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Dean Evans

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

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

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

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

Rob Touchette

Rob Touchette Manheim
To:
Manheim
Title/Position:
Market Vice President for the Pacific Market
From:
Manheim
Title/Position:
Market General Sales Manager
Significance:
Manheim has named Rob Touchette as Market Vice President for the Pacific Market.

“As a proven leader with deep automotive and sales expertise, Rob will use his experience to deliver solutions that drive customer growth and operational excellence,” said Rock Anderson, RVP, West Region Operations. “It’s always exciting to promote great talent, which is a key part of motivating employee teams and delivering a great experience for our customers.”

The Pacific Market includes five operating locations: Manheim Central California (Fresno), Manheim Hawaii, Manheim Portland, Manheim San Francisco Bay and Manheim Seattle.

Prior to joining Manheim, Touchette worked for Cox AutoTrader for more than 10 years in a variety of roles, including district manager, general manager and advertising sales representative.
Contact Info:
http://www.manheim.com/contact

Stephanie Woeste

Stephanie Woeste
To:
Autosoft, Inc.
Title/Position:
Vice President, Marketing
From:
Reynolds and Reynolds
Title/Position:
Director of Marketing
Significance:
Seasoned Marketing Leader Brings Industry Experience to Grow Best-in-class DMS Provider

West Middlesex, PA—Autosoft, Inc. announced this week that Stephanie Woeste has joined the company to lead Marketing efforts that will grow the DMS provider’s customer base.

Woeste joins Autosoft from her recent role as Vice President, Marketing at Standard Publishing where she was responsible for revitalizing several of the company’s key brands. Previously, she spent 15 years at The Reynolds and Reynolds Company, leaving as Director of Marketing, where she led the Marketing Communications and Creative teams and worked with key partners including IBM and General Motors (GM IDMS).

Contact Info:
http://autosoft-asi.com

Gary Tucker

Gary Tucker Dealerrater 275X183
To:
DealerRater
Title/Position:
CEO
From:
J D Power and Associates
Title/Position:
Significance:

DealerRater, the world’s premier car dealer review web site, today announced it has appointed 30-year automotive industry executive Gary Tucker to the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Tucker will be responsible for leading the company through its next phase of growth, building on DealerRater’s established leadership in the consumer review and content marketing disciplines. He will direct the company’s long-term growth strategy and lead the evaluation of any potential acquisitions.

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Contact Info:
http://dealerrater.com/dealer.aspx

Steve Had

had-steve
To:
IHS Automotive
Title/Position:
VP, Automotive Marketing & Customer Management Solutions
From:
Ford Motor Company
Title/Position:
Significance:
IHS Automotive has named Steve Had as vice president – automotive marketing and customer management solutions. Had will lead the team responsible for developing and delivering marketing and communications tools and services for IHS Automotive OEM sales and marketing teams, agencies, dealers and parts and services teams. Prior to his work at Nielsen, Had spent 12 years at Ford Motor Company in a variety of roles in product planning, operations, marketing and finance.
Contact Info:
http://www.ihs.com

Andrea Hopkey

hopkey
To:
Talascend
Title/Position:
Chief Operating Officer
From:
AllStates Technical Services
Title/Position:
President
Significance:
Talascend is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Hopkey as Chief Operating Officer. Andrea has held key leadership roles at some of the world's leading staffing companies including Adecco, and most recently at AllStates Technical Services, where she served as President, responsible for all aspects of the business. Andrea will take responsibility for global operations, based out of the Atlanta, Georgia office.
Contact Info:
http://www.talascend.com

Rich Coutu

coutu-rich
To:
Manheim
Title/Position:
vice president of commercial sales at Manheim
From:
Manheim
Title/Position:
vice president for the North Central market
Significance:
Rich Coutu has been named vice president of commercial sales at Manheim. Most recently, Coutu served as Manheim’s market vice president for the North Central market. In this role, he was responsible for leading the market’s six operating locations while driving business strategy, maximizing market returns and enhancing customer relationships. In Coutu’s position as vice president of commercial sales, he will work closely with a team of experienced account executives to build upon existing relationships with commercial customers across Manheim.
Contact Info:
http://www.manheim.com/

