Ruby Newell-Legner, Fan Experience Expert, 7 Star Service
Ruby Newell-Legner is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation bestowed by the National Speakers Association (NSA) to less than 12% of the speakers in the world. She served as National President of NSA 2015-16. She has presented more than 2500 programs in 23 countries. With more than twenty years experience as a manager and coach, she helps teams work together more successfully. As a Fan Experience Expert, Ruby works with leaders to turn every customer into a fan. She consults with and provides training for 29 professional sports teams and has prepared staff for international sporting events like the US Open and the Super Bowl. Whether it's providing guest relations training for the 2010 Olympic Venues, or working with the managers of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, frequently referred to as the only 7 star hotel in the world, in a nutshell, Ruby helps others become more effective at what they do.
Mark O’Neil - Chief Operating Officer of Cox Automotive
Mark F. O'Neil is Chief Operating Officer of Cox Automotive,
aposition he’s held since March 1st, 2016. Between October 1st, 2015 and March 1st, 2016 Mark served as the CEO of Cox Automotive Software Group which was formed when Dealertrack, a company he co-founded, was acquired by Cox Automotive for approximately $4 billion. Prior to Dealertrack being acquired, O’Neil served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, as well as a member of the board of directors. Dealertrack went public on the NASDAQ in December 2005. O’Neil began his career at Intel Corporation, and subsequently
worked for McKinsey & Co. before moving to the automotive industry in the late 1980's. O’Neil’s experience in the automotive industry includes serving as President of Ertley MotorWorld, a dealer group based in Pennsylvania. From this traditional retail dealer group, he co-founded and co-led the development and rollout of CarMax, Inc., a publicly-held used automobile retailer.
O'Neil holds a BS in Management Engineering from WPI and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
John Clavadetscher - Chief Revenue Officer, Cars.com
As Chief Revenue Officer for Cars.com, John Clavadetscher oversees the company’s national, affiliate, local direct and major account business, which includes managing strategic relationships with more than 20,000 local auto dealers and partnerships with national dealer groups. John is responsible for setting the sales and customer acquisition and service strategy, ensuring the company meets aggressive revenue and retention goals. He currently oversees a team of over 600 Cars.com Regional Vice Presidents, directors, managers and sales personnel nationwide. John strives to create an environment that enables his team to succeed through training, development and communication, turning them into consultants that make car shopping and selling a great experience for dealer customers. Prior to being named CRO, John served as Vice President of Sales, and also held positions as Director of Affiliate Sales and in dealer product development for Cars.com. He joined Cars.com in 1999. John has extensive experience in sales, customer service, marketing, operations and product development. Before joining Cars.com, he participated in Nissan North America’s management program. John received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Georgetown University in 1995, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He was also a member of the Division I varsity crew team, traveling and competing internationally.
In his spare time, John is focused on education. His wife, Carol, co-runs a local charter school, and John himself is on the Council of Regents at Loyola University Chicago. John currently resides in Chicago, is married and has three children.
David Kain - President of Kain Automotive Inc.
President of Kain Automotive Inc.
Kain Automotive Inc. is a consulting company that specializes in Automotive Internet Sales, Business Development Centers, Digital Marketing and Social Media. He has a unique background that includes Automotive Retail and OEM Executive Leadership.
During his 20 years in retail he served in various positions including General Manager at Jack Kain Ford, where he remains a Dealer Partner today. His OEM experience includes being a co-founder and previous COO of FordDirect.com.
While David primarily provides in-dealership training/consulting, he is an active speaker at many industry events including the NADA Convention, Driving Sales Executive Summit and Digital Dealer. He has presented Internationally for Mercedes Benz China in Shanghai, Fenabrave’ Dealer Convention in Sao Paulo, Brazil and was the featured International Speaker at the AADA Convention in Australia.
Eddy is focused on building technology that drives a meaningful impact for local businesses. This includes creating new tools for helping dealers and their associations reach the exact customers that matter most to their core business objectives.
Guy Schueller - Industry Director - Google Automotive
Industry Director - Google Automotive
Guy is responsible for both the sales and operations teams within the US automotive vertical, covering GM, FCA, Ford and Nissan/Renault. This partnership involves working closely with clients and respective agencies to develop digital solutions and to drive their business. These solutions are developed using Google's vast array of products and services including Google Search, Video (YouTube) and Mobile. Responsibilities include managing four separate, diversified teams, driving client education and revenue across products and helping our clients achieve their marketing goals.
PHIL SURA- Director, UnityWorks
Phil has worked with UnityWorks since 2004 and has brought his insight into the future of video for retail automotive dealers, including spearheading the creation of the VIN video walkaround product. Phil frequently speaks about the role and power of video at national automotive dealer conferences and speaking engagements across the county. Speakers from the Google, Facebook and Twitter team have joined the stage with Phil over the past five years at various automotive dealer events. Phil has been a regular contributor to Digital Dealer (both the conferences and the magazine), CBTNews, and NADA Workshops. Prior to joining the UnityWorks team Phil worked as a General Manager for two different dealer groups, including one of the top 100 Ford dealerships in the world. Phil also served as Executive VP-AON Intercept/Regional VP, the first outsourced automotive call center, VP of Ryan CSI (driving process development for automotive dealers) and Area Manager for Pat Ryan and Associates (a former division of AON focused on driving dealership performance). Phil has a BS in Business from the University of Wyoming.
