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Shane O’Dell

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

Kelly at Tenpoint
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

Lori
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

Bardo
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

Kristen Stanton Color
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

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

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).
Contact Info:

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.
Contact Info:

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.
Contact Info:

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.
Contact Info:

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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