To help our customers reach world-class status in reliability, efficiency and safety by offering practical solutions using the best available technologies and practices.
We want to be your partner on the road to ZERO downtime.
ProAxion’s innovative products bring the benefits of data-driven operations and maintenance to the millions of machines that keep our society running. We strive to help define the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), by taking the term beyond useful jargon. We are dedicated to developing practical applications for technology by starting with business needs. ProAxion's products are designed for the demanding environments of the industrial world. Made right here in the United States, we use the latest in wireless sensor, cloud-based analytics and mobile communications technology.
Justin Rothwell, PE - CEO & Co-Founder
Justin has 20 years of extensive experience designing, commissioning and servicing industrial machines and control systems. During this time, he developed a deep understanding of the challenges and needs associated with operating and maintaining a world-class industrial facility.
He has performed work at over 100 industrial plants in the nuclear power, pharmaceutical, municipal water, and manufacturing industries. In his experience, Justin has seen how disruptive and costly unexpected machine failures can be, and he has witnessed firsthand the benefits a Predictive Maintenance (PdM) program can bring.
Justin has worked for both Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of industrial equipment, and engineering consulting firms, in technical, sales and management roles. He earned an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, and is Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts.
Elliot Poger - CTO & Co-Founder
Elliot has 20 years of professional experience in embedded and network software engineering, within companies of various stages and sizes (from 5-employee startups to Sun Microsystems and Google). His most recent position was a 7-year stint as Senior Software Engineer at Google, where he worked on TV ad insertion technology, as well as the graphics engine running within Android and Chrome.
Previously, Elliot spent 5 years as Client Software Architect at TVWorks (now a Comcast subsidiary), designing and implementing software to run in cable television set-top boxes. To date, Elliot has been awarded 4 patents in the course of his work.
Before entering the professional workforce, Elliot earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Andrew Goldsmith - Director of Sales
Andrew has over five years experience in helping clients navigate complex operational challenges and providing high tech solutions including hardware, software and on-site consulting. Andrew's expertise allows him to work with plant and facility leadership and maintenance teams to integrate the latest technology for improving operations and reliability, as well as focusing on asset and maintenance management. Andrew has worked with over 100 plants and facilities to improve maintenance operations and reduce machine failures through reliable technology, hardware and leveraging data analysis.
Before entering the plant operations field, Andrew served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, where he maintained and operated the M1A1 Main Battle Tank as a Gunner and Commander. He achieved the rank of Corporal E-4, earning numerous awards and an honorable discharge.
Matthew Pausley - Customer Success Manager
Matthew has 18 years of professional experience in mechanical engineering and customer support roles. He started his career as an aerodynamic design engineer with General Electric Power Systems and has moved through a series of increasingly challenging and rewarding roles.
Matthew comes to ProAxion from Nuvotronics, Inc, where he served as a senior mechanical engineer with responsibility for ensuring complex electronic components would survive harsh temperature and vibration environments. Prior to that, he served as a Technical Sales engineer for a major engineering software vendor and interfaced daily with customers through support, training, and consulting activities.
Matthew earned a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University in New York State. While at Clarkson, he and a team of classmates developed a device for improving the fuel efficiency of tractor-trailer combinations that has been commercialized with great success. Matthew is also a Six-Sigma Green belt.
Our Board of Directors
Bruce Boehm is an independent venture capitalist and advisor to several specialty venture capital funds. Mr. Boehm has over 35 years of venture investment experience. He was a General Partner of U.S. Venture Partners in Menlo Park, Calif., with responsibility for a portfolio of more than 20 healthcare and technology investments.
Prior to that he worked as an engineer and project manager for a number of Silicon Valley and Route 128 companies. In addition to serving on ProAxion’s Board of Directors, he has served as a director of more than 30 publicly and privately held companies. Mr. Boehm has created and taught Venture Capital, Engineering Management, and Entrepreneurship courses at UNC Kenan-Flagler, Duke Fuqua, NC State School of Management, and the University of Canterbury.
Mr. Boehm holds an M.S. in Engineering and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T.
E. Allen West
Allen West is president and chief executive officer of Railinc Corp. Since his appointment in 2006, Railinc has become a leading technology organization serving the freight rail industry with a customer-focused culture, a progressive, results-oriented work force and leading technology infrastructure.
West has 25 years of experience in information technology and business management with leading companies in the transportation and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining Railinc, he was director of information technology for Sea-Land Service Inc., a subsidiary of CSX Inc. There he led technology teams in development of applications and business solutions for Sea-Land's global operations. He has also held key leadership positions within Tenneco Inc. and Norfolk Southern Corp.
West currently serves on the board of directors and is past chairman of the North Carolina Technology Association. He is on the board of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and serves on the board of ProAxion Corporation a IoT startup. West has served on Teradata’s Travel and Transportation Advisory Board and is a charter member of the IBM Global Rail Innovation Center advisory board. In 2012, West was named an industry "Executive to Know" by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. He was named "Outstanding Business Partner" by the N.C. chapter of the Project Management Institute in 2009 for his contributions to the development of certified project management professionals. He has served on the board of RailPAC, a political action committee serving the freight rail industry. He is an active supporter of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
West holds a bachelor's of business administration degree in management of information systems from James Madison University and an MBA from Old Dominion University. He has attended many advanced management courses including most recently Northwestern’s Advanced Management Program. West served in the U.S. Army.
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