John founded Eastway Delivery in Houston, Texas in 1977. The company expanded throughout the Southwest becoming the Eastway Group of Companies. The Eastway Group provided same-day, express delivery and distribution services. In 1994, John consolidated these businesses with other like businesses located throughout the United States to form U.S. Delivery Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DLV). U.S. Delivery Systems rapidly became the largest same-day express delivery service in North America. U.S. Delivery Systems was quite successfully sold to Corporate Express in 1996.
John left U.S. Delivery and became a Partner at Notre Capital Ventures focusing on replicating U.S. Delivery’s success in other highly fragmented and entrepreneurial driven industries. Notre Capital was recognized as an undisputed leader of “rolling up” fragmented industries in the motor coach business (Coach USA) the manufactured housing industry (Homes USA), the specialty metals distribution industry (Metals USA) and the heavy-duty truck parts distribution industry (Transportation Components USA) and the intermodal transportation industry (RoadLink USA) to name a few. John left Notre Capital upon the successful private financing effort of RoadLink USA and remained as Chairman until RoadLink was successfully sold to Fenway Partners in 2006.
Throughout these business efforts, John has maintained his Chairmanship of Oren and McCormick Ventures, Inc. (“OMV”). OMV continues to focus investment strategies in the logistics and transportation technology industries. Most recently, John and his son Josh collaborated to invent equipment and processes that has disrupted the frac sand industry. With the creation of SandBox Logistics, the hydraulic fracturing industry has benefited from dramatic improvements in the transportation, storage and most importantly, the safe and dust-free delivery of frac sand.
Currently, John serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TUYA Technologies LLC. TUYA is an innovative digital marketplace platform for shippers and transportation providers in the same-day, express delivery industry.
Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President, Tobias is fully accountable for all aspects of building, operating and growing TUYA.
He brings to the company a distinguished career of executive management, having been the Chief Executive of four companies in the last fifteen years. His accomplishments include numerous mergers and acquisitions, most recently the building of Airswift, the largest provider of engineering outplacement to the global Oil & Gas industry.
Tobias has an impressive record of fast growth and enhancing company value. Spanning a wide range of industries, he has provided world class leadership and direction to companies in all stages of growth, development and market presence.
VP – Operations
Charlie is a veteran of the same day delivery industry with more than thirty years of owner/operator experience. In 1983 he co-founded Austin Delivery Service, which he later sold to Eastway Delivery. Charles continued to operate the business and in 1994 participated in the formation of US Delivery which became the largest same day delivery company in the country.
In 2007 he joined ExtremeTix, a leading-edge Internet Ticketing and event services company where he managed and grew the company’s key account portfolio. Most recently he operated B-Line Delivery in the capacity of General Manager.
He has extensive knowledge of the entire logistics industry including intermodal, LTL, pool distribution and truck-load freight. In his leadership roles he has worked extensively with Independent Contractors and is well positioned to ensure that the driver experience in TUYA attracts and retains the best and most qualified drivers in our service areas. Charles attended Sam Houston State University.
Prior to joining TUYA Technologies, Steve was involved in the formation and management of several startup operations in healthcare, entertainment and distribution. He has also held management roles in acquisitions, business development, accounting and finance with several public companies.
Most recently Steve served as the EVP and was a founder of a genetic testing laboratory with operations in Houston and Honolulu. Steve led the acquisition effort and daily management of several wholesale and retail auto parts businesses in the Hawaiian Islands that were later successfully sold to a large national automotive parts retailer. Steve also served as senior vice president of corporate development with TransCom USA. He was a senior vice president with Notre Capital Ventures, specializing in the consolidation of highly fragmented industries. Steve was manager of acquisitions for US Delivery Systems (NYSE – “DLV”) where he was instrumental in the acquisition of 73 delivery companies across the United States.
Chief Marketing Officer
Brandon serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at TUYA Technologies and brings a track record of impact to the team. Prior to TUYA, Brandon was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on Marketing & Sales and Strategy. While at McKinsey, he partnered with management teams in B2B industries, including distribution, to deliver run rate EBITDA improvement of $370M. He also crafted portfolio and growth strategies with EBITDA improvement potential of up to $1.3B for companies across multiple end markets. Prior to McKinsey, Brandon worked in KPMG’s Audit Practice where he earned his CPA, and then as a consultant with IBM. He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science and a Master of Accounting. He also earned his MBA from The University of Virginia, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Costales was a Technology Solutions Manager for the Raytheon Company from 2010 to 2013 where he provided Program Manager support for all IT and software development projects on a $50 million NASA contract that included the Space Station Remote Manipulator System. He was awarded a Johnson Space Center Exceptional Software Award and Silver Snoopy Award. Mr. Costales worked for the Sport Challenge Network where he developed a cloud based real-time Bowling Lane Monitoring System for 258+ bowling centers worldwide. While employed at Xycast as a Senior Software Architect/CTO in 2013 to 2015 he designed the required architecture, protocols and mobile applications to support a proprietary digital broadcast network. This localized network served an unlimited number of people within highly populated venues without the use of WiFi or cellular networks. Prior to joining TUYA, Mr. Costales was a Senior Software Architect with Oceaneering where he designed, built, packaged and deployed a man-rated robotic arm distributed control system. Mr. Costales graduated from the University of Houston – Clear Lake with a BS in Computer Information Systems. He is a licensed NHRA driver and has developed software used by professional race teams to predict the impact of local weather on performance.
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