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Nick West

To:
Fixed Ops Magazine
Title/Position:
Publisher
From:
Fixed Ops Magazine
Title/Position:
Publisher
Significance:
Nick West has been the publisher of Fixed Ops Magazine for 12 years.

When Nick took over the magazine it was struggling to find its market, an audience, and profitability. Today it has all three with authority and credibility.

Nick performs at least three or more jobs as Publisher, Editor and Advertising Director. Actually, he is responsible for everything that appears in both the printed and digital editions of Fixed Ops as well as in our Fixed Ops Weekly Fix e-newsletter.

Further, he represents the magazine at industry trade shows and events. As Editor, he identifies and works with contributing writers. One of Nick’s major skill sets is his ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with both readers and industry manufacturers/advertisers.

The Annual Fixed Ops Magazine Conference & Expo is staged in Las Vegas in November every year with Nick at the helm.

It all started for Nick at City University of New York or what is known as Queens College with a BA in Communications and Music.

You can place an ad, submit an article, or gain a real insight into Fixed Ops Management by contacting Nick at (714) 803-5476 or Nick@FixedOpsMag.com.
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Todd Rome

To:
MokeAmerica
Title/Position:
Founder
From:
Blue Star Jets
Title/Position:
Founder
Significance:
Todd Rome, Founder of Blue Jets, Launches E-Version of the Moke

You may remember the dynamic New Yorker Wall St.-exec-turned-luxury-travel-entrepreneur, Todd Rome, who founded the private jet travel company Blue Star Jets in the early 2000s.

Todd Rome has moved from a successful venture in luxury jets to launching a newly designed electric version of the World famous Moke vehicle.

Founding Blue Star Jets allowed Todd to travel all over the world. During his visits to places like St. Bart’s and St. Tropez, he found and fell in love with the MOKE vehicles. He then acquired the rights to finally bring the Moke cars home to America in the summer of 2017, thus the beginning of his newest luxury travel business venture, MOKE America.

MOKE America has come home for the newly designed electric version of the Moke car that is being launched the U.S.

The new Moke design has extended leg room and trunk space, a modern sound system, and 8 custom color and stereo options. Its lithium battery can be charged with any standard three-prong North American plug outlet.

The vehicle is expected to be popular from Hawaii to the Hamptons and metro areas of California, Florida and coastal America..

For more information, please visit www.MOKEAmerica.com.

Contact Info:
http://MOKEAmerica.com.

John Tews

To:
The Millerschin Group
Title/Position:
Vice President
From:
J D Power
Title/Position:
PR Manager
Significance:
John Tews Joins The Millerschin Group

Prominent auto iIndustry public relations executive, John Tews, has joined The Millerschin Group (TMG) as a vice president. Tews will work with TMG’s seasoned team of public relations professionals to help maintain the firm’s reputation of award-winning customer service and account management and to support their global and strategic communications.

TMG president Erin Millerschin said about John joining Millerschin:

“He’s a PR professional with a proven record of success in all facets of communications.  His experience and leadership are tremendous assets for our client teams, particularly in the transportation, alternative energy, and life sciences industries.”

  Prior to joining TMG, Tews spent more than 16 years in corporate communications at J.D. Power and Associates in Troy, Mich. He also served as a public affairs officer in the United States Air Force and as a journalist at The Saginaw News.

TMG is a multi-faceted communications company that provides clients with quality, personalized service.“ with a diverse global client base.

  The Millerschin Group is a full-service public relations and marketing communications firm headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich. that provides public relations counsel to a broad range of clients in transportation, industrial, energy, life sciences and entertainment market segments
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Scott Brewer, GM, Spokane Toyota, Autobytel Dealer of the Month




To:
Title/Position:
From:
Toyota Spokane
Title/Position:
General Manager
Significance:






What is the significance of being selected as Autobytel Dealer of the Month?

The Autobytel Dealer Awards Program recognizes exceptional dealers who employ the highest standards in customer service, Internet automotive retail sales and digital lead management processes, and mobile and emerging technologies.

What got Scott to where he is now?

A sustained focus on making difference in dealership management. Experience with 29 years of auto business. Migrated from the East Coast to Spokane area. Prepped by management roles at Lithia, a Subaru store, and Four Rooftops for the Larry H, Miller organization.

