manager – Americas. From 1999-2006, he served as the VP of Operations and Sales for Yazaki Corporation. Bob’s early career was spent in a variety of operations and supply chain assignments with AMP, Inc. / Tyco Electronics, a global leader in electronic connectors.

Patrick Ulman

VP of Corporate Development

Patrick is the VP of Corporate Development responsible for maximizing the growth opportunities of the Safe Fleet portfolio through a combination of strategic acquisitions and focused growth initiatives. Previously, Patrick spent 4 years as a Director of Corporate Development and M&A with Polaris Industries located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to Polaris, Patrick spent 10 years with General Electric advancing through roles in Quality, Sourcing, and Corporate Development positions in their GE Capital Railcar Services, GE Equipment Services and GE Energy businesses.

Andrew Schmolka

Sr. VP & Chief Legal Officer

Andrew is a seasoned general corporate and transactional, M&A/finance, and IP/technology lawyer and business executive. Prior to joining Safe Fleet, Andrew served as SVP and General Counsel of Penton, a global B2B provider of digital/SaaS technology, data, and business intelligence solutions, which was successfully acquired by Informa. Before that, he was Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel of a financial technology venture serving Wall Street institutions. He also was a senior legal executive at an NYSE-listed multimedia content and business services subsidiary of KKR, after beginning his career as a corporate attorney for five years at the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Tom Brodsky

VP, Advanced Technology Group

Tom Brodsky is an experienced technical leader, researcher, and software developer receiving his doctorate for work on motion analysis, 3-D computer vision, and camera calibration. He was the Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, and main software architect of a highly efficient, flexible, and distributed video analytics software suite at ActiveEye Inc. until the business was acquired by Honeywell in 2007. Tom remained at Honeywell operating as Technology Integration Leader, successfully delivering video analytics solutions across Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (ACS).

Ken Koblinski

VP Supply Chain

Ken Koblinski is VP of Supply Chain for Safe Fleet. Ken spent 11 years with General Motors as Global Commodity Manager. He next moved to Visteon Corporation as Associate Director – North American Interiors. Then, he moved to Katy Industries to serve as Director of Procurement. His most recent role was Global Commodity Director for Ingersoll Rand. In this position, he had direct responsibility for managing the international Steel and Metal Fabrications Team.

Toh Meng

Sr. VP Fire, EMS & Industrial

Toh Meng is VP of Safe Fleet’s Fire, EMS, and Industrial division. Before this, he served as President and Partner / Owner of FRC. Toh joined FRC in 1985 as an electrical engineer. In this position, he designed the company’s first pressure governor to incorporate a micro-processer. In 1992, he was promoted to VP of Electrical Engineering where he assumed greater responsibilities for product marketing and production. Today, Toh remains the “go-to” person for trouble shooting and diagnosing difficult electronic problems and holds many design patents.

Avi Levi

Prime Design Global President

Avi Levi founded Prime Design in 1992 and was the company’s CEO from 1997 until its acquisition by ROM in 2012. Avi began his career in the aerospace sector and has significant expertise in machine programming and automation technologies.

Tom Gill

Sr. VP Passenger Transportation, Law Enforcement, & Waste, and Technology

Tom Gill was previously the President of Seon, the leading provider of mobile video surveillance and fleet management solutions for buses. He joined Seon as COO in 2009 after serving as President of Signalink, a fire protection, security and medical alert devices manufacturer. Tom is a veteran of the video surveillance industry serving as COO and CFO of Silent Witness prior to their acquisition by Honeywell in 2003, and continuing on as VP, Global Marketing post-merger. Tom has an extensive background in finance, operations, and strategic management and has a reputation for building robust operational infrastructures to support industry-leading growth while maintaining an entrepreneurial culture.

Craig Bonham

VP, Commercial Vehicle

Craig Bonham joined Safe Fleet in 2017 as the VP of Work Truck. Craig is a Work Truck industry veteran currently serving as a manufacturing trustee on the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) board. Craig joined Safe Fleet from Reading Truck Body where he was the Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Prior to Reading, he spent 10 years with America’s Truck Body Company, first as a high-performing Territory Sales Manager and then Director of Sales, Training, and Business Development. Previous to that, Craig was General Manager at a multi-franchise automobile dealership.

Mike Hagan

VP of Integration and Product, Bus and Rail

Mike Hagan is Vice President of Integration and Product for Safe Fleet’s Bus & Rail division. He most recently served as the VP of Transit Bus and Rail, and was previously Specialty Manufacturing’s (SMI) Director of Sales and Marketing. Since 2007, he has served SMI in various operations and product management roles. Prior to SMI, he worked in a variety of engineering and LEAN operations roles for Lennox International and Emerson Electric Company.

Chris Akiyama

VP School Bus

Chris Akiyama has over 18 years of experience in progressively senior management roles in the video surveillance industry. Since he joined Seon in 2006, Chris has successfully led Seon’s sales teams to achieve significant growth in revenue and market share in the school bus and transit mobile video surveillance industry. Chris brings his in-depth knowledge of security and surveillance technology to his role on the Board of Directors at the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA), and is a contributing member of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT).

Al Cavagnero

VP, Transit Bus & Rail

Al Cavagnero is the Vice President for Safe Fleet’s Transit Bus & Rail division. Al has over 20 years’ experience in the video surveillance industry, including leading the video security business at Sensormatic, Tyco and GE Security. He joins Safe Fleet with the acquisition of MobileView from United Technologies Corporation, where Al was the General Manager of one of the leading suppliers of video solutions for the US transit market.

Curtis Smith

VP Operations, Passenger Transportation, Law Enforcement & Waste

Curtis has been involved in the security and surveillance industry for over 20 years in a variety of senior roles. Prior to joining Seon in 2015, he held positions as Senior Engineering Manager and Director of Research Development at Honeywell Video Systems and Silent Witness Enterprises Ltd. respectively. Prior to that Curtis held managerial roles encompassing supply chain, process engineering and manufacturing in Long Island, NY.

Bob Parks

VP Human Resources

Bob Parks, PHR, is VP of Human Resources for Safe Fleet. Prior to joining Safe Fleet he spent 13 years at Grundfos Pumps where he most recently served as the Director for Human Resources. In addition to his HR responsibilities, Bob has held responsibilities in strategy, process improvement, business excellence, and training. Prior to joining Grundfos, Bob spent two years in staff level Human Resource roles with BHA Group, Inc.

Joseph Schechter

VP Rear View Safety

Joseph Schechter is Vice President at Rear View Safety. Joseph joined Safe Fleet from Rear View Safety, where he served as Executive Vice President. Rear View Safety is the industry leader in the sales and distribution of backup camera systems and safety technology, specializing in the commercial and RV industry. Joseph oversees all new products, adding his creative and innovative know-how to every aspect of vehicle camera technology. Having a reputation for always delivering on his promises, customers are always Joseph’s number one priority.