Mr. Zimmerman was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), where he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. He completed the USAF Electronics and Radio Communications Schools, American Management Association courses and more than 900 hours of Control Data Corporation's Human Resource Development courses. He continues his professional development through participation in industry workshops and seminars, and self-study through professional publications and other resources.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Retired Mr. Zimmerman passed away in March 2002. He had over thirty-five years of experience in electronic, data, and radio frequency (RF) communications, with major emphasis on operations management, including toll collection equipment, engineering support services, contract management, resource management, P&L accountability, customer interface, supervision, training, project management, system integration, installation, and maintenance. Mr. Zimmermanís vision of customer service, straightforward dealings and the benefits for personal relationships led to the establishment of this new company. He also had proven capabilities in multi-million dollar project start-up and turnarounds, project management, customer relations, and better-than-budgeted, profitable performance. A keystone to his success was his ability to motivate and direct others to achieve their best while coordinating the activities of all available resources in synch with the customers' visions.
Mr. Zimmerman personally directed numerous successful electronic toll collection system integration, installation and maintenance projects for the Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania Turnpikes and many other toll authorities. He was well versed in all of the systems of such toll roads because he has been intimately involved in the planning process, design, integration, installation and maintenance of those systems. He had more than 35 years of experience working with toll and other transportation authorities and assisting them in making the proper decisions that will serve them well into the future.
Mr. Zimmerman headed the team that the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority hired to ensure that a drop in ETC system secured under an RFP issued in June 1995, would be installed, tested and in operation in the Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston, Massachusetts by December 15, 1995. This objective was accomplished and the Mass Pike successfully opened the tunnel on time and with the ETC system in complete operation.
Prior Professional Experience
Syntonic Technology, Inc., 1964-1995 With the establishment of the new Transportation Sector of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Mr. Zimmerman was promoted to Executive Vice President in February 1995. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Zimmerman directed Syntonic's toll and communications operations in Ohio, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois, Indiana, and Virginia. Mr. Zimmerman also had responsibility for direction of the Company's Engineering group, supporting numerous Company-wide projects.
In 1994, Syntonic merged with certain operations contributed by SAIC. At that time, Mr. Zimmerman was promoted to Senior Vice President, with responsibilities for the Company=s Northeast and Midwest Operations and Engineering. After the SAIC-Syntonic merger, Mr. Zimmerman assumed responsibility for three major SAIC projects that were floundering. All three projects were successfully turned around and, in one instance, there was over one million dollars of savings for Syntonic. On another of these projects, a $12 million change order was awarded to the Company. The third project is now an ongoing, highlighted ITS project for Syntonic; prior to Mr. Zimmermanís direction this project was scheduled for cancellation.
Prior to his executive positions with Syntonic, Mr. Zimmerman progressed through a variety of technical and management roles and responsibilities.
In 1986, Mr. Zimmerman was promoted to Vice President of Operations and Assistant Secretary of Syntonic and became a member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee set all policy, made all pricing decisions, and was responsible to the Board of Directors. Mr. Zimmerman spent six months in Australia helping TST International completely revamp their Automatic Coin Machines (ACM) so that these ACMs could be used in the United States marketplace. This successful venture led to sales for TST International on the Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Indiana Turnpikes as well as the Peace Bridge and other areas of the world.
Mr. Zimmerman directed the Syntonic project team that collaborated with Lockheed Martin IMS in the successful response to the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) in California to install, operate and maintain a new Electronic Toll Collection system. Mr. Zimmerman managed the initial installation efforts and maintenance forces on this long-term project.
Mr. Zimmerman spent time in Israel in order to help Tadiran develop an Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI) system for the United States market. This visit led to successful tests of the new AVI product at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories in California.
Mr. Zimmerman led successful transition teams in a number of major projects including the installation of a new microwave communications system for the Ohio Turnpike Commission (OTC), the successful start-up of a maintenance force for the OTC communications systems, successfully putting together the strategy for obtaining the maintenance contract for the toll equipment on the Massachusetts Turnpike, and then implementing that operationís start-up and ongoing performance.
Mr. Zimmerman was the Regional Manager in charge of all Syntonic business in Pennsylvania as well as the Resource Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania supporting all nationwide data contracts. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Zimmerman also led the team that successfully won the bid on a major maintenance contract for the OTC's new toll system.
In other areas of accomplishment, Mr. Zimmerman developed the method to change the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's (PTC) manual console equipment to automatic weighing consoles, saving the PTC thousands of dollars. He also guided the successful turnkey installation of the PTCís present microwave system, implemented the start-up of the Fabrication and Installation group of Syntonic in order to completely rebuild and rewire the PTC toll console equipment, developed all jigs, drawings, prints, and support necessary to complete this major conversion.
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