Colin Roche is Co-founder and CEO of Swiftmile, a micromobility infrastructure company whose Mobility Hubs charge and organize light electric vehicles (LEVs) like e-scooters and e-bikes. Swiftmile’s in-field charging model helps cities scale up shared micromobility with fewer of the pain points: reduced sidewalk clutter, less operational emissions and congestion, and more fully-charged vehicles to ride. Swiftmile works with every major micromobility company to incentivize riders to end trips at Mobility Hubs, saving operators 75% as compared to nightly vehicle collection.
Colin has over 25 years of experience in product design and clean energy, most recently leading PV manufacturer Jiawei Solar to IPO in 2013. Earlier in his career, he invented the ergonomic writing instrument PenAgain, which has sold over 10 million units in 25 countries. His work has been featured in major outlets like the WSJ, WIRED, Newsweek and on NBC, ABC, and FOX. Colin became fascinated by the potential of LEVs to transform cities after winning an e-bike at a charity auction in 2015, leading him to co-found Swiftmile.
Leo has provided executive leadership to consumer hardware companies for more than a decade. Prior to co-founding Swiftmile, he was COO of Reverie, one of the leading manufacturers of innovative mattresses, adjustable beds, and pillows. Leo also previously served as President and CEO of Ergomotion, a $100 million annual revenue supplier of power beds, leading it to a successful acquisition in 2014. He also was Managing Director of Pyrotek, a leading international supplier of aluminium, foundry, glass, zinc, steel, noise control and hearth customers with performance improving technical products, integrated processing systems and consulting services worldwide.
Michael has provided executive leadership to technologically driven product companies for more than a decade. Prior to Swiftmile he was Founder & COO of Elite, a horticultural product incubator focused on novel chemical formulations, water-efficient technologies, and agricultural sensor/data applications. Michael also previously served as CFO of Ergomotion, a $100 million annual revenue supplier of power beds, where he led multiple transaction opportunities culminating in a successful acquisition in 2014. Previously, Michael successfully founded and exited both Origin Capital (now Origin Investments), an opportunistic real estate fund and ASI, a Chicago-based management consulting firm focused on building strategic advantage through innovation in public and private companies. He began his career at IBM.
Keith has been an IP and hardware development leader for more than 25 years across many industries including Lasers, Aerospace, Biotechnology and Medical Diagnostics. He has served as Engineering Manager and Director of Engineering and Product Development at several Silicon Valley companies and has experience building cross-functional R&D and Manufacturing teams. Prior to Co-founding Swiftmile, Keith founded Palo Alto Technical Solutions, an IP and Technology Development Consultancy, and is an inventor on more than 20 patents. Keith earned a B.S. in both Physics and Electro-Optics from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
John’s passion for sustainability has helped guide his career path. He helped launch Saving Energy, Inc., a company focused on importing products to assist the Costa Rican government’s initiative to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2020, serving as its Vice President of Business Development. He also held sales and business development roles for First National Solar, a solar financing service provider, and Greater Purpose Wines, a company that donates a majority of its profits to fund wells in countries with insufficient clean water supplies.
Bradlee Van Pelt
Bradlee’s logistics expertise landed him at Swiftmile in January, 2019. He brings a diverse operational background to the team, including stints in both the adjustable bed and winemaking industries. He served as Director of Operations for Ergomotion, Inc. and has held various positions with three different winemaking businesses. He earned his B.S. in Industrial Technology Management from Colorado State University and holds an M.B.A. from Sonoma State University. Bradlee also played 3 seasons in the N.F.L. as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.
Managing Director, EMEA
Vice President, Digital Out of Home
Sales & Marketing Admin
Vice President, IT
Mechanical Project Engineer
Accounting HR Specialist
Market Manager - Miami
Bret Van Pelt
Client Relations Manager
Brian Van Pelt
Infield Operations Manager
The Swiftmile advisory board
Innovation Strategist and Co-Founder of Brulte & Company and host of The Road To Autonomy and SAE International Tomorrow Today Podcasts. Former Co-Chair of the City of Beverly Hills Mayor’s Autonomous Vehicle Task Force.
Palo Alto City Councilman/ Former Mayor of Palo Alto. Also former CEO of Acteron
Founding partner of Colle Capital Partners. Former partner at Wall Street Technology Partners and former Director of Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Private Equity Group
Senior Vice President of North America Sales at Twilio. Former Senior Vice President of North America Sales at Genesys
Former Commissioner of Transportation for Chicago & Washington DC. Partner at Cityfi and Venture Partner at Fontinalis Partners
CIO & EVP Information Technology/Systems at Flex (Flextronics)
Former CEO of Accell North America (e-bikes) and former President of Esprit Holdings