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Passport CEO Bob Youakim named one of the Top 50 SaaS CEOs of 2019

September 06, 2019

Passport CEO Bob Youakim named one of the Top 50 SaaS CEOs of 2019

Passport’s top executive honored for leading company through explosive growth




Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 6, 2019) — Each year, The Software Report releases a list of the top 50 CEOs who are leading some of the most successful software as a service (SaaS) companies. Passport’s CEO Bob Youakim was recognized for his leadership and secured a place on the 2019 list. Nominees were evaluated on integrity, intellect, drive, emotional intelligence, organizational culture and operational skill.

“It is an honor to be recognized among other talented SaaS leaders from Twilio, Zoom, Qualtrics and AvidXchange,” said Bob Youakim, Passport CEO. “This is a community of strong entrepreneurs who are building amazing teams that are shaping the future of our world through technology and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

The past 12 months have been monumental for Passport, with two major acquisitions – NuPark and Complus Data Innovations. Passport has successfully expanded into new markets with the company’s total client count nearing 1,000. Passport was also recognized by the Inc. 5000 for the second consecutive year as one of North America’s fastest growing companies and grew its headcount to more than 300 employees across the world.

About Passport

Passport is transforming mobility management for cities, empowering them to create more livable and equitable communities. Passport’s mobility platform enables clients to digitally coordinate all modes of transportation and implement real-time, data-centric management of their curbside and streetspace through its enterprise software. Trusted by nearly 1,000 cities, universities and agencies, including Chicago, Toronto, London, Los Angeles, and Miami, Passport is one of the fastest growing companies on the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists. Passport is backed by Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital, and Relevance Capital. For more information, visit passportinc.com.

 DESIGNA Appoints Steve Gorski as CEO of its U.S. Operations 

May 13, 2019



DESIGNA Appoints Steve Gorski as CEO of its U.S. Operations 



Chicago, IL / Kiel, Germany, May 13, 2019: DESIGNA Access Corporation, a provider of sophisticated software-controlled car park management systems, has announced the appointment of Steve Gorski as CEO of its U.S. operations, DESIGNA USA. In this role, Steve will focus on driving the next chapter of DESIGNA’s market expansion through leadership of the sales organization and execution of the company’s growth strategy. 



Steve Gorski is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and executive management within the IT, IoT, security and parking markets. He brings strong industry knowledge and cross-functional management experience to the DESIGNA team. Over the course of his career, Steve served in top executive roles with global companies, including TKH Security Solutions, MOBOTIX, Wesco and Axis Communications. Most recently, he was General Manager of the U.S operations for Cleverciti Systems, where he led strategic sales and marketing efforts in the dynamic American market. 

As leader of the U.S. business segment for DESIGNA, Steve Gorski will build on the momentum of regional sales and channel teams, and direct growth strategies in key vertical segments. DESIGNA is positioned to capitalize on Steve’s expertise and is well positioned for growth. The company aims to increase distribution channels to provide customers with a targeted, purpose-built parking solution. 

“With the addition of Steve to our executive team, we gain a personality with outstanding sales and marketing expertise, and strong leadership qualities,” says Markus Plankensteiner, Senior Vice President Business Development, DESIGNA. “Steve’s history in the area of IT hardware, consumer electronics, IP security and parking solutions markets makes him ideally suited to propel the next chapter in DESIGNA’s continued success story.” 

DESIGNA USA is focused on maximizing opportunity in the parking industry through partnerships with strategic technology and integration partners. With successful deployments across the United States, including LaGuardia International Airport, The Galleria Mall Houston, Sheraton Suites in Philadelphia and The University of Texas Medical Center. 

“DESIGNA’s ability to support the customer needs within multiple verticals is unlike anything else available in today’s market,” Steve Gorski said. “As the company is steadily increasing its market share in the United States, I’m excited to unleash the true potential of DESIGNA’s parking management platform to address the changing needs of today’s modern-day organizations.” 


DESIGNA Access Corporation is a subsidiary of DESIGNA Germany. The company’s visionary standards have led to the development of innovative products and solutions for the parking management sector for more than 65 years.

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David Luken appointed new CEO of SKIDATA AG

May 07, 2019

David Luken appointed new CEO of SKIDATA AG


Executive Board Update: David Luken succeeds Hugo Rohner, who is returning to Switzerland.




After seven years at the helm of the SKIDATA executive board, Hugo Rohner has decided to return to his home country for personal reasons. Under Rohner’s leadership, SKIDATA further expanded its global position as the world market leader in access and visitor management, doubling revenues since 2012. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at SKIDATA and would like to thank all customers and employees for their sincere dedication and enriching cooperation within SKIDATA”, explains Rohner.

