HOUSTON - Gorilla Safety, provider of an innovative, proprietary and patented software solution that fully automates all aspects of fleet and safety management, announced today that Shannon McLeroy has been promoted to chief operating officer. He had been serving as director of sales, since joining the company in July 2016.

In this newly created role, McLeroy oversees all aspects of day-to-day operations for the Company as well as its sales initiatives. The position was created to aid Gorilla Safety in its future growth and expansion.

McLeroy has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology business development arena. For the past year, he led sales for Gorilla Safety, helping to bolster growth, and taking the company from startup to a key player in mobile fleet and safety management.

Before joining Gorilla Safety last year, McLeroy led the Houston office of Innovative Management Solutions Inc., a Dallas-based IT management company, where he oversaw a range of scalable projects using the company’s IT solutions, talent and resources. He also was a relationship manager at SMBology, Inc. in Houston, an IT firm offering strategic consulting, user experience design and application development. Earlier, McLeroy founded ClearWorks, a Houston-based technology product development company. As the chief operating officer of ClearWorks, he ran day-to-day operations, growing the company from a startup to $32.5 million in revenue with 250 employees in four cities, before merging the entity he had taken public and sold to Eagle Wireless.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Shannon’s expertise on our management team. He is a proven, successful leader, who, since joining our Company, has helped shape and grow our business. He has led our sales efforts and helped drive much of our recent growth through his leadership and expertise. We look forward to the contributions he will make as COO,” said Mark Walton, Gorilla Safety co-founder and chief executive officer.

Johnson added: “Shannon has proven his abilities to our team, and during the past year, h has demonstrated his operational leadership abilities and sales acumen. His impact on our business in this short period of time earned him this new role, and his capabilities in assisting in managing our business will bode well for our future growth and market penetration in the fleet and safety management space.”

“During the past year of my tenure with Gorilla Safety, we have been able to achieve rapid growth in both our white label-branded solutions and through direct sales channels. This has helped take the Company to new levels, and Gorilla Safety is fast-emerging the key solution within the fleet management space. We have a revolutionary solution that offers the marketplace the ability to manage all functions necessary to fleet safety from a mobile device, making it easy for them to ensure they are adhering to regulations, operating safely and following relevant protocols. There are many more growth opportunities on the horizon for Gorilla Safety, and I look forward to helping to positively influence the future of this innovative company and our distinctive offering,” said McLeroy.

McLeroy, a resident of Cypress, Texas, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Lacrosse University in Covington, Louisiana. He holds a range of IT certifications across myriad software solutions and hardware competencies.