The Autoventions Team

Michael Burns, MBA President, Board of Director
Michael spent 10 years at ATT and Nortel Networks in various sales, marketing and management positions. In his last position at Nortel, he is a Director of International Accounts, reporting to the Vice President.  He starts Burns Novelty and Toy Co. in 1998.  He applies the corporate structure to his own venture and the company grew in revenues experientially until he sells the company in 2000.  Since then he has been involved with numerous new product launches, consulting for new companies and has acted as CEO and CFO of various companies.  He has overseen manufacturing in several countries and has done business in Brazil, England, Australia, India, Dubai and Europe. He is responsible for overall company planning, profit and loss and customer satisfaction.

Tammy Cyphert, Chief Operations Officer
Tammy Cyphert brings 28 years of global technology business operations experience to the COO role. (Prior) She held VP positions in Sales, Marketing, Technology and Manufacturing at Intel Corporation.  She possesses a broad knowledge of global customer and supply chain management. Tammy is responsible for our overall company operations and services.

Terry Woodruff, Director Government and International Sales
Over forty years of combined frontline business experience. Terry has a broad and unique business profile that includes beginning his business career in Sacramento in the 1970’s. After California State University at Sacramento, Terry joined the American National Insurance Company and quickly rose to national prominence and became the District Manager of what would become the Northern California Region. In 2005 Terry’s business acumen and growth strategies lead to the development and ownership of a Lodi winery, M2 Vintners Inc., that has recently received three gold, two silver and a Best of Class award from the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle wine review. His daily management efforts include creating and developing an international and domestic sales team.

Dave Robb, Regional Sales Director – Internet Marketing
35 Years experience in Marketing and Sales. Internet development in all aspects. Development and sales of unique products from inception to availability on the open market.. Wholesale and retail product distribution with franchises, independents and chain markets. Coordination of sales teams and business development planning. Working with many major companies in several areas from production to distribution.

Marc Plante, Inventor and Master Technician
Marc Plante is the inventor of two products sold by Autoventions, the Trailer Sentry and the Automatically Applied Braking System.  The products are patented technologies Marc developed after recognizing needs in the transportation industry for safety and anti-theft devices.  Marc is a Master Technician with over 35 years experience working on gasoline and diesel engines. Marc supports customer technical issues and trains customer’s technical personnel.

Brian Cyphert, Director Research and Development
After receiving his degree in Aerospace engineering, Brian was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy.  He went on to earn his wings after an additional two years of flight training, later serving as a Mission Commander and Tactical Coordinator aboard P-3 Orion anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Upon leaving the Navy, Brian joined Intel’s Chipset Division as a Component Design Engineer, focusing on auto-place and route, floor planning, full-chip integration and verification of large custom ASICs.