Sean Stapleton entered the automotive software industry by co-founding IMS, which was later acquired by Who’s Calling. He worked as Vice President of National Accounts and as Vice President of Automotive Sales for Who’s Calling, where he defined market expectations for the emerging Call Measurement and Monitoring industry. He later co-founded and established Visible Customer as an automotive market brand.
Sean joined VinSolutions as the Executive Vice President of Sales August 2010. Later named Chief Sales Officer and appointed to the VinSolutions’ Board in 2010, Sean was a key component in executing the next step in the company’s evolution: making the industry aware of its successes and new solutions.
VinSolutions realized growth of 678% under Sean Stapleton, contributing directly to the company being ranked by Inc. 500 in 2010 as the 33rd fastest growing software company and 447th fastest growing company overall, and listed again in 2011, 2012, and 2013! Sean was Chief Sales Officer when AutoTrader.com purchased VinSolutions in June of 2011. He ultimately became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at VinSolutions prior to leaving the company in 2014.
Sean is a highly regarded sales leader and author in many top automotive trade magazines and a respected events speaker. With memberships in all major automotive networking groups, Sean’s expertise, leadership, and successful track record are sought as a consultant and mentor to many.
In addition to his work in the automotive industry, Sean Stapleton works as a major fundraiser for Merrick Inc., http://www.merrickinc.org/, a non-profit organization whose goal is to empower adults with disabilities through vocational and social opportunities. Sean resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and three children.
Katie Donovan is a highly respected automotive professional with a proven history of success with her customer relationships and the desire to identify new opportunities that provide customers with a data-driven advantage. She is experienced with driving marketing decisions and creating effective attribution reporting which evaluates effectiveness.
Katie’s industry experiences include some of the top tier automotive companies such as Visible Customer, VIN Solutions and Who’s Calling. She somehow manages her incredibly productive career and her family including her husband and two lovely children.
Gary has been a Commercial Real Estate Owner, Developer and Advisor for over twenty-five years. He has been involved in transactions in excess of two billion dollars in Airport Parking, Urban Parking, Hotels and Industrial Real Estate. Cootes has owned and/or advised properties with such top Investment Companies such as MetLife, Carlyle, PCCP, AEW Capital Management, Hilton Hotels, ZKS Real Estate Group, Koll Company, TA Realty Advisors, New England Life, and AMB. Cootes was President and COO of Priority One Parking (a parking acquisition, disposition and management company he co-owned). He currently owns Cootes Consulting Inc. (a real estate acquisition, disposition and management company) and Airport Parking Consultants Inc. (an airport parking development, acquisition, disposition and advisement company of airport parking assets all across the U.S.A.). Cootes has joint ventured or advised the largest parking owners and operators in the U.S.A, including Central Parking, Park N Fly, and Ace Parking. Gary graduated from California State University Long Beach with a degree in Political Science/Economics. Gary and his Family now reside in Las Vegas, Nevada after living in Southern California all their lives. Gary has a Wife- Shelli and three Daughters- Nycole, Dominique and Danielle. Gary enjoys traveling and is an avid golfer – when he can find the time in between his Daughters' numerous sporting events and musicals.
Joe is the Chief Financial Officer at Dealer Teamwork and is responsible for overseeing financial operations. Prior to joining Dealer Teamwork, Joe was the Chief Financial Officer at Lake Street Capital Markets, an investment bank located in Minneapolis, MN. Before that, Joe served as Director of Fund Accounting at Whitebox Advisors, a multi-billion-dollar asset manager. Joe began his career in public accounting at KPMG. Joe graduated summa cum laude from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a BS in Accountancy. He is also a Beta Gamma Sigma member and a Certified Public Accountant.
Christian Miller is the CSO of Dealer Teamwork, LLC. In this capacity, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the business as well as oversight of key partner development and relationships. Over the last decade, he has served in executive leadership capacities for some of the fastest growing financial services companies in North America. Christian has an extensive track record leading high growth organizations including the growth of a corporate payments EBITDA by more than 300% over four years, making it one of the most scalable payments companies globally. He has a proven track record of restructuring contracts with key partners resulting in millions in fee reduction and has reduced operational costs by more than 50% multiple times through increased automation and six sigma process improvements. Christian has transformed go-to-market strategies by focusing on emerging tech solutions that yield greater revenue and increased margins. As an entrepreneur, Christian has successfully launched several companies including a financial technology company servicing the commercial equipment industry and led the turn-around of an under-performing software business, among others. Christian is also a regular guest speaker at different industry events; he enjoys sharing his experiences and insights to help others improve their professional efforts. His technical background and education include degrees in finance and business management which were earned at the University of Iowa and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Miller serves on the board of multiple community outreach programs and resides in Eden Prairie, MN with his wife and two very active children.
Brad is General Counsel for Dealer Teamwork and also heads up the Human Resources Department. Brad's primary focus is to provide sound legal advice to not only protect Dealer Teamwork's interests, but to help us grow and succeed. Prior to joining Dealer Teamwork, Brad was a managing partner in a private practice law firm focusing on insurance contract disputes and insurance fraud litigation. Prior to embarking on his legal career, Brad was a successful sales and marketing representative for a print media company in southern Minnesota. Brad's favorite employment, however, took place on the slopes of the Colorado mountains for a season immediately after college. Brad is married to his wife, Andrea, and they have four children, two college graduates and two high schoolers. In addition to spending time cheering at soccer, football and track, Brad enjoys waterskiing, wakeboarding and anything to do with the lake.