MEET OUR JUDGES
"I’m excited to be a judge because I don’t think there’s ever been a better time for innovators to have a major impact on an industry as large and important as the automobile business."
For those of us in the automotive industry who have been around the block a time or two, we all know the 'standouts' do indeed stand out. When it came time to discuss who should comprise the AutoTech's Got Talent judges panel, the debate was easier than we thought. In fact, there was no debate at all.
Hal Logan was one of the first judges who came to mind.
An automotive industry leader, innovator, and inspirer, Hal's storied automotive career includes roles as President and CEO of Manheim Interactive, a subsidiary of Manheim, Inc.; CEO of Vicinity Inc., a company specializing in Yellow Pages information, maps, and driving directions for Yahoo!, Excite, and InfoSeek; and CEO of BuyBook Technologies, acquired by AutoTrader in 2014.
Hal has long been a champion of technology and its ability to transform the automotive industry for both buyers and sellers. Today, he is Dealer Principal at BMW of Fairfield in Northern California and he proudly serves on several Boards of Directors, including LeafGroup and RepairPal (as a member), and auctionOS and Learning Ally (as Chairman and Board Chairman Emeritus, respectively.)
Hal's deep and respected experience in the automotive industry, his investigative skills as a Washington Post reporter in earlier years, and his creativity as a former jazz band trumpet player are precisely the reasons we wanted him to be an AutoTech's Got Talent judge – rather, the reasons we needed him to be a judge!
When we asked Hal his thoughts about contributing to AutoTech's Got Talent, he responded, "I’m excited to be a judge because I don’t think there’s ever been a better time for innovators to have a major impact on an industry as large and important as the automobile business."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Hal, thank you for being an important part of this exciting journey. We appreciate you and our industry does, too.
"I love hearing about new and innovative ideas and being part of up-and-coming ventures, so this is the perfect opportunity!"
CEO. Entrepreneur. Business Advisor. Board Member. Speaker. Coach.
We know Kelly Price by her many titles and professional accomplishments, as well as the admiration and respect she has earned in the automotive industry throughout her 30-year career. However, what inspires us most about Kelly is her passion to create "happy, healthy humans" and to make the world a better place.
These reasons, and more, are why we're honored that Kelly is an AutoTech's Got Talent judge.
Kelly has certainly made an impact in the world with her deep involvement in the Cleveland Christian Home, a residential care program for children and families who have suffered extensive trauma, and the Inspiring Children Foundation, a nonprofit specializing in helping children who are suffering from anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.
She has also made a tremendous impact in our industry. Beginning in 1990, she has served as Vice President of Sunnyside Automotive Dealer Group; President and Founder of Imprise Insurance; and CEO, Founder, and Board Member of National Automotive Experts/NWAN, Inc.
Today, she is the Co-Founder of Driven Capital Partners and the Executive Vice President and Board Member of Portfolio Holding, Inc., ventures that specialize in investments, M&A, business development, and advisory services for growth-oriented companies.
In response to why she's excited to be a judge for AutoTech's Got Talent, she told us, "I love hearing about new and innovative ideas and being part of up-and-coming ventures, so this is the perfect opportunity!"
Kelly's proudest accomplishment is her family – her husband of 34 years and her two children.
She recently shared with us a wonderful story about her son.
"I went to Antarctica with my son for his high school graduation present. I told him he could pick, and he said he wanted to see penguins. Little did I know when I agreed that this was pretty much the only place you can go to see them! We were on an expedition ship with 104 people and scientists. It was simply amazing. I would recommend this to everyone!"
Kelly, thank you for making a difference in the world, and in our industry. We're excited to welcome you as a member of our esteemed judge's panel.
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