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Motion Acquisition Corp.
- Transportation, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Logistics, Technology
James M. Travers has served as our Chairman of the Board since our formation. Mr. Travers has over 30 years of industry experience leading multi-national companies selling and marketing high technology products and services. In addition, he has diverse experience successfully building high growth companies in the public and private sectors. Mr. Travers served as the Chairman of the Board of Fleetmatics Group plc (NYSE: FLTX), a global provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses of all sizes delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS), from 2013 to 2016 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2016. While Chief Executive Officer of Fleetmatics, Mr. Travers had responsibility for the company’s global operations and strategic direction. Prior to joining Fleetmatics, he served as Senior Vice President of the Americas of GEAC Computer Corporation Limited (Nasdaq: GEAC) where he helped grow the company through a series of successful acquisitions in addition to delivering strong organic revenue growth. Prior to GEAC, Mr. Travers was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Harbinger Corporation (Nasdaq: HRBC), a leading provider of e-commerce software and services. Mr. Travers previously held senior level positions in sales, marketing and general management with Texas Instruments Inc. Mr. Travers holds a Business Administration degree from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and an Executive MBA studies at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. We believe Mr. Travers is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his business experience, contacts and relationships.
Michael Burdiek has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors since our formation. Mr. Burdiek served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of CalAmp Corp. (Nasdaq: CAMP), a SaaS technology company providing wireless communications solutions, from June 2006 to March 2020, and since March 2020, Mr. Burdiek has served as an advisor to CalAmp. He joined CalAmp as Executive Vice President in 2006, was appointed President of its Wireless DataCom segment in 2007, and was named Chief Operating Officer in 2008. In 2010, his responsibilities were expanded further, and he was given the additional title of President. He was promoted to Chief Executive Officer and director in 2011. Prior to joining CalAmp, Mr. Burdiek was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Telenetics Corporation, a manufacturer of data communications products, from 2003 to 2006. From 1987 to 2003, Mr. Burdiek held a variety of technical and executive management roles with Comarco, Inc., a provider of test solutions to the wireless industry. Mr. Burdiek began his career as a design engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Five9, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIVN), a SaaS cloud-based contact center software company. He holds MBA and MSEE degrees from California State University–Fullerton, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. We believe Mr. Burdiek is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his business experience, contacts and relationships.
Richard Vitelle has served as our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since our formation. Mr. Vitelle has over 30 years of experience in senior financial management roles with publicly held companies. Since August 2018, Mr. Vitelle has served as a financial consultant for several companies including CalAmp, Dune Labs Inc., a technology startup in the water metering space, and Ganna Walska Lotusland, a non-profit organization. From 2001 to August 2018, Mr. Vitelle served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer of CalAmp. Prior to joining CalAmp, he served as Vice President of Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of SMTEK International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMTI), an electronics manufacturing services provider acquired by CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS), from 1996 to 2001. Earlier in his career, Mr. Vitelle served as a senior manager with Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Mr. Vitelle currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Ganna Walska Lotusland in Montecito, California, where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is a licensed CPA in the State of California. Mr. Vitelle holds an MBA degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated summa cum laude from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.
Garo Sarkissian has served as our Executive Vice President, Corporate Development since our formation. Since August 2019, Mr. Sarkissian has served as Chief Executive Officer and founder of Dune Labs Inc.. From 2005 to March 2019, Mr. Sarkissian served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Executive Officer of CalAmp. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Principal and Vice President of Business Development for Global Technology Investments, a private equity firm. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Sarkissian held senior management and business development roles at California Eastern Laboratories, a private company developing and marketing radio frequency (RF), microwave and optical components. Mr. Sarkissian began his career as an RF engineer over a span of 10 years for MACom Technology Solutions and NEC Corporation. Mr. Sarkissian is currently a member of the board of directors of Smartwitness Holdings Inc., a video telematics company. He holds an MBA degree from INSEAD, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Irvine and a B.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Andrew G. Flett has served as a member of our board of directors since our formation. Mr. Flett has spent the last two decades investing in the technology industry, specializing in mobility, communications, security, software, and data analytics. Since 2018, he has served as a General Partner at Mobility Impact Partners, a private equity platform focused on transportation mobility technologies. Since 2015, he has also served as Managing Principal at Growth Control Capital, where he has focused on growth equity transactions in the mobility space. He also currently sits on the boards of Truce Software, Avrios and EDriving. Mr. Flett was formerly a Partner with Investcorp Technology Partners from 1998 to 2013. He also served as a director of Fleetmatics from 2008 through its 2012 initial public offering and subsequent sale to Verizon in 2016 and was a member of its Audit Committee. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Victoria and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. We believe Mr. Flett is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his business experience, contacts and relationships.
Mark Licht has served as a member of our board of directors since our formation. Mr. Licht is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the formation, financing and operations of connected car services and technology companies. Mr. Licht has served as President of Licht & Associates, a strategic consulting services firm that conducts strategic business analysis, develops business and operating plans, evaluates market opportunities and technology trends, assists with financing and proposes alternative business strategies for chief executive officers and their executive teams in the telematics, IoT and location-based services industries, since 2007. In that capacity, Mr. Licht has worked with investment bankers and private equity funds, as well as directly with boards of directors and management teams of companies in the US, Latin America and Europe. Mr. Licht has also served as Senior Advisor of C.J. Driscoll & Associates since 2010 and as an Advisor at Motus Ventures since 2016. Mr. Licht co-founded North American Teletrac in 1985 and served as its President until 2001. He also served as the Executive Vice President for Strategy at AirTouch Teletrac from 1991 until 1996. He co-founded Ituran Location and Control Ltd. (Nasdaq: ITRN) in 1994. Mr. Licht also co-founded SigmaOne Communications in 1998 and served as its President until 2001. Mr. Licht currently serves on the boards of directors or advisory boards of a number of fleet management, insurance telematics, traffic information, UBI, cybersecurity, data mining, EV and OEM focused technology companies, including Preteckt, Roadz, EDriving and GPS Dashboard. He previously served on the board of directors of Inseego Corp. (Nasdaq: INSG) and Advisory Board of Lytx, Inc. Mr. Licht holds a M.S. in International Relations from The London School of Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. We believe Mr. Licht is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his business experience, contacts and relationships.
Kyle Messman has served as a member of our board of directors since our formation. Mr. Messman is the Managing Director of South Bay Ventures, a venture capital firm he founded in 2018 to make early-stage investments in cloud technology companies. He has also served as Special Venture Partner with Fontinalis Partners, LLC a venture capital firm that invests in next generation mobility, since 2018. Investment areas of Fontinalis Partners and South Bay Ventures include autonomous vehicles, connected cars and fleets, supply chain and logistics, mobility services, and several others. He was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Velocify, Inc., a SaaS based sales acceleration platform acquired by Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI) in November 2017. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Telogis, a SaaS provider of fleet and mobile resource management solutions to large enterprises, until its acquisition by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) in August 2016. While at Telogis, he led the process of raising over $200 million in equity and debt capital to fund growth and completed six acquisitions prior to the company’s sale. Prior to Telogis, he led corporate financial planning for International Rectifier, a semiconductor manufacturer, with responsibilities that included SEC and financial reporting, capital transactions and financial planning and analysis. He previously spent several years as an investment banker focused on mergers and financings in the technology services and software sectors. Mr. Messman holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University. We believe Mr. Messman is well-qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors due to his industry, operational and transactional experience.