Marty W. Coates, Co-Founder, Waymaker Learning Corporation
He energizes audiences with his humor and "preacher-like" approach and drives individuals and groups to get all they can out of life and work.
He is an author or co-author of seven books, including three Amazon.com best sellers. His book titles include, TRANSFORM (co-authored with Brian Tracy), Think and Grow Rich Today and his recent book series for the automobile industry, Race to The Finish Line.
His work spans a number of areas including leadership, organizational development, marketing and continuous improvement. Marty developed his skills as a salesman, manager, and executive in insurance, finance, automotive, and healthcare. Across the last seven years Marty has trained over 18,000 automobile dealers in the areas of regulatory compliance and dealer operations. He is a consultant to dealer clients where he specializes in strategic and business plan development, management and marketing.
Marty served his state as a member of the South Carolina House Representative from 2000-2006. He is an Army Veteran of Desert Storm where he was awarded a Bronze Star.
He is the Co-Founder of Waymaker Learning Corporation, a company determined to develop and equip people to make a significant difference in this world. He holds the position of President and Senior Consultant at
Coates and Associates, Inc., a consulting and training firm he started nearly twenty-five years ago.
Marty and his wife, Bridgette have two adult children, Luke and Rachel. Marty enjoys splitting his office and work schedule between his primary residence in South Carolina and his hideaway home along the North Carolina coast.
He sets vision and drives overall strategy for DealerSocket. Jonathan co-founded DealerSocket in 2001 to create a revolutionary model for industry niche CRM applications. Both DealerSocket and Jonathan have received many accolades including being named Best Overall Company globally in the 2008 Stevie International Business Awards, Best Management Team in the 2009 American Business Awards, and one of the Red Herring North American 100 in 2009. Additionally, Jonathan has been honored as one of the most successful young Entrepreneurs and Executives in Southern California, being honored with the 2010 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award from the Orange County Business Journal. In 2014, Jonathan won Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Orange County.
Chip Perry, President and CEO - TrueCar
Chip Perry is president and chief executive officer of TrueCar, Inc. In his role, Perry is responsible for TrueCar's strategic direction, product vision and operations in the company’s Santa Monica headquarters and San Francisco and Austin, Texas, offices. Perry also manages TrueCar’s relationships with key external stakeholders, including dealers, dealer associations, automakers, consumers, regulators, affinity partners and investors. Perry joined TrueCar after serving as president and CEO of RentPath LLC, parent company of ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com. Previously, Perry led AutoTrader.com in 1997, serving as its CEO from the company’s inception until 2013. While there he guided AutoTrader’s evolution from a one-person startup into the world’s largest online automotive marketplace, with $1.5 billion in annual revenue, 20,000 dealer customers, 16 million monthly unique visitors and 3,500 employees. Under his guidance, AutoTrader.com also created an array of transformative digital solutions that have helped thousands of dealers expand their presence online. Prior to starting AutoTrader.com, Chip was a vice president of new business development at the Los Angeles Times. In the early 1990s he led the team that launched TimesLink, one of the nation’s first major newspaper online services. It was this experience that gave him the insight that digitally powered automotive classified advertising on the Internet presented an enormous growth opportunity. His extensive career includes working as a management consultant in McKinsey & Co.’s Los Angeles office and business development and civil engineering positions for the Bechtel Group. Chip holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Todd Smith, Co-Founder/President, ActivEngage
Todd is co-founder and president of ActivEngage, Inc., the automotive industry's leading live chat service provider. Todd has spent the last 20 years in the automotive industry and has worked in every facet of dealership operations in numerous roles, including general manager. He has also developed cutting edge eBusiness, Business Development Center and showroom sales solutions for a variety of clients including Ford, Ford of Canada, AutoNation, Budget Car Sales, Maritz Inc, Mazda North America, Toyota Motors Sales and ADP AutoTrader.com. He is a frequent speaker at national industry conferences and a regular contributor to industry trade journals.
Darren Haygood, President/COO, Transparency
Proudly serving the automotive industry over the past 18 years, Darren brings a unique perspective to the conversation regarding digital marketing. Having worked directly for an OEM, as a general manager for a dealership, as an executive with a large digital marketing company, and now as President & COO of Transparency, Darren has spent his career working to drive innovation and change within our industry.
Lisa Copeland, CEO, Global Enterprises
One of the most important faces in the automotive industry, Lisa Copeland is a dedicated pioneer in the field of automotive sales and brand strategy, with over 25 years of proven success. Named among the Top 100 Women in Automotive Industry in 2015 by Automotive News, Copeland has dedicated her career to revolutionizing the automotive industry and through her trailblazing example, empowering women to pursue their truest form of success.
In 2016, Copeland sold her award-winning dealership to pursue her passion for leading a team that is committed to transforming businesses, building world class organizations, working with management and sales teams to crush mediocrity with in their organizations. In December 2016, Copeland was named to the Board of Directors of Women in Automotive and will serve as the media spokesperson and Dean of online learning platform.
In 2012, the Girl Scouts CTX named her “Women of Distinction,” and as the creator of BuyingCarsHerWay.com, she is committed to empowering women consumers.