Brian Wright

Brian Wright
To:
Donlen
Title/Position:
Senior Vice President, Products and Services
From:
Ceridian Corporation
Title/Position:
Senior VP, US Channel and Alliance Market
Significance:
Brian Wright joins Donlen as Senior Vice President, Products and Services. In this role, Mr. Wright will be responsible for the entire lifecycle of key Donlen product offerings from strategic planning through execution. Previously, Wright was Sr. VP US Channel and Alliance Market at Ceridian Corp.He has also held the position of Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, Vehicle Life Management at GE Fleet Services.
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Steven Saltzgiver

Steven Saltzgiver
To:
Republic Services Inc.
Title/Position:
Vice President, Fleet Operations
From:
The Coca Cola Company
Title/Position:
Vice President, Fleet Operations, North America
Significance:
Steven Saltzgiver has been named Vice President of Fleet Operations at Republic Services. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Republic has a U.S. network of more than 800 waste collection, recycling and disposal operating divisions. Since 2010 Saltzgiver served as Vice President of Fleet Operations for Coca Cola Company, overseeing the company's 50,000 vehicle fleet. Prior to that, he was Director of Fleet for the State of Georgia.
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Thaddeus Woody

Thaddeus Woody
To:
Kent & O'Connor
Title/Position:
Government Relations Coordinator
From:
Office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Title/Position:
Staffer
Significance:
Kent & O'Connor, the firm hired by NAFA for legislative work, has named Thaddeus Woody to the position of Government Relations Coordinator. Woody says, "My main focus will be with NAFA, and we will be digging deeper into renewable fuel standards and how they affect the fleet industry. We’re also staying on top of energy and transportation issues and shaping the dialog to make sure the industry’s needs and interests are best understood." Previously, Woody worked in the offices of Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TEX).
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Kent Rathwell

Kent Rathwell
To:
Keynote Speaker
Title/Position:
NAFA International Fleet Academy
From:
Sun Country Highway Ltd.
Title/Position:
President and Founder
Significance:
Kent Rathwell delivered the keynote address 'Global Electric Connectivity' at NAFA's 3rd Annual International Fleet Academy in Tucson on October 21st. Rathwell is president and founder of Canadian owned Sun Country Highway Ltd, leading the electric vehicle movement across the nation by raising awareness and promoting the adoption of zero emission transportation. The company was created to build the most sustainable electric vehicle infrastructure in the world.
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Karen Weigert

Karen Weigert
To:
HTUF
Title/Position:
Keynote Speaker
From:
City of Chicago
Title/Position:
Chief Sustainability Officer
Significance:
Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago, will keynote the HTUF 2013 National Meeting. Karen Weigert was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago in 2011. In this position, Weigert works to guide the City’s sustainability strategy and implementation, bringing innovative, practical solutions throughout the work of the City. Weigert is a producer and writer for the documentary film Carbon Nation, which is focused on solutions to climate change.
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Condaleeza Rice

Condaleeza Rice
To:
NTEA 2014
Title/Position:
Keynote Speaker
From:
United States
Title/Position:
Secretary of State
Significance:
The NTEA announces Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as the keynote speaker at the President’s Breakfast & NTEA Annual Meeting. From 2005 - 2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the US, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice is currently a Professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.
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Brian Matuszewski

Matuszewski_Brian_ARI
To:
ARI
Title/Position:
Sustainability Manager
From:
ARI
Title/Position:
Sustainability Manager
Significance:
Brian Matuszewski has been named among Green Fleet magazine’s Sustainability All-Stars for 2013. The award recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to environmental sustainability in the fleet industry and who have gone above and beyond to make their company’s operations and the world greener. Matuszewski directs ARI’s sustainable fleet management consulting efforts, which includes counseling and managing the sustainable fleet needs of ARI’s clients.
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Brian Barber

Brian Barber
To:
LeasePlan USA
Title/Position:
Senior Vice President of Sales
From:
LeasePlan USA
Title/Position:
Senior Vice President of Sales
Significance:
Brian Barber of LeasePlan USA was named Executive Vice President of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA). Previously, Barber served as AFLA's Vice President. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, he leads LeasePlan's entire new client acquisition sales, including the Strategic, National and Government sales efforts. He also sits on LeasePlan's senior management board and is a leader on multiple internal project boards and committees as well.
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John Dmochowsky

