Chief Executive Officer
Marshall Chesrown has served as our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since October 24, 2016. Mr. Chesrown has over 35 years of leadership experience in the automotive retail sector. Chesrown served as Chief Operating Officer, director, and was the founder of Vroom.com, an online direct car retailer. Mr. Chesrown served as Chief Operating Officer of AutoAmerica, an automotive retail company, from May 2013 to November 2014.
Steven R. Berrard
Chief Financial Officer
Steven R. Berrard has served as our Chief Financial Officer since January 9, 2017 and served as Interim Chief Financial Officer from July 13, 2016 through January 9, 2017 and as Chief Executive Officer from July 13, 2016 through October 24, 2016. Mr. Berrard has also served as Secretary and a director of the Company since July 13, 2016. Mr. Berrard earned his B.S. in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.
Denmar Dixon has served on our board of directors since January 9, 2017. Mr. Dixon has served as a director of Walter Investment since April 2009 (and its predecessor since December 2008). Effective October 2015, Mr. Dixon was promoted to the positions of Chief Executive Officer and President of Walter Investment. Mr. Dixon has also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of Walter Investment since January 2010 and Chief Investment Officer of Walter Investment since August 2013.
Mitch Pierce has served on our board of directors since January 9, 2017. Mr. Pierce has over 35 years of leadership experience in the automotive retail sector. Mr. Pierce currently owns one of the five largest Toyota stores in United States and is a partner in six other major auto dealerships. Mr. Pierce is a board member of the Southern California Toyota Dealers.
Kevin Westfall has served on our board of directors since January 9, 2017. Mr. Westfall previously held various executive roles including Senior Vice President of Sales and Senior Vice President of Automotive Finance at AutoNation, founder of BMW Financial Services, President of World Automotive Imports and Leasing and Retail Lease Manager of Chrysler Credit Corporation.
Kartik Kakarala was appointed to our board of directors immediately following the completion of the NextGen Acquisition in February 2017. Mr. Kakarala is the Chief Executive Officer of Halcyon Technologies, a global software solutions company with over 280 employees worldwide. He is responsible for sales, business development and innovation, as well as the creation of technology assets. He has been responsible for the growth of a number of strategic, horizontal competencies, and vertical business units like automotive, utilities, finance and healthcare practices. Mr. Kakarala holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Houston.