Management Team

Meet the Team

Lumin8’s strong and diverse management team includes nationally recognized experts in ITS systems, specialty systems, traffic signals, and traffic monitoring. We have a long history of holding ourselves to the highest ethical and quality standards, focused on developing and sustaining long-term partnerships.

Randy Biskeborn

Chief Executive Officer

Randy has more than seven years of experience as a CFO and CEO in the manufacturing and traffic industry, and 20-plus years of experience in a wide variety of positions as a commissioned officer in the U.S. military. His daily focus is on managing the company’s overall operations and driving profitability, without compromising safety or sacrificing quality. Randy utilizes a participative style of leadership and values a wide array of input during the decision-making process. Honesty and integrity are core tenants to Randy’s leadership philosophy. He strives to foster a company culture of creativity, innovation, and trust.

Douglas Freyta

Chief Operating Officer

Doug has more than 34 years of experience in the traffic signal and ITS industry. He has held a variety of leadership positions of continually increasing responsibility. Currently, he oversees field operations for Lumin8 with a focus on operational excellence. As he is responsible for multiple programs, Doug sets high standards for his team and focuses on efficiently completing projects and goals within their respective timeframes. Doug leads and works with a diverse team of highly skilled professionals who have a strong desire to provide quality traffic signal construction and maintenance, ITS services, and a full spectrum of traffic engineering offerings and operational support.

Richard (Rich) T. Hoke

Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Rich has been active in the transportation industry – including aviation, roadway systems and maritime – for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been involved in traffic monitoring and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Rich has served in roles ranging from VP Systems Engineering to Chief Operating Officer to Chief Executive Officer and Non-Executive Vice Chairman. He has led business and corporate development with various enterprises, with a focus on technical excellence by offering “value-added” systems solutions to customers. His prior experience has ranged from start-ups to a Fortune 50 company, with progressive levels of responsibility. He has supported and developed medium- and long-term strategies and vision for the technology-based businesses, driving strategies that developed clear competitive differentiation.

David Swales

Senior Vice President of Business Development

David has more than 15 years of experience in the ITS industry. He founded his own company in 2007, and grew the company to be one of the industry leaders in the southeastern U.S., providing both ITS construction and maintenance services. In 2020, David’s company merged to form Lumin8, which expanded the company’s reach to a national level. His strength is bringing innovation and implementation to the forefront, with a key focus to identify advanced technologies to solve common transportation problems that benefit the customer and the end users. Today, David works with a diverse team with a rich background in transportation construction, maintenance, and engineering services.

David Newman

Vice President of Technology

David has more than 25 years of experience in the ITS and traffic monitoring industry. David’s responsibilities include developing and supporting critical ITS and traffic data programs, and managing the engineering function in support of these operations. David’s technical background includes significant expertise as a Technical Program Manager and as a Senior Electronics Technician, with experience in a wide variety of ITS and traffic monitoring devices and their associated communication systems. In his current role, he directs resources to support technical field operations, ensuring the highest standards of quality and performance, while serving as a technical expert in support of company operations and customer requirements.

David Ludwig, P.E.

Vice President of Eastern Region

David has worked on transportation technology related projects for more than 20 years, developing and enhancing maintenance programs to transform customers’ ideas into real-world working solutions. David currently manages all Lumin8 operations in the northeast region of the United States. He has previous experience managing operations nationwide and is capable of monitoring programs on a hands-on and remote basis. He has successfully initiated and managed maintenance and installation programs for ITS and traffic monitoring systems for both highway and signalized corridor applications. David seeks to establish a collaborative, partnering approach with customers, ensuring programs are successful for all stakeholders over the long term.

David St. John, P.E.

Vice President of Southern Region

David is an experienced professional civil engineer with over 30 years of success in overseeing all phases of multimillion-dollar projects for government and private-sector clients, including transportation infrastructure, ITS, heavy construction, land development and public works. David has a hands-on management style, in which he is present and aware of the day-to-day processes of every individual he is responsible for, so he can provide support and oversight as needed. With his background, David is able to provide support as a subject matter expert to many areas throughout the company, including ITS, signals, planning and design, and transportation data. As the Vice President of Southern Operations, he oversees the execution of all ITS contracts in support of departments of transportation throughout the southern United States. He leads a diverse group of professional and technical staff who deliver quality construction, installation, and maintenance services that are always on time and on budget.