Our Team

P r i n c i p a l s

Abbas Mohaddes


Mr. Mohaddes has been the President and COO of Econolite since January 2017.

Abbas has over 30 years of experience in the application of technology in transportation systems, including Traffic Management, Communication, Traveler Information, Systems Integration, Transit, and Connected and Automated Vehicles. He is a recognized expert in ITS, and has over 70 publications and presentations at industry organizations around the world.

After serving the City of Dallas, Texas as a traffic engineer, and several years of consulting practice, he co-founded Meyer, Mohaddes Associates in 1991 in Los Angeles, a firm focused on application of technology in traffic management and systems planning, which later merged with Iteris. He is the former CEO of Iteris, where he led the transformation and substantial growth of the company into a software-based traffic management information technology organization through organic growth and acquisition.

He is a founding member and past chairman of ITS America, past chair of the ITS America Leadership Circle, member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), past member of the TRB Executive Committee, and member of the board of trustees of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI). He is a fellow at ITE and member of the University of California Irvine, Chancellor’s CEO Roundtable. He is also a member of the board for National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE), and a board member of the V2I Coalition executive committee, which is a committee founded by AASHTO, ITSA, and ITE, focused on connected and automated vehicle activities.

Peter Sweatman

Executive Advisor

Peter Sweatman is an Executive Advisor of CAVita LLC, a trusted CAV ecosystem partner for government, industry and academia.

Peter has over 30 years of experience in transportation research and innovation, and the application of R&D. That experience encompasses vehicles, drivers, and infrastructure and impinges on technology, policy, and strategic planning. He is a trusted national voice on connected and automated vehicles, safety, ITS, transportation research and education, and freight technology and policy. He has worked extensively in Europe and Asia-Pacific as well as the United States.

Peter is the former director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) (2004 – 2015), and the founder and former director of the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) (2013 – 2016). MTC opened the unique test facility Mcity in July 2015 and has set the bar for safe, off-roadway testing of automated vehicles.

Peter is a past chairman of the board of ITS America, and also served as founding chair of the ITS America Leadership Circle. He served on the U.S. Department of Transport’s ITS Advisory Committee, as well as a number of roles with the Society of Automotive Engineers. At the Transportation Research Board, he chaired the recent EU-US Symposium Towards Road Transport Automation, and served on the Committee on National Research Frameworks: Application to Transportation. He is currently co-chairing the National Academies/TRB Forum on Preparing for Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility, working with the global industrial consortium Together for Safer Roads, and is an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne.

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Matt Peak

Associate Principal

Matt Peak is an Associate Principal at CAVita and has over fifteen years experience catalyzing promising transportation, automotive, and clean energy enterprises and organizations.

In 2015, Matt started Peak Strategy Partners LLC, a firm that enables companies and communities to solve core challenges and benefit from automotive, transportation, and clean energy technologies and policies. In this capacity, Matt competitively bid and secured agency contracts to support a public-private collaboration operated in conjunction with the Texas Department of Transportation.  He co-founded a stakeholder-based organization focused on deploying and integrating multi-modal automated vehicles to improve safety and increase commerce in North Dakota. Peak also worked with the world’s largest aggregator of solar fuels partners to commercialize innovative technologies, and he assisted numerous laboratories and startups to commercialize their automotive and energy technologies.

Matt previously launched and led Prize Capital’s and Tri-State G&T’s efforts to discover, invest in, and commercialize advanced energy technologies, and created what became the Carbon XPRIZE, a $20 million competition funded by NRG and COSIA to spur technological innovation at power plants.  He was also the first employee of a venture-funded battery technology startup focused on commercializing a new type of lithium battery for electric vehicles and other markets, and led public policy, renewable fuel, and other collaborative efforts to develop and deploy advanced transportation technologies at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and CALSTART.

Matt has a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an M.S. in environmental policy from The London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

David St. Amant

Affiliate Principal

David St. Amant is an affiliate principal of CAVita and has over 30 years of experience in technology, much of it in the transportation industry. He is a former President and Chief Operating Officer at Econolite Group, Inc., headquartered in Anaheim, California. Econolite Group is the umbrella company of Econolite, Econolite Canada, Aegis ITS, Safetran, CAVita, and Arroyo Holdings de Mexico. Econolite has been a recognized leader, innovator, manufacturer, and service provider of transportation management solutions since the company’s inception in 1933.

Prior to joining Econolite Group, David held senior management and executive level sales and marketing positions at Avnet, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of electronic components. In 1990, he was named Vice President of Marketing for Time Electronics, an Avnet company. He would later be named Vice President, Supplier Business Management for Avnet/Silicon, the company’s $1.8 Billion semiconductor division.

In 2004 through 2005, David served as Chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Transportation sector. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). He is one of the founding members  and co-chair of the Mobility Transformation Center – University of Michigan Leadership Circle (MTC). He is a past member of the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2IDC) Executive Committee, and is a past chair of the ITS America Legislation Steering Committee.  He has been an active member on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for Woodbury University, and is the most immediate past Chairman of the Board for Woodbury University.

Tom Kern

Affiliate Principal

Thomas E. Kern is an affiliate principal of CAVita with a career spanning three decades focused on innovation and change management. He recently completed his tenure as Managing Director for the National Operations Center of Excellence, having successfully led the Center into its second year in service to the transportation operations community.  Tom previously served at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, first as its Executive Vice President for seven years and then as interim President in 2014/2015.  While at ITS America, he oversaw the organizations operations and three successful World Congresses held in New York, Orlando, and Detroit.

In the early 2000s, Tom was the Director for Knowledge Management at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland at which he established its nationally recognized knowledge management and organizational learning initiative. Prior to the Casey Foundation, he served as Deputy Executive Vice President at the American Consulting Engineers Council, and Program Manager at American Management Systems.  He started his career at the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Tom earned a BS in Government at Georgetown University and an MSc in Public Administration at the London School of Economics and also did further graduate study at the University of Oxford.  He has also served as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in the field of knowledge management and is actively involved in a number of community service organizations as a volunteer.