John Dmochowsky
To:
Mondelez International
Title/Position:
Senior Sales Fleet Manager
From:
Mondeliez International
Title/Position:
Senior Sales Fleet Manager
Significance:
John Dmochowsky of Mondelez International was named the new President of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA). Previously, he served as the AFLA Executive Vice President and the Conference Committee Chair. He is responsible for overall management of Mondelez International sales fleet program for the U.S., including fleet policy administration, strategic partner relationships, management, budgeting, vehicle acquisition and disposal, driver safety, auditing, and reducing GHG emissions.
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Allen Phibbs

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To:
NADA University
Title/Position:
NADA-ATD Academy Director
From:
KEA Advisors
Title/Position:
Professional Advisor
Significance:
NADA University, the education and training arm of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), is pleased to announce its recent appointment of Allen Phibbs as NADA-ATD Academy director. He began his new duties on August 30. Phibbs, formerly a professional advisor for the dealership management advisory firm KEA Advisors, brings more than 15 years of auto industry experience to the NADA-ATD Academy leadership post. Phibbs and Keith Ely, KEA managing partner, have been guest instructors for the ATD (American Truck Dealers) Academy since 1996.
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David Doyle

Doyle_David
To:
LeasePlan USA
Title/Position:
Regional Vice President, Client Relations Sales
From:
LeasePlan USA
Title/Position:
Director of Maintenance and Repair Management
Significance:
David Doyle has been promoted to the position of Regional Vice President, Client Relations Sales at LeasePlan USA. Dave joined LeasePlan in 2004 in LeasePlan’s Mechanical Department. He was promoted to manager in 2006 and to director in 2010. Dave worked closely with clients and the Client Relations team to analyze data, solve problems, and assist with the strategic direction for client’s maintenance activities. He will serve a portfolio of clients in the Chicago/Great Lakes Region.
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Christopher Stoner

Chris Stoner
To:
LeasePlan USA
Title/Position:
Regional Vice President, Client Relations Sales
From:
LeasePlan USA
Title/Position:
Account Manager
Significance:
LeasePlan USA has named Christopher Stoner to the position of Regional Vice President, Client Relations Sales. Previously, Chris managed a portfolio of eight clients and was an integral part of a Client Services team that achieved a 97% Client Satisfaction score. In addition, he frequently worked closely with LeasePlan’s sales teams in Strategic Planning and Consulting. He will be responsible for delivering service to a portfolio of clients in the Southeast region.
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Sandra Lee

Lee_Sandra
To:
Johnson & Johnson
Title/Position:
Director, Worldwide Fleet Safety
From:
Johnson & Johnson
Title/Position:
Director, Worldwide Fleet Safety
Significance:
Sandra Lee, director, worldwide fleet safety for Johnson & Johnson and NETS Board Chair, has been named the recipient of the second annual Fleet Safety Award, sponsored by the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA). Lee is responsible for Johnson & Johnson’s SAFE Fleet and safety policies for the company’s more than 33,000 drivers across the globe. Johnson & Johnson’s safety programs are part of its overall sustainability efforts.
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Ricky Richardson

Ricky Richardson
To:
PALFINGER Liftgates
Title/Position:
Field Service Technician
From:
PALFINGER Liftgates
Title/Position:
Technical Fleet Sales Support/Warranty Manager
Significance:
PALFINGER Liftgates announced the hiring of Ricky Richardson as Field Service Technician. Richardson brings 36 years of experience to the PALFINGER Liftgates team. Previously, he held the position of Technical Fleet Sales Support/Warranty Manager, in addition to ten years of Operations Management experience. Richardson will be primarily responsible for training OEM and distributors with installations training and after sales service as well as training and supporting fleet maintenance and troubleshooting for fleets with in-house service centers.
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Jay Sandler

Jay Sandler
To:
XL Hybrids
Title/Position:
Vice President of Sales
From:
Commercial Vehicle & Commercial Chassis Consulting Company
Title/Position:
Founder
Significance:
XL Hybrids, Inc. has named Jay Sandler to lead its North American sales team. He joins the team with more than three decades of commercial vehicle sales and business development experience, including a decade of success selling alternative fuel and powertrain technology to commercial fleet buyers. Previously, Sandler held several senior executive sales positions at IMPCO Automotive, Azure Dynamics, Navistar and Rockwell Automotive. Most recently, Sandler founded and led a commercial vehicle and commercial chassis consulting company.
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