Timothy Hall

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1105 Maple Drive Hudson, WI 54016
Timothy J. Hall
A results-driven leader with over 20 years of demonstrated success leading engineering organizations for top technology companies in diverse markets. An expert in platform architecture, process improvement and organizational optimization, I have led global engineering teams to meet and exceed clients and management teams’ expectations.

October 2011 – Present Global Traffic Technologies LLC Saint Paul, MN

Director of Business Development
Responsible for implementing GTT’s strategic technical and business development strategy, identifying new business and technology opportunities, and maintaining key customer relationships for the traffic detection, and preemption markets.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Drive market and technology based inputs into the strategic planning process of the business.
• New technology identification and selection for GTT product portfolio growth.
• Program lifecycle management of technical development for products, services, software and related offerings. Including NPI phase gate process optimization.
• Development of product migration plans to support strategic direction of business on a global basis.
• Identify, establish and utilize effective business relationships with key influencers, customers, and potential partners, in target markets.
• Identify, establish and build strong technical relationships with key customers, potential partners, and the Sales and Marketing teams.
• Maintain GTT’s safety program.
• Maintain, and advance GTTs Intellectual product portfolio filings and strategic direction.
• Supervision and oversight of GTT’s technical bid proposals
• Develop and present technical papers and presentations to industry groups that reflect GTT’s thought leadership in the traffic priority control arena.
• Organize and present technical demonstrations of advanced concept systems.

October 2007 – October 2011 Global Traffic Technologies LLC Saint Paul, MN

Technical Director

Senior management team member for the company, responsible for selection, allocation and management of resources that provide support for GTT’s technical development, product maintenance and technical support areas on a global basis. In the course of performing my duties, I Reported to the CEO of the company, and also worked closely with other functional leaders within the company including the CFO, and the directors of Operations, Marketing, and Sales.

As GTT was formed as a spin-off from 3M of its traffic priority control division, I was responsible for ensuring the proper staffing, systems, and engineering policies were established and implemented to support a stand-alone venture.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Member of the strategic planning team for the business, providing technology assessments and detailed product road maps designed to address current and future competitive threats.
• Development of product migration plans to support strategic direction of business on a global basis.
• Staffing needs analysis, and talent selection for roles in the engineering and service areas.
• Development and project management of technical development for products, services, software and related offerings.
• Manage a mix of internal resources with external resources or relationships to facilitate product development or support with a minimum required fixed cost structure. This included procurement and management of both external contract design firms and contract engineering resources.
• Provide a network of technical service engineers and technicians to provide pre and post sale support of products and software applications deployed in our targeted markets.
• Definition and management of budget requirements
• Development and maintenance of intellectual property strategy consistent with the business strategy
• Training and development of new personnel within department and other departments.
• Establishment and utilization of effective business relationships with key influencers in target markets.
• Oversight and management of all of the company’s product development activities.

Key Accomplishments:

Intellectual Property – Developed and implemented GTT’s strategic patent approach designed to extend the coverage of an existing aging portfolio, and directed that new product development activities and patent filings be focused on strengthening our patent coverage and overlap, securing GTT’s unique technology advantage.

Personnel – Analyzed staffing position needs organizational structure required to fulfill GTTs new product launch and support plans. Interviewed, hired and formed these technical resources into a high performing hardware, software, and technical service organization. Managed staffing levels through both expansion and contraction of the development group. Instituted a metric based performance tools for rating employees against performance standards.
Operating Activities – Developed and implemented processes designed to ensure a consistent product development regime for GTT products. Areas of focus were quality assurance, ISO compliance, Design for testability, and incorporation of existing failure rate data into the design process continuous product quality improvement.

Product Launches – Under my technical direction GTT was able to launch three completely new product families in 4 years. These quick launches were possible due to the platform hardware and software architecture approach that I drove. These projects also generated twelve new patent filings that will ensure GTT’s competitive technological advantage for the future.

