At CIMCON Lighting, we’re focused on shaping the future of smart cities by helping them become smarter, safer and more sustainable by providing solutions that maximize their street light infrastructure to both provide “smart lighting” and to create a “street pole economy” that will help monetize assets located on or near the street light pole. Our twenty-five plus years of innovation and experience in industrial automation and outdoor wireless applications have been the driver in our creation of our industry leading smart lighting controls and the first of its kind “NearSky” smart city platform.
Our ingenuity and drive have helped over 200 cities ranging from small municipalities to large metropolitan areas in 30 countries move forward on their smart city journey. Our easy-to-use smart lighting controls and NearSky platform are fixture, network and device agnostic and can satisfy the unique needs of any city. The NearSky smart city platform provides superior data collection and analysis that lets a city gather, visualize and act on data at the street level to increase the efficiency of city operations, improve the quality of life for city residents and visitors, and stimulate economic activity.
Our team includes a wide range of professionals with many years’ experience working with cities and utilities in designing and implementing smart city solutions. We understand the challenges that city leaders face and are here to assist from project design through implementation and providing managed services to give our customers the peace of mind that they need to know that they are investing wisely in their smart city.
Swap is a seasoned entrepreneurial leader, previously founding three enterprise software companies that went on to either IPO or acquisition. Most recently he cofounded and led FirstFuel Software before its acquisition in a private equity led transaction by Uplight. He is inspired by CIMCON Lighting because it impacts a global problem of developing sustainable communities facing the next generation.
An expert in leveraging cloud analytics to transform the utility and public sector, Swap has addressed audiences across the globe including at the White House, Fortune Brainstorm, European Utilities Executive Summit, and Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers. He was a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and BBJ’s 40 under 40.
His understanding of current challenges utilities and municipalities face, paired with his decades of experience leading software companies into innovative markets, make Shah a go-to resource for many in the industry. He was written up or cited in the NYTimes, Time Magazine, CIO, and Greentech Media. He holds a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.
Marshall is CIMCON Lighting’s Chief Revenue Officer, responsible for sales, marketing, channels, strategic partnerships, and all other go-to-market activities.
Marshall previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Sense, a home energy IoT company, where he led the development of their growth strategy including collaborating with utilities to design solutions that help them improve profitability, drive customer engagement, and develop new lines to serve end consumers. Sense, like CIMCON, is an Energy Impact Partners venture-backed company.
Prior to Sense, Marshall was Vice President of Sales at EnerNOC, responsible for the utility sales, strategic alliances, sales operations and training divisions. Marshall led EnerNOC’s marketing team through its initial public offering in 2007. Prior to becoming EnerNOC’s Vice President of Sales, Marshall was co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Highland Pellets, a private equity group building wood pellet manufacturing facilities to supply the conversion of coal-fired power plants to biomass. Marshall was also COO of Envision Education, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to quadrupling the number of first-generation college-bound students in urban areas by starting small, high performing public high schools.
Marshall holds an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a BA in Philosophy from Kenyon College where he was an NCAA All-American in men's soccer and was inducted into the Kenyon Athletic Association Hall of Fame.
Bob Flaherty leads CIMCON’s Product Management and Customer Success teams. He brings over 20 years of experience in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Managed Services and IT Service Management. Previously, Bob led the definition and development of innovative SaaS portfolio and go-to-market business models for companies including Schneider Electric, CA Technologies and InteQ. At InteQ, a pioneer in IT managed services and SaaS, he was responsible for Service Strategy, Product Management and Sales of InteQ’s Managed Services portfolio managing IT infrastructure in over 90 countries. He has also developed several strategic partnerships that helped shape the MSP marketplace.
Raman Sud joins CIMCON Lighting with over 25 years of expertise in SaaS, operations, product, and software engineering. His executive leadership has focused on distributed and decentralized development in enterprise, telecom, and utility sectors. He has worked with multiple venture-backed teams in US, India and China. Prior to joining CIMCON, Raman led global engineering and cloud operations at FirstFuel Software, where his team designed software to help utilities achieve scalable energy efficiency across commercial building portfolios. Raman has managed technical teams at IBM and Cisco; though most recently he has focused on early-stage enterprises, leading several successful acquisitions and transitions.
Raman sits on the board of UrbanPro.com. He studied electronics at Punjab Engineering College and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Temple University.
Kin is the Vice President of Finance at CIMCON and has over 20 years of P&L and management experience across diverse industries. Prior to CIMCON, Kin was VP of Finance at Sensata Technologies, where he was the finance partner for the Sensing Solutions business that had a global manufacturing and trading footprint. At Sensata, he also managed the finance integration of a major acquisition, streamlining financial reporting and consolidating manufacturing operations.
Prior to Sensata, Kin spent 12 years in Asia, where he first worked for National Starch & Chemicals to start up a greenfield facility in Shanghai, China and subsequently took on an Asia Pacific leadership role. He then worked for Tyco International as Asia Pacific Finance Director and supported Tyco’s manufacturing and trading operations throughout the region. His last role in Asia was the CFO of a Tyco joint venture in China in the fire installation and services space.
