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This excerpt taken from the ABTL DEF 14A filed Apr 29, 2009.

Executive Officers

The current executive officers of Autobytel are as follows:

 

Name

   Age   

Position

Jeffrey H. Coats

   51    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Mark A. Garms

   44    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Glenn E. Fuller

   54    Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary

Curtis E. DeWalt

   54    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Richard X. Szatkowski

   53    Senior Vice President, Advertising and Business Development

For information concerning Mr. Coats, who is also a director, see the section above entitled “Nomination and Election of One Class II Director– Other Directors.”

Mark A. Garms joined Autobytel as Director of Consumer Experience in February 2002, and was promoted to Vice President, Dealer Operations and Strategy in June 2004, Senior Vice President, Dealer Operations in September 2004, Senior Vice President, Dealer Operations and Strategy in July 2005, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2008, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer as of January 19, 2009. Prior to joining Autobytel, Mr. Garms was Vice President of Client Services for SourceTrack (software), where he was responsible for client implementation and servicing from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Garms was with T. Rowe Price Services, the Baltimore based mutual fund company from October 1988 through December 1999, most recently as a Vice President and Department Manager, assisting in the start up of Customer Operations Centers in Tampa and Colorado Springs. Mr. Garms received a B.A. from Ambassador College.

Glenn E. Fuller joined Autobytel as Vice President, Legal Affairs in October 2006 and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary in April 2008, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary in December 2008, and Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary as of January 19, 2009. Prior to joining Autobytel, Mr. Fuller was in private legal practice from August 2002 to October 2006, and from June 1996 to July 2002, served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Freedom Communications, Inc. (newspapers, television stations and other media). From April 1994 to June 1996, Mr. Fuller was of counsel to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (law firm) and was associated with that firm from September 1980 to May 1987. Mr. Fuller was a partner in the law firm of Pettis, Tester, Kruse & Krinsky from January 1988 to December 1992 and employed as an attorney at that firm from May 1987 to December 1987 and from January 1993 to June 1993. From July 1993 to January 1994, Mr. Fuller was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Airline Computerized Ticketing (airline ticketing). Mr. Fuller received a B.A. degree from California State University at Long Beach and his J.D. degree from the University of Southern California.

Curtis E. DeWalt joined Autobytel as Vice President, Finance in October 2007, was appointed Vice President and Controller in November 2007 Senior Vice President, Finance and Controller in December 2008 and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in March 2009. Prior to joining Autobytel, Mr. DeWalt served as Vice President, Finance and Accounting of Roth Staffing Companies, Inc., from August 2006 to October 2007. From July 2003 to August 2006, he also served as Assistant Vice President, Accounting at Remedy Temp, Inc. From 1990 to 2003, Mr. DeWalt was with a business unit of Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics Inc. serving in various positions, including Controller of the Performance Plastics business unit (formerly Furon) and Director, Finance and Information Systems at Industrial Ceramics-Corhart Refractories Inc. Prior to 1990, he held various financial positions with The Pittston Company’s Brink’s Inc. and Burlington Air Express (BAX Global) subsidiaries. Mr. DeWalt received a Masters of Business Administration, Finance from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

Richard X. Szatkowski joined Autobytel as Vice President, Business Development in May 2007 and was appointed Senior Vice President, Business Development and Advertising in December 2008 and designated as an executive officer of the Company effective April 1, 2009. Prior to joining Autobytel, Mr. Szatkowski was Vice President, Business Development for Neomedia Technologies from October 2005 to May 2007. From April 2003 to October 2005, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of two business units and served in a corporate development role for Miva/Findwhat.com. From September 2001 to April 2003, Mr. Szatkowski was President and Chief Executive Officer of Alluna Group, a consulting company. From March 2000 to September 2001, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager and Vice President, Business Development at Neomedia Technologies. From January 1999 to March 2000, Mr. Szatkowski was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fischer International Systems Corp. From April 1998 to December 1998, he was SVP Product Solutions for Alltel Information Systems. From April 1995 to April 1998, Mr. Szatkowski was SVP, Engineering and Product Development at Checkmate Electronics (now Ingenio). From May 1985 to April 1995, he held various positions at Digital Communication Associates, Inc. (now Attachmate) including Vice

 

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President, Product Development and Vice President, Operations. Prior to 1985, he had various operational roles with Chromatics (now Barco) and Wescom. Mr. Szatkowski received a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta with undergraduate studies at Roger Williams University and University of Illinois.