Copeland served four years on the FCA National Dealer Council and was named one of the Five Most Powerful Women in Austin by the Austin Business Journal in 2012. Copeland and her team were the first FIAT retailer to break the NAFTA sales record by selling more than 100 new FIAT 500's in one month. That impressive record earned Lisa and her team a visit by FCA Chairman Sergio Marchionne.
In 2015, Copeland and FIAT of Austin earned FCA's highest honor "The Walter P. Chrysler" Award for sales and service excellence. With passion and expertise in sales and marketing, her success story has been featured in prominent publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Marie Claire, and Automotive News.
Copeland has keynoted at many events including Texas Women's Conference, Automotive Leadership Round Table, Digital Dealer, NADA, H&R Block, Subaru North America and Driving Sales Conference. With extensive knowledge of hiring, training and retaining diverse candidates, Copeland/FIAT of Austin earned recognition as #6 Best Workplace in North America by Automotive News in 2013 and 2015. In 2014, Northwood University named Copeland "Outstanding Business Leader 2014”.
Copeland brings her messages of overcoming fear and rising above mediocrity in her newly released book, Crushing Mediocrity with co-author and her co-founder of the Crushing It Academy, Rene Banglesdorf, the CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation.
David Lewis, President, David Lewis & Associates
David Lewis is the President of David Lewis & Associates (DLA), which is located in Melbourne, Florida. Since 1986 David has been training Dealers, General Managers, Sales Managers, F&I Managers, Salespeople, as well as, Service Advisors and Service Managers on the “Art of Inspirational Selling.” His unique ideas have helped thousands of dealerships nationwide achieve their sales and management goals. In 2007 David shared his ideas in a book titled, “The Secrets of Inspirational Selling,” which gained immediate popularity and has become an industry standard for all to read. He has also written “The Leadership Factor”, “Understanding Your Customer”, “Common Mistakes Salespeople Make” and “Winners versus Losers’. David is rated as one of the top speakers at NADA and many other conventions, as well as Associations throughout the country. Currently David and his staff train in over 800 dealerships nationwide and in Canada. David also operates three DLA Training Centers in King of Prussia PA, Pittsburgh PA and Montvale, NJ. These 8,000 square foot facilities offer courses for Sales Managers, F&I Managers, Service Advisors, Service Managers, Internet/BDC staff and Salespeople.
Ken Kolodziej, CEO, String Automotive
Co-founder of String Automotive Solutions, Ken Kolodziej has over a decade of experience in automotive software. Known throughout the industry as a visionary thinker and self-proclaimed “data geek”, he has led String DPS to its position as the industry’s top marketing intelligence platform.
With a background in digital marketing that has progressed into business intelligence, Ken is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, sharing his passion for technology and automotive marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Headquartered outside of Boston, MA, String Automotive has achieved numerous awards and distinctions, including Dealer Marketing Magazine’s Technology Leadership Awards and DealerElite’s Most Interesting and Innovative Companies, as well as being the industry’s only Google Analytics Certified Partner. String’s clients span the country and include some of the most innovative and progressive dealer groups, including: All Star Automotive, Jim Ellis, Your Auto Giant, Bob Lanphere, and Gallery Automotive.
Richard J Bryan, CEO, A-Player Leadership
At only 28 years of age, Richard took the reins of a 100 year old, $120 million, family owned, car and truck dealership after his father was forced to retire suddenly. That alone was a challenge. Worse, the business was losing $3.5 million a year and there was no plan. After a difficult start and lots of mistakes Richard hired a business mentor named Frank. With Frank’s help Richard clearly defined his role as a leader, forged a team of trusted A-Players and learned the vital art of succession planning. He ultimately helped the business survive and then thrive in a highly competitive industry. Today, Richard is an author, speaker and real estate business owner who shares with audiences the leadership strategies that have proven to be the driving force behind his continued business success. Richard lives in Evergreen Colorado with his wife and two teenage children and is a professional member of the National Speakers Association.
Jessica Stafford, VP Marketing - Media Solutions Group, Cox Automotive
Jessica Stafford leads the marketing team driving Cox Automotive’s portfolio of powerhouse brands in the Media Group, including Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Her 55+ member team executes all marketing and advertising initiatives, drives creative strategy and design and is ultimately responsible for delivering millions of in-market car shoppers to sellers’ online inventory every day, while driving engagement with dealers and manufacturers as well. Recently named as a one of Auto Remarketing’s “Top 40 Under 40”, Jessica leads strategy and implementation of all online and offline marketing and advertising, SEO, SEM, strategic partnerships, brand strategy + architecture, social marketing, CRM and demand generation, product and content marketing and mobile marketing across the B2C and B2B space. She also helms the award-winning internal creative design group that services the company’s in-house creative needs, including writing, video creation and presentation design. Stafford joined Autotrader in 2007 as the manager of digital marketing. She immediately began to strengthen the brand through multi-channel creative campaigns using its high-profile sports and entertainment sponsorships such as NBA on TNT and NASCAR. Her efforts have helped make Autotrader a household name. Under Stafford’s leadership, Autotrader deployed its first social media program, developed an integrated traffic acquisition program and launched the first ever national advertising campaign for Kelley Blue Book. In the last year, Jessica led the transformation of Autotrader’s brand positioning and corporate identity to ensure resonance with Millennial and Gen Z consumers. Her previous experience lies in global advertising agency roles working on top consumer brands such as Verizon, Coca-Cola and Royal Caribbean. Stafford attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising.
