Jerry Daniels founded ABN in 2007 and continues to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. In this capacity Daniels has been driving innovation in the digital marketing space by providing automotive dealerships with tools to capitalize on direct marketing to customers throughout the showroom, service areas, and waiting rooms of the dealership.
Leveraging more than 30 years of retail automotive industry experience, Daniels drives ABN’s development of pioneering solutions featuring compelling content and exceptional technology at the forefront of the digital signage industry. ABN’s digital engagement platform empowers dealers and OEM’s to tell their brand stories, drive transactions, enhance customer loyalty, and impact their bottom line.
Daniels has directed ABN from a concept based on an emerging technology to a national enterprise with dealership clients in all 50 states, proprietary intellectual property including a U.S. patent and recognition as a GrowFL Company to Watch in 2016 and Fast50 designation by the Jacksonville Business Journal in 2018.
Prior to founding ABN, Daniels served as Executive Vice President of Asbury Automotive Group, a Fortune 500 company ranked as the seventh largest dealership group in the U.S. by Automotive news in 2017. In this role he provided and cultivated leadership for 25 dealerships with stewardship of nearly 3,000 employees and annual company revenues reaching $2 billion.
He assumed that post after founding and serving as CEO of Auto Town, a software company providing Customer Relationship Management (CRM), inventory tracking and finance & insurance (F&I) software to automotive dealerships in 13 states.
Daniels began his career as an automotive salesperson in San Jose, CA, the heart of the Silicon Valley. Rooted in the technology that was developing all around him, Daniels’ intellectual, data-driven approach to sales and leadership enabled him to quickly rise through the dealership ranks before ultimately becoming a dealer principal at age 30 after graduating from NADA’s Dealer Candidate Academy in 1990.
A recognized innovator and thought leader in both the automotive and digital signage industries, Daniels has been featured in multiple business and industry publications and is currently working on his first book.
Doug Porter comes to the Automotive Broadcasting Network (ABN) after having served on the ABN board for the last 10 years. Doug joined Automotive Broadcasting Network as the Chief Operating Officer. In his last position, Porter served as Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. The Blue System is the nation’s largest health insurer covering over 106 million people – one in three of all Americans. It is the largest single processor of Medicare claims in the nation and holds the world’s largest privately underwritten health insurance contract – the 6 million-member Federal Employee Program.
Doug’s previous responsibilities include leadership of all facets of Plan to Plan operations, BlueCard domestic and international programs, information technology, Enterprise Project Office, Business Continuity and Security, and analytics within BCBSA. These functions enabled system-wide interoperability and the Association’s National Programs, FEP benefit processing, and PlanConnexion services. Porter collaborated across the Blue system, the healthcare industry at large, and government agencies on matters relating to health plan operations, cybersecurity, technology and analytic solutions. He is a recognized thought leader in the practical application of technology in solving complex business needs.
Doug has served in various capacities advancing business growth, the high-tech sector, and state level economic development through his work with corporate boards, public/private sector collaboration, advisory role for two venture funds, and university advisory councils.
Doug has held both technical and business positions in his career including service in the banking, finance, travel, insurance, healthcare and computing industries.
He holds a master’s of science degree in international business from Johns Hopkins University, a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Jacksonville University, has completed executive professional development work at Harvard, Northwestern and is currently pursuing a Wharton fellowship.
Dan McAllister is ABN’s Chief Customer Officer. Dan has over 25 years of management experience. Most recently, Dan was the President and COO of startup A La Carte Media, Inc. In his capacity, he focused on go to market strategies to build applications and technology that solved critical problems in the cellular/telco market. Prior to that he was General Manager of Americas for the digital signage software giant Scala. During his time with Scala, profitability grew by 20% YoY during his 3-year tenure.
Prior to Scala, Dan spent 14 years in management positions with Touch Tunes Interactive Networks, most notably as SVP of Sales & Marketing. He was part of the team that launched the company and grew the business with 100,000+ music kiosks sold and placed in retail locations across North America. Dan was also an Executive with Merit Industries where he was instrumental in developing a new touchscreen game market, eventually selling 120,000+ kiosks in North America. Both Touch Tunes and Merit Industries were eventually sold successfully to Private Equity.
Linda Marlette has served as Chief Financial Officer of ABN since joining the company in 2010. In her tenure, Linda has established fiscal policy and exercised the financial prudence and strategic management necessary to help guide the company through explosive growth as it ascended from an upstart to an enterprise with dealership clients in all 50 states.
Marlette’s career in automotive retail spans more than 30 years. Prior to joining ABN, Linda served as a Division Controller for one of the largest dealership groups in the nation, Asbury Automotive. She earned this role after serving in multiple financial leadership positions including internal auditor and treasurer with the Coggin Automotive Group before ultimately being named corporate accounting manager. In this role she was instrumental in guiding the Coggin Automotive Group through its acquisition by Asbury.
Linda earned her undergraduate degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri double majoring in business and mathematics. After graduation, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham to study accounting. After several years developing her expertise and business acumen, she satisfied the rigorous criteria necessary to earn the highly regarded Certified Management Accountant designation affirming her expertise in financial accounting and strategic management.
