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The Western Systems Team

Transportation, Communication & Networking Industry Experience

Western Systems team members have extensive industry experience in transportation, communications and networking and a strong dedication to identifying effective solutions for your needs.

Michael Smith | CEO

Michael provides our corporate directives and direction. In addition to overseeing the company Michael manages vendor relations and long term strategy for Western Systems.

Email: MSmith@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Robert Nims | President

Robert’s primary duties include project management, estimating, system design and account management. He has an expertise in signal controls, software and field devices. Robert has been involved in the transportation industry since 1990. He has provided regional support for Siemens ITS and Eagle Traffic Control Systems since 1993.

Email: RNims@WesternSystems-Inc.com

John Brannan | Director of Sales and Service, Territory Manager, Alaska
IMSA Traffic Signal Level III

John specializes in technical support to customers for all types of controls and field devices with primary emphasis on Siemens & Iteris. As manager of a traffic signal maintenance company for six years John provided 24/7 support for a wide range of systems including TS1’s, TS2’s and 170’s. Clients appreciate John’s consultative approach, helping clients keep up with the latest technologies they can benefit from as well as providing preventative maintenance.

John is certified by Siemens and Iteris. He served two years as a moderator and officer in the Arizona section of the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA). He has been in the traffic signal industry since 1996. John has a degree in Electronic Manufacturing and holds an IMSA level III certification in traffic signals.

Email: JBrannan@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Tom Rivard | Production Manager
IMSA Traffic Signal Level II

Tom oversees our cabinet design, manufacturing, and field service/support departments. He has been in the traffic industry since 1981 and has extensive experience including cabinets, controllers, and intersection displays. Tom is certified by Siemen’s and Iteris and is also IMSA Level II Certified.

Email: TRivard@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Adela Taylor | Operations Manager

Adela is in charge of business operations. She has extensive experience in manufacturing management and quality assurance systems. Adela has a degree in Industrial Technology and is Lean Manufacturing Certified.

Email: ATaylor@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Zach L. Hoiting | Territory Manager, Washington
IMSA Traffic Signal Level III

Zach's responsibilities include technical sales for all products that Western Systems offers in the Northwest. He has a strong understanding of traffic hardware, software and field devices. Zach manages sales in East, Olympic, Southwest and South Central and Southeast Washington.

Email: ZHoiting@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Kevin Hanson | Territory Manager, Idaho and Montana
IMSA Traffic Signal Level II

Kevin has been in the ITS industry since 1990. Kevin has a degree in Electronic Instrumentation. He holds patents on products in the ITS industry. Kevin provides technical consultative support in the traffic industry. Kevin is based in Idaho and manages sales in Idaho, Montana and Eastern Oregon.

Email: KHanson@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Stew Wilkerson | Territory Manager, Northern California

Email: SWilkerson@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Lisa Bender | Sales Coordinator

Email: LBender@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Kathleen Vaara | Accounts Receivable / Administrative Asst.

Email: KVaara@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Jocelyn DeFord | Estimator

Email: JDeford@WesternSystems-Inc.com

Denise M. Earl, CPA, CMA | Accountant

Email: DEarl@WesternSystems-Inc.com

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For all communications, networking and intelligent traffic systems (ITS) products in Washington contact Zach L. Hoiting by email at ZHoiting@WesternSystems-Inc.com or by calling 425-438-1133.

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