Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Messman most recently served (1999-2006) as Chairman and CEO of Novell, Inc., an infrastructure software company. Mr. Messman led Novell's transformation into the Linux and open source software business. Prior experience includes roles as Chairman and CEO of Cambridge Technology Partners, an Internet IT consulting company. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Union Pacific Resources Group Inc. (UPRG), a North American independent oil and gas exploration and production company; and prior to that was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Pollution Control, Inc., Union Pacific's environmental services company; Previously, he served as Managing Director of Mason Best Company of Houston, an investment banking firm and simultaneously as Chairman and CEO of Somerset House Corporation, a publishing company owned by Mason Best. Earlier he served as Executive Vice President — Chief Financial Officer for Warner Amex Cable Communications, Inc; as Executive Vice President of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc.; as President and CEO of Novell, Inc. from 1982-1983 when he helped found the company; as President and CEO of Norcross Inc., a consumer products company from 1973. Prior to 1973, he was a partner in a Philadelphia investment banking firm.
Mr. Messman graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering, and received his MBA with Distinction from the Harvard School of Business Administration.
Dr. Jelinek is the founder and CEO/CTO of Electronic Design Associates (EDA) of Irvine, an electronics/software consulting and product-development company, and the founder of South Pacific EDA Ltd, located in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has over 30 years of engineering and business technology development experience. Dr. Jelinek is a founding shareholder of Telogis.
In addition, he was the founder of the IEEE Computer Society's International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), currently in its 20th year and is also Board Chairman of the not-for profit musical ensemble, Hutchins Consort.
Dr. Jelinek received his AB and MSEE from Dartmouth College and has a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He has taught at universities in Southern California and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand from 1965 to 1969.
A. Newth Morris III
Mr. Morris has served as President and Owner of Dixie Printing & Packaging for 18 years. Dixie is a state of the art manufacturer of Paperboard Folding Cartons for the retail market. He has served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Industry's National trade association. His other volunteer positions include Chairman of The Anne Arundel Community College Foundation Board, Member of the Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission, Chairman of the County Solid Waste Commission and State President of the Maryland Jaycees.
Mr. Morris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Stetson University in Deland, Fl.
A. Newth Morris IV
Board Member and President, Telogis Route & Telogis Navigation, Co-founder
Mr. Morris brings a background in embedded systems design, systems engineering and enterprise sales to his role at Telogis. His past experience includes work for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), a non-governmental organization managing socio-economic studies of rural indigenous communities in Guatemala. His early years in product development and systems engineering began with Electronic Design Associates (EDA) in Costa Mesa, Calif., a sister company to the South Pacific Engineering Design Associates (SPEDA) in product development. His work experience also includes systems design and project management.
He is currently a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and was named one of Orange County's 40-Under-40 by the Orange County Register along with Telogis co-founder, Jason Koch.
Mr. Morris earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and recently completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Board Member and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Cozzens joined Telogis from Novell Corporation where he served as the vice president of operations for Novell Americas, a $500 million business encompassing the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Prior to this role, he held a number of senior executive positions at Novell including area vice president and general manager for the Midwest and Federal businesses as well as the vice president of North America Consulting. Mr. Cozzens was also vice president of consulting at Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP) prior to that company's acquisition by Novell. Mr. Cozzens also launched and led CTP's Strategy Management Consulting practices in the U.S. and Europe.
Mr. Cozzens earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration in international business from the Vienna School of Economics (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)/University of South Carolina.
Steven R. Rabago
Mr. Rabago is the Z.E.O. and Founder of ZimpleMoney and ZimpleAuto a person-to-person banking services platform that launched in 2008. In 2001 he was an investor and the CEO, Chairman of Telogis. He has started, financed, managed and led rapidly growing companies and organizations for the past 27 years through Archarios, Inc. a C-level executive and financial consulting practice that he started in 1983. He began his career in commercial banking at Bank of America in 1974. Upon leaving the commercial banking industry, he started a financial advisory company that negotiated debt and equity financing for rapidly growing companies or those completing highly leveraged transactions. The financial advisory activity evolved into a management consulting practice that focused on situations that required both financial and management turnaround expertise. His business, executive and board level experience covers a diverse group of industries: chemical waste recycling, retail, commercial banking, childcare, food processing, real estate, information services, oilfield services, education, software, oil production, oil-refining, personal care, ambulance services, hospitality, restaurant, insurance, medical services and property management.
