When Leadership Middle Tennessee (LMT) president Lee Rucks accepted the invitation to share a ride with Hytch, driver Carissa Biele had some tricks in mind.

But Carissa’s infamous trivia challenge didn’t stump her rideshare partner Rucks.

In her role as an organizer of Middle Tennessee leaders, Rucks pays close attention to the concerns of leaders in all ten LMT member counties.  LMT is an organization dedicated to regional thinking in exploring issues facing this area. Its mission is to educate key decision makers to advance our quality of life.  The goal is to equip each new class with the tools and connections needed to make a difference as graduates.

Counted among the graduates of LMT’s 2016 class is the Co-founder and CEO of Hytch, Mark A. Cleveland.  Cleveland’s experience in the organization played a big role in his drive to create a practical, technology-driven option to help alleviate congestion in Middle Tennessee.

“I was inspired by a consistent concern expressed in every single county regarding the stress of congestion, the crazy cost of transportation infrastructure and real workforce mobility issues,” Cleveland says. “Rewarding good transit decisions – like sharing a ride to work – that’s the single straightest path to defend clean air and defeat traffic.”

And that’s exactly what Hytch plans to do through incentivizing rider sharers, both drivers and passengers. Business leaders appreciate how incentives and rewards work. That’s why companies like Nissan, Sprint and Franklin Synergy Bank, have partnered with Hytch Rewards to pay you cash for sharing a ride.

The Nashville Technology Council agrees, recently recognizing the company as the 2018 Emerging Company of the Year.

Rucks suffers her own daily commute, which can sometimes double during rush hour.  She was quite happy to take her car off the road by Hytchin’ with Carissa.

“I love the carpool idea obviously, the bus, any type of mass transit,” she says, acknowledging the importance of every individual in leading the charge.

By 2030, vehicle traffic in Tennessee will increase by 20%, and Rucks, alongside more than 500 influential LMT alumni, expect to have an impact on this trend.  

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.