Andrew Czaplewski, Professor of Marketing, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
Andrew Czaplewski is a Professor of Marketing and International Business at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Andrew earned his Ph.D. in Marketing from Arizona State University, and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. His research has been published in top journals including Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Research, Marketing Management and Human Resource Planning. Andrew teaches MBA and Undergraduate courses on Service Management, Advertising, Brand Management and Marketing Strategy. His consulting clients include IBM, Lucent Technologies, Starwood Lodging and numerous startups and small businesses. Andrew provides his expertise and powerful insights as a professional speaker and trainer for leaders throughout service industries including hospitality, healthcare management and auto dealerships.
Mike Marshall, Retail Automotive Coach, 21st Century Leadership
Mike Marshall has served 16 years as a small business owner. He has served as president of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, more commonly known as the Jaycees. From 2004–2012, he served as a General Motors “Standards For Excellence” (SFE) facilitator, helping dealers improve processes related to digital sales, customer satisfaction and profitability. In 2012, he began working with AMCI Inside, overseeing a team of coaches that work with retail automotive stores throughout the Midwest.
Eric Miltsch, Co-founder - DealerTeamwork
A successful automotive professional specializing in search, social, & mobile marketing strategies. As one of DealerTeamwork's Co-founders, he drives the brand, marketing and product communication strategies. He also serves as a Dealer Advisor, working to continuously improve results and user experiences within the platform. He's been an active member of the retail automotive community for over 10 years and speaks at such events as NADA, DSES, IBP, ReThink at Google and many others. Eric enjoys leading by example educating car dealers and sharing his real-world experiences to help continuously improve their performance. Eric has had the opportunity to consult with dealerships ranging from the largest groups in the nation to NAIDA Top 50 dealers. His dealership experience includes helping build Auction Direct USA into the #1 Independent Dealership in the USA for three years running; ADUSA was also the #1 fastest growing company in Rochester. He's currently a partner in a new, fast-growing independent dealership which opened in 2015, Auto Outlets USA, and now has three locations in Rochester, NY. Eric enjoys traveling, keeping up with the latest Martech trends and spending time learning the rules of the road on the race track. He currently resides in Rochester, NY with his wife and two sons.
Erik Nachbahr, President/Founder - Helion Automotive Technologies
Erik Nachbahr is President and Founder of Helion Automotive Technologies, the nation’s leader in automotive technology management. Since 1997 Helion has grown to be the nation's largest managed technology services provider for the auto dealers. With over 25,000 computers under management across 650 dealerships and body shops, Nachbahr has "been there, done that" when it comes to dealership tech. Security, efficiency, and cost control are top of mind for today's savvy Dealer. Join Erik for a lively discussion of IT concerns, risks and proven solutions.
George Nenni, VP of Operations - Dominion Dealer Solutions
With three decades of IT and automotive experience, George educates the automotive industry about emerging technology by writing, speaking and sharing his vision for how dealers can maintain a competitive edge. He has spoken at numerous automotive conferences including Digital Dealer, JD Power Roundtable, and is a regular contributor to major automotive publications. George began his automotive career with Dealer Specialties in 1993. Today, George oversees Dealer Specialties sales and operations, as well as overall operations for Dominion. George graduated from the business school at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). Speaking experience: Auto Remarketing Used Car Week, CPO Best Practices Panel Member 2011, 2012 JD Power Automotive Marketing Roundtable, moderator 2012, 2013 Internet Battleplan Conference speaker, 2012 Automotive Bootcamp speaker, 2012 AutoCon Conference speaker, 2012, 2013
Steve White, CEO - Clarivoy
Steve White is CEO of Clarivoy (www.clarivoy.com), the auto industry’s leading provider of Multi-Touch Attribution. Steve founded the company in 2009 as a digital agency and immediately set the company apart from the competition by creating an industry-leading performance-based pricing model, only charging clients if he improved their keyword rankings, incremental traffic and leads. This model required an obsession with identity resolution, tracking, analytics, and attribution which eventually led to Clarivoy’s evolution. Today, the company is focused on one thing and one thing only - Multi-Touch Attribution - and continues to launch new and innovative marketing analytics solutions for the auto industry.
Considered a digital marketing pioneer, Steve has over 20 years of experience working with clients to ensure they get the best results from their traditional and digital marketing campaigns. In 2014 he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Central Ohio. Steve is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. An avid cyclist, he resides in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and three children. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Jasen Rice, Owner - Lotpop
Owner of Lotpop , a company that helps dealerships manage their inventory processes, marketing and internet process as their virtual Director. A 20 year automotive veteran, Jasen spent 8+ years on the retail site running award winning Internet departments and 8+ years on the vendor side as a Performance manager for vAuto that allowed him to visit hundreds of dealers across the nation training them on used car inventory management. He has helped many dealerships greatly increase their used car sales. Jasen was featured on the cover of Digital Dealer in Oct 2005 and awarded the 2006 AAISP (Association of Automotive Internet Sales Professionals) Professional Excellence Award. He is currently a columnist for Dealer Magazine and featured blogger for AutoSuccess Magazine and has spoken at several conferences on used car management and internet marketing.
