Locomation was founded in 2018 by a team of the world’s foremost experts on autonomous vehicles, robotics, and artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center and trucking industry leaders with deep knowledge and experience in every aspect of the trucking business.
The name Locomation is the convergence of locomotion and automation. It isn’t fixated on one single transport mode, but rather describes our grand vision: automation for anything that moves. We began our journey with middle mile freight automation, the most critical link in the supply chain and the one best suited to integrate human-guided autonomous technology. We’re creating capacity in a world that’s demanding more, faster every day. And from here, we plan to go everywhere autonomous transportation is needed.
We are motivated by the challenge of solving problems that have hindered the trucking industry for decades. Trucks transport more than 70% of the nation’s freight. E-commerce has sharply increased the need for freight trucking services. Demand is expected to grow 36% between 2020 and 2031.1 At a time when demand has never been stronger, persistent driver shortages create capacity constraints that force carriers to turn down orders.
Few technical teams understand fully autonomous driving technology as well as we do. We’ve built autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence systems for dozens of applications. Our technical team is complemented by veterans of the trucking industry with deep knowledge of the industry’s challenges and connections to every major player in the trucking industry ecosystem.
Business Operations Manager
Jacqueline Foradori is the Business Operations Manager of Locomation, Inc. Prior to joining Locomation she was the Business Office Manager at GTL. She has had excellent opportunities working in various industries from accounting to franchising businesses; software development and process improvement; and human resources and business operations. The latter has allowed her to develop skills and knowledge of working in both small and large organizations with a wide variety of customers both locally and internationally. She has been afforded a wide array of duties and responsibilities in different aspects of each organization. Ms. Foradori studied French for International Business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed her studies in France with the opportunity to study abroad at the Université de Nancy in Nancy, France. When she returned to the Pittsburgh area, she then obtained a Master’s in Professional Leadership and a Master’s in Business Administration from Carlow University. Ms. Foradori is also an active member of the community for several years, and is passionate about the community and city she lives in. She currently serves on the board of Pittsburgh Young Professionals (PYP) as 2020 President.
Ray Russell is a 1981 graduate of Penn State University where he was awarded a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he spent 20 years in the aerospace industry, working as a structural loads engineer for numerous aircraft companies including General Dynamics, Saab Aircraft, The Boeing Company and Lockheed-Martin. In recent years, he has turned his engineering and design talents towards the mobile robotics industry. Prior to forming RoPro Design in 2003, he had worked as a consultant in the robotics field for the Carnegie Science Center, Probotics and the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). From 2003-2014, he owned and operated RoPro Design Inc, a small, energetic company specializing in the design and fabrication of prototypes for the mobile robotics market. In 2014, he took a sabbatical from his business and joined the academic staff of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia, where he led a small engineering team working on the next generation of agricultural robots. Returning to the States in 2016 he rejoined NREC and continued his work in the agricultural robotics field. While remaining part time at NREC, he joined the newly formed Locomation team in 2018 to pursue the dream of autonomous trucking.
Phil Compton is the Chief Financial Officer of Locomation. Formerly the CFO of SingleSource Property Solutions, Phil has significant financial and operational experience in building the team, infrastructure and profitability of rapidly expanding companies. He has helped raise over $110M in venture capital financing, leading to the acquisition of 4 of his former companies. He was also the co-founder and CFO of Malcovery Security, a cyber security firm he helped launch in 2012 and sold in 2015, as well as the CFO for Netronome, CoManage and WiseWire.
Phil began his career with the Big Four public accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers and later joined Black Box Corporation as its first Controller. During his 5 year tenure at Black Box, he was heavily involved in planning a leveraged buyout (LBO), an Initial Public Offering (IPO), a successful reorganization under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and various SEC filings.
Phil is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from West Virginia University’s Chambers College of Business & Economics, where he serves on the board. He is also an ongoing guest lecturer / mentor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship and an advisor within the Pittsburgh startup community.
