The Team at String Automotive is passionate about empowering dealers to unlock their data and uncover actionable insights that improve sales, marketing and service performance. We're constantly working on new ways to put the power of objective analytics and prescriptive action in the the hands of more dealers.
A visionary thinker and bona fide data geek, Ken has deep roots in software and has been in the automotive industry for a decade. Ken architected the first and second iterations of String’s platform [although is very thankful to have more qualified individuals at the engineering helm!] and was instrumental in establishing String as the only vendor in the automotive industry to become a "Google Analytics Certified Partner" back in 2008. In 2012, Ken spearheaded String’s evolution toward the Dealer Positioning System in order to solve two pressing problems facing every dealer: Where advertising dollars should be targeted and spent for maximum ROI, and how to gauge which campaigns are working and which aren’t as objectively and as quickly as possible.
Now, Ken spends his time spreading the gospel of String, guiding our long-term strategy and making sure our team has all the support it needs to execute, and ensuring our team and our partners are 100% aligned toward achieving success for our clients and, therefore, for our company. Ken earned a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in beautiful-but-chilly Montreal and completed most of an MBA at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management before leaving to pursue both the startup that would become String as well as his startup family that, as those who know him joke, now rivals String’s employee base in size!
Jesse comes from the wild and fascinating world of ad tech, where she spent the last 13 years at Burst Media in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as SVP Operations, where she led multiple teams supporting Burst’s supply-side ad platform, publishers, and advertisers. Jesse also led the creation and development of Burst’s mobile division, and has been quoted as an authority on mobile advertising in several trade publications. Jesse’s wide range of expertise, spanning many different functions, including operations, client services, product, sales and marketing, is what she applies to her role as COO and SVP of Customer Success at String, overseeing and tying together all of our customer- and external-facing functions in order to ensure the best possible quality of product and service for our clients and partners. Jesse holds a BA in History and Philosophy & Religion from Colgate University.
Mike oversees String’s development team and is a firm believer in the benefits of quality requirements, agile methodologies, design documentation, unit testing, and build automation. Mike has over 20 years of development experience at companies including Varolii and bcgi. His first company, NBG Services, was part of a marketing services roll-up that became TeleSpectrum Worldwide and went public in 1996. Mike earned a bachelors in Management Information Systems(MIS) from Northeastern University.
Amy is responsible for driving dealer sales and business development relationships for String. A dynamic sales leader, Amy got her start on the media and agency side, helping automotive clients develop their traditional and online advertising strategies, including as a principal in her own firm, See Spot Run Media. Most recently, she oversaw the Southeast regional sales teams at Cars.com. She holds a BS in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina, Asheville.
A seasoned start-up veteran and investor, Dave assists String with all things financial. Previously, Dave was a VP and Controller at Progress Software and an auditor at Deloitte and Touche. He earned a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS from Bentley University.
In 2005, Ken Kolodziej knew nothing about the car business. But he did understand web design and digital marketing – and could see that auto dealers, saddled with siloed, antiquated technology, needed help creating functional, beautiful web sites that sold cars.
The launch of String roughly coincided with the launch of Google’s Website Optimizer. These new tools enabled String’s founders to get even more fanatical about data and conversion optimization, and they evolved their platform to take advantage of best practices in search optimization and marketing. As a result, String Automotive was named a Google Analytics Partner in 2012, one of only 220 companies worldwide to bear that distinction – and the only one in the automotive space.
But in our quest to help improve online marketing for dealers, we uncovered an even bigger need in the market: True business intelligence and objective real-time reporting that would help dealers make crucial decisions. Despite spending thousands of dollars on expensive DMS and CRM software, dealers still felt at a loss to accurately attribute traffic and leads, evaluate vendor performance, allocate marketing dollars and gauge inventory movement.
Since that epiphany, String’s mission and purpose have evolved: We exist to deliver transparency, insight and innovation to every auto dealer. Using our online marketing experience and analytical chops, we’ve refocused the business around our latest product, the Dealer Positioning System®, an intelligence platform created solely to empower dealers to sell more cars and operate more efficiently by making decisions based on data.