David Luken will succeed Rohner at SKIDATA AG as its new CEO at the end of June. The US-American brings decades of US and international experience to the company and will continue to drive the path of global expansion in the core segments Parking, Mountain and Stadia. With his knowledge as technology leader, he will further strengthen the company’s innovation and digitalization strategies

He has demonstrated a strong ability to deliver customer-centric technology at Honeywell, where he held several positions before being appointed Vice President of their global Airlines Business Segment. Following his time at Honeywell, he joined Zero Mass Water, a technology company advancing global water quality and resilience.

Luken is looking forward to the coming challenges: “SKIDATA has fascinated and inspired me on many levels. The products are well-designed and used every day by millions of people around the world. I can’t wait to be part of this international company and look forward to working with the innovative people of SKIDATA as well as the valued customers.”



SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, stadiums, airports, shopping malls, cities, spa & wellness facilities, trade fairs and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.

John Reimers Joins Propark America as Company’s Chief Operating Officer 

April 24, 2019





John Reimers Joins Propark America as Company’s Chief Operating Officer 




Hartford, Connecticut – Propark America (“Propark”) has announced the appointment of John Reimers as Chief Operating Officer. 


Reimers comes to Propark with substantial leadership experience guiding operational divisions at national parking management and transportation solution companies. Reimers most recently served as Vice President of Towne Park, where he directed the day-to-day operations of its successful West Coast region. Reimers has held numerous other leadership positions over his twenty-year parking industry career, including his work with Mile Hi Valet Services, overseeing a portfolio across eight states. 

“I cannot imagine a more significant and exciting time to join Propark,” said Reimers. “With an established brand, and an extremely talented team, Propark is well-positioned to achieve its strategic goals and I am excited to help drive future success.” 

As Chief Operating Officer, Reimers will work with the executive team, corporate leaders, and field staff to provide strategic direction, drive innovation, and ensure excellence in operations. His operational responsibilities will also include brand standards implementation, operating procedures, and the review of operating models and organizational efficiency in order to improve the company’s profitability and brand awareness. 

“Propark is really excited to welcome John Reimers to our Parking Dream Team,” said John Schmid, Propark’s Chief Executive Officer. “As our company continues its expansion into new markets, it’s imperative that we continue to add top line talent to our team in order to keep delivering the premium services that we’re known for in the parking industry, for our clients and our guests.” 

About Propark America 

Propark America is one of the country’s largest privately-owned parking companies, providing full-service parking solutions and mobility services for all business types, in over 75 cities across the United States. For more information, please visit www.propark.com. 

Fulham Appoints Industry Expert Antony Corrie President & CEO

March 20, 2019




Fulham Appoints Industry Expert Antony Corrie President & CEO




Bob Howard-Anderson named advisor to the lighting supplier’s Board of Directors


HAWTHORNE, Calif. – March 20, 2019 – Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, has announced the appointment of Antony Corrie as President and CEO.  Current President and CEO Bob Howard-Anderson was named an advisor to the company’s Board of Directors.


“The lighting market continues to be incredibly dynamic with significant opportunities and adding a leader with multi-decade experience in the industry is invaluable to Fulham,” said Howard-Anderson. “Antony is a proven leader who can direct Fulham successfully through its next phase of life.”


Prior to joining Fulham, Corrie was President, Worldwide Sales for Harvard Technology, a supplier of energy efficient connected lighting solutions.  He joined Harvard in 2012 after more than 18 years with Future Electronics, including time with its European subsidiary FAI Electronics.  Corrie has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from The Manchester Metropolitan University.


“Fulham has an incredible customer set, team and history,” said Corrie. “The company is a leader in the fast-growing Exit Emergency market, has an exciting portfolio of award-winning products beginning to ship, and I believe will continue to enhance and grow its market position.  Now in its 25th year, I look forward to leading the company’s next phase.”


Howard-Anderson, who joined Fulham in 2013, has driven the company’s transition from providing primarily Fluorescent, Induction and other legacy technologies to providing an industry-leading portfolio of innovative LED Drivers, Exit/Emergency, and Light Engine products and technologies, which now makeup the majority of Fulham’s sales.  New processes he implemented aid in shortening time-to-market, R&D efficiency as well as expanded the company’s presence in Europe and the Exit/Emergency and emerging Lighting Control markets.


For more information, visit www.fulham.com.


About Fulham

Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global provider of intelligent, socially-conscious sustainable commercial lighting components and electronics for use in commercial general lighting, parking structure, signage, horticultural, UV and other applications. The company develops and manufactures a variety of award-winning LED and emergency products, lighting controls, as well as legacy products across multiple lighting platforms. Fulham sells its lighting solutions worldwide through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electrical equipment distribution channels. Headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., the company has sales and/or manufacturing facilities in the Europe, China, and India. For more information, visit www.fulham.com, @FulhamUSA or @FulhamEurope.


