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EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

  • Bryan Berman
    Bryan Berman
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Hector Meza
    Hector Meza
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Thi Chhayakrith
    Thi Chhayakrith
    Executive Assistant

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • James Burton
    James Burton
    Founder | Executive Chairman
  • Jarrod Glandt
    Jarrod Glandt
    Board Member
  • Jeff Cox
    Jeff Cox
  • Keeli Jernigan
    Keeli Jernigan
    Board Member
  • Brad Lea
    Brad Lea
  • Brad Mugg
    Brad Mugg
    Board Member
  • Jake Reid
    Jake Reid
    Board Member
  • Robert M. Hollenshead
    Robert M. Hollenshead
    Board Member

DEALER ADVISORY BOARD

  • Dan Moore
    Dan Moore
  • Sean Seltzer
    Sean Seltzer
  • Chris Martinez
    Chris Martinez
  • George Lamelza
    George Lamelza

MENTEE ADVISORY BOARD

  • Joshua Denne
    Joshua Denne
  • John Malott
    John Malott
  • Joe Munizaga
    Joe Munizaga
  • Susie Dos Anjos
    Susie Dos Anjos

Bryan Berman
Chief Executive Officer

Bryan Berman is a partner and Chief Executive Officer at The Automotive Partners.  Prior to stepping into the role as CEO, Berman was a strategic partner for the company for nearly a decade.  In addition to his leadership position at TAP, Berman is also the President of The Automotive Marketing Group (AMG), a marketing company offering disruptive digital marketing tools for large enterprise auto dealers.   Berman has over 18 years as a multi-state franchise car, boat, and atv dealer and is a serial entrepreneur.  He founded the Berman Investments organization in 2008, which provides management, consulting, and capital to businesses looking to expand via merger, acquisition, and organic growth opportunities.

Berman is a graduate of John Brown University and the Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctorate. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur and successful dealer, Berman began his legal career at the prestigious international law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & Macrae, LLP. He serves on several corporate and organizational Boards and continues to work in the areas of mergers and acquisitions.

Berman has been a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) since 2007. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Tulsa Chapter of YPO since 2013, the YPO Western Regional Board since 2014, and works extensively with the organization internationally. He has been a member of the State Bar of Texas since 1999, and a member of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas since 2000.

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Hector Meza
Chief Financial Officer

Hector Meza is the Chief Financial Officer at The Automotive Partners. Throughout his esteemed career, he has been a CFO consultant for both domestic and international companies that specialize in various retail products and services, including technology firms offering Software-as-a-Service, e-Commerce, Data Science, Marketing and Media operations.  He has provided high level strategic consulting for companies such as Adidas, Pepsi, Under Armour, Fujifilm, and Intel.  His expertise includes financial modeling, debt and equity investment analysis, strategic funding and capital planning, acquisition and sale consulting, operational consulting, and marketing and brand strategy.

Meza holds a BA from Cornell University and attended the Columbia Business School Global EMBA program with London Business School and Hong Kong University Business School.  He is multilingual and able to conduct business in English, Spanish, French, and Swedish.  He regularly lends his time advising organizations involved in environmental sustainability, cancer patient recovery services, and various indigenous rights projects for companies in Mexico.

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Thi Chhayakrith
Executive Assistant

Thi Chhayakrith is the Executive Assistant at The Automotive Partners.

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James Burton
Founder | Executive Chairman

 

The automotive vertical is my passion. My ongoing mission has been the creation of disruptive solutions that utilize the way vehicles are bought, sold, and remarketed. The implementation of lifecycle tools that create efficiency for the consumer, retailer, and wholesale markets are my expertise. I love a challenge that stretches our industries current way of doing business that results in a better engagement.

Currently, I am taking the expertise garnered over the last two decades and applying that knowledge base to The Automotive Partners platform. I’ve held senior roles in several public companies, investment as well as oversight in dealership groups, and the strategist behind several best in class technology solutions for automotive.

Areas of Interest:

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Jarrod Glandt
Board Member

 

 

Jarrod Glandt is the Vice President of Sales for Cardone Training Technologies, Inc., a full service Sales and Management training company that provides companies with sales teams from 3 to 5000 cloud-based continuous education programs that focus on Sales Process, Sales Effectiveness, Client Acquisition, Client Retention, Negotiations, Culture, Cold Calling, and more.

