CEO and Board Member
Art Shaw serves as the CEO at RepairPal guiding its strategy and operations. Shaw was an early pioneer in transforming businesses by bringing them onto the Internet. After coming to the West Coast to go to Stanford Business School, Shaw spent several years at McKinsey and left to launch and run the Strategic Planning Group at Charles Schwab. Shaw changed roles at Schwab in 1995 to help launch www.schwab.com which defined financial services online and grew to a $1 billion business. Since that time, Shaw has amassed considerable experience running online businesses. He ran myCFO and sold it to Harris Bank after achieving the #1 rating from Bloomberg Wealth Manager for two consecutive years. Thereafter, Shaw was CEO of Connexus, an online advertising company that helped companies reach their target audiences through display, search and social.
Art holds a BA, magna cum laude, in Mathematical Economics from Brown University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and an MBA from Stanford University. He was also selected as a Henry R. Luce Scholar and spent a year in Thailand working on Public Policy.
VP, Automotive Group
Bret directs the team of automotive technicians, data analysts, writers, and editorial staff at RepairPal. Prior to RepairPal, he worked for over eighteen years as a professional automotive technician, lead technician, and shop foreman. Working for Volvo, Audi, Volkswagen, Saab, and Porsche dealerships, hea has won awards for his customer service and technical expertise. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician.
Director of Sales
Chan Patel has over 17 years of sales and marketing expertise in the B2B sector. He is a passionate sales professional who thrives on driving growth, with his entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ideas.
Before joining RepairPal, Patel lead sales for Branders.com, the nation’s largest online B2B seller of promotional items. He established the sales team to become a leading B2B sales network in the $19 billion Advertising Specialty Market by managing rapid growth and forging online sales for brands such as Microsoft, AARP, Intel, and Google. He also created and implemented the revolutionary web-tour sales and support model. Prior to Branders, Patel joined Franklin Templeton Investments. He played an integral role in many key departments and worked with some of the country’s best portfolio managers. While on the Equity Trading desk he was responsible for trading over $3 billion of overnight repurchase agreements with JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs.
Chan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from University of the Pacific, with an emphasis in Business Administration and Sociology.
VP/GM Shop Network
Over the course of her career, Kathleen Long has provided thousands of practical solutions to small and medium sized businesses to help them grow and thrive. From 2010–2014, Kathleen was VP of Customers at Bill.com. Prior to that, Kathleen worked at Intuit and PayCycle, helping to grow and develop what ultimately became the largest online payroll service in the US. In each case, Kathleen built and developed world class, award-winning sales, success and support teams, experiences and strategies. Kathleen delights equally in mentoring and developing employees, and has enjoyed watching many achieve great success.
Kathleen has a degree in General Studies and Philosophy from the University of Nevada Reno.
Matt has spent the last decade building startups and engineering teams from zero to 50 engineers, and finds as much joy in hands on coding as in leading teams. He programs in a variety of languages, and regularly works with a variety of databases and distributed computing tools. His background includes over a decade of big data and applied statistics, but he has also learned to love browser side coding in recent years. His passion for Lean Startup methods and Agile development techniques comes from hard earned experience across industries including early web analytics and data warehousing, search, music recommendation, Internet advertising, and local search.
VP/GM, Business Development
As a veteran of the online automotive industry, Steve oversees the business development and strategic partnerships of RepairPal. He has over 15 years of experience in driving growth via start-up/disruptive environments, strategic planning, business development, marketing, product development, infrastructure, and operations. Steve’s career includes leading departments and initiatives for some of the most recognized brands in the country; including Chase, Capital One, DMV.org, and Kelley Blue Book. Along with his executive level positions over the years, Steve is the Founder of Condurre Inc., a publisher of consumer websites including FinanceSource.com; and he has been an independent advisor and consultant to numerous companies. Most recently, Steve worked directly with the founders of TrueCar.com for over 5 years, helping the company grow to become one of the most successful businesses within the automotive industry by going public and reaching a valuation of over $1.5 billion dollars.
In addition to his role at RepairPal, Steve is the Founder & Executive Director of the Automotive Executives Association.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with a major in Operations and minor in Economics; and a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Finance, from the University of Delaware.