Beth Petermeier, President, CRM CPR
Beth found her passion for the Auto Industry in 2001. Starting out as part of a Husband and Wife Sales Team in Minnesota, her drive and ambition landed her a General Manager position in 2004. Through her retail career she also has experience as an Internet Manager, Sales Manager, Finance Manager and BDC Manager. Her desire to move south led her to inquire with DealerSocket to become a consultant. She enjoyed success assisting the dealers in South Florida with their utilization of DealerSocket, but her passion for the retail business led her to accept a position with the Rick Case Automotive Group as their National CRM Director. Combining her dealership and consulting experience, she is now the President of CRM CPR, a company focused on helping their clients like Rick Case utilize more features of their CRM than they ever have. Her out of the box ideas uncover sales opportunities and develop processes that help maintain a clean database.
Alan Ram, President/Founder - Alan Ram’s Proactive Training Solutions
Recognized as the best in the automotive industry at increasing individual, as well as dealership, productivity through effective utilization of the telephone, Internet, and client base management. Alan has worked, and continues to work, with tens of thousands of salespeople, managers, business development and Internet staff from coast to coast as well as internationally. Alan has worked with several manufacturers over the years and his training has been a staple of Chrysler’s certification program at over 2300 dealerships nationwide.Alan combines his sharp sense of humor along with a real world approach to convey a strong tactical set of processes that are easy to implement. Alan served proudly in the United States Marine Corps prior to beginning his career in the automotive industry. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Brent Wees, Director - First Impressions for Nextup
Over-seeing the strategic marketing direction for the company, and a fixture in the automotive digital landscape for over 15 years, Brent’s digital acumen and passion for education has him working across all three tiers as well as sitting on several automotive advisory boards. His passionate, comedic style makes him an in-demand speaker at automotive events around the world. Brent also contributes regularly to automotive industry publications in North America and England.
Mark Stringfellow, VP of Sales, Nextup
A successful sales leader with extensive experience in retail sales process, strategic development, digital marketing, and advertising. Stringfellow's B2B background, talent for developing prospects, and ability to capitalize on relationships with Top Dealer Groups has made him an admired business innovator in the automotive industry. Stringfellow started in this industry back in 1999 fresh out of High School and found it to be his home.
Candice Crane, VP - Dealer Solutions at Hireology
15 years of sales and operations experience in a variety of markets and the current VP of Dealer Solutions at Hireology. Previously she was the Organizational Development Director of a large automotive group in the Midwest, where she designed and led a transformational change that improved the customer experience and reduced employee turnover by replacing the F&I silo with cross-functionally trained recent college graduates. Candice has extensive experience in Talent Management and is considered a SME in recruiting and retention strategies for high-turnover environments. Candice is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a M.S. in Organizational Development.
Scott Pechstein - VP of National Sales, Autobytel
Responsible for managing in-house and field sales of Autobytel’s full suite of high quality lead products and advertising services. He is also lead trainer for the Autobytel Dealer Insight Series, leveraging his automotive eCommerce expertise to provide dealerships with best practices to better understand the evolving Internet customer and digital marketplace, to ultimately increase sales. Additionally, he represents Autobytel as an automotive industry spokesperson, and has presented informative data and sales insight at industry conferences around the country.
Ryan Leslie, VP - CarStory Strategic Partnerships for VAST
A frequent presenter at tier III retail educational events including DrivingSales Executive Summit, Digital Dealer, Internet Sales 20 Group, and Innovative Dealer Summit. He is a member in good standing of many dealer focused forums and blogs. Ryan has worked in the automotive industry for 14 years serving in critical dealer-facing roles with Dominion and Cars.com and helped launch DealerRater.com as the Director of Dealer Reputation Strategy.
Shaun Raines, VP of Business Development, DealerOn
Shaun is an Internet car guy and the VP of Business Development at DealerOn. His 25 years of automotive experience includes helping the Reynolds teams that launched Microsoft’s CarPoint.com, CarsDirect Connect, Yahoo Autos, Automark Websites and Reynolds Web Solutions. Before joining the DealerOn family, Shaun was the Director of Automotive for ReachLocal and Executive Director of Dealer Relations at DrivingSales. His unique blend of humor and automotive experience has made him a sought-after speaker at industry events and 20 Groups.
Jennifer Suzuki, Founder/President, e-Dealer Solutions
Jennifer Suzuki is the Founder & President of e-Dealer Solutions, Inc., an award-winning education and activity based training company focused on improving dealership showed appointments, sales and management process. Her 23 years of experience includes: President of e-Dealer Solutions, In-dealership sales trainer, three-year guest instructor at NADA Academy, NADA seven-year convention speaker, OEM, State Association, Twenty-Group speaker, and Northwood University graduate. She has a tremendous reputation for delivering significant success to dealerships looking for up-to-date phone skills and profitable actions that convert non-present buyers to showroom customers. She can be reached at Jennifer@edealersolution.com or text 954.873.8029.
Joey Little, Exec Director of Digital & Social Media, AutoAlert
Joey Little serves as Executive Director of Digital & Social Media for AutoAlert, the industry’s leading data-mining and trade-cycle management platform, focused on helping dealerships identify high-quality sales opportunities, increase gross margin, and improve customer retention. His leadership and talent in the arena of social media marketing helps dealerships as they integrate AutoAlert’s revolutionary multi-channel marketing platform, interact with customers, and build lasting relationships. A highly-regarded internet marketer, innovator, and respected voice in the automotive industry, Joey works with dealerships to help them drive consumer engagement, create online campaigns, and develop focused social strategies. Joey is an educated digital marketer and represents AutoAlert at various national and international speaking engagements, where he delivers results-driven advice and proven industry knowledge. His combination of industry experience, social media insights, and education allow him to successfully guide dealerships as they learn to use the right tools and techniques to grow their online social platforms.