How Scott and his dealership team have been successful:

With a digital army behind him, Larry mobilized a team of people who are some of the best in the industry when it comes to digital platforms and managing Google analytics, reviews, and social media.

This Toyota Spokane team with support and culture of the Larry H. Miller dealerships capitalized on the extensive & multiple Autobytel Sales tools, This resulted in enhancing the digital presence of the dealership and enabled the dealership to integrate Google placement, organic search and LeadGen from Autobytel. The Payment Pro platform gave their site a lift by helping prospects and customer to make buy decision based on payments resulting in a high closing rates on from leads.

To have a 23% year-over-year growth in vehicle sales is a testament that Scott and the Spokane dealer team were doing things right.

What has been the role of the Larry H. Miller Organization?

Larry H. Miller Group is over 60 stores strong now and they are deeply engaged in their people. the company culture, and to giving back to the community. All of this made it easy for Scott to build a career and to work for them. Spokane Toyota opened a new state-of-the-art facility at the end of 2016.

What Scott is about personally?

Avid fly fisherman, being a Grandfather, and living in God’s country

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Kyle Bolton, Autobytel Dealer of Year 2016

To:
Newton Motor Group
Title/Position:
Internet Sales Director
From:
Newton Motor Group
Title/Position:
Internet Sales Manager
Significance:
Kyle Bolton, Director of Internet Sales for Newton Motor Group, has been selected as the Autobytel Dealer of the Year for 2016.

This is a significant accomplishment & award for Kyle, Bill Newton, Mike Abbondanza , and the Newton Motor Group because the Autobytel Dealer Awards Program recognizes exceptional #ABTLDealerStars from a competitive field of thousands of automotive retailers who employ the highest standards in digital automotive retail sales, lead management processes and customer service, and a commitment to mobile and emerging technologies.

Kyle and the Newton Motor Group team have proven that they are outstanding in their communications with customers, meeting their customers’ needs, and creating an exceptional car buying experience.

Newton Motor Group, http://www.newtonmotorgroup.com/, is a family-owned auto group that has been serving Tennessee since 2009. The group has four dealerships comprised of five major auto manufacturers including Nissan, Ford, Chevy, Buick, and GMC. Its Nashville-area locations are located in Gallatin and Shelbyville. The auto group serves all of middle Tennessee with a sales distance that speaks to the quality of the group’s shopping experience.

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Larry Gwaltney

To:
Autobytel Spotlight Dealer - Moritz Kia
Title/Position:
Internet Sales Director
From:
Moritz Kia, Ft Worth
Title/Position:
Internet Sales Director
Significance:
Larry Gwaltney of Moritz Kia Fort Worth, is a key part and product of Moritz Kia's focus on education, response times, and customer rapport building, and how dealership initiatives have helped their Internet Sales team achieve success.

The Moritz family of dealerships have been in business for 45 years and is the original Kia dealership in Fort Worth.  The dealership is family-owned and now has two additional Kia dealerships under the Moritz family banner. Moritz Kia offers new and pre-owned Kias and roughly 2/3rd of their business is new car sales.

Larry has been with the dealership for nine years and in their Internet Sales department for five years. serving as the Internet Sales Director for two and half years. He likes working for the Kia brand because Kia has a great reputation and one of the best warranty programs in the industry. 

The Autobytel Dealer Awards Program honors exceptional dealers from a competitive field of thousands of automotive retailers who employ the highest standards in customer service, Internet automotive retail sales and digital lead management processes, and mobile and emerging technologies.

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Jason Muxlow

To:
Gongos, Inc
Title/Position:
Vice President, Technology
From:
Gongos. Inc
Title/Position:
Senior Director of Technology
Significance:
Jason Muxlow has been promoted to VP from a Senior Director status to head Gongos’ technology and IT department, while supporting its data analytics, data sciences and digital methods teams across multiple areas of Gongos’ business.

Jason continues to empower an agile team of developers with backgrounds in web and app design and development, rich media and gaming. As former Senior Director, Technology, his deliberative strengths fuel his ability to consult with teams across the company.