Our new products include:
• A new family of LED based optical emitters for our infrared based priority control system. These emitters reduced power consumption over their predecessors by 95%, are 50% of the size of the older technology, have a useful operating life 4x of the earlier strobe emitter, and have a cost of goods sold reduction of 45%.
• A revolutionary intersection phase selector that can seamlessly interoperate with GTT’s new GPS and legacy optical priority control technologies. As a result of this product’s availability, GTT has been able to stem the threat of market share and margin erosion, and provide our customers with a product which protects their prior investment in intersection equipment
• CMS which is a Windows application program that allows our customers to configure, monitor, and maintain GTT intersection and vehicle priority control equipment from a central location.
• A cost and size reduced version of our first generation GPS priority control equipment. That reduces cost of goods sold 40%, required package volume 70%, and incorporates new features and functionality. Also a part of this project I directed the work of an outside design firm to completely redesign the systems’ obsolete radio transceiver for improved performance cost, and reliability.

Awards – In 2010 GTT and the development team I headed, received a Tekne award from the Minnesota High Technology Association for our CMS application program in the IT-Software & Hardware, Communications & Infrastructure Equipment category. In 2011 we again received a Tekne award from the Minnesota High Technology Association for our Multimode priority control equipment in the Innovative Electronic Devices award category. The first back-to-back wins of this award by any company.

Other- Responsible for GTTs Environmental Health and Safety programs.

May 2003–October 2007 General Electric Medical Systems Milwaukee, WI

Hardware Engineering Design Manager

GEMS IT Clinical Systems Engineering, Acquisition Systems Segment

Led a hardware team applying embedded hardware technology and methodology to GE Medical’s critical care patient monitoring platforms. In this position I lead a talented team of 12 full-time and 4 contracted electrical design engineers responsible for designing physiological signal acquisition and processing systems. I worked to develop a technology roadmap for future products, and drove excellence in embedded systems design by using the latest technologies, and methods. I was also responsible for sharing my team’s technology and methods with other Clinical Systems product teams in Florida, and Helsinki Finland, and work closely with the Marketing and Service organizations to define product requirements.
In this role I drove increased discipline in the use of reliability processes, leveraging Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) and Design for Reliability (DFR) methodologies. I sought and adopted best practices and hardware solutions from other groups, as well as drawing on my career experience to strengthen the Clinical Systems design process. I Hired, trained, coached and deployed talent to assure technology leadership in the patient monitoring market.

Key accomplishments:
• Led a cross departmental team that reviewed all existing GEMS-IT products for compliance to IEC 60601-2 EMC compliance. Then formulated testing plans for products not in compliance, tracked progress, and reported status to the division General Manager. As a result, we are fully compliant well before our target date.
• Worked with 2 other design managers to review the FDA site quality plan for Clinical Systems; identified and linked existing SOPs and work instructions and identified gaps that required further documents or updates.
• Completed a Six Sigma DFFSp project to update our component selection process to incorporate key parametric, manufacturing, and sourcing requirements as well as links to design history files, and component cost information.
• Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
• Management of a department budget of $3.4 Million to plan
• Developed our road map for new products
• Was the Program Manager for a new MPC8270 based embedded computer host for our next generation of patient monitors. Project complete successfully. Managed costs, schedule, and risk mitigation, as well as staff and contracting resources.
• Was the Program Manager for a major cost reduction project for our custom lithium-ion batteries. Working with GE staff, and the external vendor, I took a project that was stalled, and drove it to a successful conclusion. I Managed cost, schedule, testing, UL, UN, and CE certification, safety testing, and risk mitigation. The resultant cost savings of 30% per unit were $500K/yr
• Prepared, and conducted year-end employee performance reviews, managed two employees through work improvement plans and performed annual salary planning.
• Instituted monthly one on one meetings with all staff members to provide performance feedback, coaching, and to listen to employees
• Launched a project to incorporate more off the shelf technology into our systems, to reduce costs, and decrease product development cycle times.
• Used Six Sigma methods to develop a designed experiment targeted at identifying critical process factors affecting our circuit board soldering process. Introduced and demonstrated the value of standard gauge boards and mechanical dummy components for characterization and monitoring of the surface mount placement and solder process.