Steve Mortensen co-founded ABN alongside President and CEO Jerry Daniels in 2007. His vision for the company has always been to build a world class technology and digital media company where team members want to come to work because of their respect for one another and every client.
Steve has utilized his natural gift for building relationships to steer ABN to exponential growth. On ABN’s Honda DreamsTV team he serves as the dealers’ advocate ensuring the voices of the hundreds of Honda dealers he has met with throughout the country are heard and considered in the perpetual development of the initiative. Outside of this role he also oversees enterprise-wide strategic sourcing, establishing policies, processes and procedures related to procurement and purchasing while defining best practices for resource optimization. Additionally, he manages renewal strategies for existing clients.
His experience in the automotive industry began over 30 years ago when he rose from salesman to part owner of two franchises within a small automotive group. When that group was purchased by a larger one, Steve became involved in mergers and acquisitions specializing in business formation and market growth development of several niche-based corporations for nearly a decade.
In 1996, he acquired a financial company and became president and chairman of Global Axcess Corp until it was sold in 2001. He stayed on with Global Axcess as an officer and board member, guiding the company as it grew from obscurity to ultimately becoming the fifth largest of its type by revenue in the United States.
Immediately prior to co-founding ABN, Steve invested in, and joined, a start-up company in 2004. While there, he landed an international distribution partnership and was responsible for over 80% of all corporate revenue generated during his three-year tenure.
Steve often shares with team members that he is just as excited to come to work today as he was the day he and Jerry started the company more than a decade ago and his contagious excitement is felt by every team member he contacts on a daily basis.
David Bronson has served as a Director of the CONMED corporation since July 2015. Previously, Mr. Bronson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PSS World Medical, Inc. from 2002 until it was acquired by McKesson Corp in 2013. In that role, he developed and executed strategies to improve profitability and returns on capital, and led the deal process, due diligence and pre-close integration efforts for the acquisition of PSS by McKesson.
Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of Digineer, Inc. from 2001 to 2002 and of VWR Scientific Products from 1995 to 1999, when it was acquired by Merck KGaA. Mr. Bronson previously spent 15 years at Baxter Healthcare, Inc., where he held various senior financial executive positions. He was a Director and a member of the Audit Committee of Labsco, Inc. until 2016 and was a Director and Audit Committee Chair of AxelaCare, Inc. through November 2015.
Mr. Bronson received his Master of Science Degree in Management Studies from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton.
Jeff Helfman founded KLH Marketing, Inc., a quality food service representative group in 1988. The company specialized in end-to-end foodservice support and consultation from full-scale design/build projects to simple equipment replacement. His entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and industry knowledge enabled KLH Marketing to become one of the premier rep groups in the United States. In addition to general management and strategic vision of the company, Jeff was responsible for sales relationship development with key dealer and consultant accounts in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Helfman retired from KLH in 2011 and moved to Eagle, Idaho with his wife Janis. In 2015, Jeff joined Schulz Associates, a 35-year-old Seattle-based firm highly regarded as a quality rep organization throughout the Pacific Northwest. Jeff covers the southern Idaho and eastern Oregon territories for Schulz Associates, working closely with dealers and end-users in restaurants, schools, hospitals, business & industry, correctional facilities and casinos.
Doug Herberger has been with ABN since 2015 serving as EVP of OEM and Dealer Relations.
Doug has 45 years of experience in the automotive industry, beginning his career with General Motors in 1973. Doug held a variety of analyst and leadership positions within GM encompassing several disciplines including finance, planning, sales and marketing. In 1984, Doug was named Director of GM’s Treasurer’s Office and the “bagman” for GM’s Chairman, Roger Smith. He was Secretary of the GM Board’s Audit Committee and a member of the team that helped GM acquire Ross Perot’s EDS and Hughes Aircraft.
Doug joined GM’s Service and Parts Operations in 1992 as Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed General Director of ACDelco in 1996 where he earned the business of Walmart, Sears and K-Mart. The following year he was named Chairman and CEO of GM Japan and served as a member of the GM Asia Pacific Strategy Board. In 1998 he returned to the U.S. to head up GM’s 16 state Western region with responsibility for all vehicle sales, service and marketing. He was appointed a GM Vice President and General Manager of GM’s Service and Parts organization in 2002 and was given responsibility for Global Operations which had revenues of $13 Billion. Before retiring from GM in 2009, he achieved seven consecutive years of record profits and had the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry.
After a two-year retirement, Doug joined Allstate in February 2011 as President of Allstate Dealer Services. In his three years there, he broadened the organization’s product portfolio and strengthened the brand, achieving double-digit growth and record profitability each year. He also turned around Allstate’s Sterling Auto Body Centers and negotiated the sale of 61 collision repair facilities to private equity.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. Bonaventure University and an MBA from Michigan State University. Doug has been married to his wife Cynthia for over 40 years; they have three “kids” Betsy, Peanut and Lulu.