He was spotlighted as Technology Leader in Survey Magazine's March 2015 issue, and holds a B.A. in Management Information Systems & minor in Computer Science from Oakland University.

What is Gongos and What is the company about? Gongos, Inc. is a decision intelligence company that partners with Global 1000 corporations to help build the capability and competency in making great consumer-minded decisions. Gongos brings a consultative approach in developing growth strategies propelled by its clients' insights, analytics, strategy and innovation groups.
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Brian Geitner

To:
Cox Automotive
Title/Position:
President, Media Solutions Group.
From:
Financial Solutions Group at Cox Automotive
Title/Position:
President
Significance:
Cox Automotive Names Brian Geitner President Of Media Solutions Group

Brian Geitner has been named President, Media Solutions Group. As President, Geitner will oversee the company's Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Dealer.com business divisions and brands.

Geitner will begin his new role on August 15, reporting directly to Mark O'Neil, Chief Operating Officer of Cox Automotive. Geitner succeeds Jared Rowe, who is departing the company for a new opportunity outside of the automotive industry.

Since 2015, Geitner was President of Financial Solutions Group at Cox Automotive responsible for the advancement of NextGear Capital. Under Geitner's leadership, NextGear Capital doubled in size, expanded internationally and became a powerful financing option for wholesale and independent dealers. Geitner joined Cox Automotive in 2012 as Chief Executive Officer of Dealer Service Corporation.

Contact Info:
http://www.coxautoinc.com.

John Zazzera

To:
Blueline Associates
Title/Position:
Partner
From:
GE Capital
Title/Position:
President
Significance:
Focus on Financial Services Strategy: Fleet Exec to drive Added Managed Services Division of Blueline Business & IT Consulting

BlueLine Associates has brought in John Zazzera as a Partner to lead the new Managed Services Division, Business Process & Transaction Outsourcing to expand BlueLine’s financial services offerings.

In addition to Managed Services, BlueLine is expanding its business to include Application Development and Support and Staffing.

Zazzera will be focused on the continued growth and global expansion of BlueLine Associates from the company’s new Philadelphia office

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Doug Keim

To:
Manheim
Title/Position:
Sr VP, Client Experience
From:
Manheim
Title/Position:
VP, Strategic Growth
Significance:
Doug Keim has been appointed senior vice president of Client Experience. In this new role, he will develop and execute initiatives designed to improve dealer and commercial client satisfaction and profitability.

In his new position, Keim will leverage his strong background in organizational leadership, global product development, marketing, insights and innovation. He most recently served as Cox Automotive’s vice president of Strategic Growth for the Media Group and was responsible for the management and growth of Trade-In Marketplace and Haystak Digital Marketing.

In response to evolving client needs and marketplace opportunities, Manheim will continue to invest in ways to deliver innovative solutions, greater levels of efficiency and partner with clients for success.

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David Salinas

To:
Lotlinx
Title/Position:
VP Business Analytics
From:
TWBA Chiatt
Title/Position:
AnalytIcs & Digital Strategist
Significance:
LotLinx has named David Salinas VP of Business Analytics. Salinas' will bring a wealth of Google Analytics knowledge and reporting experience that will help LotLinx better serve auto dealers by providing them greater transparency and insight into their data.

Salinis is a graduate of Stanford University who started his career at Google as a Google Analytics Account Manager where, he developed a comprehensive market penetration analysis tool to measure competitive growth and participated in the launch of Google Analytics.

From Google David founded Namuco, became a specialist in web analytics at Designory, and ultimately lead analytics and digital strategy at TBWA/Chiat/Day before coming to LotLinx.

David possesses a command of analytics like few do in the industry, and Lotlinx seeks to leverage this knowledge and skill with data to drive increased business success of their dealer clients.
Contact Info:
http://www.lotlinx.com

Richard Carpentier

To:
AutoVIN
Title/Position:
COO
From:
DATAScan
Title/Position:
Managing Director
Significance:
The AutoVIN leadership team is now led by Richard Carpentier, COO and Senior Vice President of Operations across North America. AutoVIN is part of KAR Auction Services.

