LEADING THE FUTURE OF RAIL
OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AND BOARD MEMBERS ARE CONSTANTLY LEADING
AND SUPPORTING INNOVATION FOR RAIL AT WI‑TRONIX
Larry B. Jordan
President and CTO
Larry Jordan, President and co-founder of Wi-Tronix, is committed to a global vision of saving lives by improving the safety, service reliability, and operational efficiency of transportation systems for the rail industry. An inventor and innovator, Larry holds multiple patents in the area of locomotive control systems. He believes passionately that innovation can provide the future of rail safety. Today, Larry leads the Wi-Tronix team in providing remote monitoring, video analytics and predictive diagnostic solutions to railways, ensuring the most efficient and reliable movement of goods and people throughout the world.
Michael D. Hielmann
Executive Vice President, COO
Mike is the Executive Vice President and COO of Wi-Tronix, a leading provider of smart remote monitoring, visual intelligence, and predictive diagnostics solutions designed specifically for the rail industry. An active member of the Association of American Railroads Railway Electronics Standards, his work supports the development and deployment of the most advanced technology available for rail; edge computing, artificial intelligence, and cloud-based SaaS solutions, which give rail operators the ability to take real-time action on critical issues and use precise insights for strategic management across their operations. Currently, Mike leads Wi-Tronix Business Development efforts along with overseeing Wi-Tronix IT, Project Engineering, and Sales and Marketing groups.
Lisa A. Matta
Vice President – Product Management
As a leader in technology for nearly 20 years, Lisa Matta innovates solutions that solve critical issues faced by the rail industry. She combines a talent for invention with a passion for education, providing a pathway for future innovators and leaders in her field. As a co-founder of Wi-Tronix, Lisa is named in five patents and has been instrumental in spearheading the design, development, test, and launch of new software and products since the company’s beginning. Today, Lisa serves as Vice President of Product Development for Wi-Tronix. She continues to cultivate engineering skills in students at all levels through her volunteer work as a National Official with Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, active member of the Society of Women Engineers, and mentor in the STEAM youth organization, Destination Imagination.
Vice President – Customer Success
As a goal-oriented leader with over a decade of experience, Chad Jasmin focuses on improving performance while reducing costs in the highly competitive rail industry. He combines his talent for planning and analysis with demonstrated leadership skills to consistently enhance customer satisfaction. His talents in resource management, business solutions and process improvements enabled him to serve in leadership roles in Product and Sales before becoming the VP of Customer Success for Wi-Tronix. Chad led the introduction of the Track Temperature Restriction Monitoring and Mobile Phone Detector. Today, Chad directs and leads the Customer Success team for Wi-Tronix, LLC, working with executives and teams across the organization to acquire new business, develop new products and enhance overall customer satisfaction.
Duane D. Hong
Vice President and Co-Founder
Duane is a Co-Founder of Wi-Tronix who works with Customer Success to help them provide stellar customer support to rail clients. Early in his career, Duane led the integration of wireless devices into the FIRE cab electronics platform, paving the way for the Event Recorder and playback features we know and use today. Duane has worked with rail crews throughout the world to support their hardware installations, maintenance and training. His love of mechanical simplicity is apparent in the quality he pours into his work. In fact, he personally built the first ever Wi-PUs for Wi-Tronix. Duane graduated from the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1997. A husband, cyclist and runner, when he isn’t running a carpool, you can find Duane at home working on his cars.
Vice President – Human Resources
A trusted coach and mentor with over 20 years of experience in the HR industry, Kim takes a genuine interest in developing the strengths and talents of the individuals she hires. Emotional intelligence enables Kim to understand and motivate the range of people she works with. Leveraging her talents across the enterprise, Kim is responsible for leading the ideation and execution of the HR Strategy for Wi-Tronix. Looking at talent first through the business lens and then the HR lens offers Kim a different perspective on building capability across the organization. Inspiring leadership at all levels of the organization, Kim respects and supports a diverse group of people who transform safety for the rail industry.
Vice President – Marketing
Mike Klabunde, VP of Marketing for Wi-Tronix, comes to us with over 25 years of locomotive experience. Formerly of EMD and Progress Rail, Mike has held a variety of roles including engineering management, commercial management, locomotive systems engineering, marketing, account management, and international sales. Advanced technology is a particular interest of Mikes’, especially in the areas of emissions, traction systems and control systems. Nowadays you can find Mike in the Marketing department, focused on delivering the Wi-Tronix message and solutions to our international audience.
Director of Operations
Mike Bellavance joined Wi-Tronix in 2019, bringing over 20 years of operational leadership experience from the Telecom and Aerospace industries. With extensive experience leading and managing complex manufacturing operations, Mike excels at identifying and exploiting new business opportunities to provide superior value to customers. Mike’s passion is in the design and implementation of innovative lean strategies that accelerate growth, revitalize operations and create culture that drives Continuous Improvement and Operational Excellence. Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic School, a Master of Business and Administration from the University of Miami and a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt from Villanova University. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his family, skiing, or mountain biking.
Vince Guarna, Jr.
Vice President – Product Development
Vince is a lifelong business-oriented technologist that has been building hardware and software products for more than 30 years. His experience covers a wide variety of areas including Internet of Things cloud systems, smart wireless sensors, automotive control systems, telematics, factory intelligence applications, medical electronics, ERP systems, numerical scientific computing, automated testing, and engineering process development. Vince served as president and general manager of an IoT company serving the health care market and was also adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, teaching graduate level computer science courses. After hours, Vince enjoys a number of avocations including a passion for model railroading, performing and composing music, and flight instruction.