Glynn Spangenberg officially entered the trucking industry in 1973 when he earned the Truck Transportation Merit Badge as a Boy Scout, interning at Matlack Trucking, and later working his way through college as a lumper, hand-loading trailers with cases of manufactured wine bottles. Today, Glynn is an active member of the American Trucking Associations and the Truckload Carriers Association where he serves on numerous boards and committees that are helping to define the future of trucking.
Since his post-collegiate days, he has been on the tip of the spear in launching some of the most revolutionary new trucking technology with companies like:
• Comdata Corporation, which successfully leapfrogged Western Union in the cash advance and fuel payments market in the ’80’s;
• EDS Corporation, where he introduced the first commercial pay-at-the-pump fuel card technology to Pilot Travel Centers in the early ’90’s;
• QUALCOMM, which revolutionized the trucking industry by delivering real-time two-way satellite tracking and communications;
• Trimble, where as President of Transportation & Logistics Innovations he illustrated and copyrighted the first mirrorless truck concept that he termed “Smart Mirror“.
Glynn is also the principle architect of the nation’s first successful FMCSA mirrorless truck regulatory exemption request, which was granted December 27, 2018.
Tom Kroswek is a logistics and engineering professional with 30+ years of experience in supply chain engineering, transportation analysis, inbound manufacturing support and distribution/fulfillment operations. Throughout his career, Tom has immersed himself in data analytics, logistics engineering, supply chain analysis, project management, business development and operations management.
Tom has a unique blend of experience from engineering, operational and corporate environments to support from a strategic, tactical or operational perspective and can analyze data, identify opportunities to create optimizations and make recommendations for operational improvement which result in equipment, labor, sustainability and cost efficiencies. Tom has identified and developed use cases and created operational scenarios for new and emerging supply chain and logistics technologies.
Mr. Kroswek worked for over 27 years with Ryder Global Supply Chain Solutions in Supply Chain Excellence and Product Development, culminating in the role of Group Director of Product Development and Innovation. He was the lead inventor and co-awarded a patent for Ryder’s Logistics Release, a proprietary process and technology to control material flow to line-side. Tom started his career in logistics and supply chain and worked 6 years in various roles with Frito- Lay, Inc.
Tom holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University and a BBA from Saginaw Valley State University with a major in Accounting and minors in Finance, Economics and General Business.
Finch Fulton joined Locomation in February 2021. He previously served at the US Department of Transportation under Secretary Elaine Chao from 2017-2021, was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and was the nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. There, he led the USDOT’s efforts around the safe integration of transportation technologies into the US transportation system. This included the development of key policies and initiatives around automated vehicles, commercial space operations, data, machine learning and artificial intelligence efforts, hyperloop systems, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and more. He helped develop the President’s UAS Integration Pilot Program and Automated Driving System Demonstration Grants, managed the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council and served on key transportation-related White House working groups.
He also served in the House of Representatives under Congressman Jim McCrery and Congressman John Fleming, M.D., in the Senate for Senator Jeff Sessions and in the private sector focused on the State and local integration of technology. He is a native of Mobile, Alabama, a graduate of the University of Alabama, received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and has been involved in trucking and logistics through his family’s business his entire life.
James Murphy has been involved in the trucking sector for nearly two decades. He received his Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) at the age of 17 and still maintains it today. James also brings over a decade of government affairs experience gained from his time in the public and private sectors. He started his career on Capitol Hill as a staffer for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) before taking on senior positions in the U.S. House of Representatives. In these roles, James contributed to many pieces of legislation and helped enact numerous laws.
After leaving the public sector, James worked as an in-house lobbyist for Motorola Solutions. James was responsible for advancing the company’s priorities at the federal, state, and local level. It was also in this role that James was able to hone his skills as a government affairs professional, with an emphasis on federal funding and legislative policy. In 2018, James left Motorola Solutions and founded Daybreak Strategies, a D.C.-based government affairs firm.
