Ron Konezny, Vice President, Global Transportation and Logistics
A founder of PeopleNet, Konezny started as Chief Technology Officer architecting PeopleNet's unique, award winning system. Ron led PeopleNet's technology team and platform vision, which resulted in the first internet-based solution in the market, patented OTAP (over-the-air-programming), email messaging, handheld integration, Vehicle Management engine data interface, eDriver Logs, Automated Fuel Tax, and Automated Workflow.
In 2002, as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Konezny led PeopleNet to record growth and profitability. Averaging over 35% growth annually, PeopleNet retired all outstanding debt and placed a firm emphasis on reinvesting its profits back into further innovation.
In 2011, with Trimble's acquisition of PeopleNet, Ron was named General Manager of Trimble's Global Transportation and Logistics division.
Ron is a graduate of Northwestern University. Ron has served on the National Private Truck Council Institute Board and the Truckload Carriers Association Board. Prior to joining PeopleNet, Ron worked as a senior consultant for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Consulting, where he specialized in international telecommunications.
Brian McLaughlin, President
McLaughlin has been with PeopleNet since 2001. He currently leads the PeopleNet business across North America. His list of key accomplishments includes leading the company to year over year profitable growth for the past 5+ years, and instituting a customer-driven innovation process. He has also helped to shape industry policy as it pertains to Electronic Onboard Recording Devices and other safety initiatives.
Mike Goergen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Goergen has been with PeopleNet since 1997 when he joined as Controller and then served as Vice President—Finance. He currently leads all International Finance and Accounting activities across PeopleNet. Goergen has been instrumental in implementing the company's current ERP system, streamlining procurement and order fulfillment, and helping build the company's financial strength.
Thomas Fansler, President, VUSION
Fansler is an entrepreneur and executive with a demonstrated track record in sales, marketing, and product development for start-ups and corporate enterprises. His creative, strategic thinking and persuasive communication skills, along with his deft operations management, process improvement, and risk management abilities are driving VUSION’s success. This division of PeopleNet has worked with more than 100 companies operating more than 35,000 tractors in less than a year.
As co-founder and managing partner, Fansler built Inter-Tax, Inc. into the largest North American fuel tax service provider and sold it 11 years later in 2007. He led the successful post-acquisition integration of Inter-Tax for Comdata, a leading financial services provider to the transportation industry.
Education: MBA, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN: BA Connecticut College, New London, CT
Professional Affiliations: Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), Board of Directors/Past-Chair, Membership Committee
Mark Botticelli, Chief Technology Officer
Botticelli is a technology executive with 25 years of experience providing technology innovation, strategic leadership, and superior product delivery. Experienced in implementing software engineering best practices and processes, he has a proven track record of enhancing the productivity and predictability of software development, as well as overseeing the delivery of quality products on-time and on-budget. Mark is responsible for PeopleNet’s North American technology strategy and product delivery across wireless, software, hardware, infrastructure and quality assurance.
Prior to joining PeopleNet Mark was leading the development of several mobile worker-centric, vehicle-centric solutions within the Mobile Resource Management and Environmental Solutions businesses. He was also responsible for offshore development centers in India and China including onshore staff across multiple Trimble offices.
Rick Ochsendorf, Senior Vice President of Operations
Ochsendorf is a transportation industry veteran with 25 years of experience in growing organizations through creativity, accountability, cost control, productivity and team building. He is responsible for operations and product management across multiple platforms, including product strategy, positioning and marketing. Previously as vice president of operations, he developed and grew the Professional Services department to reinforce the company’s focus on creating ROI for customers by assessing their business processes, redesigning them with PeopleNet applications and organizing successful implementations.
As director of operations for Q Carriers (national refrigerated truckload carrier), Ochsendorf created and implemented a survival strategy to counter a 200 percent insurance rate increase, a 25% economy-related decrease in revenue, 50-70 percent increases in fuel price, and high driver turnover. He held a number of operations management, customer service, and accounting positions at Berger Transfer and Storage (largest Allied Van Lines agent).