 

With over 5 years of running a successful podcast show, Jarrod the Co-Host of Young Hustlers, a Gen Y focused Business and Success Podcast. Alongside NY Times Best Selling Author and International Sales Expert Grant Cardone, we tackle the challenges that over 80 Million millennials entering the workforce will encounter. This show communicates simple and easily implemented tips and strategies to accelerate the path towards greater levels of success in business and life. The show can be viewed live every Thursday at Noon EST at GrantCardoneTV.com or on iTunes, Stitcher, and Facebook Live.

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Jeff Cox

Jeff Cox is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at RadiusAI, as well as Founder and CEO of Primary Key Consulting. In his career, he has helped build products for American Express, Apple, McKesson, PayPal, and PG&E. Jeff managed data and business intelligence teams at Wells Fargo.

Jeff was a contributor to three O’Reilly books regarding database technology and a former instructor on Oracle database and data modeling classes.

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Keeli Jernigan
Board Member

Keeli Jernigan is President and CEO of Trans-Expedite, Inc., a full-service global freight, and logistics company servicing time-sensitive shipments of critical cargo around the world.   She founded Trans-Expedite in 2001 and has overseen the company’s rapid growth to over $70-million in revenue.

Prior to founding Trans-Expedite, Jernigan’s experience in the transportation industry included administrative, operational, sales and sales team management responsibilities for several Fortune 500 accounts.

Jernigan has earned repeated recognition by the Women Presidents’ Organization as one of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Women-Led Businesses in North America (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014); five successive inclusions in the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015); and Cisco’s 2013 Best Diverse Supplier of the Year award. In addition, Jernigan received the Women’s Business Council Southwest 2009, Lillie Knox, Investing for Growth award as well as its Done Deals: Women Working Together award in 2010 and 2011. Thanks to her unwavering support of and involvement in the Women’s Business Council Southwest and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, Jernigan was also recognized in 2013 as a WBE Star.  Charitable recognitions include the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk and Champion’s Team awards from 2010 through 2016.

Jernigan has served for three years on the national Board of Directors for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a leader in developing supplier diversity and women’s business growth, as well as on the Board (since 2011) and Executive Committee (since 2013) for its Regional Partner Organization, the Women’s Business Council Southwest (WBCS).  As a longtime member of the Junior League, she has chaired important fund-raising events. She has held numerous leadership roles in Young Presidents Organization (YPO), including past Chapter Chair of The El Paso/Juarez Chapter and incoming Regional Chair of The Western U.S. Region. She is a proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and she and her husband have 2 sons, ages 15 and 17.

Brad Lea

Brad Lea is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of LightSpeed VT. He is a leading authority on web-based training. Experienced and proven in sales and marketing, he is a seasoned professional with a strong base of sales management coming from 25 years in the Automotive Industry. Brad’s thought leadership has been instrumental in helping guide some of today’s most effective and productive sales professionals worldwide. Brad is also the author of the Real Deal Lease Presentation.

Engaging, authentic and dynamic, Brad is passionate about helping companies discover and develop additional recurring revenue models and improving existing systems and processes.

As the Founder of LightSpeed VT, Brad has revolutionized the online training world. He has set the gold standard for how training is delivered, tracked and reported on ensuring maximum performance, accountability, retention, and results.

LightSpeed VT’s online interactive video-based training and communication platform engages users to learn more quickly via patent pending technology that delivers interactive content, role-play simulations and various cutting edge testing methods with built in real-time reporting and notifications.

Apart from business, he enjoys fishing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Brad currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada –

Specialties: Brand Leverage, Training Technology, Idea Generation, Creative Vision, Marketing, Accountability, ROI, Production, Monetizing Content

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Brad Mugg
Board Member

 

With over 17 years of experience in the automotive industry, Brad has faced many adversities within different departments inside a dealership environment. Engaging successful thought processes and implemented the perfect chemistry of industry tools to over achieve the successes of the dealerships across the board for Norm Reeves Honda, Volkswagon, & Buick/GMC Superstores.

 

He’s always working on the next big deal!

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Jake Reid
Board Member

Jake is a second generation Managing Partner of Hesselbein Tire Company of Oklahoma and has been with the company for 17 years. Hesselbein Tire of Oklahoma is a major wholesale distributor in OK, TX, AR, MO and KS.

Hesselbein Tire of Oklahoma is a C corporation company within its parent company of Dunlap & Kyle Incorporated. Dunlap & Kyle, and its partner companies, have 15 wholesale warehouse locations and 56 retail locations throughout MS, TN, LA, TX, AR and OH. Dunlap & Kyle/Hesselbein/Gateway is a family-owned company.