He has been on the boards of public and private companies; a volunteer board member on not-for profits boards; and held a publicly elected State office between 1996 and 2000.
Mr. Rabago holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration — Major Finance, Investments, 1978, California University at Long Beach.
Ralph T. Linsalata
Mr. Linsalata is the co-founder of Media Advisory Partners, a financial advisory firm primarily serving media, marketing services, and for-profit education organizations. He most recently served as CEO of GestureTek, a world-leader in camera-enabled gesture-recognition technology and systems. Prior to this role, he held a number of senior executive positions including Senior Vice President of Investments and Corporate Planning for Novell, Inc. and Executive Vice President for Cambridge Technology Capital Fund I L. P. and NEWCO Investments as well as CEO of Lexidata Corporation, Silc Technologies, Inc., and Envoy Systems Corporation, and CFO of Applicon Incorporated. He was also a General Partner of Weiss, Peck and Greer Venture Partners, L.P.; VP of General Electric's venture capital subsidiary; and an investment banker with Laird, Inc.
In addition, he is the founder of Weston Corporate Development, Inc., a strategic and management consulting company and also currently assists numerous non-profit organizations attempting to improve urban education for disadvantaged youths.
Mr. Linsalata earned a B. S. in Electrical Engineering from Case Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard University.
Julie A. Dobson
Mrs. Dobson is Chairman of Telebright, Inc., a developer of telecom management software and mobile applications since 1989. She was COO of Telecorp PCS, a wireless communications startup in 1998 which was later sold to AT&T Wireless in 2011 for $5.6 Billion. Previously, she spent 18 years in various management positions with Bell Atlantic Corporation rising to President, New York Division, Bell Atlantic Mobile.
Mrs. Dobson earned a BS from The College of William and Mary in 1978, and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979.
Alan F. Nugent
Mr. Nugent is an experienced technology leader and industry veteran of more than three decades. He is currently head of technology and development, EEMS at eBay, Inc. Prior to eBay he completed a successful 2-year appointment as CEO and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Mzinga, Inc., a leading provider of SaaS/cloud-based social learning and analytics solutions for enterprise customers. Before joining Mzinga, he was executive vice president and CTO at CA Technologies where he was responsible for setting the strategic technology and product direction for CA’s diverse portfolio. He joined CA as senior vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Systems Management business unit with revenues of $1.8 billion.
Previously, Mr. Nugent was senior vice president and CTO of Novell, Inc. where he was the innovator behind Novell’s move into open source and identity-driven solutions. He has held various CTO positions at Bell South, American Reinsurance and Xerox. Most recently, he is the proud co-author of “Big Data for Dummies” published in April 2013.
Mr. Nugent majored in physics and electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ryan Popple joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a partner in 2010. He is a member of the greentech team and focuses on investments for the Green Growth Fund. Ryan’s primary focus has been on sustainable transportation technology as a result of his experience working with advanced vehicle and alternative fuel technologies.
Before joining KPCB, Ryan was the senior director of finance at Tesla Motors, where he was responsible for corporate financial planning and business development. Ryan managed the cost-reduction program on the Tesla Roadster, working with engineering, supply chain and manufacturing teams to increase performance, quality and contribution on Tesla’s first vehicle. Ryan also led the development of consumer financing and leasing for Tesla electric vehicles. Earlier in his career, Ryan worked in energy finance with Chevron and ExxonMobil. He has also provided support to several early-stage cleantech ventures in business plan and financial model development.
Ryan received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the College of William & Mary, and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.