Dealerware is modern fleet management for the modern retailer. From loaner fleets to retail rental and subscription programs, Dealerware's connected car platform allows dealers to lower cost and enhance the customer experience in the service department. Today, Dealerware is managing tens-of-thousands of vehicles for hundreds of dealerships; working with 10 of the top 10 dealer groups and more than 25 OEM brands.
Silvercar by Audi is the next-generation premium mobility company whose fleet consists entirely of Audi vehicles. With a sleek mobile app, Silvercar offers a hassle-free, premier rental experience. No lines or counters. No paperwork. Just best-in-class customer service and premium products every time. Silvercar continually earns the highest customer satisfaction and loyalty scores in the industry with 26 locations at airports and in select urban cores.
Matt Carpenter is Chief Executive Officer at Silvercar, Inc., focused on the development and delivery of premium solutions that meet the evolving mobility needs of the future consumer. Matt joined Silvercar from Audi, where he served as Chief Financial Officer for Audi of America and Audi Canada. Prior to being named CFO, Matt held several positions within the sales organization at both Audi of America, and Audi Financial Services / VW Credit, Inc.
In his 12 years at Audi / Volkswagen Group, Matt played a central role in boosting U.S. sales volume and improving the financial contribution of the business for the company and its dealers. He also played a role throughout the years of partnership between Audi and Silvercar, starting with the original fleet sourcing partnership of the Silvercar rental business and resulting in Audi’s acquisition of Silvercar in 2017.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Russell Lemmer, Chief Product Officer at Silvercar, Inc. and President of Dealerware, is a storied business builder known for developing mobility concepts into high-value businesses. He leads the growth and expansion for Dealerware, the first fully-digital, fully-connected loaner management platform. Russ works with auto dealers, dealer groups and OEMs to utilize technology to transform their business models. Under his leadership, Dealerware’s growth is rapidly accelerating and now has thousands of vehicles under management at hundreds of dealerships across the nation.
Prior to leading the Dealerware business, Russ co-founded Silvercar in 2011. He has held various roles at the company including Vice President of Business Development, Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Strategy and Growth. Prior to Silvercar, Russ served as an Associate and Venture Capital Investor in Austin Ventures and Consultant at Bain & Company.
Russ is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a B.B.A. in Business Honors and Finance.
Kay Stroman is the Chief Administrative Officer for Silvercar, Inc. She is a member of the founding executive team that launched the company in 2012. Prior to assuming the CAO role in 2016, Kay served as VP of Operations directly leading launch efforts for more than 14 airport car rental locations across the United States. In her current role as CAO, Kay oversees HR, Payroll, Learning and Development, Safety and Security, Purchasing, IT, Policy and Compliance and also serves as the Chief Security Officer for the company, ensuring facility and IT security.
Kay’s many years of experience in executive leadership, organizational development, human resources, customer service and operations management have spanned a variety of business and industry sectors, including aerospace engineering, manufacturing, telecommunications, cable TV entertainment, software and mobile technology, retail, travel and consumer services.
Kay earned a BA in Political Science from Texas State University and currently serves on the McCoy College of Business Advisory Board for HR Management.
Jefferson Macks is Chief Financial Officer for Silvercar, Inc. where he leads all efforts relating to accounting, financial controlling, tax, treasury, and insurance. Jefferson brings more than 24 years of extensive international financial and operational experience to Silvercar.
Prior to joining Silvercar, Inc. Jefferson worked for Audi of America as Senior Manager, Audi Brand Controlling and most recently he served Audi as Director, Financial Planning and Forecasting where he was responsible for all controlling processes related to vehicle pricing & margin, structural costs, Aftersales business and liquidity planning and management oversight. He forecasted and managed over $1 billion of net liquidity for Audi of America and Audi Canada and analyzed and controlled the structural cost budget of $104 million for AoA.
Jefferson has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Kerry McGowne is the Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Brand at Silvercar, Inc. He leads strategic positioning initiatives for the corporation and its subsidiary brands and drives transformative change through cutting edge communication strategies.
Kerry has over 25 years’ experience managing a broad spectrum of product and marketing disciplines; successfully building, marketing and sustaining highly technical products. He has expertise in the area of brand development, reputation management, and corporate marketing strategy that helps companies map their product plans and campaigns to the organization’s overall goals. In his various roles with small, emerging, and large Fortune 100 companies including Microsoft, ServiceSource and Sysomos, he has demonstrated the ability to help companies develop and grow brands that establish category leadership across technology brands including computer hardware and peripherals, SaaS and Web services, Cloud services, Big Data, Virtualization technology, and Social Media Platforms.
Kerry earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Jon Zeitler is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Silvercar Inc. In this role, Jon is responsible for all legal and corporate development matters for the company. He also has served as General Manager of Audi Select, Audi of America’s pilot vehicle subscription service operated by Silvercar.
Jon has over 20 years of experience working with high growth companies and disruptive products and technologies, having led corporate and business development, operating, and legal functions. Jon has particular experience in the mobility sector. In addition to his time at Silvercar, he served as EVP for Corporate and Business Development at Zipcar, the pioneering car sharing company, where he helped lead the company to over 750,000 members and a successful IPO. Prior to joining Silvercar, Jon served as EVP and General Counsel at Cricket Media, Inc., an education media company providing award winning content and a secure learning network for teachers and families.
Jon holds a BA in Public Policy and Economics from Duke University and a JD from Duke Law School.
Stephan Zeh is the Executive Vice President of Audi Mobility Services at Silvercar Inc. With over 10 years of experience at Audi working in offices around the globe, including Dubai, Ingolstadt, and Munich, Stephan is now based in the Austin office. Stephen leads the overall Audi mobility strategy for the United States, together with Silvercar Inc. and Audi Business Innovation GmbH. Together with his team in Austin he is responsible for the rapid expansion of the app-based, premium mobility service, Silvercar by Audi, acquired by Audi in 2017.
Stephan started his career with Audi as a Corporate Sales Manager, where he was responsible for 12 countries in the Near & Middle East. During his time at AUDI AG he led a team focusing on trend and innovation research and was responsible for the Audi Innovation Research offices in San Francisco and Beijing.
Stephan received his BA in International Business Administration at the International School of Management in Munich.