Board of Directors
Hal Logan is the CEO of BuyBook Technologies. Before joining BuyBook Technologies, Hal served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Industry Relations for Manheim, Inc., the world's leading provider of automotive remarketing services. Hal's earlier positions at Manheim included President and CEO of Manheim Interactive, and Senior Vice President of Marketing. Before joining Manheim, Hal managed Third Set Partners, a consulting company. Hal began his career in 1973 as a reporter with the Washington Post. In the following years, he helped launch Dow Jones and Company's online service for investors, held various executive-level positions at Pacific Bell Directory, and was President and CEO of Vicinity Corporation, an Internet company that provided Yellow Pages, mapping and driving direction services. Hal holds a BA degree in Economics from Harvard University and a Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in strategy and finance from Stanford University.
Greg McGivney is General Manager and Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Cars.com. He maintains responsibility for a number of areas critical to Cars.com's success, which include defining the strategy of the organization, leading business development efforts, maintaining partnerships and alliances, and exploring new revenue opportunities. McGivney also manages Cars.com's Santa Monica office. McGivney joined Cars.com in 2003 after leaving his role as chief operating officer of By-Products Interactive, a $50 million agriculture brokerage and publishing company. Prior to his role with By-Products, McGivney also led teams as a manager in the strategy consulting practice with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and also held strategy and corporate finance positions at Waste Management. McGivney is a graduate of Marquette University and received his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Andrew Seligson is a portfolio manager at Passport Capital, a San Francisco based, global investment firm. At Passport, Andrew co-manages the firm’s technology investments and has been investing in Internet companies since 2001. Prior to Passport, Andrew spent four years in the Strategic Planning Division at NEC Corporation in Tokyo. He has a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.
Michael Smith is Assistant Vice President of Corporate Development at USAA. USAA provides a full range of highly competitive financial products and services to the military community and their families. Prior to USAA Michael was a Director at Huron Consulting Group, advising clients on corporate strategy and valuation matters. Earlier in his career, Michael worked as a consultant for Deloitte and for Price Waterhouse helping clients successfully optimize costs. Michael earned a BBA at The University of Texas at Austin and his MBA at London Business School.
Alex Vetter is Senior Vice President of Sales for Cars.com. As one of the original members of the Cars.com team, he has helped steer the company's growth strategy from concept into a multi-faceted sales and distribution model that spans all aspects of internet marketing, including local, mobile and social media. Through Vetter's leadership, Cars.com has grown to over 900 employees and 500 sales executives that serve every local market in the United States. He has operated in nearly every capacity at Cars.com, spanning product development, customer service, training, operations and currently oversees all revenue generating activities for the local online retailer. Through his work, Alex has helped establish a vibrant local marketplace for cars, enabling e-commerce activities with over 18,000 retailers who connect with site users on a daily basis. Vetter received his bachelor's degree from Providence College. In 2007, Vetter was named one of the 40 under 40 executives by Crain's Chicago business.
Dave Whorton has served on the board of directors of RepairPal since 2009 and chairman since April 2011. In addition, Dave is the founder and managing partner of Tugboat Ventures. Prior to Tugboat, Dave was founding CEO of Good Technology (acquired by Motorola), co-founder of Drugstore.com (sold to Walgreens after public) and president of Optical Engineering, Inc, a manufacturer of industrial CO2 lasers. Dave also worked at Netscape, Hewlett Packard and Bain & Company. On the investment side, Dave was a managing director at TPG Ventures and associate partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Investments prior to RepairPal include Blue Nile (NILE), Cranium (sold to Hasbro), richrelevance and SuccessFactors (SFSF). Dave also worked closely with Amazon, Autotrader, E.piphany and Google in their early days. Dave is a founding non-profit board member of Charter Cities and Newschools Venture Fund.
Roy Williamson is Managing Director of Castrol innoVentures, the innovation and investment arm of BP's lubricants business, Castrol. He runs the corporate venture portfolio for Castrol and leads a portfolio of innovations through collaboration with other corporates, incubation of start-up ideas and M&A. Prior to founding innoVentures, Roy was Global Head of Marketing for the passenger car and motorcycle portfolio of Castrol, a business which has shown extraordinary growth over the past 4 years. He joined BP in 2002 as Marketing Director for Castrol’s European Region. A honours graduate in Business from Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh, Roy completed his CMA finance qualification during his graduate traineeship at Unilever. During his subsequent 17 years at the firm he focussed on brand marketing and held key leadership positions in a diverse range of geographies in categories as diverse as haircare, laundry and tea. Amongst other positions he was Marketing Director and Business Development Director for Unilever International in the UK and Vice Chairman of Unilever Ghana.