A familiar name in the remarketing and vehicle inspection industries in Canada, Carpentier will oversee all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations in Canada and the United States, including field operations, call centers, quality assurance teams, client relations and business development.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, managing operations and business development teams for inspection companies, first for Quadrex/Manders and later for DataScan. He most recently held the position of managing director for DataScan’s Canadian operations. Carpentier will report to Trevor Henderson, Chief Operating Officer for ADESA Canada.

Contact Info:
http://AutoVIN.com

Charlie Vogelheim

To:
TPC Management
Title/Position:
Partner
From:
Vogelheim Enterprises
Title/Position:
CEO
Significance:
TPC Management Company has announced that industry veteran Charlie Vogelheim has joined the firm as a partner.

TPC President, Pierre Pons in making the announcement, stated: “We are delighted that Charlie Vogelheim is joining our team at TPC. Charlie is not only well known in the automotive remarketing industry, but is highly regarded for the insight, expertise, and innovation he has displayed through his thirty-year career.

He brings to our firm a new dimension that can be leveraged across our three platforms: TPC Consulting, ServNet Auctions and Auction Academy.

Contact Info:
http://www.tpcmgt.com

Chris du Toit

To:
Black Book
Title/Position:
Vice President, Product Management
From:
Jacada
Title/Position:
Executive Director, Product Development
Significance:
du Toit joins Black Book from Jacada, Inc., where he was the executive director of Product Management and led the company’s transition from on-premises systems to cloud-based SaaS products. He has worked globally in product development in England, South Africa, and Hong Kong and co-founded a successful technology company that specialized in Web and Enterprise systems architecture and implementation.

He earned a BS in Computer Science from Rhodes University in South Africa and holds a JD from Concord Law School and is admitted for practice in the State Bar of California.
Contact Info:
http://www.blackbook.com

Joe Keadle, Senior Vice President of Operations

To:
Auto Finance Corporation
Title/Position:
Vice President Operatons
From:
Auto Finance Corporation
Title/Position:
VP Operations, West
Significance:
Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), a business unit of KAR Auction Services (NYSE: KAR), has announced that Joe Keadle has been promoted to senior vice president of operations.

Keadle will report directly to John  Hammer, AFC CEO and president.

In his new role, Keadle will oversee all field operational functions including branch operations, sales and training. He will focus on developing, leading and coordinating AFC field operations while assuring the standardization of all operating practices and procedures and will be instrumental in leading AFC’s growth initiatives.

Keadle joined AFC in 2010 as regional manager and in 2011 was promoted to vice president of operations for the west division.

Keadle has more than 20 years of experience and has held a wide variety of positions in the financial services and automotive industries. Prior to joining AFC, he served in a variety of roles for a multi-franchise dealership group including business manager, new car sales manager and used car sales manager. Later he was with Wachovia Bank in Charleston, South Carolina where he developed and managed dealer relationships and was the national floor plan development manager at New South Federal Savings Bank. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the College of Charleston.

Contact Info:
http://DevraCallaghan,DirectorofMarketing,AFCDealer.com

Shane O’Dell

To:
Manheim
Title/Position:
VP, Wholesale Services
From:
Next Gear Capital
Title/Position:
COO
Significance:
While customers rely on Manheim to buy and sell used vehicles, they also look to the company to provide value-added wholesale services.

To help customers take advantage of these services in the most efficient and effective way, Manheim has selected Shane O’Dell as senior vice president of wholesale services, a new role within the company.

Manheim’s wholesale services include vehicle transportation, reconditioning, condition reporting, export and more. He will report to Janet Barnard, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Manheim North America.

Contact Info:
http://www.manheim.com

Kelly Cooper

To:
TenPoint Complete
Title/Position:
Director of Sales and Service
From:
TenPoint Insurance Solutions
Title/Position:
Account Executive
Significance:
Formerly, Cooper was a member of the TenPoint Insurance Solutions team with prior experience as an account executive with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) where she represented the claim and legal solutions of the CSC Financial Service Group. Here she was continuously recognized for exceeding her sales goals and uncovering new revenue opportunities with both existing and new clients.