Education: BA in business management from Metropolitan State University
Leadership: Certified Transportation Professional, National Private Truck Council
Garland Jackson, Senior Vice President
Jackson is a transportation technology professional with 32 years of senior management experience in sales, operations, customer service, product and business development, and marketing. Before joining PeopleNet in 2000, he was with United Parcel Service for 20 years, where he played an instrumental role in the launch and deployment of UPS's first wireless communication service initiative, On Call Air, and in the research development project for UPS's subsidiary, World Wide Logistics. Jackson previously held positions with Eaton Corporation's Transpo rtation Information Services and Descartes Systems Group of Canada as an application consultant.
Mark Kessler, Senior Vice President
Kessler is a transportation and logistics professional with 20 years of experience in sales, mergers and acquisition, strategic development, operations, customers service, product development, media, and marketing.
After selling a company that he started in college, Kessler joined Randall-Reilly Publishing as an executive overseeing many of their transportation media products. He co-founded Trucking Co. Magazine (now CCJ), where he had the first editorial column in the magazine that was subscribed to by over 40,000 trucking fleet executives. Mr. Kessler also co-founded the Overdrive Truck Stop and Travel Guide; Partners in Business, etrucker.net, and TCA's Commercial Carrier University. Kessler joined PeopleNet in 2000 in charge of sales and business development. With his leadership, PeopleNet’s customer roster has grown six-fold to over 1,200 fleets that have implemented the company’s fleet management in 100,000 trucks; including forty of the top 100 fleets in North America. Kessler manages sales, business development, and strategic development.
Randy Boyles, Senior Vice President of Tailored Solutions
Boyles is a technology professional with more than 25 years of management and innovation experience in the airline & transportation industry. Before joining PeopleNet, he held a number of executive positions for MTI, a fleet management software provider, including vice president of development, general manager and president. He orchestrated the integration of PeopleNet, Terion, Geologics and ALK's Copilot to the company's flagship dispatch product, and bolstered customer loyalty through product stabilization, service delivery, improved customer relations, and new-product introductions. As an entrepreneur, Randy's company RBSI provided systems integration solutions for navigation, mobile computing and communication. He created the integration enabler now known as PeopleNet Link™ before selling it to PeopleNet and joining the company. During his tenure at PeopleNet Randy has continued to introduce innovative technologies that have helped shape the industry. Randy's contributions have included the g3Link which enables handheld & laptop integration in the cab, BLULink, an enabling technology for rapid development of custom applications on PeopleNet's flagship BLU platform, and the WiVAN Gateway, a hardware enabler allowing integration to a variety of truck mounted devices such as tire pressure monitoring, reefer and temperature monitoring and fuel meter integration.
Louis McAnally, Vice President of Operations
Louis McAnally has provided telematics consulting and account management services to the trucking industry for 18 years. He is experienced in mobile communications and fleet management, including customer implementation and systems optimization through the integration of mobile communications with automated applications. He is responsible for ensuring that customer support, professional services, technical operations, and project management perform at exceptionally high levels and deliver ROI and satisfaction to the transportation industry.
He was previously director of the Professional Services group, with a primary focus is on helping customers optimize their ROI from PeopleNet’s products and services. He was responsible for process assessment and improvement, project management, and consulting to reduce customers’ operations costs.
Leadership: CTP (Certified Transportation Professional) from the National Private Truck Council
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University.
Beverly Mestelle, Vice President of Talent
Mestelle joined PeopleNet as director of operations in 2000 and was named vice president of operations in 2004. She increased productivity by 800 percent during a period of 50 percent annual growth. Operational success under Beverly’s leadership led to the executive team’s decision to start a formal Talent department in 2008. As Vice President of Talent, Beverly continually looks for ways to improve PeopleNet’s employee experience. From onboarding to exit, Beverly has created and implemented a number of new programs that support and position employees for success.