Jason Wiley, VP Business Development, DyGen
Jason Wiley is Vice President of Business Development for Dygen, a company built on the foundation of education, consultation, and execution of the very latest digital marketing and advertising technologies in the Automotive Industry. Jason is a widely sought after speaker, consultant, educator and business-building operator who has flourished in the auto industry for over 17 years, with extensive experience working with OEM’s, Tier 3 Dealers as well as agencies and vendors. Previously, Jason was founder and owner of Everest Advertising, Vice President for Moore and Scarry Advertising and Director of Sales and Marketing for Haystak Digital Marketing, a Cox Automotive company.
Christopher Miller, President, Recall Masters
Christopher Miller has more than 15 years experience building software to automate marketing communications. From automotive to financial services and the hospitality industry, he has worked with marquee brands including HSBC/Household Automotive, Mercedes Benz USA, BMW/Mini North America, Volvo North America, Costco Automotive Group, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual, Residential Pacific Mortgage, ServiceMagic, Monumental Life Insurance and Moxy Solutions. Miller believes he has truly found his passion with Recall Masters as he is dedicated to getting every recalled vehicle repaired, and he has built a proprietary and world-class technology platform to achieve that goal. Previously, Miller founded AdSoft Direct to provide personalized, self-service local marketing automation in the cloud for national brands that have geographically-dispersed retail locations, offices, agents, and partners across the country to maintain brand and legal compliance. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obisbo where he received a BS degree in Business and International Management.
Mike Flanagan, VP of Sales, Propel Marketing
Mike brings his extensive background in the automotive industry from his days of selling cars to managing sales teams. His expertise in digital started when he was one of the first employees of Ad Taxi Networks and really learned at the ground floor of what digital can do for car dealers. Mike has worked with several dealerships on implementing analytical data and applied analysis to allow dealers to make informed media buying decisions. In his most recent years in Las Vegas, Mike helped implement a unique digital sales model while providing a white label solution for agencies and partners through the building of AdUs “A Propel Marketing Company”. Mike is passionate about helping to grow businesses as well as a fanatic for technology and how it applies to everyday business. Today Mike manages the Western region for Propel Marketing a Google Premier SMB partner and has been responsible for teaching sales people and clients how to use analytics and event tracking when it comes to making marketing decisions. When Mike is not working he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family. "It’s amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit!" – John Wooden
Brent Durham, Digital Marketing Director, Preston Automotive Group
BRENT DURHAM - A consummate student of the industry, Brent basically grew up in dealerships and has touched almost every role. He understands the importance of lean operations and is obsessed with ensuring dealer advertising brings the highest ROI and the lowest amount of waste. Brent serves as Preston Automotive Group’s Digital Marketing Director and is actively involved in the day to day marketing operations at the dealer level. In addition, he holds a key position in dealership-owned iFrog Digital Marketing, where he serves as COO and is the driving force for all digital marketing strategies for clients. He has Bachelor of Business Degree from Northwood University and holds a M.B.A. from Old Dominion University focusing on international business and global marketing.
Tom LaPointe, Digital Marketing Consultant, CarChat24
BIG TOM LAPOINTE - A dynamic presenter who started out building websites at Johns Hopkins University in the 90’s, Tom’s diverse background includes more than a decade of dealership internet experience, as well as marketing work in the military and academia. His high-energy style and background in retail make him uniquely qualified to help dealers understand the potential of digital marketing tools. An accomplished magazine writer, Tom is also the author of “Modern Sport Cars” and contributor in two “Chicken Soup for the Soul” editions. Tom has worked as a manager in both the sales and service departments, and has been a part of the CarChat24 team for more than four years, where he handles marketing and social media. He has a master’s degree in marketing, and extensive digital marketing experience.
Kathi Kruse, Founder/CEO, Kruse Control Inc
Kathi Kruse is a Social Media Strategist, Digital Reputation Expert, Business Consultant, Blogger, Speaker, Author and Founder of Kruse Control Inc. Born in the heart of Los Angeles to a family of “car people”, Kathi’s passion for business spans a 25-year automotive retail career in Southern California. Kathi is the author of “Automotive Social Business 2.0 – How to Captivate Your Customers, Sell More Cars & Be Generally Remarkable on Social Media”. Her Kruse Control Blog is the leading Automotive Social Media blog in the US. Kathi lives in Southern California where her passions are yoga, art, music and animal advocacy. 10% of Kruse Control profits go to animal welfare.
Michael J. Dommermuth, Director, Fairfield and Woods
A commercial lawyer with over 30 years experience helping businesses avoid and resolve disputes. His practice includes counseling and representing businesses in contract disputes, business torts, covenant-not-to-compete disputes, commercial real estate disputes, creditor representation in bankruptcy, consumer class actions, and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Randy Earnest, Director, Fairfield & Woods
Randy Earnest has broad practice experience emphasizing real estate development, corporate law, partnership and LLC law, tax law, automobile industry law and regulation, and estate planning and probate.
