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 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

Senior 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

Social Media 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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Jie Ren

Backend Engineer

I’m Jie, and I studied and worked in the Great Lakes region, coding and working in teams while surrounded by fresh water. I’m impressed with the dynamics in California and love to work on a variety of projects. Hiking is my way of being blended with nature.

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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

Lead Mobile Engineer

I’m Adam, and I’m the Senior iOS Engineer at AutoGravity. I love playing Daily Fantasy Sports, and I have a beautiful baby girl!

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Mohan Thota

Lender Integration Business 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

Lead Fullstack Engineer

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

Lead Backend Engineer

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/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

Data Coordinator

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

Technical Product Manager

I’m Amal, Technical Product Manager 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 a recently married (1 year anniversary right around the corner) soon-to-be-dad (expecting late Sept), and proud husband of a newly-minted PhD wife.

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Francisco J. Diaz

QA Automation Engineer

I’m Francisco, and I am a self-taught Automation Engineer. I started as a cashier in a Wal-Mart in South Central LA, and worked my way up to my role. I’m always striving to learn new things and pushing myself to get to the next level.

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Mandar Mulherkar

Senior Software 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

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

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

Software 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

Business Analyst

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

Dealer Integration 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

Senior Automation Engineer

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

iOS 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

Senior 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

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!

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Michael Miranovich

QA 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.

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Aziz Khalmukhamedov

Sr. 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

Web 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!).

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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.