August 2001–May 2003 Motorola, Incorporated Libertyville, IL
Engineering Section Manager
• Effectively hired and managed a staff of 6 Baseband and 3 RF Electrical Engineers to design and develop a GPS/Video accessory device for Motorola’s 3G A820 Phone. Demonstrated performance milestones achieved 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
• Worked closely with the business team to develop requirements with both key vendors, and customers.

1997–August 2001 Motorola, Incorporated Harvard, IL
Engineering Section Manager
• Effectively hired and managed a staff of 12 Electrical Engineers, and a combined budget of $2.1 M.
• Designed and implemented a quality metrics based engineering development process for the hardware development group of Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Software Organization.
• Lead the circuit board level electronics development of the first cellular telephone prototypes based on Motorola’s proprietary WCDMA chipsets. In this effort I was responsible for developing the overall hardware architecture for the prototype radio. In the absence of the actual system IC still in development, I architected an alternative solution employing a Motorola 32-bit M-Core MCU coupled via a common messaging bus with 2) DSP5611 DSPs and a Xilinx FPGA to emulate the digital baseband section of the radio. I then selected a prototype RF stage from another project and had it modified to interface with the new baseband hardware. My team then designed the PCB assemblies and assembled them on Motorola’s pilot production lines.
• Received special recognition for WCDMA hardware development efforts.

1992–1997 3M, Incorporated Saint Paul, MN
Staff Electrical Engineer
• Redesigned the photo-detectors of 3M’s OpticomTM traffic preemption system to increase performance and reduce cost.
• Aggressively championed a cost reduced, flexible stroboscopic emitter for 3M’s OpticomTM traffic preemption system. This new design reduced production costs, provided increased functionality for vehicle identification, and operating modes, and improved reliability. Sale price of the product was halved, and sales quadrupled.
• Developed and patented a GPS based method of traffic preemption. This invention was the basis for all new product development within 3M’s Traffic Controls Division
• Provided on site technical support and training to customers, contractors, distributors, and 3M sales staff.
• Received 3M’s Golden Step award for new product introductions for the 500 series Opticom™ product.

1986–1992 Onan, Incorporated Fridley, MN
Senior/Lead Engineer
• Designed and demonstrated equipment to remotely monitor and test emergency electrical generators via modem.
• Redesigned existing consumer market generators analog voltage regulators and controls to improve performance and reliability.
• Proposed, designed, and demonstrated a microprocessor based engine speed governor and voltage regulator for small commercial generators. The resultant product provided substantial performance and reliability improvements with no product cost increase, and was adopted for all new generator designs.
• Managed a team of 6 Engineers and 3 technicians

1984–1986 MCT, Incorporated Shoreview, MN
Electronics Engineer
• Designed hardware and firmware for a robotic SMT assembly machine.
• Demonstrated the product at industry trade shows.

1982–1984 Honeywell, Incorporated St. Louis Park, MN

Electronics Engineer
• Evaluated switch-mode power supplies for Laser-Gyro Navigation Systems.
• Designed final compensation network to ensure the switch mode power supply’s stability.
• Designed a depot level tester for the Mark 50 ALW Torpedo after-body.
• Secret clearance

1976–1981 University of Wisconsin Madison, WI
• B.S.E.E.

1997–2002 University of Wisconsin Whitewater, WI
• MBA Marketing emphasis

Interests Golf, gardening
US05539398 GPS-based traffic control preemption system

US7982631 LED Emitter for Optical Traffic Control systems

US8072346 LED Light bar for Optical Traffic Control systems

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