Our leadership

John Oren

CEO

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, Mr. Oren became a Founder of U.S. Delivery Systems, Inc., (NYSE – “DLV”) and integrated his company into this business. U.S. Delivery Systems became the largest same-day express delivery service in North American with revenues over $900m.

John served as a Partner at Notre Capital Ventures US from 1997 through 2000. While at Notre Capital, Mr. Oren Founded Transportation Components, USA (NYSE – “TUI”) a national distributor of heavy-duty truck parts. In 2000, he founded Roadlink USA, which became the largest intermodal trucking company in America. Roadlink was successfully sold to Fenway Partners in 2006. In 2002, OMV acquired Charles W Carter, Red Line Automotive, Standard Motors, and Marine and L&D Battery in Hawaii. OMV integrated these businesses and sold the successful enterprise to NAPA Auto Parts in 2007.

In 1998, OMV acquired several transportation related businesses in Houston, Texas and integrated them into the Pinch Group. In 2008, The Pinch Group sold Pinch Air Expedited, Pinch Transportation, and Pinch Distribution to Forward Air, Inc., a large publicly traded transportation concern.  Today, OMV owns and operates Pinch Flatbed, Inc., PBC Logistics, LLC, PSI Frac Logistics, LLC, and SandBox Logistics, LLC, and TUYA.

Tobias Read

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.

Charles Davenport

Director - OPS

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.

Steve Blum

CFO

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.

Ryan Dixon

Vice President of Technology

Mr. Dixon is an accomplished technologist with twenty years of leadership experience within the industry. He has extensive experience working with emerging and mobile technologies common to shared service and collaborative operating environments. He has also performed technology leadership roles, mortgage origination, property management, and financial/ shareholder services. In his capacity as Vice President, Technology, he is primarily responsible for the development and on-going maintenance of the TUYA Technology platform as well as being a key member of the senior management team. Mr. Dixon graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Information Systems Management.

Jay Costales

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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