We’re here to drive the transportation industry forward with smart technology that makes data actionable for fleets, saving them time, money, and lives on the road.
Phillips Connect was born out of the obsessive drive to move the transportation industry forward.
For nearly 100 years, Phillips Industries has been making a difference in the lives of its customers. As one of the oldest and most highly regarded suppliers in the commercial vehicle industry, it has built a reputation on producing best-in-class air and electrical components. By starting with the durable, high-quality line of products that Phillips Industries is known for, Phillips Connect’s advanced telematics solutions are easy to install, intuitive to use, and scalable for the future.
We used our decades of experience in heavy-duty trucking to create an open platform that consolidates sensor data from leading manufacturers into one integrated and intelligent system. The suite of Phillips Connect hardware and software is like nothing else on the market, designed to be an integrated solution for use with any size fleet. Our tracking and management products increase driver uptime, safety, and ROI, while providing complete transparency into the status of an entire fleet, all in real-time. Our solutions deliver actionable data and insights in the most critical conditions, saving your fleet time, money, and lives on the road.
Our diverse and talented executive team is committed to helping the transportation industry move forward, together. We’re working to solve for the next generation of transportation with intelligent, scalable technology.
Founder & CEO
Rob is the 4th generation Phillips to lead the company, and his positive enthusiasm and high energy is contagious. With more than 25 years in the business, he has heavy-duty trucking running through his blood, and remains focused on delivering his customers the most innovative solutions in the industry- hands down. Rob first cut his teeth in operations, focused on organizing just-in-time manufacturing lines that eliminated all forms of non-productive work, bringing build-to-ship times in from 2 weeks to 24 hours, and nearly eliminating all quality defects. Rob is a people person who has focused on building meaningful relationships- whether with his 1,600+ employees worldwide or customers. In 2006, Rob led Phillips Industries’ (www.Phillipsind.com) expansion into Asia, Mexico, and Europe where they are now the global leader. Much of his time today is spent driving Phillips Connect’s business development in order to realize his vision of providing the most inclusive, advanced, and intuitive platform for fleets to eliminate all non value-added activities (or waste) in their operations.
Rob has his MBA from Pepperdine University, has served as Chairman of the Heavy Duty Business Forum, and is active on multiple Boards, including the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association.
During his free time Rob enjoys spending time with his family and surfing. He has a (slight) obsession with fast cars and Apple products.
Jon Morrison has extensive global leadership experience with key competencies including strategic leadership, finance, P&L, organizational and leadership development. He was president of WABCO from 2006 through its acquisition by ZF Group in 2020. His vehicle and product technology knowledge and market understanding will be integral in directing Phillips Connect through the next phase of its growth. Morrison has also held board positions with the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). He is currently a member of the Noregon Systems Advisory Board.
Morrison lives in Rochester, Michigan with his wife, Margie and miniature dachshund, Ginger. When he’s not leading teams and impacting the industry, he enjoys traveling, golfing, skiing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Executive Vice President of Business Development
Jim brings natural talent and a lifetime experience, innovation and achievements to his role as Executive Vice President at Phillips Connect.
Jim’s entrepreneurship was forged in the late 1970s when he and a partner built their first business, a radio/TV advertising brokerage firm serving radio stations on the west coast. Later they formed the world’s first Macintosh-only retail and mail order sales company offering Macintosh computers, related peripherals and custom configurations for the desktop publishing industry, growing to $25M in a few short years. Jim’s career in telematics started in 2009. With a passion for sales Jim works closely with the Phillips Connect sales team and customers to help develop transportation telematics solutions that are truly revolutionary. While at Phillips Connect Jim is on many patents for his inventions.
Fun fact about Jim is he is in the history books as breaking the 300-mph Funny Car speed barrier on October 3rd, 1993! Jim has been married since 1982 to Susan Epler and has twin daughters and 6 grandkids. Jim enjoys motorcycling, RV’s and spending time with his wife, daughters and grandkids.
Senior Vice President of Phillips Connect
Cliff gets excited about providing industry changing telematics solutions for fleets. Cliff’s 20+ years of experience in fleet maintenance gives Phillips Connect great insights into the maintenance needs of major fleets. In his role at Phillips Connect, Cliff is a Subject Matter Expert on all Phillips Connect products, with responsibility for evaluating new sensor solutions and working with OEMs and customers to design easily installed telematics solutions that meet their needs. Cliff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and a MBA from the College of William & Mary.
During his free time, Cliff enjoys spending time with his family and working on classic cars.
Chief Financial Officer
Anthony Chaidez is the global CFO of the Phillips family holdings, which includes Phillips Connect. He’s entering his sixth year with the company and comes with 23 years of combined public and private accounting experience. He is a licensed CPA and previously spent 10 years overseeing the finances of Arrowhead Products, an aerospace company. Anthony is responsible for managing the financial actions of the various companies and driving growth. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from California State University of Long Beach.
In his spare time, Anthony enjoys traveling, playing various sports and spending time with wife Lorena, their two daughters and their son.
Chief of Staff
Denise Wright is the Chief of Staff and has 16 years of experience at Phillips Industries. She is a results-driven leader with a deep commitment to the entire organization's success. Denise works closely with Rob Phillips and the Phillips executive team as they drive strategic initiatives and manage cross-functional projects to completion. She is naturally passionate about fostering a positive and collaborative company culture. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marymount California University.
Denise is happily married with two grown sons and two beautiful grandchildren. As a family they enjoy drag racing, spending time at the river, and being outdoors.
Vice President of Global Marketing
Creativity, drive, and leadership are Amber’s greatest strengths. She thrives in challenges that require her to think quickly on her feet. Her competitive nature, team mentality, and robust background in marketing make her perfect for her role as Global Vice President of Marketing at Phillips Connect. She received her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Most recently she held a position as Senior Marketing Services Manager with the National Hot Rod Association. As Vice President of Global Marketing , Amber is responsible for the overall brand image, while creating and leading the growth and exposure for Phillips Connect.
Amber is a tri-athlete and enjoys water skiing, off-roading, and traveling. She is married and enjoys being a mother to her son, Jaxen. She has an adorable French bulldog named Macaroon. The easiest way to remember her name is it's three colors: Amber, Rose, and White.
Vice President of Development Engineering
There is nothing Gil loves more than bringing whiteboard concepts to life and making them work in the real world. Dr. Gil Winograd brings 25 years of discipline in system design, electrical and computer engineering, and software, to Phillips Connect. He leads the engineering team, developing systems from the core cellular modem trackers to the full-featured trailer gateway sensor hubs. Dr. Winograd joined Phillips Connect through the acquisition of Connected Holdings, where he served as Vice President of Engineering. In this role, he was responsible for IoT products that are currently deployed in over 8 million installations.
Gil enjoys keeping his mind busy on the weekends with family board-games, puzzles, and playing violin in a chamber music group.
Vice President of Information Technology
Sara Wissmueller is an exceptional leader, renowned for her ability to drive success in organizations of all sizes. With a diverse background spanning telematics, Sara’s expertise will be instrumental as Phillips Connect continues to introduce innovative solutions to the industry. Sara is a results-driven executive, who possesses a strategic vision for advancing and accelerating company growth through the effective utilization of technology.
Sara is an avid football and hockey fan and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
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