Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
As chairman and chief executive officer of XRS Corporation, Jay has led the company’s transformation from a hardware-based business to the transportation industry leader in mobile fleet optimization. Since joining the 26-year old company in 2006, Jay realized that hardware dependent, in-cab systems would not be adaptable in an industry that would soon be facing massive regulatory and performance pressures.
Jay was one of the first to realize that four looming forces –information, cloud, mobile and social – would converge on the trucking industry and dramatically reshape the future. As a result, he rebuilt XRS based on a vision of having the best product and most trucks on the road. The strategy was designed around three principals: 1) Making compliance a reality through choice and simplicity, 2) Maximizing efficiency through cloud-based fleet optimization, and 3) Making trucking easier for the driver. The strategy resulted in the launch of a completely new mobile product platform in April 2013 and the transition of three older platforms into a single XRS product while continuing to meet the needs of the company’s current customer.
Prior to joining XRS, Jay was president and chief executive officer of Lawson Software, one of the country’s largest enterprise software companies. Jay began his career at Lawson in 1987 as an account executive. He moved quickly to vice president of the Health Care Business Unit (Lawson’s first vertical market), where he increased market share and oversaw triple-digit increases in license-based revenue and new accounts. During his tenure as CEO, the company completed a $200 million initial public offering (IPO), while growing revenue from $200 million to $430 million.
Jay is an active regional business advocate and serves on the board of directors for several business and non-profit organizations, including Minnesota Teen Challenge. He is a local and national speaker on a wide variety of business topics. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and is a resident of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer
Brendan joined XRS in March 2013 as president and chief operating officer, and added Chief Technology Officer to his role in October 2013. Reidy oversees the development, product management, long-term product strategy, product marketing, information systems, quality assurance, customer support, supply chain and human resources departments. He reports directly to our CEO, Jay.
Brendan was hired to focus on scalability and growth as XRS launches its new mobile strategy and platform. He came to XRS with a deep background as a leader of technology companies and ventures. Brendan will driver operational improvement and put in place processes and systems that will enable XRS to achieve the scale of growth we expect and aim for.
Brendan is the former chairman and CEO of Clarus Systems in Redwood City, CA. He has held executive-level positions at Qwest Communications/US West, Litton Integrated Automation and Software Alliance Corp. In addition, he has served as a director of several technology companies including eGistics, Arantech, Evolving Systems and Greenbrier & Russel. In addition, he is a venture partner at Trident Capital.
Brendan received an A.B. in Political Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
EVP, Field Operations
Jim joined XRS in January 2013 as executive vice president, field operations. He oversees the company’s field sales team and serves on the XRS executive committee.
Jim brings more than 20 years of technology, software and communications leadership experience to XRS. Most recently, he served as executive vice president – sales and business development for New Jersey-based Antenna Software. He has a proven track record of driving sales growth for leading high-tech companies. His extensive experience developing, implementing and executing strategic positioning to meet and exceed revenue and profit objectives is an incredible asset to the company.
Prior to his role with Antenna Software, Jim served as chief executive officer of Riskclick, a New York-based company focused on developing cloud-based underwriting solutions for the property and casualty insurance market. Jim also spent 13 years at Lawson Software in a number of positions, including executive vice president of global field operations and the executive vice president of the retail business unit that grew dramatically under his leadership.
Jim holds a business administration degree from Rutgers University. He is active in several community organizations and serves on the board of directors for EIES, a not-for-profit reading service for the homebound.
Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer
Scott has provided marketing counsel, business strategy and executive leadership to a broad range of organizations worldwide for more than 30 years. At XRS, Scott manages all aspects of the company’s marketing, brand development and demand generation programs. His previous corporate experience was at Lawson Software where he was Chief Marketing Officer.
Scott’s background includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of Shandwick International, one of the world’s top three public relations firms. At Shandwick, Scott led the integration of 16 separate companies into a unified global brand with 1500 employees in 34 countries and $225 million in revenue.
His former clients at Shandwick included Cargill, General Electric, University of Minnesota, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, MasterCard, Coca-Cola, Northwest Airlines, NCAA, General Motors, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Scott is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.
Chief Financial Officer
Mike joined XRS in April, 2007 as Director of Finance. He was promoted to V.P. of Finance in April, 2011, and became CFO in October, 2012. He brings more than 25 years of finance expertise to his executive role.
During his tenure at XRS, Mike has been instrumental in leading the successful acquisition and integration of two key acquisitions, GeoLogic Solutions, Inc. and Turnpike Global Technologies, resulting in significant improvement to the company’s strategic positioning in the trucking industry.
Prior to joining XRS, Mike held the role of Director of Compliance and External Reporting, Controller at CNS, Inc. from 2001 to 2007. From 1999 to 2001, he held key financial roles at Schwan’s Sales Enterprises, Inc.
Mike holds a B.S. degree in Accounting/Business from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. He also holds the designation of Certified Public Accountant (inactive).