Our Team

“We’ve worked extremely well with ITI over the past five years. We know we can always count on them to go the extra mile for us when we need it. It’s great working with their dedicated and talented staff of training professionals.”

— Alan Weisinger, Schneider National’s Director of Driver Training

Dr. James Voorhees
Founder, President and CEO

Nickname/Handle:
DrJ or “The Old Guy” – that’s what happens when you start a company when you’re fifty and everyone you hire is in their early twenties… and some were in their teens!

Claim to Fame:
I spent 24 years in the Army, the first twelve as an Artillery Officer and helicopter pilot (two tours in Viet Nam). The second twelve was much different. After I earned my Ph.D. I was assigned to NASA’s Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. Amazing place in the ‘80s and 90’s. At NASA I led a team of 20 research scientists developing new system for advanced rotorcraft cockpits. I’ve also served on committees of the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences and have over 60 scientific publications and presentations.

What I do most evenings after work:
I read. Four to five books a week, a wide eclectic range of books. I grew up on science fiction – Bradbury, Asimov, Heinlein I still love it but now I often feel like I’m living it.

Favorite music, book or album:
I like smooth jazz of the Paul Hardcastle, Diana Krall variety, back to the Moody Blues and Dylan. Lately I’ve been concentrating my reading on the Revolutionary War with an occasional diversion to Clancy and Patterson. Movies from Bogart to Blade Runner and, of course, the Harry Potter series.

Job description (as I explain it to my mom):
I manage (loosely) direct, and guide the finest group of twenty-somethings (now approaching forty-somethings) I can imagine. We concentrate in introducing disruptive technology into the commercial transportation industry:

  • First with providing computers to training departments.
  • First with a total on-line curriculum supported by a training management system designed from the ground up for trucking.
  • First to apply game engine technology to training for commercial drivers.
  • First to put training on in-cab devices.

If a technology is cutting edge in the military training world or the education environment ITI will be bringing to trucking.

Something I never knew about driving or trucking before ITI:
When I first walked into Werner Enterprises in the late 1990’s and saw their glass enclosed operations center in operation I was astonished, it was of a caliber I had seen at NASA – I’ve never viewed trucking the same way since. And I realized that we had to take training the same way – two-year-old video tapes with talking heads were never going to be able to train this industry.

Aaron M. Purvis
CIO, Corporate Secretary

Nickname/Handle:
The Sage, The Maytag Man – The consumate go-to guy, whenever something absolutely positively needs to be accomplished or solved.

Claim to fame:
I’m a highly decorated and lifelong Eagle Scout with three Silver Palms. I’m also into everything, my hobby is collecting hobbies. Sailing Lasers in the Columbia River Gorge or climbing every major mountain in the Northwest, to my vast collection of Star Wars Legos; Life is short and I want to try it all.

What I do most evenings after work:
I love to spend time with my wife and two daughters. Every now and then, on special occasions, and if I’m really good, I’m allowed out for a whole weekend!

Favorite movie, book, or album:
Star Wars – A New Hope, 1977 Episode IV – It’s the first and the best. I’ll always remember sitting in the theater for the first time when that Star Destroyer flew overhead. A whole new world of possibilities opened up.

Job description (as I explain it to my mom):
I create systems that make it easier for our clients to prove that they really care about safety. And I do a lot of interesting stuff with stock and corporate governance… really, it can be interesting.

Something I never knew about driving or trucking before ITI: Way back then I had no idea that trucking was so integral and significant to our Country; especially from a socioeconomic perspective. I maintain a personal challenge to find something, anything, that hasn’t been on a truck at one point or another. It’s a very, very short list.

Nathan Stahlman
VP of Product Development

Claim to fame:
Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, with a couple championships. I’m working on my first game title.

What I do most evenings after work:
Cook dinner for my family, play or create games, and learn new things. I’m currently learning how to play violin.

Favorite movie, book, or album:

  • Book: ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien: The origin of a genre, it opened up fiction to what was possible and remains as a single pivotal point in the evolution of modern literature.
  • Album: Kate Rusby : Hourglass : Has the most of my childrens’ favorite bedtime songs, and we alternate between story night and songs.

Job description as I explain it to my mom:
I design solutions to difficult problems and lead a fantastic team that produces state-of-the-art learning and training software.

Rich Brown
VP Sales & Client Services

Claim to fame:
I’ve played guitar and bass since I was 12 years old. Music is a hobby for me now but I played professionally for several years, and have opened for acts including the Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, and Paul Revere and the Raiders. I’ve also played roadhouses in Texas where the bandstand was actually a chicken wire cage to protect the musicians from flying Lone Star beer bottles!

What I do most evenings after work:
I play guitar every day, write music, work in the yard, and love to barbeque. My wife, Barbara, and I like to visit our beach hideaway at Long Beach, WA, as often as we can.

Favorite movie, book, or album:
My favorite author is John Grisham and I have read almost all he has written, including his only non-fiction book entitled “The Innocent”. He said he will never do another because it’s too hard to stay accurate. It’s easier for him to spin fascinating yarns about deep south sharecroppers or about lawyers getting in over their heads. My favorite music group is The Beatles and I play every song they have done that I can do a respectable job using just a guitar. Creedence Clearwater Revival and Eric Clapton are a couple favorites of mine as well.

