ABOUT US

AutoGravity is a FinTech pioneer. We are on a mission to transform auto finance by harnessing the power of the smartphone. We partner with the world’s leading banks and financial services companies to give you direct control over how you finance your car. We built our secure platform to empower you with multiple finance offers within our network of trusted car dealerships. Founded in 2015 in Irvine, California, AutoGravity is led by an international team of digital natives and industry veterans.

AutoGravity About Us

One Team, One Dream

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Andy Hinrichs

Chief Executive Officer

I’m Andy, CEO of AutoGravity, and I’m passionate about FinTech and creating a superior customer experience. Prior to AutoGravity, I was an executive at Daimler Financial Services with 20 years of experience working in the US, Europe and Asia, and leading digital initiatives on a global scale.

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Nicholas Stellman

Chief Operating Officer

I’m Nick, and I have a proven track record managing operations and strategic projects. I have extensive experience in automotive financial services and have worked with startups and corporations, successfully implementing plans to increase profit and drive efficiencies.

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Serge Vartanov

Chief Marketing Officer

I’m Serge, the CMO of AutoGravity, where I lead marketing, product, and design teams to revolutionize financing and accelerate our growth. I’m a Boston Consulting Group, Harvard Business School and UC Berkeley alum who loves snowboarding, jiu jitsu and playing the ukulele.

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Martin Prescher

Chief Technology Officer

I’m Martin, and I build digital products that change the world. My career has been about connecting dots and transforming legacy markets and systems through digital products. As an Astrophysicist (aka Rocket Scientist) I learned to handle ‘Big Data’ before the term existed.

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Lukas Wickart

Chief Financial Officer

I’m Lukas, CFO of AutoGravity, and I make sure we have the capital to revolutionize car financing. I come from a 10 year career in finance and strategy across Asia, Europe, and the Americas, am a Harvard Business School alumni and a passionate pilot.

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Sam Suh

EVP of Business Development & Partnerships

I’m Sam, and my passion is transforming businesses with better processes and structure. I have always worked in consumer finance – at Chase, Citi, and Hyundai Capital. At AutoGravity, I’m taking a critical part in empowering the auto finance industry through solid partnerships with respectable banks and auto finance companies.

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Aleks Bogoeski

VP of Sales and Dealer Network

I’m Aleks, co-founder and VP of Sales and Dealer Network. I’m a graduate of University of Michigan (’97) and the things that I am proud of are my family, my country, and coming up with the AutoGravity name and tagline. Lastly, I love our office panda!

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Alechia Smith

Compliance Manager

I’m Alechia, Compliance Manager at AutoGravity. My job experience includes auditing and investigating internal and consumer-based fraud activity. I am a proud Michigan native!

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Julia Nguyen

Strategy and Investor Relations Manager

I’m Julia, and I have 5 years of experience in business development in financial services. I’m excited to strategize and change the world of auto finance everyday. I’m passionate about F1 Grand Prix – the speed, objective, and team spirit reminds me of AutoGravity.

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Sheng Wang

Director of Product

I’m Sheng, an experienced product executive obsessed with customer experience, building amazing teams and high-impact products people love. I am inspired by audacious missions, challenging problems, great execution, thoughtfully opinionated people and positive cultures.

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Carly Chiao

Lead Visual Designer

I’m Carly, an experienced designer full of energy, hard work and enthusiasm. My passions are creating usable designs that are both visually and functionally appealing, and my family! Occasionally, you will find me carving down the snow trails or exploring the deep blue sea!

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Sean Ferguson

Lead Product Manager

I’m Sean, and I’m a digital product evangelist and an auto industry assassin. I’m inspired by Call of Duty adult generals, informational freedom war heroes, and keeping ripped jeans alive. The rest is a secret.

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Caroline Park

Brand Marketing Manager

I’m Caroline, and I represent AutoGravity through social media! Hippos and unicorns are my spirit animals, and my love language involves anything fried, baked, or smothered with cheese. When I’m not with my amazing team, I’m exploring the earth or playing video games.

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Daniel Wiegand

Finance & Controlling Manager

I’m Daniel, and I love finance like Kanye loves Kanye. At AutoGravity I’m responsible for all financial topics. I enjoy working in dynamic and fast-moving environments and worked in Germany and South Korea before joining AutoGravity. Also, I love traveling!

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Justin Turpin

Software Engineer

I’m Justin, and I went to UC Irvine where I developed a student data system for the UCI School of Education. After that I went on to build high-performance backend systems at Demand Media.

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Annie Boneta

Head of Talent

I’m Annie, and I hire passionate, creative, and disruptive talent for AutoGravity. I’m a culture and brand ambassador who creates an environment where everyone wants to work. I live life to the fullest. I enjoy my family, animals, concert set lists, great food, and my faith.

