Tom Axbey: Closing Remarks
Reflecting on Nine Years as President and CEO of Rave Mobile Safety
APRIL 1, 2008
I still remember not wanting to start my first day on April 1, 2008!
As I reflect, 9 years later – I am immensely proud of what the Rave team has built and how we have been instrumental to so many customers in their preparedness and response continuum. From having 26 Higher Education Customers then in 2008 – to becoming the trusted standard for mass notification today, with over 1700 Higher Education institutions using Rave Alert to keep their students, faculty and staff informed of anything that may affect the safety and well-being of their campus community. Thousands of municipalities and corporations also see the benefits of utilizing the Rave Alert system as they too have a duty of care to their people and need to leverage multiple communication channels during any incident.
Realizing the trend of mobile phone ubiquity, in 2010 the Rave team brought to market Smart911 – a way for citizens to provide additional data about themselves to 9-1-1 call takers in the event of an emergency. The Rave product team soon realized the critical nature of driving additional data and communication methods to 9-1-1 through the impact of Smart911 across the country. Today, Smart911 is just one feature of a revolutionary service called the Rave 911 Suite. The Rave 911 Suite incorporates Smart911 Safety Profiles, facility data, location data, notes for call takers, and the ability to deliver a text to any mobile 9-1-1 caller.
We are very proud of the lifesaving impact Rave technology has had in thousands of municipalities and organizations nationwide. By taking lessons learned and leveraging the Rave Critical Data and Communications platform, the Rave team brought to market the Rave Panic Button mobile application system in 2016 – now deployed by thousands of K-12 school systems across the US.
It has been an honor these past 9 years to engage with, learn from and experience the public safety and preparedness ecosystem at every level. Our customers have always shaped our product innovation through honest feedback and guidance about how to match our vision and technology with their operational best practices.
None of this would be possible without the immensely talented Rave Team. Rave employees embrace working for a mission-based Company that builds impactful products; they work tirelessly to strive for excellence in every facet of the business. And, most importantly, have built a corporate culture of trust, transparency, care and humor! One such employee of over 11 years is known to many of you – Todd Piett. Todd’s vision, passion, work ethic and care have helped grow the organization into the fast and reliable working engine it is today. With that, it is without hesitation that I publicly congratulate Todd Piett as the new President and CEO of Rave Mobile Safety. In unison, I officially stepped down to become an official board member and advisor to the Company as I embark on other endeavors.
This is an exciting time for Rave as we grow on every level – organically, through mergers and acquisitions, expanding into new markets, extending our product portfolio, as well as integrate our solutions with key partners such as Intermedix and RapidSoS.
Todd Piett has the skills and experience to drive Rave to the next level of growth and most importantly – continue the focus we have always had on listening to and building great products for Rave’s fantastic customers!