“As we’ve experienced remarkable growth opportunities, we knew we needed to bring on additional resources”, states Michael Sturgis, partner at TenPoint Complete. “With the addition of an industry veteran like Kelly, TenPoint is poised to continue our expansion while maintaining our personal touch with our customers. We are extremely excited about having Kelly back on our team.” “TenPoint is a well-respected company in the repairer and automotive claims market”, said Kelly Cooper.
Contact Info:
KellyCooperDirectorofSales&ServiceTenPointCompletekcooper@tenpointcomplete.com

Lori Wittman

To:
VinSolutions
Title/Position:
Vice President and General Manager
From:
VinSolutions
Title/Position:
Vice President, Operations
Significance:
Lori Wittman, New Vice President and General Manager at VinSolutions

VinSolutions, a supplier of dealership software tools in the US and a subsidiary of Cox Automotive, has announced that Lori Wittman has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the company, and Sean Stapleton has assumed an expanded role as vice president, sales and marketing.

Wittman moves from her role as vice president of operations, a role she took up last year. Prior to that she was vice president and general manager of Rockwell Transportation in Philadelphia.

In her new role, Wittman will be responsible for all aspects of VinSolutions' business and will become part of the software division executive leadership team.

"Lori is a strong leader with a proven record of success in multiple industries, and her previous experience in operations and technology roles positions her well to drive additional value for our VinSolutions dealers," said Keith Jezek, software division president at Cox Automotive. "I am excited about the experience Lori has brought to VinSolutions, and I am certain her ongoing commitment to customers and employees will enable her to lead our business forward."

Meanwhile, Stapleton has led the VinSolutions sales team since 2009. Before joining VinSolutions, he co-founded two automotive software companies, IMS (which was later acquired by Who's Calling) and Visible Customer.

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Bardo Petersen

To:
Lotlinx
Title/Position:
Vice President of OEM Sales
From:
Black Book
Title/Position:
VP of Sales
Significance:
Lotlinx is targeting vehicle manufacturers. LotLinx, developers of the first DeeplinkingTM automotive retailing technology platform, is pleased to announce the hiring of Bardo Petersen as vice president to target OEM sales. Petersen has nearly three decades of experience in the automotive industry with top-name companies including Black Book, a division of Hearst Business Media Corporation, The Cobalt Group and Carfax.

In his new role, as sales leader to the vehicle manufacturers, Bardo will oversee business development and relationship management of automotive brands to drive aggressive adoption of the LotLinx Deeplinking platform, the first ever VIN-specific inventory advertising technology. Lotlinx directly links car shoppers from search engines and automotive research sites to the vehicle display pages (VDPs) on dealerships’ websites.

Petersen has a proven track record of creating enterprise partnerships with the largest brands in the industry. Most recently, he held the position of vice president of sales for Black Book, where he formed partnerships with General Motors, Ford, Toyota, BMW, Nissan, Hyundai, and others.

Prior to Black Book, he served as director of new business development for The Cobalt Group where he was responsible for selling Cobalt dealer website services to General Motors. Before Cobalt, he held the position of director of new business development for Carfax, where he was directly responsible for creating over 200 Internet partnerships, including with all the major automotive portals.

“In all my years in the automotive industry I’ve never seen a product as revolutionary as LotLinx,” said Petersen. “This is a real game-changer for forward-thinking dealerships and OEMs, which will increase the number of shoppers that go to a dealer’s vehicle display pages, and ultimately reduce the cost to the dealer of getting low-funnel customers into the showroom. I look forward to introducing customers to this phenomenal technology, and to working with an executive team that has such deep and broad industry experience.”

“Bardo excels at creating enduring relationships with great brands, and his development skills will help us expand into this exciting market,” said Dean Evans, LotLinx CEO. “We’re very pleased to have a proven industry veteran join our team and we look forward to having Bardo on board to help take LotLinx to the next level of growth.”

Contact Info:
http://www.lotlinx.com

Kristen Stanton

To:
LotLinx
Title/Position:
VP of Marketing
From:
RepairPal
Title/Position:
VP B2B & Business Development
Significance:
LotLinx has appointed Kristen Stanton as vice president of marketing. She brings more than a decade of experience in the automotive and high-tech industries, have served with such highly regarded firms as ADP, Advance Auto Parts, Dealer.com, Edmunds and others.