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Matthew Funk

Digital Marketing Manager

I’m Matt, and I orchestrate how our digital marketing works together. I also write, research, strategize and lend technical help. My passion is to be a part of a story that changes the world. I believe the first chapter is being written right here, right now.

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Faith Daly

Executive Assistant

I’m Faith, the Executive Assistant to the CEO. My main goal is to make sure our Financial Commander has everything he needs to change the future of auto financing. Some of my favorite things include live music, the beach, college football, and my two dogs.

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Ashley Moreno

HR Specialist

I’m Ashley, and I love connecting people! On weekends, you’ll find me exploring new hiking trails and discovering waterfalls. I also love matcha!

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Adam Johnson

Director of Mobile Engineering

I’m Adam, and I’m the Director of Mobile Engineering at AutoGravity. I love playing Daily Fantasy Sports, and I have a beautiful baby girl!

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Mohan Thota

Operations Analyst

I’m Mohan, Lender Integration Business Analyst for AutoGravity. I have worked for Hyundai, Toyota, and Bank of America. I’m passionate about tech and innovation. Hobbies include photography, snowboarding, and mountain biking. I majored in Tech Management from UNSW, Sydney.

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Joel Kopelioff

Director of System Innovation

I’m Joel, a web/iOS developer with a passion for slick UI and pixel perfect design. I graduated from UCSD (BS, Computer Science) in 2002, worked at Intuit for 7 years, and consulted for 3 years. Recently, I worked as a web developer and iOS engineer at Demand Media.

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Tim Marks

Growth Manager

I’m Tim, the Growth Manager for AutoGravity. I’m fascinated with building and growing great products and love the challenges that revolve around it. In my spare time, you can find me hiking, riding bikes, chasing sunsets, and finding the best taco Tuesday spots in the OC.

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Ahmed Atif

Director of Backend Engineering

I’m Ahmed! I’m building the backend rocket engine to help AutoGravity get auto financing back down to earth! I’m a passionate technology and software design freak, and I enjoy helping build scalable and secured systems.

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Alexis Ameny

Receptionist and Executive Assistant

I’m Alexis, and I’ve worked for a small business, a corporation, and a startup! I enjoy being active, eating/cooking, music, and spending time with friends and family. My guilty pleasures include boy bands and peanut butter (give me peanut butter and I’ll love you forever).

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Sonja Rueckner

Senior Visual Designer

I’m Sonja, born and raised in California. Most of my family lives in Norway, so I have dual citizenship. I have been a designer for over 12 years and enjoy learning something new everyday. I am passionate about coffee, dogs, and music (I’ve played violin since age 3)!

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Michelle Southall

Project Specialist

I’m Michelle, and I work on dealer data being uploaded for the app. I am married and have 4 children who keep me very busy. I am the co-founder of Charity On Wheels, which helps the homeless get off the street. It is very dear to my heart.

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Amal Younes

Software Engineer

I’m Amal, Software Engineer at Autogravity. For the past 7 years, I’ve worked in technical and business roles in Auto Financing, Mortgage Banking and Electronic Design Automation industries. I’m a Master’s student and a proud mom of 2 energetic preschoolers.

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Daniel Kim

Assistant General Counsel

I’m Daniel and I’m the AGC (not our company’s acronym) of AutoGravity. I love spending time with my family (my wife and baby daughter are the best!), reading Abovethelaw.com (my guilty pleasure) and cheering on my UCLA Bruins!

Cole Prentice

Customer Service Representative

I’m Cole, and I’m a Southern California native. I love watching hockey and listening to live music.

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Mandar Mulherkar

Lead Android Engineer

I’m Mandar, and I’m an Android Engineer at AutoGravity. I have previously worked at Qualcomm and Amazon as a software engineer. I love to travel, stay fit, and believe that life is about investing in new experiences.

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Papori Das

Automation Engineer

I’m Papori, and it is been a great transformation for me – from working back in India and now working for AutoGravity! I love sports and love to play badminton!

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James Smith

Senior UX Designer

I am a designer/problem solver and I love what I do. I am married with 2 daughters (6 and 3 years old), and enjoy spending time with them when I am not working. I play the drums, enjoy craft beers and binge watching Netflix and HBOnow.

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Somo Banerjee

Software Engineer

I’m Somo, and I am a backend developer at Autogravity. I am passionate about programming, Indian music, cricket, and dark/suspenseful fiction. I have studied in two football-crazy schools, LSU and USC in the years when they won the Superbowl.

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Christopher Torres

Lead Customer Service Representative

I’m Christopher and I am a Customer Service Representative at Autogravity. My passions are guitar and music. I currently sing and play guitar in one band and play bass in another. I’m a huge fan of movies and enjoy reading in my spare time. I love sports, my favorite teams are the Angels, the Lakers and now the LA Rams.

