King County Metro in Seattle, TriMet in Portland, and Pittsburgh Regional Transit are just three top agencies who have deployed and continue to install Connectpoint’s multiple award-winning and industry-leading solar- or AC-powered digital bus stops. The Connectpoint Digital Bus Stop® was the first solar-powered signage available to transit agencies in the U.S., providing 24/7 information to passengers for the first time at the bus stop level — mounted on poles in a matter of minutes with no electrical infrastructure required.
Connectpoint has won multiple awards over the past two years for the Connectpoint Digital Bus Stop® including the Smart Cities “Smart 50 Award” for the project “Seattle’s King County Metro Improves Passenger Transit Experience with Connectpoint’s Smart City Signage”; the IoT Breakthrough Award for “Overall Smart City Solution Provider of the Year;” the Globee Gold Award in the “Information Technology Project or Initiative of the Year” category for the company’s work with TriMet; the Golden Bridge Gold Globee Award in the “Information Technology Hardware” category; and a Digital Signage Award in the “Technical Advances and Innovation” category for displays and other devices
Connectpoint® has powered thousands of ePaper digital signs for 24 transit agencies across 14 states.
See Connectpoint’s smart city digital solutions in action.
President & CEO
Rick Wood manages the overall daily business of Connectpoint® and CHK America, while driving product innovation and seeking new opportunities with public transit agencies across the United States. Connectpoint® and CHK America clients include some of the largest US transit agencies including Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Portland’s TriMet, Chicago’s RTA, CTA, Pace and Metra, as well as mid-size and smaller agencies such as Orange County Transportation Authority, Austin’s Capital Metro, Phoenix Valley Metro, and Alexandria’s DASH, among others.
Rick is an active member of several industry committees including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Marketing and Communications committee and the Customer Information Design Standards committee for the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He also frequently serves on peer review boards for the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). Rick is former Vice Chair of APTA’s Customer Information Best Practices Committee, a regular speaker at industry conferences, and a frequent contributor to publications such as Mass Transit, Metro Magazine, and Transit Intelligence.
Chief Technical Officer
Chuck Menzel leads the digital strategy and product development for Connectpoint®. Chuck brings over forty years of enterprise software development and product management to Connectpoint®. He formerly worked under Rick on digital mapping business development and licensing. He is also experienced in Information Systems implementation and management.
As General Manager, Patton oversees the overall daily operations of Connectpoint®. He interfaces with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure alignment across the organization. With a track record of driving operational excellence, Patton has successfully optimized complex supply chain systems, enhancing efficiency, and improving quality. Having held key leadership roles in various industries and with a background in engineering and supply chain management, Patton possesses the ability to bridge the gap between engineering intricacies and business strategies while ensuring successful execution to meet customer needs.
Director of Engineering
John is the Director of Engineering at Connectpoint. In this role, he manages the software development team and deliverables. John’s responsibilities include feature development, team management, incident resolution, backend development, and software infrastructure management. John has over 30 years of experience developing software and leading teams. He has had successful roles at Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, and Intuit.
Brian oversees all projects for the company, serving as a primary point of contact for customers and internal teams. He interfaces with transit agencies and stakeholders, coordinating necessary actions to resolve customers' issues. Brian coordinates necessary actions to address customer concerns, participates in new project scope meetings, and collaborates closely with both internal and external teams to ensure smooth project structuring, implementation, and completion.
Brian is a seasoned project manager with over a decade of experience leading complex initiatives with a proven track record of driving successful outcomes for businesses across multiple industries.
Rob Deacon coordinates all wayfinding design and production activities at Connectpoint® and CHK America. He establishes timelines, enforces design standards, and ensures that technical specifications are met. Having completed thousands of projects, Rob has assembled an unprecedented toolkit for production-level efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Oran Viriyincy leads the original design effort for Connectpoint® and CHK America’s new clients. As a well-respected designer in the transportation industry, Oran develops design fundamentals that apply across multiple products, strengthening each client’s brand identity while affirming Connectpoint® and CHK America’s uniquely integrated approach to customer information.
Electronics Manufacturing Specialist
Rudy’s day-to-day responsibilities include programming, assembly configuration, product assembly, device repair and maintenance, and general device evaluation for various digital display technologies and solar packages. He also assists the engineering team in testing and qualifying new parts, products, and prototype builds.
Sales & Marketing Support
Tasha supports the overall sales and marketing efforts of the company. She assists in the planning and execution of trade shows and conferences including booth design and demonstrations. She supports social media and Google Ad campaigns; sales tool developments including brochures and products sheets; and client newsletters.
Software Support Technician
Vlad provides technical support to customers using our industry-leading cloud-based software CPAM™, working closely with our development and quality assurance teams to identify and resolve customer issues promptly. He also prepares pre-delivery solar site assessments, and organizes deployment efforts between Connecptoint, transit agencies, and installation teams.He provides asset monitoring services for thousands of deployed smart devices.