In her new role, Stanton will oversee all facets of marketing and public relations to support LotLinx’s aggressive growth goals as its builds its network of dealers using the LotLinx Deeplinking platform, a VIN-specific inventory advertising technology that directly links car shoppers from search engines and automotive research sites to the vehicle display pages (VDPs) on dealership websites.

“LotLinx is one of the most exciting advances in automotive marketing that I’ve seen in years, which is going to be a huge win for both consumers and dealers,” Stanton said. “Car buyers get a seamless online shopping experience, and dealers get direct, exclusive access to a substantial number of low-funnel car buyers who are looking for the inventory on their lot. It’s wonderful to be working with a team of people I have so much respect for and who have created something that is truly revolutionary.”

Stanton has a proven track record with fast-growth companies, according to the company. Most recently, she served at vice president of business-to-business marketing and business development for RepairPal, a leading online resource for auto repair.

Before RepairPal, she provided business development and marketing consulting services to a range of companies in automotive industry. She also served as the business development director for Edmunds. Stanton began her career in the automotive industry as the director of marketing for Dealix, which was acquired by The Cobalt Group.
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John Holt

To:
LotLinx
Title/Position:
VP of Business Development
From:
JWH Consultancy
Title/Position:
Founder
Significance:

LotLinx, developer of the auto industry’s first direct-linking technology platform that connects car shoppers directly with dealership websites, is pleased to announce the appointment of John Holt as vice president of business development.

Holt joins Dean Evans, Steve Pace and Jim Bauman on the executive team and will play an integral part of the company’s success strategy for 2014 and beyond

Before LotLinx, Holt founded the highly-successful agency JWH Consultancy, helping companies within the automotive space develop and bring their products to market rapidly.

Prior to JWH, Holt served as the director of business development at AutoUSA, a subsidiary of AutoNation, helping bring products to market and the inside and outside sales teams together to significantly impact the company’s bottom line during his tenure. Holt’s AutoUSA experience came as a direct result of his time at AutoNation eCommerce.

As vice president of business development, John will be responsible for growing the company’s inventory network, as well as developing partnerships with dealership groups and resellers promoting the LotLinx Vehicle Display Network.

LotLinx is the first ever VIN-specific inventory advertising technology that links consumers shopping on over 135 popular automotive research sites directly to the dealership’s vehicle display page (VDP).
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Dean Evans

To:
LotLinx
Title/Position:
CEO
From:
Subaru of America
Title/Position:
Chief Marketing Officer
Significance:
Dean Evans, former chief marketing officer for Subaru of America Inc., is the new CEO of software company LotLinx Inc., the company said today. He joined the company last week.

Mr. Evans, 45, who left Subaru in May, succeeded Jason Knight, who headed LotLinx since December 2012. Knight has remained with the company as COO. Mr. Evans said in an interview with Ad Age's sister publication Automotive News that LotLinx approached him a few months ago while he was at Subaru.

"It's really exciting to go from a corporate job to a smaller company," Mr. Evans said. "I've been assessing the business model, the go-to-market plan and the new growth strategy."

LotLinx -- launched online in October 2013 -- provides a technology platform that directly links car shoppers from search engines and automotive research sites to dealership listings, avoiding lead forms on third-party sites such as AutoTrader.com and Cars.com.

In September 2011, he took the chief marketing officer spot at Subaru. As chief marketing officer, Mr. Evans implemented innovative digital marketing strategies, such as Google paid search ads, to direct consumer traffic from competitors. As LotLinx CEO, he will oversee strategic direction, customer relations and the company's Vehicle Display Network.

"LotLinx is the first disruptive technology marketing product that I have seen in the last five years that delivers such a compelling competitive advantage to dealers," Mr. Evans said in a statement. "The metrics prove that VDP advertising should be prioritized ahead of paid search, third-party lead buys and targeted display spends because it presents consumers who are lower funnel at a lower cost."

Mr. Evans said in the interview with Automotive News that while he hopes to eventually return to retail, the technology LotLinx is developing is vital to industry progress, and an opportunity he wanted to be a part of.

"When I saw this emerging technology coming up … it was something retail really needed," Evans said. "I wanted to go back to the technology side and go through another wave of evolution."