All of the executive officers named in the management table above served as executive officers during 2008, other than Mr. DeWalt, who became an executive officer as of March 1, 2009, and Mr. Szatkowski, who became an executive officer as of April 1, 2009.

All executive officers of Autobytel are chosen by the Board of Directors and serve at its discretion, except that Jeffrey H. Coats has an employment agreement expiring on April 2, 2012.

 

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This excerpt taken from the ABTL DEF 14A filed Apr 29, 2008.

Executive Officers

The current executive officers of Autobytel are as follows:

 

Name

   Age   

Position

James E. Riesenbach    51    Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Monty A. Houdeshell    59    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Glenn E. Fuller    53    Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
James M. (Mark) Canon    56    Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer
Mark A. Garms    43    Senior Vice President, Dealer Operations and Strategy
Jonathan Rosen    48    Senior Vice President, Web Business Operations

James E. Riesenbach joined Autobytel as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director on March 20, 2006. Mr. Riesenbach was Senior Vice President of America Online’s Search & Directional Media Group from August 2001 to March 2006. Mr. Riesenbach was a founder and Vice President of AOL’s Local Group (then known as Digital City) from April, 1996 through August 2001. From March 1990 through April 1996, Mr. Riesenbach led consumer marketing and programming for Comcast Corporation in its largest region. Mr. Riesenbach holds a Bachelors of Science in Management from Rutgers University.

Monty A. Houdeshell joined Autobytel as Executive Vice President, Finance in January 2007 and became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in March 2007. Prior thereto, Mr. Houdeshell served as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of RemedyTemp, Inc. (staffing) from December 2004 to June 2006. From January 2003 to June 2006, he also served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of RemedyTemp. From 1988 until November 1999 he was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Furon Company (polymer products). Prior to 1988, he was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Oak Industries, Inc. (electronic components and communications and cable equipment). Mr. Houdeshell holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University.

Glenn E. Fuller joined Autobytel as Vice President, Legal affairs in October 2006 and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary as of April 26, 2008. Prior to joining Autobytel, Mr. Fuller was in private legal practice from August 2002 to October 2006, and from June 1996 to July 2002, served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Freedom Communications, Inc. (newspapers, television stations and other media). From April 1994 to June 1996, Mr. Fuller was of counsel to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (law firm) and was associated with such firm from September 1980 to May 1987. Mr. Fuller was a partner in the law firm of Pettis, Tester, Kruse & Krinsky from January 1988 to December 1992 and employed as an attorney at such firm from May 1987 to December 1987 and from January 1993 to June 1993. From July 1993 to January 1994, Mr. Fuller was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Airline Computerized Ticketing (airline ticketing). Mr. Fuller received a B.A. degree from California State University at Long Beach and his J.D. degree from the University of Southern California.

James M. (Mark) Canon joined Autobytel as Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer in July 2006. Mr. Canon was with America Online from November 2004 to June 2006 most recently as Vice President, Product Development of America Online’s Search & Directional Media Group. Prior thereto, Mr. Canon was Vice President, Product Strategy of Infospace from April 2003 to November 2004. Mr. Canon was Vice President, Business Development of Switchboard.com from October 1996 to April 2003. Mr. Canon received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Mark A. Garms joined Autobytel as Director of Consumer Experience in February 2002, and was promoted to Vice President, Dealer Operations and Strategy in June 2004, Senior Vice President, Dealer Operations in September 2004 and Senior Vice President, Dealer Operations and Strategy in July 2005. Prior to joining Autobytel, Mr. Garms was Vice President of Client Services for SourceTrack (software), where he was responsible for client implementation and servicing from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Garms was with T. Rowe Price Services, the Baltimore based mutual fund company from October 1988 through December 1999, most recently as a Vice President and Department Manager, assisting in the start up of Customer Operations Centers in Tampa and Colorado Springs. Mr. Garms received a B.A. from Ambassador College.

Jonathan H. Rosen joined Autobytel as Senior Vice President, Web Business Operations in June 2006. Mr. Rosen was Executive Director for Strategy and Business Development at America Online’s Search & Directional Media Group and was with AOL from June 2002 to April 2006. Mr. Rosen was a founder and Chief Executive Officer of BigSofte, Inc., a Parametric Search vendor from June 2000 to May 2002. Prior thereto Mr. Rosen was the President of iProspect, a search marketing consulting firm; Mr. Rosen was with iProspect from July 1999 to February 2001. Mr. Rosen has held several senior roles in media and information technology companies, including Sungard Technologies, EMC and OTG Software.

