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Kevin Bade
General Manager
"There is a tremendous amount of effort – and technology – that powers the whole [transit] system and makes it run."
Kevin Bade
General Manager
What’s one thing you wish the public knew about the transit industry?I wish the public knew how many people worked behind the scenes just so the bus shows up at the stop. There is a tremendous amount of effort – and technology – that powers the whole system and makes it run. Most people aren’t even aware of all that has to happen just so that door is there to open for them.

Kevin has more than 20 years of experience working in software and technology, building and implementing enterprise software applications for both the Transportation and Justice fields. Prior to joining Trapeze Group, Kevin held other roles within Volaris Group, including Senior Vice President at AssetWorks and, most recently, General Manager of CourtView Justice Solutions. Kevin has a passion for customer care and brings strong operational and product management experience.

Kevin has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a M.S in Mechanical Engineering and Operations Research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Steve Sawyer
Chief Operating Officer
"Every single public transit agency that I have worked with is passionate throughout their entire organization about providing the best services that they possibly can with the resources at hand."
Steve Sawyer
Chief Operating Officer
What was your first public transit experience?I lived in the country and hitchhiked or caught rides with the local Mennonites in horse and buggy to get to where the transit system began in Waterloo. In those days, KPUC/KT ran a system of buses and trolleys that today is Grand River Transit (GRT). Transit linked me to friends, work and school when I needed it to. What’s one thing you wish the public knew about the industry?Every single public transit agency that I have worked with is passionate throughout their entire organization about providing the best services that they possibly can with the resources at hand. They deserve a lot gratitude for what they accomplish each and every day. There are a lot of unsung heroes at transit agencies. What’s your favorite transit memory?One Waterloo bus driver, if you were lucky enough to get him, sang. I would sit as close as I could to the front of the bus in a window seat. He sang hymns, quite different from my musical tastes at the time. He didn’t mean to entertain and he wasn’t loud, he was singing to himself. He was a good singer and I enjoyed looking out the window and listening to him – every single verse.

Steve Sawyer is Chief Operating Officer of Trapeze North America and is responsible for Development, Professional Services, Customer Care, and Hardware Production. Prior to Trapeze, Steve served in various senior management roles in the areas of Support, Operations, and Professional Services at CA Technologies, Powerband, and Microsoft respectively.

Steve believes in building strong and long-lasting relationships with customers by helping them to achieve their desired business outcomes through successful delivery and trustworthy support. Steve holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMATH) from the University of Waterloo.

Steve enjoys various sports including cycling in Waterdown with his wife and three children and participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. He also enjoys photography and astronomy.

Ted Gilkey
Senior Vice President of Sales
"Transit is one of the few industries taken for granted by the public. The amount of effort, planning, and technology required to run a transit system is a true unknown to the average person."
Ted Gilkey
Senior Vice President of Sales
What's one thing you wish the public knew about the transit industry?Transit is one of the few industries taken for granted by the public. The amount of effort, planning, and technology required to run a transit system is a true unknown to the average person. I know before I began at Trapeze that I took it for granted that the bus was just going to show up, how the bus got there wasn’t even an afterthought.What's your favorite transit memory?In January of 2005, I took the Metro Gold Line to the Rose Bowl to watch the University of Texas play the University of Michigan. It was really cool to see fans of both teams load onto the train at each stop, the anticipation for the game building as fans were treated to the unique experience of riding with the opposition to the game. The ride home was another story - the Michigan fans weren’t too happy.

Ted brings over 15 years’ experience in technology sales leadership in the public sector providing both software and hardware solutions.

Ted holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Sports Business from San Jose State University. Ted lives with his wife and three children in Austin, TX.

Ted and his wife spend their weekends at the gym, soccer fields or the pool watching their kids play basketball, volleyball, soccer, and swim.

