Hart Management Team

Phillip Braithwaite

President & Chief Executive Officer

Since joining Hart in 2001 Phillip has held a variety of executive roles, including sales & marketing, strategic planning, and general management. He has been a driving force behind the company’s product portfolio, strong customer acquisition, passionate customer satisfaction, and profitable growth that has transformed Hart into an established market leader.

Phillip has worked in the state and local technology industry since 1999. He came to Hart from Dell Inc., where he held leadership positions across multiple business disciplines.

Phillip holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.


Julie Mathis

CFO & Chief Operating Officer

Julie joined Hart in 2014 with over twenty years’ experience in progressive global finance leadership roles, most recently serving as Vice President of Finance at Dell, Inc. while based in the United States, Europe and Asia.

As Hart’s COO, Julie also serves as the company’s CFO and oversees the controller, finance, human resources, information systems, supply chain, contract administration, operations and customer-critical services functions. Mathis brings a multitude of executive-level experience driving profitable growth and process optimization while supporting sales, operations, and corporate functions. Previously, she held positions at Arthur Andersen and Century Telephone Company.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Jim Canter

Vice President, Engineering

Jim joined Hart in 2012 as Vice President, Engineering with over twenty-five years of systems development, engineering management, and strategic planning experience. Jim is responsible for product development, sustaining and production engineering, as well as Federal certification for all Hart Voting System products.

Prior to joining Hart, Jim served as Vice President of Engineering for Crane Merchandising Systems, a $200M division of Crane Co, responsible for global engineering activities across all vending machine platform development, including mechanical, electronics, firmware, quality, regulatory, and enterprise applications development. Prior to Crane, Jim served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Isochron, leading development for a multi-tiered SaaS intelligent vending management solution, focused on wireless-based supply logistics, credit card processing, and mobile workforce computing systems. Previously, Jim held numerous executive positions at ObjectSpace, a provider of webservices management applications for Business-to-Business infrastructure solutions, ADAC Laboratories, where he was responsible for software operations and product development for nuclear medicine biomedical applications, and Storage Dimensions, focused on high-end fault tolerant storage systems.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.


Ron Clevenger

Vice President, Sales

Ron joined Hart in 2012 as Vice President of Sales with over fifteen years of sales leadership experience in both public and private technology companies ranging from $1 million to $2 billion in annual sales. Ron is recognized as a skillful leader in defining, building and optimizing sales organizations (including lead generation, inside sales and field sales) to rapidly scale. Ron’s expertise is in the B2G and B2B markets centered on enterprise level, multi-faceted software and hardware solutions.

Prior to Hart, Ron served as Vice President of Sales for Balihoo, a venture backed, expansion stage, SaaS marketing automation company. Before Balihoo, Ron held multiple executive leadership positions at Micron, Segue Software, and Single Point Solutions.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University.


Pete Lichtenheld

Vice President, Customer Success

As Vice President of Customer Success, Pete Lichtenheld oversees and coordinates timely and accurate delivery of numerous customer-critical services. His management of Government Affairs, Ballot Production Services, Technical Services, Professional Services and the Customer Support Center is key to customers receiving the voting system components, services and on-going support they need.

Prior to joining Hart in 2001, Pete gained years of experience in training people of every level, from kindergarten to doctoral level students. This experience was valuable to his development of Hart’s comprehensive voting system training programs that benefit election officials, poll workers, and technicians in thousands of jurisdictions across the country. Pete has worked as team leader in all aspects of Hart’s elections business. He was instrumental in organizing Hart’s Customer Support Center. His hands-on work with product documentation led to recording and improving Hart’s supply chain and equipment management procedures.

Pete received a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Beloit College in Wisconsin. He has also graduated from the Certified Elections/Registration Administrator/Vendor program with The Election Center.


Steven Sockwell

Vice President, Marketing

Steven joined Hart in 2013, bringing over 17 years of cross-functional Marketing leadership experience. Steven’s background includes hands-on experience and leadership with strategic planning, RFP response, event management, corporate branding, product marketing, eCommerce, demand generation, database marketing, Sales enablement, analytics, and internal communications.

Prior to Hart, Steven served in a variety of executive leadership positions across many areas of Dell, with a special focus on driving significant growth in the public and private mid-market space. Prior to Dell, Steven was an Account Executive with VanKampen American Capital mutual funds.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.