Craig Hubbell has recently been appointed the President and CEO of Tectonic Audio Labs where he leads the vision, strategy and market expansion of the Company. Mr. Hubbell’s extensive background in entertainment media services and audio solutions includes over 25 years of executive leadership and results driven experience with B2B brands. Most recently, Mr. Hubbell was CEO of PlayNetwork, the leading global provider of music, content and technology for customer engagement, where he successfully grew the business to include more than 500 leading retail, luxury and hospitality brands in over 131 countries. Previously, Hubbell held leadership roles at AEI Music and Exodus Communication.
Mr. Hubbell is widely respected as a thought leader in the digital media space, and is known for his ability to deliver transformative new products, services and media-driven experiences. He currently sits on the board of directors for Automotive Broadcasting Network, a digital signage company targeting the automotive market and is an executive advisor to Underground Group, a digital media and content innovation studio. He routinely consults with digital media start-up companies to provide strategic, product and financial direction.
Mr. Hubbell is a graduate of the University of Washington and was recently selected to be a founding member in the University of Michigan’s Quantum Shift program, the nation’s premier executive development program for America’s most promising entrepreneurs.
Jonathan Ord, co-founded DealerSocket; one of the automotive industry’s leading providers of customer relationship management software and websites and has been its CEO for the past 16 years. Ord currently serves as a strategic investor and is active on the company’s board of directors.
Under Ord’s leadership, DealerSocket grew into one of the top CRM companies in the automotive retail space. In 2014 he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.
Both DealerSocket and Jonathan have received many accolades including being named Best Overall Company globally in the 2008 Stevie International Business Awards, Best Management Team in the 2009 American Business Awards, and one of the Red Herring North American 100 in 2009. Additionally, Jonathan has been honored as one of the most successful young entrepreneurs and executives in Southern California, having received the 2010 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award from the Orange County Business Journal.
Tim Russi is Vice Chairman of Auto Finance at Ally, the company’s primary profit center with over $115 billion in assets and $4 billion in net revenue. He is responsible for successfully transforming Ally’s auto finance business from a manufacturer-owned captive, formerly GMAC, to an independent, market-leading financial services organization. His vision and operational expertise enabled Ally to reinvent itself, replacing almost all of the revenue sources it had as a captive. Russi’s leadership was instrumental in directing the auto team of more than 6,000 associates to effectively execute on its transformational strategies and tactics. Under Russi’s guidance, the auto finance unit grew to become Ally’s largest business unit and revenue driver, critical to Ally’s successful IPO in 2014. The IPO valued the enterprise’s equity at more than $10 billion.
Russi actively advocates for, and invests in, digital, ecommerce, and fintech platforms designed to grow and evolve the auto business. He successfully championed the acquisition of an emerging fintech lender in 2016 and has made Ally a go-to financial services partner for the most innovative digital disruptors in the auto retail space. His drive for innovation has led to many other key accomplishments including: the creation of a $55 billion committed facility for the purchase of consumer loans; the negotiation of an agreement with Chrysler as part of its bankruptcy restructuring plan to onboard the entire network of Chrysler dealers who contribute about 30 percent of the current business; the development of a new client channel, sales team and complementary product offerings that now represent almost 40 percent of the current business; and the overhaul of processes and governance to meet the standard of a regulated bank entity. Russi led his team through the regulatory transition by developing practices that raise awareness and compliance with Ally’s risk appetite and by continuously fostering the company’s “Do It Right” culture. The result has been consistently favorable regulatory ratings.
He has served on the boards of RouteOne (a software and technology-services business), American Financial Services Association (Vice Chairman of Vehicle Finance Board), Consumer Bankers Association and Florida’s First Coast YMCA. Russi is a frequent speaker at auto finance industry events, has been interviewed by CNBC and published in Barron’s. He and his businesses have received numerous industry awards for excellence.
Russi is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and a certified public accountant. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and family. He has been active with youth sports as a coach for over 30 years, teaching kids the virtues of teamwork, sportsmanship, skill development and hard work as a formula for success. He is on the committee for Champions for Hope, a charity for those dealing with extraordinary obstacles
Dave Zuchowski comes to the Automotive Broadcasting Network (ABN) Board after serving as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). He served for 36 years in the automotive industry, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyundai Motor America. There he was responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company’s entire United States operations.
Dave joined Hyundai in February 2007 as Vice President of Sales and was promoted to Executive Vice President in January 2010. He was named President and CEO in December of 2013 and served in that role until December of 2016. Zuchowski joined Hyundai from Mazda North America where he was Vice President of Sales and Field Operations from 2003-2007.
He began his career in 1980 at Ford Motor Company. He spent 23 years in various Executive-level positions for Ford and Lincoln Mercury Divisions including Regional Manager, Product Marketing Manager, National Merchandising Manager, and National Field Operations Manager.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and completed Executive Development programs at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business (1993), and University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business (2015).
A recognized thought leader in his field, Dave has been a mentor for emerging leaders. People who have worked with him say he is “one of the smartest auto executives in the industry and a great leader,” as well as a “capable and personable executive.” One said, “I attribute much of our success … to his insight and organizational skills. Excellent guy!!!”
Dave was selected as an Automotive Sales All Star by Automotive News in 2010 and was named an Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 2016 by the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. He is a recognized thought leader in the industry and has earned widespread respect for operational excellence and professionalism.