Lucy Ventresca
Vice President of Marketing
"To the public, transit is a system to get from point A to point B – to those of us behind-the-scenes, it’s a complex system that has so many people and different tools involved."
Lucy Ventresca
Vice President of Marketing
What’s one thing you wish the public knew about the industry? To the public, transit is a system to get from point A to point B – to those of us behind-the-scenes, it’s a complex system that has so many people and different tools involved.What’s your favorite transit memory? It’s a tie between taking my kids on their first subway ride through downtown Toronto and taking them on a train to Toronto’s famous Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

With over 20 years of marketing experience in a variety of different roles, Lucy recently joined Trapeze as the Vice President, Marketing where she oversees the marketing team that manages Trapeze’s demand generation, thought leadership, customer experience and brand perception.

It’s a work hard, play hard kind of life – and that’s okay because one of her mottos is “just do it!”

In her free time, she enjoys watching her daughters play volleyball, shopping for new shoes (her guilty pleasure) and reading articles on how to push boundaries – with marketing and with Trapeze’s transit solutions.

Nathan Partington
Vice President of Finance
"I am given the unique opportunity through attendance at trade shows and conferences [...] to hear some amazing stories of how public transit impacts the daily life of so many people."
Nathan Partington
Vice President of Finance
What was your first public transit experience? Being from Hamilton, ON, Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) has played a significant role in my upbringing, from my mother using HSR to drop me off at daycare, riding Route 23 to high school and taking the 1.5 hour one way trip to and from McMaster University.What do you like most about being part of the public transit industry? I am given the unique opportunity through attendance at trade shows and conferences, such as our own ThinkTransit conference, to meet with a number of amazing transit industry employees and hear some amazing stories of how public transit impacts the daily life of so many people.What’s your favorite transit memory? Taking GO Transit with a bunch of friends to bring in the year 2000 in downtown Toronto. Amazingly, Y2K did not interfere with our commute.

Nathan Partington is Vice President of Finance for Trapeze North America. He is responsible for overseeing all financial activities, including forecasting and planning, driving efficiencies, enforcing divisional Key Performance Indicators and ensuring the overall financial health of the business.

Nathan has held a variety of roles within the Constellation Software group including Head of Internal Audit at Constellation and Manager, Corporate Finance at Volaris Group. Nathan obtained his CPA, CA designation while working at BDO LLP and holds an Honours. B. Comm, Accounting and Financial Management, Minor in Economics from McMaster University.

Nathan lives with his wife and two children in Burlington, ON and enjoys listening to music and playing basketball..

Dimitar (Dimi) Demirevski
Senior Legal Counsel
"I remember how I thought it was awesome that a vehicle will pick you up to take you where you want to go and it goes around like that every day. It made life so much easier."
Dimitar (Dimi) Demirevski
Senior Legal Counsel
What's one thing you wish the public knew about the transit industry? People are unaware of the amount of back-end systems and people that are involved in putting that bus on the route. It was one of the biggest eye-openers for me when I started at Trapeze. The amount of, largely unseen, backend infrastructure that transit agencies have to have in place and running efficiently in order to do something as simple as having a bus on the route and on time.What's your favorite transit memory?Coming back from a playoff game in Toronto this past season and the whole bus was chanting and singing about the soccer team who had just won (TFC, ole ole….). Atmosphere was electric and the bus driver was happy to be driving a rowdy bus. What was your first public transit experience? Oh it goes back ways to another country, another time, another life – behind the iron curtain. Back in the early 80’s, growing up in Bulgaria, I remember taking the bus with my dad to go swimming. I remember how I thought it was awesome that a vehicle will pick you up to take you where you want to go and it goes around like that every day. It made life so much easier.

Dimi Demirevski is legal counsel for Trapeze North America. In this role, he manages the legal and contracts department, supporting the business in the United States and Canada. Before joining Trapeze, Dimi was employed as an attorney with BlackBerry (RIM) and law firm, Baker & McKenzie LLP.

Dimi received an Honours Bachelors of Business Administration (HBBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and an L.L.B./J.D. from Osgoode Law School, at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Dimi was born and raised in Bulgaria and now lives in Toronto with his wife and two kids. He is an avid soccer fan and player.

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