Kin holds his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
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Since arriving to Silicon Valley in 1983 Gordon has advised executives leading some of California’s outstanding companies, including Apple, Bechtel, HP, and Lockheed. As the founder of Meeting of the Minds, he’s worked to bring together leaders committed to urban sustainability and technology innovation in ways that produce knowledge sharing as a key basis for lasting alliances. Meeting of the Minds has become the leading non-profit focused on cities partnered with the private sector and NGOs – all in pursuit of an urban future that is smarter, more equitable, and sustainable.
One method for achieving this has been to build a network of partnerships with leading corporates (AT&T; Black & Veatch; Deloitte, Cubic; Toyota; Ford Motor; VolvoREF; Microsoft; PNC Bank; Dassault Systèmes; Wells Fargo; Itron); foundations (Barr; Lincoln Inst.), and many others (UC Davis; National League of Cities; Smithsonian, Case Western; etc.). Since it was established in 2000 as a World Bank spin-off, Meeting of the Minds has become a unique international organization.
Meeting of the Minds provides a global leadership network (26,000 from more than 50 countries) with rich and original content via monthly webinars, MeetUps, conferences, reports, print magazines, and daily guest-blogs from city-focused innovators. In his role as a consultant, Gordon advises senior executives focused on making investments in energy, transport, and urban technologies to build towards positive urban futures.
Gordon serves on four corporate boards (including startups) and on four non-profit boards. Additionally, he serves on one Federal board established by the US Congress to advise the Secretary of Energy. Gordon served in the Cisco Systems HQ executive office as Director of Urban Innovation. After retiring in late 2016 he served as Cisco’s consultant focused on the Internet of Things.
Bob Bennett is the founder of B2 Civic Solutions, a smart city consulting group that bridges gaps between local governments and private sector companies and ensures that citizen demands are at the center of such collaborations. Prior to founding B2 Civic Solutions, Bob was the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. In that role, he led Kansas City’s Smart City initiatives, a suite of projects designed to create a 21st Century Cityscape for 21st Century Citizens. He developed plans to extend Smart City infrastructure from a 2.2-mile connected corridor to the remainder of the city. Kansas City’s initiatives earned the city an Edison Award (Gold) for “Collective Disruption” and civic innovation in 2017, and Bob was named one of GovTech’s 25 Dreamers, Doers and Drivers in 2018. Before joining the City of Kansas City, Bob had a 25-year career in the US Army.
Scotty Hutto currently serves as Vice President, Utility Smart Lighting for Solais Lighting Group where he is responsible for expanding the use of smart lighting and smart city technologies at utilities. Prior to joining Solais, Scotty was Strategy Manager for Georgia Power’s Products Services Group where he set the strategic direction and guided implementation of new business lines for Georgia Power's Lighting Services, Smart Services, Energy Services, and Utility Services businesses. Georgia Power owns, operates, and maintains over 900,000 street and area lights, including over 400,000 LED fixtures and 300,000 networked lighting controls. Additionally, Mr. Hutto led the startup of Georgia Power’s SiteView “Surveillance as a Service” program and Smart Cities efforts and has been heavily involved in telecommunications colocation efforts. Mr. Hutto has over 35 years in lighting and energy-related experience, including extensive experience in street and area lighting, networked lighting controls, outdoor surveillance, smart cities, colocation, and energy services contracts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. Mr. Hutto holds Professional Engineering licenses in 4 states and holds both Certified Energy Manager and Certified Energy Auditor designations. He is a member of the Illumination Engineering Society, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), & American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Scotty currently serves as Chair of the Illumination Engineering Society’s Street & Area Lighting Committee.
Dr. Makarand “Chips” Chipalkatti was till recently Senior Director, Solid State Lighting (SSL), and Emerging Market Initiatives for OSRAM in North America. Since March 2010 his primary focus was on executing innovation, and as a LED lighting evangelist for OSRAM. His early work included research on advanced materials and organic light sources (OLEDs). Chips transitioned from technology development to commercial launch of the technology in 2000, when he led the start-up of OSRAM’s LED lighting business in the Americas. Since 2005, Dr. Chips led the Strategic Innovation Management function for OSRAM Americas. Dr. Chips is recognized as one of the pioneers in LED lighting and as an industry leader and advisor with various trade, non-governmental and governmental agencies on lighting and energy policy. Recently, Dr. Chips established an executive consulting practice focusing on industry transformation, innovation, and entrepreneurship with special emphasis on the commercialization of innovation in the new lighting ecosystem. He serves globally as an industry consultant for product, service, and market strategy targeting technology-intensive verticals mainly focusing on energy and environmental efficiency. His clients range from early seed stage companies seeking scale, to large global companies launching new businesses. He continues to play a role as a mentor for early-stage companies and students of entrepreneurship and innovation. Chips received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Eng. from Univ. of Massachusetts and a B.Tech Chem. Eng. from IIT Bombay.