Building global distribution partners and strategic alliances for more than 30 years.
Dr. Bill Sowell is a global industry leader of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), the development of advanced ITS technologies, and sales to B2B /B2G/B2C market sectors for >30 years, with successful multi-million Dollar P&L responsibility. He is the only industry veteran that has sold and promoted complete ITS system solutions and services in >100 countries on all continents. Directly responsible for the export of more mission critical high-tech Intelligent Transportation Systems products and software from the US, Austria and Germany to foreign countries than any other person. Proven global success in business development, sales, corporate management, new technology development and mergers & acquisitions/divestments. Accomplished professional technical writer, author, public speaker and instructor, having performed technical presentations at the largest industry conferences worldwide to audiences >17,000. He also provides private and group training programs on effective public speaking, technical presentations and sales skills. Dr. Sowell currently serves as Senior Vice Chairman of the International Road Federation (IRF) and as President of Argonaut International Consulting, Inc., a Delaware corporation, based in the Greater-Phoenix area of Arizona, USA. [Pictured L to R in Oct. 2017- His Excellency Eng. Abdullah Al-Mogbel, Former Saudi Minister of Transport, Mayor of Riyadh & IRF Chairman; His Highness Dubai Crowned Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Dr. Bill Sowell, receiving an award; His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Dubai RTA Director General & Chairman of Executive Board].
Dr. Bill Sowell played a key role in the development, deployment and sale of the world's largest Intelligent Transportation System deployed to date, the Saudi Arabia ATVAM Project, with 1,600 signalized intersections in Riyadh and Qassim. He was responsible for the selection of the advanced technologies deployed for the Central Traffic Management System, aboveground and in-ground vehicle detection systems, traffic controllers, cabinets and ancillary equipment, selection of NTCIP 1202 Level 2 ITS network communications protocol, LED traffic signals and their power level monitoring, traffic data collection and analysis, video surveillance and monitoring systems, photocitation/automated enforcement systems, and design of the Traffic Management Center. [Pictured]. Dr. Sowell was also responsible for the development, sale and deployment of the Sheikh Mohd. bin Zayed City ITS Project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which currently uses advanced technologies for public transit and vehicular traffic management and operations.
Dr. Sowell has held senior management positions with such global market leading firms as Econolite, (Oriux) Peek Traffic, Image Sensing Systems, TEC Engineering, Swarco AG, (Cubic) Gridsmart Technologies, Iteris, and Eberle Design, Inc. (EDI). He has proven success in corporate management, business development, international sales and developing distribution channels (exporting), new technology development and market introduction, mergers and acquisitions/divestments, and technical training program development. He has performed more than 7,000 technical sales presentations in >100 countries on all seven continents over the past 30 years. He is an accomplished public speaker, author and technical writer. He is the co-inventor of two U.S. patents pertaining to the transmission of real-time vehicle and intersection status data to/from enabled Connected Vehicles to a smart intersection (C-V2I). [U.S. patents # US 10,210,753 B2 and # US 10,535,259 B2]. [Shown Dr. Sowell teaching an IRF course in Intelligent Transportation Systems in Sofia, Bulgaria].
Dr. Bill Sowell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Advertising from California State University, Dominguez Hills; MBA and PhD degrees in Business Management (Cum Laude) from the University of Southern California, and MBA and PhD degrees in International Marketing (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Oklahoma. He completed the Executive Communications Seminar at the Buckley School of Public Speaking (Camden, SC), and multiple short courses in Intelligent Transportation Systems, e-Commerce, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and Kaizen over many years.
"Maui Wave Riders Surf School was established in 1997 on a shoestring budget. My wife
and I owned one van and thirteen surfboards. Over the years, Maui Wave Riders expanded
and the popularity of learning to surf exploded and became one of the most popular ocean
activities on Maui. In order to keep up with the demand, we had to purchase a few large vans and we
accumulated a large inventory of surfing equipment. Previous to meeting Bill we did not
have a formal business plan in place. During Bill’s surf lesson, we were discussing ways
to improve Maui Wave Riders and Bill offered to share his business expertise with me. He
formulated an extensive business plan with a workable marketing strategy that built our
business and brought it to where it is today. We went from a very small surf school to
become the largest and most successful surf school in the U.S. and abroad. In 2008 we
purchased a commercial beach front property across from the surf spot where we teach
our lessons. Without Bill's guidance we wouldn't be where we are today. He put us in a
league of our own."- Letter 12 July 2020- Visit their website: https://www.mauiwaveriders.com/
"I have worked with Bill closely, initially at Iteris, and later when he was at EDI. His knowledge of the Traffic Management Industry is impressive. He subscribes to the highest levels of work ethics and truly enjoyable to work with."- Posted LinkedIn 11 Aug 2020
"Dr. Sowell is one of the most effective and hard-working executives I've ever worked with. He is armed with an impressive array of multi-disciplinary knowledge and experience, a powerful drive and an ability to understand challenges and develop the right solutions - both at the strategic and tactical levels (a highly unusual combination). Dr. Sowell has an outstanding record and an impressive resume, with work experience and high level relationships spanning literally the entire world. His friendly and outgoing personality, coupled with advanced level in marketing and sales, make him a formidable executive. There are few doors he cannot open, and once inside there are few deals he cannot close. On a human level, it was a pleasure and a privilege to interact and work with him on a daily basis, and his entire staff had the same opinion. I'd endorse and recommend Dr. Sowell to any senior management and executive and/or sales/marketing position without any reservations."- Posted on LinkedIn 23 Oct 2009
"I have worked with Bill since the early 90's in a number of capacities (including being his direct manager on more than one occasion). I have found Bill to be a very dedicated and hard working staff member with drive to always do the best. He has a broad business knowledge of the transportation industry both in the North America and Internationally. He would be a great addition to any team in a number of different roles/responsibilities."- Posted on LinkedIn 6 Oct 2009
"Dr. Bill Sowell demonstrates and uncanny ability to dissect complicated business problems into their core elements and then develop effective solutions for each of these. He is an exceptionally clear thinker in both business and technical areas. His commitment to his work is unstinting. He would be a welcome member of my team any time."- Posted LinkedIn 19 Oct 2009
"I have had the pleasure to know Dr. Sowell for more than ten years. He is the consummate professional, and an outstanding communicator that fully empowers and supports his team to achieve their greatest potential, in terms of corporate ROI and personal achievement. He is driven to achieve success, and according to Bill, “There are no points awarded for second place”. He is perhaps the finest strategic planning executive I have met internationally. Dr. Sowell and I have co-authored several trade publication articles and professional association speeches, and he is team player that you can count on. I am pleased to pass along my highest recommendation for Bill, as he would be an asset to any organization."- Posted on LinkedIn 6 Oct 2009
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