About Us

Our mission is to make same-day delivery better for businesses and delivery professionals through improved control, visibility, reliability and efficiencies provided by the TUYA platform.

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At TUYA, we’re building a business to solve the challenges facing same-day, local delivery.

TUYA Technologies is a tech company founded in Houston that is transforming the business-to-business, same-day delivery industry.

Our digital marketplace platform connects businesses directly with a fleet of qualified delivery professionals for same-day delivery, stripping away inefficiencies and providing new opportunities for businesses and delivery professionals alike. Businesses place their delivery orders either online or via our mobile app, and qualified delivery professionals accept the ones that fit well into their existing route and schedule.

This direct connection reduces delivery costs for businesses while improving the delivery experience for businesses and delivery professionals.

But we don’t stop there. We also have features that help businesses use same-day delivery as a differentiator to drive growth. And, we’ve built programs to create opportunities for delivery professionals to make more money than they would with conventional delivery services.

It’s simple. It’s empowering. It’s sophisticated. It’s TUYA.

“In order to be a successful digital platform, TUYA treats both businesses and delivery professionals as our customers.”

John OrenCEO

The right experience to transform the same day, local delivery.

Decades of same-day delivery experience
Track record of multiple successful start-ups
History of scaling multiple companies to over $1B
Breadth and depth of tech development experience
Completed 20 exits, including five IPOs
Many on team have worked together before with great success

Our founder, John Oren, is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of success starting and scaling businesses in the logistics space, including same-day delivery. He has disrupted industries through innovation and assembled a team to do the same in the local, same-day delivery space. Our team has decades of same-day delivery experience paired with the software engineering chops to raise the bar of what’s possible with same-day delivery.

Delivery professionals can use our driver app to choose the deliveries they want to do – deliveries that are convenient and fit their schedule. They can accept multiple orders at once and let our platform automatically optimize their route, so they make as much as possible. We have designed a platform that works for the delivery professional, not the other way around.

For businesses, we’ve put ourselves in your shoes to build a desktop and mobile app with features that melt away the frustration and stress that often come with same-day deliveries. Businesses can use TUYA to reduce their delivery costs by connecting directly with delivery professionals and avoiding the middleman costs charged by conventional delivery services. They can create groups of preferred drivers, enjoy real-time tracking visibility and connect directly with drivers, saving time and money. These are just a few benefits TUYA offers businesses needing same-day delivery, and we’re adding new features all the time to keep pushing the envelope of what’s possible with same-day delivery.

Meet
The Team

TUYA has assembled an outstanding team of entrepreneurs and seasoned executives who have each excelled in his own area.

John Oren

Co-Founder & CEO

John started his first delivery business in Houston in 1977. The company grew rapidly and expanded throughout the Southwest becoming the Eastway Group of Companies. The Eastway Group provided same-day, express delivery distribution services. In 1994, John consolidated his business with other like businesses to form US Delivery Systems, Inc. (NYSE:DLV). As a Founder and Chief Acquisition Officer, John led the effort to make US Delivery Systems the largest same-day, express delivery company in North America. US Delivery Systems was acquired by Corporate Express in 1996.

After leaving US Delivery, John became a Partner at Notre Capital Ventures focusing his attention on replicating US Delivery’s success in other highly fragmented and entrepreneurial-driven industries. Notre Capital was recognized as the undisputed leader of 'rolling up' fragmented industries in the Motor Coach industry (Coach USA), Manufactured Housing (Homes USA), HVAC (Comfort Systems USA) Heavy-Duty Truck Parts Distribution (Transportation Components USA), to name a few.

Most recently, John, with his son, Josh formed SandBox Logistics LLC based upon the over sixty-five patents granted to them related to the transportation, storage and delivery of frac sand into the hydraulic fracturing process. With their highly creative heavy equipment (including truck chassis, conveying and dust collection systems and rail cars), John and Josh were able to rapidly dominate the frac sand supply chains while eliminating dangerous clouds of silica dust emitted from the conventional methods.

Today, John’s entire focus is once again trained on the same-day, express delivery industry with the formation of TUYA Technologies. Serving as its CEO, John is introducing and applying new and highly innovative technology in order to change the way business and delivery professionals interact with one another to get parcels, packages and pallets moved rapidly across our cities.

Tobias Read

Executive Vice President

Tobias was one of the first members of the TUYA team joining just after its launch in early 2016. As Executive Vice President, Tobias is fully accountable for all aspects of building, operating and growing TUYA. Tobias works closely with the CEO, John Oren including setting the strategy, raising capital and completing acquisitions.