Parking Australia Appoints New CEO

December 13, 2018




Parking Australia Appoints New CEO




Parking Australia has appointed Stuart Norman as its new Chief Executive Officer. Stuart commenced in the role of CEO on Monday 10 December 2018.
Stuart replaces Interim CEO, Lorraine Duffy, who has been acting in the role of CEO for the past 3 months.
Stuart brings 20 years’ experience spanning a variety of industry sectors, including not-for-profit, commercial and government entities.
Stuart has a track record in building and transforming operating models for member-based organisations across Australia, and developing sustainable futures through robust control and governance. His former roles include General Manager – Industry Development at Bus Victoria (BusVic) and CEO of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).
His experience includes developing advocacy and stakeholder engagement, driving collaboration to unite diverse groups and interests. In his role at BusVic, Stuart established a credible and strong voice at the table for the bus industry in relation to government emergency management and natural disaster planning.
“We are pleased to appoint a candidate with a great deal of association-based experience. We are confident that Stuart’s background in building up member-centric associations will help us move forward in 2019 with the delivery of the association’s new strategic plan, whilst continuing to grow and develop the association to meet the demands of our ever-changing industry”, said Sharon Prior, President of Parking Australia.
“Our Strategic Plan will focus on a number of key areas including promoting the highest standards across the parking industry, being a strong and united national voice for our members, maintaining and growing our membership at a national level, encouraging the adoption of innovative technology and providing forums for the sharing of information.”
Stuart is looking forward to furthering member engagement and industry relationships through a program of educational industry events and will host a ‘Meet the CEO’ Drinks in Sydney at the first event of 2019 on 12 February. More details will follow early in the new year.

More Information:


Sharon Prior, President – Parking Australia M: 0417 825 810

Stuart Norman, CEO – Parking Australia M: 0473 207 210

WGI Announces Transformative Leader and Industry Veteran Gregory Sauter, PE Joins Firm as President

September 26, 2018





WGI Announces Transformative Leader and Industry Veteran Gregory Sauter, PE Joins Firm as President





West Palm Beach, FL —  David Wantman, PE proudly announces that he will be sharing the leadership of WGI with newly hired president, Gregory Sauter, PE and that he will step fully into the role of CEO – a carefully crafted strategic initiative more than a year in the making.




The move, identified last year in WGI’s Strategic Growth Plan, as well as under discussion of its Board of Directors for months, promises to deliver on the firm’s aggressive goals that are rapidly coming to fruition.


“I will be bifurcating my title from President & CEO to just CEO,” says Wantman, who assumed leadership of the firm from his father, Joel, who founded the company in 1972. “Greg has a tremendous reputation in our profession as part of the leadership team with one of the largest firms in the world as it rocketed from a few thousand employees to over 100,000 professionals and the ENR 500 top ranking.


“We are at a unique time in our industry and Greg also has exceptional experience in advancing cutting-edge technologies that are transforming how we envision, design, and deliver infrastructure. That provides WGI with a special opportunity to follow the example and experience of someone fully qualified to assist with the many challenges that WGI will face as we execute our 2025 vision of 1,000 associates and $200 million in revenue.”


Greg Sauter’s qualifications and experience are both broad and deep. He is best characterized as someone operating, “at the intersection of culture, technology, and performance; driving success for organizations via cultural transformation, leveraging advanced technologies, with a commitment to ethics, integrity, and authentic leadership.”


“I am very excited to be joining a dynamic and rapidly growing firm like WGI with such a strong culture and team which punches way above their weight. I am particularly enthusiastic about David’s clear strategic vision for the future and the opportunity to leverage both my industry and technology experience as part of that vision. Digitization is changing our industry and we are excited to be at the forefront of that change,” says Sauter.


During Sauter’s 15 years with the largest design firm in the world, his commitment to ethics, people, leadership, corporate social responsibility, excellence, sustainability, and safety garnered national and international awards including Ethisphere’s 100 most ethical companies list, the Gold American Business Awards, multiple International Business Awards, andNewsweek’s Top 500 Greenest Companies. Sauter is also the co-founder of Smart City Works, the world’s first business actuator, helping to accelerate early stage companies focused on civil infrastructure and advance technologies in mature organizations.


“It is more than just Greg’s leadership and commitment to transformative technology that attracted WGI,” Wantman adds. “His reputation as a civic leader, teacher, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and global thinker dovetails with the vision I and the WGI Leadership Team have for our associates, our corporate culture, and our future.”