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Shary Shekari

Software Engineer

I’m Shary, and I am passionate about learning new things! I graduated from UC Irvine, with a MS degree in Computer Science. I love hiking and playing with puppies.

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Ignat Ocheredko

Senior Software Engineer

I’m Ignat, and I grew up in Russia, near the Black Sea. I’m passionate about sunny beaches, warm sand, and the roaring ocean! Since I’m an IT geek, I love everything related to gadgets and new software. I enjoy reading about entrepreneurship and stock markets.

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Elad Levy

IT Specialist

I’m Elad, and I’m the IT Specialist! I’m a native Israeli who moved to CA after meeting my wife in Israel. I love to do extreme outdoor activities. Also, I am a huge fan of technology, and I can talk about it all day long!

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Johnny Zarate

Software Engineer

I’m Johnny, and I have two awesome puppies! My favorite thing to do is go out and eat with my son, and then watch a movie at the theaters. I also tend to smile and laugh at everything.

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Jorge Cuadra

Lead Web Engineer

I’m Jorge, and I’m a Web Software Engineer and an Industrial and Systems Engineer. I am passionate about finding ways to maximize productivity in software development. My goal is to build web applications that improve millions of people’s lives.

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Thyrone Lewis

Compliance Specialist

I’m Thyrone, and I was born and raised in Uniondale, NY. I have a BA in Public Relations from SUNY at Albany, and an MBA from Texas A&M – Central Texas. After four years at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, I’m here to start my new endeavor with AutoGravity!

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Jens Schwalm

Strategy Specialist

I’m Jens, and I’m a big fan of FC Bayern Munich! I like hiking, running, and being in nature. I also have been to many countries including India, Singapore, Myanmar, Japan, and Taiwan.

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Stephanie Nakamae

UI Designer

I’m Stephanie, and I graduated from UCI and worked in LA for a year, only to return to the OC. When I’m not visiting my Shiba Inu (…and family) in NorCal, you’ll find me crafting, watching HGTV, or Yelping my way through SoCal eats.

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Evan Klebanow

Operations Analyst

I’m Evan, and I consider myself an automotive sommelier. With my passion for cars, I want to help develop a product that perfectly balances dealers, lenders, consumers, and OEMs in the auto industry. Though I grew up in NYC, I’ve always dreamed of living in SoCal.

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James Johnston

Lender Key Account Manager

I’m JJ, and I’m a 25 year self-described veteran of the automotive lending business, having been a senior manager for many finance firms. In my spare time, you can catch me at the beach, hanging 10, on the links, or volunteering at a greyhound rescue.

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Steve Rasmussen

Director of Quality Assurance

I’m Steve, and I’m passionate about fintech! I have a Masters in Engineering from USC, and I’m a Finra stock broker for Series 7, 66, and 24. I enjoy photography, travel, and stock trading.

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Noelle Anderson

Dealer Account Manager

I’m Noelle, and I was born and raised in Orange County. I live with my 6 year old son, and I have worked in the auto industry for over 6 years. I enjoy spending time with my son, going to the beach, and celebrating Halloween and Christmas.

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Owen Pierce

Software Engineer

I’m Owen, and I studied at Michigan State University for Economics and Computer Science. I actually wrote the first official version of the Disneyland iOS app, and I’ve trained in parkour for 3 years – which I’ve also taught to kids for over a year!

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Brandon Friend

Lead iOS Engineer

I’m Brandon, and I first started programming when I was 11 years old. Outside of AutoGravity, I like to play the electric guitar, attend Cars & Coffee events, and cook Blue Apron meals with my girlfriend.

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Hiral Patel

Senior Software Engineer

I’m Hiral, and I’ve been doing Android and iOS development for 4 years. I was born and raised in London, and I love playing, watching, and talking about football. I’m outdoorsy, so I visit new places and hike often. I also enjoy the occassional drinks with good company!

Michael Miranovich

Lead Automation Engineer

Hi, I’m Michael. Here at AutoGravity I make sure we deliver products of exceptional quality to our customers. I truly love what I do and take pride in my work. I also enjoy living in California and being able to surf or spend a day at the beach …in December!

Sara Nofeliyan

Product Manager

I’m Sara, and I think technology is magic. My mission is to use this magic to make people’s lives just a little bit better. When I’m not working on that you can find me on the peak of a trail or in a yoga studio.

Aziz Khalmukhamedov

Senior Software Engineer

I’m Aziz, and I’m a backend software engineer at AutoGravity.  I became passionate about computers at age 5, when my father gave me an IBM 286 as a present.  My hobbies are chess, ping-pong and exploring new places.

Sehwan Noh

Software Engineer

Hi, I’m Sehwan, a backend engineer here at AutoGravity. I am passionate about all backend technologies.  I love clean and compact code, simple solutions, and modular distributed systems. When I need some refreshment I enjoy traveling, camping and hiking.

