Who We Are

We enhance the safety and productivity of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Vision

Our VISION is to build the leading global provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles.

We develop, manufacture and sell best in class high performance safety related products. Our products provide increased functionality and integrated solutions for fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators.

We target markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety.

Management

John Knox

John Knox

President & CEO

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Background: John Knox is 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

VP / CFO

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Background: 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

Bob Shupp

Sr. VP of Operations and Supply Chain

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Background: Bob Shupp is Sr. VP of Operations and Supply Chain for Safe Fleet. Bob 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.

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Patrick Ulman

VP of Corporate Development

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Background: 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.

Ken Koblinski

VP Supply Chain

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Background: 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 Emergency & Industrial

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Background: Toh Meng is VP of Safe Fleet’s Emergency 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

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Background: 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

Tom Gill

Sr. VP Commercial and Passenger Transportation

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Background: Tom Gill is Sr. VP Commercial and Passenger Transportation, 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. He was promoted to President of Seon in 2014. 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.

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Fred Jevaney

President, Truck & Trailer Division

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Background: Fred Jevaney is the President of Safe Fleet Truck & Trailer division. Most recently and for the past 21 years, Fred served as President of Randall Manufacturing. With more than 30 years experience exclusively in the Temperature Control and Transportation industries, Fred began his career with Randall's predecessor business where he held roles of increasing responsibility in Sales and Operations. In 1996, Fred formed and led Randall Manufacturing as we know it today. Fred's commitment to growing a culture for customers and employees that is entrepreneurial, innovative and flexible continues as he leads the Truck & Trailer division of Safe Fleet.

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Don Fishel

VP Commercial Vehicle

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Background: Don Fishel is VP Commercial Vehicle for Safe Fleet. He joined ROM, as VP Sales & Marketing in 2012. Prior to this, Don spent nearly seven years with Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG) as Director of Product Marketing & Engineering and Sr. Director of Sales & Marketing. In this role he was responsible for strategy, product planning and development, and growing sales for the heavy truck aftermarket segment. Before CVG, he worked for Stoneridge, Inc., as Regional Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, and Sr. Vehicle Systems Engineer. His experience includes time in product management, manufacturing quality, and production engineering.

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Mike Hagan

VP Transit Bus & Rail

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Background: Mike Hagan is VP Transit Bus & Rail. He most recently served as 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.

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Chris Akiyama

VP School Bus

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Background: 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 contributingmember of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT).

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Curtis Smith

VP Advanced Technology Group and Seon Operations

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Background: Curtis has been involved in the security and surveillance industry for over 15 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

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Background: 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.

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Martin Demers

VP FleetMind

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Background: Martin Demers is the Vice-President of FleetMind Solutions, a Safe Fleet brand company, and is a long-time C-level technology industry executive. Under his leadership, FleetMind has grown into the leading onboard computing (OBC)’smart truck’ solutions provider for waste and recycling fleets. Martin has often been published in industry publications including Waste Advantage Magazine, FleetOwner Magazine, and the RFID Journal. He is a frequent speaker at technology and waste management events.

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Joseph Schechter

VP Rear View Safety

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Background: 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.