The last several years, Sauter’s time has been well spent, beginning with his involvement in Engineers Without Borders as past president and board chairman; as an adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York City teaching global entrepreneurship and innovation in civil engineering; as board director of OmniEarth, working with companies that recognize the Earth is a vibrant and interactive system, and therefore these modern global businesses need to understand, manage, and predict the world around them with quantitative geoanalytics; president and chief executive at Crossroads Advisory, a consultancy committed to advancing leadership through executive and organizational transformation, ethics, integrity, and authentic leadership; and as founder of Smart City Works, a business accelerator working to improve livability and resilience in cities through focus on the built environment, dramatically changing the way civil infrastructure is designed, built, and operated.


Greg Sauter will divide his time between New Jersey and WGI’s South Florida headquarters, as well as WGI’s 13 other offices in Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina, and Texas.



As a multidisciplinary consulting firm, WGI has 14 offices in six states, serving an active client base in over 30 states, specializing in the following disciplines: Land Development/Municipal Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Parking Solutions, Geospatial Services, Subsurface Utility Engineering, Structures, Water Resources, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Sciences, Architecture, Land Planning, and Creative Services. The Zweig Group ranked WGI #11 on its 2018 Hot Firms list and #23 on the 2018 Best Firms to Work For list. South Florida Business Journal ranked WGI #5 on its 2018 Top 25 Engineering Firms, WGI #61 in its 2017 Top 100 Private Companies, and #16 in the $25M and over category as a 2017 “Fast 50” Honoree from the same publication. In 2018, ENR ranked WGI #250 on its list of the Top 500 Design Firms, #24 on its Top Southeast Design Firms, and #10 in the Florida market. In 2018, WGI ranked #4380 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. For more information, please visit www.wginc.com.


Bob Youakim, CEO of Passport, honored with the Blue Diamond Award’s IT Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

April 11, 2018




Bob Youakim, CEO of Passport, honored with the Blue Diamond Award’s IT Entrepreneur of the Year Award.



Bob Youakim, CEO of Passport, the global leader of mobile payments for parking and transit, was honored with the Blue Diamond Award’s IT Entrepreneur of the Year Award.



A ceremony was held Tuesday evening, April 11, in Charlotte, N.C., to honor Youakim’s success in the industry. The award celebrates entrepreneurs whose creative visions grow into a profitable and enduring business through the direct application of information technology.

The Blue Diamond Award is the Charlotte region’s premier technology awards events. The event is hosted by Charlotte Area Technology Collaborative (formerly IT-oLogy Charlotte) to recognize the region’s top technology and business executives. Its mission is to strengthen the region’s economic development by connecting businesses, education and organizations to promote and grow a diverse technology talent pipeline.


About Passport

Passport transforms the way cities manage their operations. The fintech company’s mobile-first platform has been adopted by more than 450 cities, universities, and private operators around the world in cities including Chicago, Toronto, London, and Miami, across more than 5,000 locations. Passport’s product lines —– parking, transit and tolling payments, parking enforcement, and permit management —– enable organizations in the public and private sectors to streamline their operations, enhance customer service, and make data-driven decisions. Consistently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies and Best Places to Work in Charlotte, North Carolina, Passport has an ingrained practice of putting People First —– a guiding principle in its Culture.


Passport is backed by a group of investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Grotech Ventures, MK Capital and Relevance Capital. Learn more, or get in touch with Passport at passportinc.com.

Tom Sivak Appointed CEO of DESIGNA Access Incorporated

January 16, 2018




Tom Sivak Appointed CEO of DESIGNA Access Incorporated




Westmond, IL/Kiel, 01-15-2018: DESIGNA Access, Inc. has announced the appointment of Tom Sivak as their CEO. He assumed responsibilities on January 1, 2018, and will guide the rapidly growing business unit in North America.

DESIGNA has experienced tremendous growth in recent years and the entry into the American market has been very successful. As part of the expansion strategy, DESIGNA will significantly invest, expand and strengthen its staff. An initial action for this strategy will be to expand and modify the management of DESIGNA USA in Chicago.

Tom Sivak has been in the parking industry for over 28 years and has built successful businesses for Amano McGann and Park Assist. Dr. Thomas Waibel, Managing Director and Chairman of DESIGNA GmbH says, “Tom Sivak´s focus on business operations combined with Bob Kane’s sales and marketing expertise will allow the business to reach DESIGNA´s intended goals.”

Bob Kane will concentrate his activities on the customers and partners as our Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He is a dedicated marketing specialist who will focus his efforts on the sales, marketing and promotion of the DESIGNA brand.

We are pleased to be able to assemble a dynamic team for the future of DESIGNA with Bob Kane and Tom Sivak and we look forward to collaborating with the entire DESIGNA staff.

DESIGNA Access, Inc, is a subsidiary of DESIGNA Verkehrsleittechnik GmbH based in Kiel, Germany and manufactures, installs and services parking management systems for Parking facilities around the globe.

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777 Oakmont Lane, Suite 2000

Westmont, Illinois 60559