company: leadership team

Dan Yingst – President & CEO

Mr. Yingst was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at RedZone since October 2012. He has been responsible for the P&L, managing all Sales, Operations, Engineering and Development functions. As the COO, he has led the company to double digit growth and has implemented the processes for future growth. Prior to joining RedZone, Mr. Yingst had previous senior management positions within Siemens (OTCMKTS:SIEGY) for ten years. In his last role there he was the Vice President of Finance for Siemens Water Technologies where he established and led the organization’s financial operations in 48 countries, with full P&L responsibility. In this role, Mr. Yingst managed all financial and operational performance, established and implemented six global operational centers of excellence, and put in place key performance indicators to track and measure results. During this time, the organization achieved over 100% growth in orders, revenue and operating margin. He has specific experience in the U.S. and international water/wastewater market, has been involved in numerous international and domestic acquisitions and integrations and had a lead role in the development of a consolidated US entity focused on the industrial and municipal markets. Mr. Yingst holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Lebanon Valley College where he was a Presidential scholar.

Justin Starr, Ph.D. – CTO

Dr. Starr has been involved with RedZone's data analytics, engineering and software teams since 2015. He is responsible for coordinating the development of RedZone's fleet of robots, asset management software and suite of premium reports. Under his direction, the company has released ICOM V4, the SuperMD Platform, and the Mantis, a custom robot for inspecting refractory lines. Dr. Starr's teams have made significant improvements in manufacturability of components by investing in additive manufacturing, and have worked closely with local universities to draw industry-wide conclusions across RedZone's millions of feet of collected data. They have successfully migrated several of RedZone's back-end systems to a hybrid cloud. Justin earned his B.S. in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia in 2009, and his M.S. & Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Justin is certified in PACP and WRc and has been recognized as an Associate Water Asset Manager from the Buried Asset Management Institute - International. Prior to joining RedZone, Justin worked on defense robotics for QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group, and was the Lead R&D Scientist for PreScouter, Inc., a technology scouting firm. Dr. Starr is a co-author of 9 peer-reviewed publications and a co-inventor listed on 5 U.S. Patents (pending). 

William Paines - Corporate Controller

Mr. Paines has been the Corporate Controller and Treasurer of RedZone since February 2017 and is responsible for the Balance Sheet, Human Resources, and all Accounting functions. Previously he served as Manager of Sales Operations where his major responsibilities were Sales Pricing,  Sales Strategies, and Contract negotiation.  Prior to joining RedZone Mr. Paines held several senior management positions within  Siemens Medical Solutions, spanning 23 years in both in the UK and the USA. His last position was in the US as Director of Strategic Accounts responsible for contracts and pricing for Revenue in excess of $900mm. His final position, prior to joining RedZone, was Director of Global Sales Operations at Siemens Water Technologies .

Mr. Paines earned  Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree from Buckinghamshire New University in Accounting, and Economics (Diplom Kaufmann – Fachhochschule Osnabrueck) and is fluent in German.

Sam Cancilla - VP of Business Development

Sam Cancilla is the Vice President of Business Development of RedZone Robotics Inc. and is based out of the world headquarters of the Pittsburgh, PA Office. He has over 25 years of experience in the water and wastewater trenchless technology industry from pipeline inspection to various inspection and rehabilitation technologies including cured-in place pipe rehab, pipe bursting, cement-mortar lining, in both gravity and pressure pipes. In addition, Mr. Cancilla has been involved with the development and implementation of the Responder multi-sensor robotic platform for advanced pipeline condition assessment and Solo autonomous pipeline inspection robot and is named on several patents for such innovative technologies. In addition, Mr. Cancilla has been involved with the condition assessment in over 30,000,000 LF in over 300 of the largest major US and Canadian cities in excess of millions LF of both of large and small diameter pipes using the Responder and Solo robotic systems. He has a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a member of various industry groups including NASSCO, ASTM, AWWA, NASST,WEA, WEF and others.    


At RedZone, we believe that managing wastewater assets is about managing data.  We have the leading edge products to get all the data for your system and provide the asset management, decision-support software to make that data useful.

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