StreetWise is a public safety information services company located in Mooresville, North Carolina. President Philip Kouwe has been active in the fire and emergency services field for 35+ years. StreetWise is an elite group of progressive, like-minded investors, managers, technical developers, and advisors that form parent company, Hangar 14 Solutions, LLC.
Public Safety Career Experience
It is their close and ongoing career experience with public safety that led to the development of this project concept. Hangar 14 Solutions has identified first-hand the gap in getting critical response information into the hands of emergency personnel. Hangar 14 Solutions is developing software applications for public safety that will focus on the burgeoning tablet computer hardware platform. As a company, Hangar 14 Solutions believes that mobile computing technology, particularly inexpensive tablet computers and cellular broadband, have opened up new possibilities for providing emergency incident information and stored pre-incident response data to emergency responders in the field.
Phil Kouwe, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Kouwe is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hangar 14 Solutions, LLC and is the developer of the original StreetWise CADlink™ product concept. Mr. Kouwe has experience in both public safety and competitive private industry. He has nine years of project management and consulting experience, backed up by 25 years of fire and emergency services experience, with an additional five years in the competitive arena of radio broadcasting management. He has managed over 90 emergency service consulting projects.
In addition, Mr. Kouwe spent over fourteen years as a full-time fire chief. He has directed fire departments in the suburbs of Indianapolis, IN, Cleveland, OH, and in coastal North Carolina, with extensive experience managing high-growth environments through major organizational change. He has been appointed to several high profile boards and commissions on the state and national level, and received the Governor’s Meritorious Service Award from the state of Indiana. He holds an AS degree in Fire Science Technology and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the US National Fire Academy.
Jim Pinkston, Partner
Jim Pinkston is a Certified Financial Planner and has extensive experience in financial planning. He graduated from Baylor University with a double major in International Business and Marketing. He has been in the financial planning business for more than 15 years.
Prior to entering the financial services industry, he managed a specialty import retail business. In 1992, he formed a partnership to provide clients with a broader scope of expertise. In 1997, Jim and his partner opened a branch office for LPL Financial, one of the largest independent broker dealers in the nation.
Jeff Cahill, Partner
Jeff Cahill specializes in helping develop emerging companies with his wealth of experience and background in business startups and turnarounds. Among his past accomplishments was the startup and development of XceedID Corporation, which he helped build into a ten million dollar security products company that was ultimately acquired by Ingersoll-Rand Corporation.
Most of Mr. Cahill’s background has been in the safety and security industries, so the combination of his industry knowledge and business and development background is a perfect match to StreetWise’s dynamic growth potential.
Glenn Babcock, Chief Technology Officer
Glenn Babcock is the President of Elegant Systems, LLC, a technology consulting firm. He has over 25 years of high-level programming and development experience with companies including General Electric, Oracle and M9 Solutions. He was also a Vice President with Citigroup, where he was lead architect on a shared-services technology team that implemented an enterprise-scale global ERP/B2B procurement and expense management system.
Previously, he served as the MIS Manager for Lockheed Martin, where he managed a $14 million annual IT budget and an Enterprise Information Systems group with 3700 users in 12 primary locations. At Oracle, Mr. Babcock’s experience included being both a Senior Solutions Director and Enterprise Solution Architect. He was responsible for delivering major technology projects to Fortune 500 clients in the Strategic Accounts group. In 2007, Mr. Babcock won the Oracle Solution Architect of the Year award.
Mark Rottenberg, Director of Sales & Marketing
With over 20 years in sales and marketing, Mark has managed multi-million dollar sales and service offices throughout the Northeast and Southeast United States, and has received top sales and service awards for customer/client relations. He was the Northeast Director for a $100 million life support services company, where he was responsible for all sales and service training, market research, electronic medical products service and testing, and trade shows. In addition, he was the Market Manager for Kinko’s FedEx in Manhattan, NY where he negotiated million dollar contracts for the NBA, Cantor Fitzgerald, Lehman Brothers and Port Authority of NY and NJ.
His interest in the public safety industry came following September 11, 2001 as he was trapped in a subway under the World Trade Center and came to know some of the firefighters and rescue workers that helped victims to safety. Mark’s Kinko’s team was recognized by authorities for setting up one of his Kinko’s branches as a changing station and SCBA tank storage facility for the Ground Zero firefighters.
Elise Fisher, Director of GIS Technical Services
Elise Fisher has 13 years of GIS and cartography experience. She served four years as a GIS Analyst/Research Assistant for the Department of Fire & EMS Operations/GIS at the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Before working at the IAFF, Mrs. Fisher was a GIS Analyst for the Arlington County Virginia GIS Mapping Center. For the Arlington County Fire Department she developed an extensive routing project to support emergency call response allocation; participated in a comprehensive analysis of response capabilities and actual call responses; and a fire station site relocation analysis.
She has a Master’s of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University (VA) and a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography and Planning (Concentration in GIS) from Appalachian State University (NC).