Board of Directors


Mr. Franklin has a diverse background in high technology, concentrated in embedded systems, computer networking, software development, and transportation systems. In the mid ’80s, Mr. Franklin started his career in Ballistic Missile defense, integrating real-time systems for the military and intelligence communities using Single Board Computers. He also performed systems integration and computer security services for various Federal agencies. In 1992, Mr. Franklin began applying emerging technology to civilian transportation applications in the Intelligent Vehicles-Highway Systems (IVHS) and, later, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) markets. Mr. Franklin moved to Viggen Corporation in August 1993, beginning as the Chief Systems Engineer and advancing to the position of Vice President of Systems Engineering. While at Viggen, Mr. Franklin developed a successful business area concentrating on systems integration, software development, Internet engineering, and systems consulting. Most applications concerned transportation, logistics, freight tracking, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. In November 1998, Viggen was purchased by Iteris, and Mr. Franklin became a Program Manager and later an Associate Vice President, concentrating on systems engineering on the East coast. Mr. Franklin developed systems and software for traffic management and Advanced Traveler Information Systems. In April 2000, Mr. Franklin became the President of Trichord Incorporated, concentrating on providing engineering solutions for intelligent transportation systems, real-time traffic and traveler information, emergency management and homeland security, and data management and server hosting. Mr. Franklin leads Trichord’s systems integration and product development activities, providing a one-stop shop for engineering solutions.


Mr. Gregory is a professional communicator with experience in New Media and daily newspapers. Trained as a photojournalist, reporter, and editor at the first School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Mr. Gregory began his career at the Baltimore, Md., News-American as a copy editor and national news editor. He moved to the Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch, Virginia’s largest newspaper, in 1978. He was quickly promoted to the position of night city editor. Over the next few years, he was promoted through the hierarchy, becoming city editor in 1988. There he supervised a staff of 35 reporters and editors with a yearly payroll of $1.75 million. An early adopter of personal computers and the World Wide Web in the mid-’90s, Mr. Gregory has learned a wide variety of progressively more sophisticated applications. At the Times-Dispatch, he applied this knowledge to a wide variety of workplace tasks and led staff by personal example and experience. Following some months as an Internet consultant, Mr. Gregory joined a new division of Cox Enterprises, Cox Interactive Media. From 1997 through early 2001, he developed, launched, and managed a regional website for CIM in Hampton Roads, VA. Under Mr. Gregory’s leadership, had 13 full-time and 3 part-time employees on a budget of about $2.5 million per year. GoHamptonRoads was Cox Interactive’s quickest growing mature site.


Mr. Snyder began his career with United Parcel Service in the Strategic Operations Planning division, where he assisted in the development of ten-year strategic plans for the New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles regions. He also helped design a computerized scheduling system capable of tracking up to 500 package trucks and 1,200 tractor trailers in a given geographic region. Mr. Snyder then transferred to the Strategic Planning Group, which was designing the UPS Air Network. While with this Group, Mr. Snyder’s duties included analyzing and evaluating new models of aircraft, and recommending purchases for the UPS air fleet. In 1980, Mr. Snyder joined the Research and Development division of UPS, where he coordinated the design of a portable computer that would eventually be used by 60,000 UPS delivery drivers. In 1991, Mr. Snyder was named a Manager of Research and Development. In this capacity, he oversaw the development of a robot loading system to efficiently stack random-sized packages in shipping containers that would then be loaded onto aircraft. From 1994-1999 Mr. Snyder was the General Manager of the UPS Engineering Research and Development facility in Danbury, Connecticut. Mr. Snyder managed a staff of 125 engineers with an annual budget of $25 million. Engineering projects included advanced automation and information management controls, state-of-the-art imaging systems, optical character recognition, bar-coding, and voice recognition systems. During Mr. Snyder’s tenure, the R&D facility’s staff received 125 United States patents. Mr. Snyder holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master’s degree in Economics from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.