Source: Ad Age 6-30-2014
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Kevin Culpepper

To:
Fuse5
Title/Position:
Vice President of Sales
From:
WHI Solutions, Inc.
Title/Position:
Vice President of Sales
Significance:
Fuse5 announced today that Kevin Culpepper has joined the company to further develop their customer base as they grow both nationally and internationally.

Kevin joins Fuse5 as Vice President of Sales to continue Fuse5's growth and success providing cutting edge cloud based solutions to the Automotive Aftermarket.

Kevin comments, “I’ve always focused on bringing new technologies to market that deliver high ROI’s and provide a strategic competitive advantage. Fuse5 is every bit of that and I’m excited to be given the opportunity to be part of it.”

Over the years, Kevin has spent his entire career on the forefront of technology. Kevin was largely responsible for introducing electronic cataloging to the aftermarket while holding numerous positions at Triad Systems (Epicor) including Director of New Business. Kevin later played a key role in bringing eCommerce into the industry when he was the Vice President of Sales for WHI. Joining the Fuse5 team allows Kevin to sell and support the most technologically advanced software in the Automotive Aftermarket.

Fuse5 is the first-to-market cloud-based software for the Automotive Aftermarket and it comes complete with Point of Sale, Inventory Management, Customer Relationship Management and Back office. Fuse5 does it all and at a low-flat-rate that doesn't vary based on terminals, users or sessions, but simply by number of physical business locations.

Fuse5 is a best-in-class comprehensive business solution designed specifically for the Automotive Aftermarket. Designed for all levels of the supply chain from installers, jobbers, 2-steppers, WD's and Manufacturers.
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Jake Massey

To:
ELEAD1ONE
Title/Position:
Chief Technology Officer
From:
IdeaString
Title/Position:
CTO
Significance:
ELEAD1ONE today announced the appointment of Jake Massey to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of ELEAD1ONE, a division of Data Software Services, L.L.C.

Jake will manage the critical technology and development systems supporting ELEAD1ONE’s automotive-only sales, marketing, digital and service efforts, as well as enterprise systems and applications for all corporate processes.

An accomplished IT professional, Jake specializes in high volume enterprise application development and planning, including systems that support millions of users. Throughout his career, Jake has managed several IT organizations across many continents and developed a multitude of commercial products for use in corporate intranets.

“Our internal IT systems and operations play a significant role in the success of our business, as well as how we deliver new technologies and enhancements to our clients,” stated Bill Wittenmyer, partner of ELEAD1ONE, a division of Data Software Services, L.L.C.

“Jake and his team have already achieved several successful upgrades to our software and technology. We will continue to leverage Jake’s extensive expertise in managing first-class IT departments, deep insight on operational excellence and dedication to drive our solutions and deployment throughout our company and provide valuable input and feedback to our product portfolio. In turn, this will ultimately improve our client satisfaction in a competitive market.”

Contact Info:
http://www.elead-crm.com/

Randy Beil

To:
Manheim
Title/Position:
Market Vice President for the North Central Market
From:
JPMorgan Chase
Title/Position:
Vice President of Remarketing for Chase Auto Finance
Significance:
Manheim has named Randy Beil as Market Vice President for the North Central Market.

“With over 20 years of experience in the automotive finance and remarketing industry, Randy will complement our strong leadership team and operations in the North Central Market,” said Mike McKinney, RVP, East Region Operations. “In addition, as a previous customer and strong collaborator who assisted in the creation of auction technology, Randy brings valuable insights and innovative thinking to this important leadership role.”

Beil joins Manheim from JPMorgan Chase, where he has been Vice President of Remarketing for Chase Auto Finance since 2010. In this role, he was responsible for management of the entire lease process and remarketing interactions with Chase customers.

As Market Vice President, Beil will be responsible for leading seven operating locations in the North Central Market: Manheim Cincinnati, Manheim Detroit, Manheim Flint (Total Resource Auctions), Manheim Indianapolis, Manheim Louisville, Manheim Ohio (Grove City) and Manheim Pittsburgh.

Previously, Beil worked for BMW of North America/BMW Financial Services, where he held a variety of roles, including general manager of vehicle sales and remarketing, national manager of remarketing and national dealer and auction sales manager.
Contact Info:
http://www.manheim.com/contact