Job description (as I explain it to my mom):
I introduce our product to some of the nicest folks in the nation; the Safety Directors of the trucking fleets of America. If they look at what we have my company will usually have a new client and I will have a new friend.

Something I never knew about driving or trucking before ITI:
I’ve learned that trucking is a huge industry but a small community. I’ve learned that even though trucking is competitive, safety professionals are always willing to share their knowledge for the benefit of everyone on the road.

Marius Karoy
VP of Business Development

Claim to fame
No claim to fame, but I spend a lot of time traveling both domestically and internationally. I try to go back to Norway, my native country, at least once or twice a year.

What I do most evenings after work:
Spend time with my wife, children, and two 4 1/2 year old great danes.

Favorite movie, book, or album:

  • Favorite Movie: Usual Suspects
  • Books: Sophie’s World, (A book about the history of Philosophy) and The Dharma Bums

Job description (as I explain it to my mom):
My job is to develop relationships with clients and potential channel partners as well as identify and target business opportunities and market segments on a global scale to grow our business.

Something I never knew about driving or trucking before ITI:
Transportation is a high-tech fast-paced environment which can be extremely demanding and is tremendously important for our society to function.

Thom Schoenborn
VP of Marketing

Nickname/Handle:
Sacajawea, so named by my wife for the one time ever I got us lost on a road trip. I have an excellent sense of direction. No seriously, I do.

Claim to fame:
I race cylocross — basically taking a 10-speed road bike into the Oregon mud, through streams, over barriers. It’s like the steeplechase on a bike. It’s a bizarre sport that seems to be popular only in Oregon and Belgium, two of the muddiest places on earth.

What I do most evenings after work:
Cook dinner for my wife and daughter. Read books about military history. Clean mud off my bike, clothes, car, shoes, shower walls, garage…

Favorite movie, book, or album:
A book titled, “The Rider,” which is a novella about a bike race. Bemoaning how soft our society has become, the rider says, “people have become woolly mice.” Whenever I’m out on a miserably long or hard ride in the cold Oregon rain, I like to tell myself that a woolly mouse would pack it in and quit. No woolly mice!

Job description (as I explain it to my mom):
I help trucking companies understand that safe, trained drivers benefit not just families on the road, but the company’s bottom line as well.

Something I never knew about trucking before ITI:
Just how reliant our country is on drivers and carriers — I have profound respect for the logistics and attention to detail required to get products from A to B.

Racheal Stahlman
Creative Director

Claim to fame:
I dabble in all kinds of art forms… photography, painting, drawing, sculpting, guitar, piano. I am an artist at heart.

What I do most evenings after work:
I enjoy spending my evenings with my husband and our three little boys. I am almost always in the middle of some side project, a brochure for a friend, a website design or helping someone who needs a new logo, I will work late into the night after the kids are asleep.

Favorite movie, book, or album
I would have to say, “The Truth Machine” by James Halperin is one of my favorite books. It’s a futuristic sci-fi novel about what the world would be like if there was a 100% effective lie detector test and people couldn’t lie. I like the concept that an innovation can shape humankind, hopefully for the better.

Job description (as I explain it to my mom):
I design all of the interfaces for our training and oversee all the lessons being developed to make sure they hit their objectives and look aesthetically pleasing. I pretty much have a hand in anything design-wise that our company produces.

Something I never knew about trucking before ITI:
I had no idea the level of training and knowledge the average driver needs in order to receive their CDL. I have a lot more respect for truck drivers now because I know what they have to learn in order to be a safe and effective driver.

Chad Schwendiman
Curriculum Management and Client Services

Nickname/Handle:
Schwendi

Claim to fame:
Attempted Ironman St. George but got beat by the heat. In my first Masters swim meet, I missed a flip turn and had to swim back and touch the timing board before continuing on with the race :(

What I do most evenings after work:
I usually dine on Thai food or Pizza and then I browse Facebook, all the while wondering who has posted incriminating photos of me without letting me know.

Favorite movie, book, or album:

  • Movie: Bladerunner. The dark, desperate, toxic setting makes me look forward to the future!
  • Book/s: A Song of Fire and Ice. Also known as the Game of Thrones series. It has mystery, chivalry, magic, dragons and The Imp.

Job description (as I explain it to my mom):
I work for a training company that provides the means for trucking companies to train their drivers from multiple devices, which in turn helps both drivers and companies to reduce accidents, making the roads safer for truck drivers and the general motoring public.

Phaedra Karoy
Controller

Nickname/Handle:
Squirrel, because I always have snacks hidden in my office in case I have to work through lunch, or have to work late. This means that when the boys of the office are desperately hungry they head straight for my door, most times looking rather pitiful.

Claim to fame:
I sing most Sundays at my church. I also sing on occasion for Funerals, Weddings and for some local area Fundraising Concerts.

What I do most evenings after work:
Change Diapers and send out e-mails to clients who need to review their plans to save money.

Favorite movie, book, or album:

  • Movies: The Princess Bride. All the Harry Potter movies.
  • Book: A Wrinkle in Time, because they all take my imagination off to another place allowing me to be somewhere else for a while.

Job description (as I explain it to my mom):
I manage all the money for ITI. This includes anything from Payroll to Accounts Payables/Receivables, client invoicing… Pretty much if it has a dollar sign in front of it, it needs my stamp of approval.

 

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