Jeffrey Coats joined Autobytel as President and CEO on December 2008. Mr. Coats has served on Autobytel's Board since August 1996. He is a partner of Southgate Alternative Investments, a diversified investment firm, since November 2007. Mr. Coats has also been an Executive Chairman of Mikronite Technologies Group Inc., an industrial technology company, since April 2007, having previously served as the company's Chief Executive Officer, President and a director since February 2002. Prior to that, he was a Founder and Managing Director of TH Lee Global Internet Managers, L.P., a fund focused on making equity investments in eCommerce and Internet-related companies globally, where he remains a limited partner. Coats served as Managing Director of GE Equity, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric Capital Corporation, from April 1996 to July 1999. He was a Founder and Managing Director of GE Capital's Corporate Finance Restructuring Group from 1990 to 1993 and Region Manager and Managing Director of GE Capital's Western United States Corporate Finance Group from 1989 to 1993. Coats serves on the Board of Directors of Congoleum Corporation, a resilient sheet and tile flooring company, and is a member of its Audit Committee and Restructuring Oversight Committee.
Jeffrey Coats, President and CEO
Coats holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management.
Glenn Fuller, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary
Glenn Fuller joined Autobytel Inc. as Vice President of Legal Affairs in 2006 and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary in December 2008. Fuller brings to Autobytel extensive corporate legal experience for publicly-held and start-up companies, as well as specific expertise in both media and technology. As Chief Legal Officer, Fuller is responsible for Autobytel Inc.'s overall legal operations, including securities matters, intellectual property and the structuring and implementation of strategic acquisitions and alliances.
Prior to joining Autobytel, Fuller served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Freedom Communications, Inc., a diversified, multi-jurisdiction media business, where he created that company’s first in-house legal department. Previously, he was associated with and was of counsel to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he started his legal career and was a member of the firm’s Corporate Securities and Transactions Group. Fuller joined a group of 13 Gibson, Dunn lawyers who left the firm to form the law firm of Pettis, Tester, Kruse & Krinsky, where Fuller was a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Securities Group. Fuller has also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for startup technology company, Airline Computerized Ticketing, and maintained a private corporate and securities practice representing a diverse group of clients in various industries, including ticketing, marketing and fundraising software technology for venues and events and settlement services for residential real estate transactions.
Fuller received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Southern California, where he served as Executive Managing Editor of the USC Law Review.
Stephen D. Lind, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development
Steve Lind is Autobytel’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Development. He brings nearly 15 years of online and offline automotive experience, a rich collection of industry contacts and a proven track record of executive leadership honed at Nissan North America, LeadPoint, Stealing Home Media -- and through nearly 10 previous years of service at Autobytel, where he led some of the company’s most successful and innovative strategic partnerships with automakers.
Lind first joined Autobytel in 1998, serving as manager, then director, of market representation, where he developed and instituted a model that dramatically changed the way dealer territories were priced and sold. He rose through the organization to Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts, securing Autobytel’s original relationships with AutoNation, FordDirect, General Motors, Asbury Auto Group, and many other OEMS along the way. He also spearheaded a groundbreaking new-car online inventory pilot with General Motors, representing the company’s first sale of its technology services business. Lind ultimately took over sales and operating responsibilities for the company’s Retention Marketing Performance group, delivering positive dealer growth within two months, and sales responsibilities for the AIC division, securing new clients and successfully renegotiating the largest client’s contract.
Previously, Lind headed up LeadPoint’s automotive group and, most recently, he created Stealing Home Media, founded to help partners grow their businesses through building the right relationships and delivering marketing leading ideas. His successful work for multiple clients included M&A activity, business development work, market research and analysis, sales and organization development and online marketing plans.
A graduate of Miami University with an MBA from University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, Lind’s automotive career started with Nissan North America.
Jim Helberg, Executive Vice President, Products, Marketing and Analytics
Jim Helberg brings a 25-year record of strategic marketing, advertising and media accomplishments to Autobytel, including leadership roles at major automotive ad agencies, working with OEMs, such as Chrysler, Nissan, Honda and Toyota. His deep background in marketing also includes key executive positions with Time Inc. / Time Warner.
As Autobytel's Executive Vice President, Product, Marketing and Analytics Helberg is charged with overseeing the company's web products, as well as its consumer and trade marketing initiatives, including advertising, ad sales and public relations. In addition, Helberg has taken a leadership role in re-focusing the company's flagship consumer brand, as well as spearheading its analytics practice, including further development of the company's database offerings.
Prior to joining Autobytel, Helberg served as EVP at PHD, where he was responsible for the strategic development and execution of all Chrysler Group media operations. Previously, he has served in senior level positions across a wide portfolio of consumer categories, including serving as Executive Client Communications Director at OMD where he was responsible for all media planning and buying functions for Nissan North America, and as Media Director for Saatchi & Saatchi/Los Angeles, where he oversaw all national media planning and buying for Toyota Motor Sales. During his tenure at Time Inc. / Time Warner, he was responsible for the company's cross-platform program development and execution within the Western US. Helberg has also served in marketing roles at Time Magazine, Grey Advertising, Foote, Cone and Belding and Rubin Postaer and Associates, among others.
Helberg is a Journalism/ Advertising graduate of the University of Oklahoma.
Curtis DeWalt, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Curtis E. DeWalt was named Autobytel's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer on March 1, 2009. He assumed the duties of Chief Financial Officer after joining the company as its Controller in October 2007. DeWalt provides the company with significant experience and expertise in all aspects of finance, corporate governance, investor relations, operations management and business development.
Prior to joining Autobytel, DeWalt held several senior financial roles at several companies including Roth Staffing Companies, Inc., RemedyTemp, Inc. and at a division of Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics Inc. He also served as Director, Finance and Information Systems at Saint Gobain's - Corhart Refractories Inc. Prior to that, DeWalt held various financial positions with The Pittston Company's Brink's Inc. and Burlington Air Express (BAX Global) subsidiaries.
DeWalt received a Masters of Business Administration, Finance from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, from Bryant University in Rhode Island.