We help create smart, livable cities where people move about quickly, safely, and conveniently via automated transit networks.
Swift was founded in 2011 to execute a vision of automated safe, reliable, energy-efficient and cost-effective transportation to improve quality of life in urban areas. With ever-increasing congestion on city streets and major highways, we believe it's time for a worldwide shift to “smart” transportation in the pursuit of smart, livable cities.
Our goal is to make a positive impact on the cities of the world by designing, building, financing, operating, and maintaining automated transit networks that are tailored to our customers' specific needs. Our sophisticated modeling and simulation tools allow us to create a detailed proof-of-concept plan and provide valuable data before a project begins. Whether you are looking for group rapid transit or personal rapid transit, SwiftATN has a solution that can be customized to satisfy your unique requirements.
Carl Lawrence, Founder
Carl has a 25-year history in advanced transportation technologies for electric cars, trucks, and airplanes. He previously founded six cleantech transportation companies whose contributions included developing the first U.S. fleet of hybrid-electric buses, building pioneering vehicleto-grid electric vehicle batteries and chargers, creating an alternative fueling station, and designing an electric-powered Cessna Skyhawk.
Elaine Thorndike, Co-Founder, CEO
Elaine is a leader in working with universities, labs and private industry to deploy new technologies and develop new markets. She worked in the computer and telecommunications industry for fifteen years and in engineering, sales and marketing. In 2005, she launched the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT), providing technical and business assistance to manufacturers in areas such as innovation, supply chain and operational excellence.
Paul Klahn, COO
Paul brings 20+ years of experience as an aerospace engineer, entrepreneur, and senior executive. Paul was the founder and CEO of Nexaer, a next-gen aircraft company that set a new benchmark for modern personal aircraft design. Paul led the company from “blank sheet” to flying prototype in just two years, doing so while keeping to within 10% of overall budget projections. Paul’s other entrepreneurial adventures range from green energy (the development of a cycloidal ocean wave energy converter) to lighter-than-air vehicles that operate in “near space” to full-service laundromats in Uganda.
Bill Reeves, CTO
Bill has over 17 years of experience in the product development industry and eight years in the transportation industry. After many years with product development firms, where he helped corporations deliver complex products, he moved into transit to lead the mechanical engineering group at Proterra. While there, he developed a fully electric transit bus with an automated charging system, for which he holds patents. Bill then led the engineering team at Boulder Electric Vehicle to develop an electric delivery van aimed at replacing diesel-powered delivery vehicles.
Rob Kamerling, CIO
Rob brings a 30-year proven track record in the Information Technology industry, having worked as a software developer, network engineer, information security specialist, and CEO of an IT consulting firm. Rob has extensive experience in the rail industry having worked directly on projects involving land mobile radio (LMR) over IP, switching, signaling, dispatch, and light rail IT systems.
Rich Murray, CFO
Rich brings over 40 years of experience in active leadership roles as an entrepreneur and senior executive. Rich is a former partner with PWC and has extensive experience with management of operational, financial and administrative functions. These encompass business strategy, contract structuring, capital acquisition, M&A transactions, financial and regulatory compliance/reporting and communications with internal and external stakeholders.