His corporate, partnership and LLC practice is diverse and includes forming and financing business entities, counseling clients on tax and operational matters, and preparing contracts and related documents, including, corporate and partnership mergers and acquisitions.
In the area of commercial real estate, Randy has represented buyers, sellers, developers, landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers in all phases of real estate ownership and development, including: land use; financing; development of common interest communities; residential, commercial and mixed-use condominium development; title and surveys review; and resolution of title defects. He has also assisted owners of office and retail properties with ongoing management issues, such as leasing and subletting, tenant defaults and property damage issues.
Randy represents national, regional and local automobile dealers throughout Colorado. His automotive practice covers all aspects of a dealer’s business operations, including dealership acquisition and sales, manufacturer agreements, business financing and loan negotiation, licensing and regulatory compliance, and dealership termination agreements. Finally, Randy is an experienced estate planning attorney. His tax background, including a Master of Laws in Taxation, provide Randy a solid foundation for creating an estate plan that will maximize tax savings and minimize administrative burdens and expenses.
Dealertrack DMS, under the leadership of Sharon Kitzman, is helping to transform the way dealers sell cars, engage customers, and run their businesses. Kitzman – a 26 year automotive industry veteran is responsible for leading Dealertrack’s DMS division from single to double-digit market share, and for executing triple digit growth. Prior to joining the Dealertrack team, Kitzman spent 15 years with Ohio-based Reynolds & Reynolds. Most recently, Kitzman led Dealertrack DMS through their acquisition by Cox Enterprises, Inc., the 17th largest privately held company in the nation. Kitzman’s vision, direction, and overall leadership were decisive in the success of the acquisition and will be instrumental in the continued growth of the business. Dealertrack’s acquisition by Cox will amplify Kitzman and her team’s ability to deliver innovative, market-leading solutions to dealers nationwide. In 2015, Kitzman’s extraordinary leadership was recognized by Automotive News and resulted in her inclusion as one of 100 Leading Women in Automotive. She was also recently recognized within the Cox organization as one of 10 Courageous Leaders for 2016. Sharon’s passion for automotive, her fresh perspective on automotive technology and her commitment to her clients, her team and the communities they serve, are the foundation that allows Kitzman to guide Dealertrack DMS adeptly through the rapidly changing industry landscape, while delivering on evolving dealer needs, in ways that are unique to the industry.
Tony Dupaquier, Executive Director, The Academy
Tony Dupaquier, Executive Director of The Academy Tony Dupaquier is considered the industry’s most forward-thinking F&I and sales trainer and consultant creating The Academy’s Y.E.S. Processes. Tony leads the 10 certified trainers and in-dealership developers at The Academy as the Executive Director of The Academy. Tony earned a degree in Communications from Sam Houston State University and has since become a 25+ year veteran of the automotive industry. He has held nearly every position in variable operations, from salesperson to General Manager, and is a former Nissan National Walk-Around Champion. Tony has been a featured workshop presenter at the NADA Convention for a number of years, including 2017, addressed international dealer groups on F&I and sales techniques, and spoken at numerous 20 Groups and dealer associations. He also contributes F&I articles to many industry publications. As Executive Director of The Academy, Tony is responsible for its direction, training material, and marketing. Tony currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Alexi Venneri, Co-Founder/CEO, Digital Air Strike
Alexi Venneri is the co-founder and CEO of Digital Air Strike, the award-winning social media and digital engagement company. A pioneer in the automotive vertical for digital response, social marketing and online reputation management, today Digital Air Strike’s mobile apps, software and managed service platform monitor, improve and manage consumer engagement for thousands of businesses in the United States and Canada including six of the largest automotive manufacturers.
Prior to co-founding the company, Alexi was President of Auto Media/Blue Flame 6 (part of The Van Tuyl Automotive Group which was recently purchased by Berkshire Hathaway), and VP of Marketing, PR & Investor Relations at Dealertrack (TRAK). Alexi was the 13th employee at Who’s Calling taking it from $200k to $70 million in just four years as Chief Marketing Officer. Alexi also served as the Director of Marketing for the Major League Baseball team the Seattle Mariners. She is an accomplished public speaker and author of the best-selling book Balls! Six Rules for Winning the Business Game. Automotive News named Alexi one of the Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry for 2015.
Alexi has a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Calgary and is an accredited trainer at the University of Washington as well as The Pacific Institute. She supports numerous charitable organizations and works closely with ARME and the Beagle Freedom Project, nonprofit organizations that rescue and rehabilitate animals.
Todd Hudak, President, Hudak Consulting
I have been in over 500 dealerships and set up proven processes to create enormous growth in any dealership size or product. There is a simple solution to why BDC's fail while others thrive. What you measure gets achieved. We build process and insert the people, not the other way around. Track, drive, grow and thrive.
Brian Kroll, VP Sales & Strategic Accounts, Adtaxi
Brian Kroll is Regional VP of Sales for Adtaxi and also runs the Strategic Accounts team. A member of the IAB’s Performance Marketing Committee, Brian developed Adtaxi’s Magellan “Performance Based RTB & Social” campaign optimization algorithm and is passionate about digital marketing. Brian graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and lives with his wife and son in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Michael Markette, Partner, CallRevu
Partner and President of CallRevu, Michael Markette oversees the company’s vision and mission as well OEM initiatives. Michael founded CallRevu’s technology that processes over 20 million calls to auto dealers nationwide every year. Today Michael is bringing the best natural language processing software to 13 OEMs, 1,800 dealers and over 50,000 customer facing dealership employees. Before joining CallRevu, Michael founded and lead one of the first internet CRM companies backed by public CRM companies and venture capitalist firms. Michael has extensive experience in sales, customer service, marketing, operations and product development serving ADP for 6 years.