 

Jake has been considered Managing Partner for many years; however, it became official in 2014 when his father retired after 44 years. Prior to 2014, Hesselbein OK averaged 26 routes per week when delivering to customers across a five-state territory. Hesselbein currently averages 60-plus routes per week, focusing on convenience and customer service.

 

Jake was born and raised in Tulsa, Okla. He attended Cascia Hall Preparatory School and Kansas University. He and his wife, Abby, live in midtown Tulsa. They have 3 children: Parker (4-years old) – Lincoln Ann (2 years old) – James (6 months).

 

Jake enjoys hanging out with friends and family, golf and traveling.

Robert M. Hollenshead
Board Member

Serial entrepreneur, worlds largest wholesaler, and visionary behind disruptive automotive industry solutions such as:

Robert has been and continues to be a game changing thought leader in the way vehicles are bought and sold today.

Dan Moore

Dan Moore is the Present of VistaDash. His wide array of experience in marketing and leadership has given him a unique perspective on automotive and brand marketing. Being a big idea thinker and strategist, with boots-on-the ground experience at the dealership has given him a great reputation in the automotive industry.

Originally from the Sacramento area, Moore previously served as Sr. Director of Marketing for VinSolutions, before that as CEO at Smart Web Concepts, and have also served in a variety of management positions within automotive.

Moore is no stranger to automotive marketing technology leadership roles. Dan most recently led the national brand marketing efforts for VinSolutions, a Cox Automotive company. His prior positions include CEO of Smart Web Concepts, a Northern California digital marketing agency, and everything from Salesperson to General Sales Manager in the dealership.

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Sean Seltzer

Sean Seltzer is the CEO of SocialDealer & National Speakers Association Member. With more than 18+ years of experience in marketing and sales. Sean managed a marketing budget of $32 Million annually for the northeast region of Volkswagen of America. Prior to joining Volkswagen, Sean managed a division of Kelley Blue Book.

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Chris Martinez

People-driven, results-driven, customer-oriented, and forward-thinking with more than 15 years of experience in automotive industry with senior roles. Best Selling author of two books related to increasing annual sales in dealerships. Co- Founded a software company that has increased sales and service retention by industry standards by 6%. Successes include developing teams and multi-platform work groups while providing key direction for dealership implementation. Currently helping run a single point car dealership selling 11,000 vehicles annually that generates over $400+ million in revenue with over 300+ personnel. Proven ability to grow sales and profitability, turnaround under-performing operations, and introduce new methodologies to lead from a Best In Class position.

Specialties:

•Strategic Planning
•Targeted Revenue Growth
•New Market Entry
•P&L Management
•Inventory/Cost Control
•Marketing & Sales
•Staff Training/ People Development

George Lamelza

George Lamelza is universally known as an innovative entrepreneur who since 1995 has successfully grown brands with a focus on the convergence of technology and marketing.

In 1997 he was the co-founder of top 20 web hosting giant Anet and after the successful growth in the 90’s merged in 2000 with Team Media. He assumed the top post of Chief Executive Officer and continued to oversee the company’s growth and successful acquisition in 2007.

Lamelza is a founding member and President of Incend Limited Liability Company whose holdings include entities engaged in the industries of advertising, marketing, automotive, venture capital, technology and consulting services.

He is also a founding member of the Orlando Sports Foundation, Inc and the AutoNation CureBowl and serves as a board member providing expertise for technology and marketing strategy.

A member of the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, Lamelza has been recognized by the Business Journal as one of Missouri’s top professionals. In 2013 he received the MCCA Technology Innovation Award for web design in Higher Education and the 2017 Medallion award from NCMPR. He is a frequent judge in various media venues including the Davey Awards, The Communicator Awards, and the Miss America pageants.

Lamelza is a father of two who divides his time between Dallas, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and Springfield, Missouri.

Joshua Denne

Joshua Denne is an Entrepreneur, Investor, Deal Maker, and Master Connector. Denne has built Marketing Teams into the hundreds of thousands creating over a Billion in Sales throughout 5 continents earning millions in profit for my partners and investors.

Today he manages the private equity firm Blockchain Funding that has a focus in Blockchain Technologies as well as Digital Media.

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John Malott

John Malott is the Founder and Chairman of Build Your Empire. He has built organizations of over 100,000 distributors in 8 countries, helping thousands of people achieve financial freedom.

He has been featured in countless publications including, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive Global, Success From Home, and USA TODAY.

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Joe Munizaga

Joe Munizaga is the Sales and Marketing Manager at Cardone Training Technologies.

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Susie Dos Anjos

Susie Dos Anjos is the Co-Founder of VIP Agency.

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