Sean has successfully led all aspects of public affairs including strategic planning, marketing, media relations, coalitions, advertising and digital campaigns, government relations, events, and publications.
Most recently, he was Communications Director at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where he managed rollouts of major vehicle regulations, recalls, and policy announcements on Automated Driving Systems, Electric Vehicles, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of International Affairs.
Earlier in his career, Rushton held communications posts in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and he has led communications at several advocacy organizations. In the private sector, he directed corporate communications handling media relations, events, and marketing communications.
Chief Product & Safety Officer
Steve Kenner is currently the Chief Product & Safety Officer for Locomation. In this role, Kenner is responsible for Locomation’s overall product and organizational safety.
Kenner has spent the last 6 years in leadership positions working on the safety of autonomous technologies at Aurora, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, and Apple’s Special Project Group. Prior to that, Kenner was the Global Director of the Automotive Safety Office at Ford Motor Company. Kenner has over three decades of experience in automotive engineering at Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors.
Kenner has served on the boards of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and the Transportation Improvement Association of Michigan. Additionally, Steve was appointed to two terms on the Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Kenner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Anne Bonaparte is a serial entrepreneur, founder, CEO and board member with deep experience scaling emerging enterprise SaaS and cybersecurity companies through high growth stages to become market leaders that endure. Anne’s foundational experience leading $500M divisions of large technology companies complements her multiple startup CEO successes capturing market value. Anne enjoys advising entrepreneurs on strategy, go to market and team execution to advance their impact. In addition to her technology experience, Anne developed her early strategy skills at Bain, serves on the board at a leading winery, Schramsberg, and founded a nonprofit to change the conversation about death and dying, DeathWise. Anne graduated, with Distinction, from the Harvard Business School and holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Stanford University.
John E. Formisano is a retired transportation executive. He currently is an advisor to automotive OEMs,Venture Capital firms and startup companies in the vehicle and logistics space. Currently he is on the advisory boards of Motus Ventures, Motion Intellegence and Autocar Trucks. He served on the Advisory Board of Peloton Technologies, Motiv Power Systems and last mile delivery startup Doorman. He is currently a Senior Advisor to strategy consulting company Roland Berger. Previous positions include executive positions at Fedex Express, where he had responsibility for the global vehicle and ground support equipment fleet, President of Reyes Fleet Management, Board of Directors Chairman at CALSTART, and Board Member for electric vehicle OEM Azure Dynamics. Additionally, outside of the transportation space, he currently is Fleet Captain for the United States Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron and he served as Board of Directors Vice Chairman and Interim President at SafeKids Worldwide.
Tom Duterme is an advisor to Locomation. Since 2014, Tom has been advising organizations on a full time basis at the founder/CEO/board level. He has worked with public institutions such as the Salk Institute and Toyota (leading to the formation of TRI) and has also collaborated with numerous private companies helping them navigate from company formation to exit.
Tom’s experiences span entrepreneurship, corporate and business development, investments, sales and engineering. Earlier in his career, Tom worked at both Google and Groupon as an M&A and investment deal lead, acquiring numerous companies. At the start of his career, Tom lived in China for 7 years and helped launch two startups in Beijing, serving as CTO and head of sales respectively for each startup. Tom studied physics in undergrad and has an MBA from MIT Sloan.
Jennifer is a seasoned senior executive, investor, and ESG and sustainability expert.
She is currently the COO and Head of ESG Investing for Reformation Group, a leading regulatory capital and counterparty credit risk management advisory and co-investment firm. Since 2012, she has led the firm’s ESG investing and sustainability efforts across the firm’s asset management and insurance business lines. Jennifer serves as the firm’s ambassador on ESG with stakeholders and external organizations.
Jennifer enjoys advising emerging and mature companies on ESG strategies, policies, and frameworks. By combining deep sector experience in transportation, energy, infrastructure, and technology with ESG domain knowledge, she helps drive value creation.