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Adrian Nieto

Software Engineer

I’m Adrian, and I love learning new programming languages and frameworks. I love being outdoors, whether it’s hiking, camping, or off-roading. I make my coffee from scratch every morning using my Chemex Pour-Over.

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Katherine Wang

Software Engineer

I’m Katherine, and I love cooking, hunting for desserts, hiking, and traveling (I prefer to live and eat like a local!).

Steve Sain

National Dealer Account Manager

I’m Steve and I’m the National Dealer Account Manager at AutoGravity.  I’ve worked in the auto finance industry for over 15 years, and most recently in automotive technology. I love spending time with my three sons and I play electric guitar!

Amy Black

Product Manager

I’m Amy, and I’m a product manager who loves making complex processes easier for users.  When I’m not working you can find me at Orange Theory Fitness or chasing after my two dachschunds, Rafi & Ruxin.

Eric Wahl

Product Manager

I’m Eric and I’m a product manager and Seattle native. I am passionate about 1960’s-70’s European cars. I stay active by hitting the basketball court, the golf green or the slopes regularly.

Kevin Mekhitarian

Software Engineer

I’m Kevin and I’m a backend software engineer with a passion for clean code. I was born in LA and moved to Orange County after starting school at UCI. I love spending time at the beach, surfing and working on glassblowing as a hobby.

Yuliya Bahamolskaya

Automation Engineer

I’m Yuliya and I’m originally from Belarus. I’ve travelled all over the U.S and Southern California is my favorite place. I speak four languages and am always curious to learn about new cultures. I’m also passionate about music, so in my spare time you can find me at a concert or at karaoke.

Andrew Tsai

Senior Accountant

I’m Andrew and I’m a Senior Accountant here at AutoGravity. On the weekends you can find me on bike rides with my wife, cooking up something new in the kitchen or visiting a new restaurant.

Dustin Norman

Senior Graphic Designer

I’m Dustin and I’m a graphic designer here at AutoGravity. I grew up in Delaware and I love everything related to hip-hop–the music, culture etc. While most people play Fantasy Football, I play Fantasy Surfer.

Levi Hsiao

Software Engineer

I’m Levi and I’m an Android engineer at AutoGravity. I worked in real estate for eight years before discovering my passion for programming. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, trail running, exploring museums and reading books on history.

Andrew Gill

Product Manager

I’m Andrew and I’m a Product Manager here at AutoGravity. I’m from the UK and yes, I love tea–just not the iced type. In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching soccer.

Kapil Shah

Project Leader

I’m Kap, originally from New Jersey.  I’m passionate about the automotive industry.  After receiving my MBA from USC, I’ve worked at Audi of America, Edmunds and TrueCar.  In my free time, I enjoy going for a drive in the canyons, snowboarding (on the same board for over 20 years!) and watching movies.

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Kevin Gilpin

Product Manager

I’m Kevin and I’m an Orange County native and University of Colorado alumnus. I previously worked in action sports marketing before leading product at an education technology startup. Outside of the office you can find me studying for my computer science courses or binging on Netflix!

Haiyan Li

Associate Business Analyst

I’m Haiyan and I love traveling and exploring the most beautiful places in the U.S. Since graduating from university I’ve been to New York, Las Vegas, Big Bear Lake and now, Irvine.

Scott Shamansky

Software Engineer

I’m Scott and before joining AutoGravity I traveled with a documentary film crew to places like Haiti and South Africa. In my spare time I try to grow fruits and veggies like corn, fruit, peppers and tomatoes in my backyard. I’m now a proud homeowner with my wife and our baby!

Peter Panda

Lead Panda

I’m Peter, and I’m a panda! As one of AutoGravity’s first employees, my job is to spread love and happiness amongst our awesome team. I love hugs, and have an unlimited supply for everyone. Fun fact: I’m the lead of an acapella group called The Bearitones.


ADVISORS

Brian Reed

Brian Reed founded F&I Express® in 2008. As President and CEO, Brian leads the F&I Express team in its quest to provide world-class technology to support the electronic processing and eCommerce of the automotive industry. Prior to F&I Express, Brian served as CEO of online auto financing company giggo.com, which he led from its inception as a new subsidiary of Daimler Chrysler to its merger with competitor PeopleFirst, where Brian then assumed the role of President. Brian later structured a successful exit for all parties through the sale of PeopleFirst to Capital One.

Tim Gill

Tim Gill helped build Advent from a very small operation with 2 employees and 15 clients to over 100 employees and 900 clients in the US and Canada. Over the past 10 years, Advent has transitioned from a specialist developer of F&I related products to a full DMS provider for dealerships. Tim is one of the founding shareholders of Intersection Technologies Inc., the designer and operator of F&I Express and Express Recoveries, which has become the industry standard for processing aftermarket e-contracting and handling premium rebate claims for the auto finance and insurance underwriting industry.