Tobias brings to TUYA Technologies a distinguished career in executive management. He has been the chief executive of four successful companies in the last fifteen years. His accomplishments include numerous mergers, acquisitions and exits. He has a track record of impressive turnarounds, diversifications, start-ups and fast growth.

Most recently Tobias was involved in creating Airswift. Tobias started as CEO of Swift Worldwide Resources which was a multi-regional staffing business. Through organic growth and a substantial merger with Air Energi, Tobias created a global business with operations in 50 countries, annual revenues of $1.3bn. Airswift became the largest provider of engineering outplacement to the Oil & Gas industry.

Tobias started his career with Accenture and then spent the next 20 years gaining experience in all area of IT. Starting as a software programmer, Tobias progressed from project manager to account manager, then operational manager and eventually all the way to CEO of a 500-person company. Tobias has provided world-class leadership and direction to companies in all stages of growth, development and market presence.

Brandon Bienvenu

Chief Marketing Officer

Brandon serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at TUYA Technologies and brings a track record of impact to the team. Prior to TUYA, Brandon was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on Marketing & Sales and Strategy. While at McKinsey, he partnered with management teams in B2B industries, including distribution, to deliver run rate EBITDA improvement of $370M. He also crafted portfolio and growth strategies with EBITDA improvement potential of up to $1.3B for companies across multiple end markets. Prior to McKinsey, Brandon worked in KPMG’s Audit Practice where he earned his CPA, and then as a consultant with IBM. He graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science and a Master of Accounting. He also earned his MBA from The University of Virginia, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class.

Leo Hergenroeder

Chief Operating Officer

Leo serves as Chief Operating Officer of TUYA Technologies. Prior to TUYA, Leo led performance improvement projects and acquisition integrations for Vitol (the world’s largest independent oil trader), reporting to their COO, Americas.

Prior to Vitol, Leo was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, where he focused on Operations and Strategy projects for Energy and Industrials clients in North America and Australia.

Leo graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Economics. He also earned his MBA from the University of Virginia, where he received the William Michael Shermet Award (awarded to the top 5% of each class).

Steve Blum

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining TUYA Technologies, Steve was involved in the formation and management of several startup operations in healthcare, entertainment and distribution. He has also held management roles in acquisitions, business development, accounting and finance with several public companies.

Most recently Steve served as the EVP and was a founder of a genetic testing laboratory with operations in Houston and Honolulu. Steve led the acquisition effort and daily management of several wholesale and retail auto parts businesses in the Hawaiian Islands that were later successfully sold to a large national automotive parts retailer. Steve also served as senior vice president of corporate development with TransCom USA. He was a senior vice president with Notre Capital Ventures, specializing in the consolidation of highly fragmented industries. Steve was manager of acquisitions for US Delivery Systems (NYSE – “DLV”) where he was instrumental in the acquisition of 73 delivery companies across the United States.

Tim Koch

VP - Product

With 30 years of executive experience, Tim brings a strong business and technical systems related background to TUYA as the VP of Product Development. With a background in computer science, his current role allows him to apply his diversified technical and entrepreneurial experience to guide new functionality for the TUYA platform while aligning the development team toward TUYA’s success.

Previously, he was CFO at Iconixx Corporation, a consulting firm recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in the country. Afterward, he cofounded Iconixx Software, a SaaS business focused on sales performance management.

Beyond TUYA and Iconixx, Tim has held leadership positions or consulted to various tech, communications and service businesses including building the first offshore cellular system in the Gulf of Mexico, a joint venture between two Fortune 100 companies. He worked across all areas to help design, find solutions, and establish a business in an unexplored sector like developing and deploying an offshore payphone program.

Charles Davenport

VP – Operations

Charlie is a veteran of the same day delivery industry with more than thirty years of owner/operator experience. His delivery career started in 1983 at Austin Delivery Service. As a co-Owner of Austin Delivery he grew and developed the business until selling to Eastway Delivery Service. After the sale, Charlie continued to operate the Austin division of Eastway and in 1994 participated in the formation of US Delivery which became the largest same day delivery company in the country.

In 1998 Charlie joined Avatar Technology a (DOT Com era) web development firm with offices in Austin, TX and New York City. His time with Avatar Technology helped him develop an understanding of the software development process.

In 2002 Charlie rejoined the logistics industry and since then has run a variety of trucking companies including Intermodal, LTL, FTL and Pool Distribution companies. In his leadership roles he has worked extensively with Independent Contractors and is well positioned to ensure that the driver experience in TUYA attracts and retains the best and most qualified drivers in our service areas. His extensive knowledge of the entire logistics industry combined with his software development experience uniquely position him to provide guidance to the development of TUYA.