By design Avail has remained a small company that stays focused on providing cost effective engineering services and cutting edge technologies to our target market of transit operators with 350 vehicles or less.
Behind the scenes at Avail is a staff with more than 300 years of combined experience of working with transit professionals throughout North America and the world, to design, develop and adopt technology solutions, which provide the features and benefits that improve daily operations. This experience has not only taught Avail how to maximize the positive results that can be achieved through technology adoption, but it has allowed us the opportunity to perfect our approach to systems integration.
Avail's Executive Team
Dorsey E. Houtz President / CEO
Dorsey is President and CEO of Avail Technologies and one of the original founders of the company. He founded the company with a vision of providing Intelligent Transportations Systems (ITS) solutions specifically focused on meeting the needs of public transit properties running 350 vehicles or less. Dorsey leads by a few very simple credos: our advanced cutting edge technologies need to be accessible, easy-to-use, and designed around how our customers work; treat our customers as partners and take the time to understand their unique needs; and lastly, always be nothing less than open and honest with our customers. Under his consistent leadership, Avail has grown to be the nation’s leading provider of ITS solutions for this market and we have never wavered from our original company vision. Dorsey remains active in the day-to-day activities of the company providing guidance to ensure we continually strive to achieve that perfect balance of technology and customer service and that we always measure success in terms of the great things our customers are able to achieve with the solutions we provide.
Dorsey lives in Stormstown, PA with his wife Sherri, his daughter Cass, and his dog Toby. When not working, Dorsey enjoys spending time at his mountain house, travelling, and camping and boating on the lake with his family.
Kevin McKay Vice President, Programs Development
Kevin leads Avail’s Programs Development department and is responsible for ensuring the successful adoption of technology solutions by our Avail family of customers. His department includes the Programs Management, Systems Engineering, and Field Engineering groups, to ensure that every aspect of our systems integration and deployment services are built on a foundation of understanding our customer’s needs and how they do business. Kevin has over twenty years of experience as a project manager, systems engineer, and hardware engineer, in all phases of the project from analyzing the customer’s needs to defining the system architecture to selecting and procuring the appropriate technologies and finally the successful installation and deployment of the system. Through these roles Kevin has gained extensive knowledge of transit technologies and how they are best applied by our transit customers to ensure they achieve the goals that led them to adopt the technologies in the first place. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio Northern University, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from John Hopkins University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Baltimore.
Kevin lives in Huntingdon, PA with his wife Judy, sons Sean, Corey and Ryan, and dog Sammy. Kevin and Judy have a son Kyle who lives in North Carolina and a Daughter Kellie who lives in Virginia. Kevin is very involved in Scouting and his church and enjoys spending time hiking, backpacking and boating with his family.
Rick Spangler Vice President, Customer Relations
Rick leads Avail’s Customer Relations department and is responsible for fostering and maintaining long lasting relationships with our Avail family of customers. His department includes the Business Development, Engineering Development, and Customer Solutions groups, to ensure that our approach to sales, product development, and training and support services are all focused on understanding and meeting our customer’s needs to their complete satisfaction. In his long tenure with Avail, Rick has served as a Program Manager and the Business Development Manager, with hands-on experience doing everything from test engineering and product development, to customer support and training, providing him with extensive knowledge of the transit industry and unique insight into the needs of our customers. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Millersville University.
Rick lives in Bellefonte, PA with his wife Lorin, son Alex, daughter Bailey, dogs Joey and Chandler, and cat Jordan. Rick is a movie buff and enjoys golf, hiking, mountain biking, and road cycling, and spending time with his family.
Jeffrey Pogue Vice President, Operations
Jeff serves as Vice President of Operations with responsibility for finance, budgets, administration, human resources, corporate information technology and production. Jeff joined Avail in January 2010 as Director of Finance and assumed his current role in January 2011 when co-founder Michael Lynn retired. Jeff has over thirty years of progressive financial experience, mostly in the manufacturing, healthcare and utilities markets. Jeff is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of both the American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University.
Jeff lives in Stormstown, PA with his wife Judy and their golden retriever, Tessa. His two boys, Tom and Jason, have graduated college and are working and living in New York City and St. Louis. Jeff enjoys playing ice hockey and golf in his spare time, two passions of his for over 40 years.