Jennifer holds a B.S. in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Gus has been helping major global public companies build, manage and protect their brands for more than three decades. He has seen reputation from all sides of the court of public opinion. After a successful career as an award-winning national business journalist, he moved to the corporate world where he developed specialties in communications and brand strategy, executive leadership positioning, employee engagement, media and investor relations, M&A communications, and issues and crisis management.
Gus is a former Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Thomson Reuters, where he oversaw the communications around the Thomson Corporation’s $17 billion acquisition of Reuters PLC in 2008 and the global launch of the Thomson Reuters brand, recognized by The Wall Street Journal as one of world’s most valuable brands. He also managed the communications around the company’s $17 billion sale of its Financial & Risk business to Blackstone Group in 2018.
Gus has also held senior positions at Accenture, Standard & Poor’s, Barnes and Noble, PaineWebber and Hill and Knowlton. His journalism background includes posts as a business editor at The New York Times and as a business editor and columnist at The Miami Herald, where he was a member of the editorial team awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Andrew and its aftermath in 1992. Gus is an author on reputation risk management, media dynamics and corporate culture, and a regular lecturer at colleges on media and communications issues.
Drew brings deep expertise and experience in the enterprise software and IoT markets. He has a strong track record of driving profitable growth and creating shareholder value for both private and public companies through a series of strategic outcomes. Drew currently serves as an advisor to a number of technology companies, and sits on the board of directors of AddSecure (IoT solutions provider), Idle Smart (battery/idle management for fleets), and Linxup (fleet telematics software). Previously, he served as SVP of corporate and business development at Fleetmatics as part of the team that led the company to a successful IPO and subsequent acquisition by Verizon. Prior to Fleetmatics, Drew served as SVP of corporate development at ATG (acquired by Oracle), and VP of corporate development at Hyperion Solutions (acquired by Oracle). Earlier in his career, Drew held roles in sales, marketing, and management consulting. He received an M.B.A. from Cornell University and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Lenhard has served as General Counsel of Locomation since 2021. Prior to joining Locomation, Mr. Lenhard served as Assistant General Counsel with The Andersons, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANDE) a Fortune 500 agricultural commodity/biofuels company headquartered near Toledo, OH (2016-2020). Prior to The Andersons, Mr. Lenhard held various senior legal positions, up to and including Assistant General Counsel, with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) a Fortune 500 iron mining and steel producer headquartered in Cleveland, OH (2007-2015). Prior to joining Cleveland-Cliffs, Matt was in private practice as a senior associate at the law firm of Cowden Humphrey Co. LPA in the firm’s Corporate, M&A and Real Estate group (2001-2007), and as an associate in the Corporate and Securities practice with the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland, OH (1999-2001).
Mr. Lenhard graduated, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Government and International Studies and received his JD from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Director of Safety Assurance and Standards
Prior to Locomation, Chaka was Division Director at the Data and Analytics Division at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) specializing in collaboration with industry, academic, and government partners to translate large-scale data collections into robust and timely guidance and decisions. Her over 25 years of transportation safety experience at VTTI, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors have elevated her to the top of the field and benefited the safety community at large.
Chaka was recently honored by being named as the recipient for the International 2021 J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders by the SAE Women Engineers Committee. She is well versed in the areas of automated driving systems, crash avoidance, occupant protection, regulatory compliance, and safety assurance. She holds an M.S. in Automotive Engineering Technology from the University of Michigan and a B.S. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering.
Director of Quality
Before coming to Locomation, Stoltzfoos was the Senior Supplier Quality Engineering Manager at Motional where she built the entire Supplier Quality Organization from ground zero. She had a similar role at Uber ATG and has spent more than 20 years in Quality, mostly in the automotive industry, including Tesla, Marquardt Switches, and ZF.
She has experience ranging from being an OEM or Tier 1 supplier and working with Tier 2 or Tier 3 suppliers, start-up, tech and non-tech. She is a certified lead auditor and a certified VDA 6.3 process auditor and trainer. She has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University along with co-op experience at General Motors and General Electric.