Michael believes that people are the most important component of any organization. He leads not by hanging a sign simply stating company values on the wall, but by role modeling and infusing those values into actions that inspire and evoke passion into others. His artful talent of building relationships and developing people connect him with employees at an intimate and individual level.
Michael received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arizona State University in 1989, graduating business Delta Sigma Pi. In his down time, Michael is focused on wife Sindi and four daughters. Michael enjoys hiking and mountaineering in the summer months and he seeks out ski slopes and beaches in the winter.
Gary May, Founder/President, (IM@CS) Interactive Marketing & Consulting Services
Gary May, Founder, IM@CS, founded IM@CS in 2007 with a focus on helping dealerships and OEMs with digital marketing, eCommerce, process and branding. The company also added social media management and sales training in 2008. Focusing on best practices for marketing and lead management, Gary’s passion for businesses in the automotive space coincides with his no-holds barred approach to business management. Featured as a speaker at automotive events including DrivingSales Executive Summit, JD Power & Associates and PCG, a blogger and recognized dealer advocate,he and his company focus their strengths and attention on making progressive dealerships unique in a time where there are more constraints being enforced, limiting franchises.
Aaron Bickhart, Executive Vice President of Sales Operations, Team Velocity Marketing
Executive Vice President of Sales Operations at Team Velocity Marketing, Aaron Bickart has been in the automotive industry since 1989. In Bickart’s 28 years of experience, he has held many leadership roles ranging from CyberCar, AutoMark (Website company acquired by Reynolds & Reynolds in 2000), Reynolds and Reynolds and Naked Lime. Aaron Bickart’s longevity with Team Velocity Marketing stems back to 2011. He serves in an active role leading the sales team and processes.
John Snyder, Director of Automotive, Comcast Spotlight
John Snyder has spent his career in the automotive industry working with multiple advertising agencies and for the last 8 years as a Director of Automotive with Comcast Spotlight.
Working with tier 1 and tier 2 advertising agencies, John has represented brands like Nissan, Subaru, Chevrolet, Nissan, Buick GMC, Cadillac and Hummer. He was also considered a diversity marketing specialist with a thorough knowledge of Hispanic and Urban marketing.
In his current role he works with tier 2 and tier 3 automotive advertisers who partner with Comcast Spotlight in the automotive category.
John is originally from Redondo Beach, California and currently resides in Houston, Texas.
Gary Galloway, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Netsertive
Gary Galloway is an Automotive Digital Marketing Evangelist and Netsertive’s Senior Product Marketing Manager & Digital Marketing Strategist, serving as an adjunct professor at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he teaches Digital Marketing & Media Sales and Management. As a marketing executive, he has more than 17 years of experience implementing solutions with a high degree of customer satisfaction, success and profit. Previously, he was the director of marketing & digital media at Crossroads Automotive Group, where he created and executed monthly interactive marketing campaigns for 19 different retail locations and 30 franchises.
Tony Troussov, Director, Automotive Development Group LLC
Tony spent fourteen years in Automotive Retail. His experience included F&I and Sales management, Director of Training for a large dealer group and a GM of a Top 100 Toyota Dealership. In 2011 Tony designed and developed Sales Training curriculum – Proactive Selling System® for Sales, Service and F&I and in 2015 launched an online training platform based on this system. His clients includes automotive dealerships, real-estate sales teams and OEM’s. Tony holds Master’s Degree in Family Therapy and is a member of National Speakers Association with a Certified Speaking Professional designation.
John Vecchioni, F&I Trainer, American Financial & Automotive Services, Inc
John Vecchioni has been involved in the retail and wholesale automotive industry for over 20 years. His extensive background includes managing operations, business development, and sales training management for both national and international companies. John’s sales training philosophy and programs are created for growth, both professionally and culturally. He champions logical and conversational selling techniques. Known as the "F&I Professor," John’s training website has served weekly subscribers with sales, management, and compliance updates for over eight years. His ideas have been published in national periodicals and has been a voice at multiple conferences. John has enjoyed the experience of training and coaching success stories all over the country. John recently joined the American Financial Automotive Services, Inc. team as a trainer for F&I University. With his strong background, he brings a fresh point of view in both F&I sales and compliance.
Paul McCarthy, VP of Sales, Warranty Solutions
Paul McCarthy is the VP of Sales for Warranty Solutions Sales. Paul has been with Warranty Solutions for over a year and most recently held the position as Eastern Region Sales Manager before his promotion of VP of Sales in January. Paul brings over 30 years of industry experience to the business including time in various dealership roles. He spent over 18 years managing the Stevenson Automotive Group, a 14 store group in North Carolina, prior to joining Warranty Solutions.
Joe Ward, Regional Sales Manager, Warranty Solutions
Joe Ward is a Regional Sales Manager for Warranty Solutions. Joe has over 19 years of Automotive experience including over 9 years of retail experience from Sales, F&I Manager/Director and Sales Manager. He also has 13 years of experience with administration companies including his most recent position at Warranty Solutions.