 

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All executive officers of Autobytel are chosen by the board of directors and serve at its discretion, except that James Riesenbach has an employment agreement expiring on March 1, 2009, and Monty Houdeshell has an employment agreement expiring January 30, 2010.

This excerpt taken from the ABTL DEF 14A filed Apr 30, 2007.

Executive Officers

The current executive officers of Autobytel are as follows:

 

Name

   Age   

Position

James E. Riesenbach

   50    Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Monty A. Houdeshell

   58    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ariel Amir

   47    Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary

Russell L. Bartlett

   37    Senior Vice President, CRM and Data Services

Mark A. Garms

   42    Senior Vice President, Dealer Operations and Strategy

James E. Riesenbach joined Autobytel as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director on March 20, 2006. Mr. Riesenbach was Senior Vice President of America Online’s Search & Directional Media Group from August 2001 to March 2006. Mr. Riesenbach was a founder and Vice President of AOL’s Local Group (then known as Digital City) from April, 1996 through August 2001. From March 1990 through April 1996, Mr. Riesenbach led consumer marketing and programming for Comcast Corporation in its largest region. Mr. Riesenbach holds a Bachelors of Science in Management from Rutgers University.

Monty A. Houdeshell joined Autobytel as Executive Vice President, Finance in January 2007 and became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in March 2007. Prior thereto, Mr. Houdeshell served as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of RemedyTemp, Inc. (staffing) from December 2004 to June 2006. From January 2003 to June 2006, he also served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of RemedyTemp. From 1988 until November 1999 he was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Furon Company (polymer products). Prior to 1988, he was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Oak Industries, Inc. (electronic components and communications and cable equipment). Mr. Houdeshell holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University.

Ariel Amir joined Autobytel as Vice President and General Counsel in March 1999, was elected Secretary in April 1999 and was promoted to Senior Vice President in April 2000, Executive Vice President in September 2000 and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer in July 2005. Mr. Amir was Vice President of Security Capital U.S. Realty from February 1998 until March 1999, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions and relations with strategic investees. Mr. Amir was Vice President of Security Capital Group Incorporated, where he provided securities offering and corporate acquisitions services from June 1994 until January 1998. Prior to joining Security Capital Group, Mr. Amir was an attorney with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York where he practiced securities and corporate law from September 1985 until April 1994. Mr. Amir received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.S. in industrial administration from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration and an A.B. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Russell L. Bartlett joined Autobytel as Regional Internet Director in June 2000, and was promoted to Director of Product Development in 2002, Vice President, Product Marketing in September 2004, Vice President, Business Development and Project Management in July 2005 and Senior Vice President, CRM and Data Services in May 2006. Prior to joining Autobytel, Mr. Bartlett held field management positions in both the Sales and Service Divisions at American Honda from July 1996 to June 2000. Prior thereto, Mr. Bartlett held several corporate and regional management positions at Nissan Motor Corporation from June 1992 to July 1996. Mr. Bartlett received a B.A. in marketing from California State University at Fullerton.

Mark A. Garms joined Autobytel as Director of Consumer Experience in February 2002, and was promoted to Vice President, Dealer Operations and Strategy in June 2004, Senior Vice President, Dealer Operations in September 2004 and Senior Vice President, Dealer Operations and Strategy in July 2005. Prior to joining Autobytel, Mr. Garms was Vice President of Client Services for SourceTrack (software), where he was responsible for client implementation and servicing from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Garms was with T. Rowe Price Services, the Baltimore based mutual fund company from October 1988 through December 1999, most recently as a Vice President and Department Manager, assisting in the start up of Customer Operations Centers in Tampa and Colorado Springs. Mr. Garms received a B.A. from Ambassador College.

All executive officers of Autobytel are chosen by the board of directors and serve at its discretion, except that James Riesenbach has an employment agreement expiring on March 1, 2009, Monty Houdeshell has an employment agreement expiring January 30, 2010 and Ariel Amir has an employment agreement expiring July 19, 2007.

 

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This excerpt taken from the ABTL DEF 14A filed Apr 28, 2006.

Executive Officers

The current executive officers of Autobytel are as follows:

 

Name

   Age   

Position

James E. Riesenbach    49    Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Richard Walker    42    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer(1)
Ariel Amir    46    Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary
Michael F. Schmidt    43    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

(1) On April 26, 2006, Mr. Walker resigned as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Autobytel effective May 31, 2006. Mr. Walker will continue as a part time employee of Autobytel after such date advising on general business and corporate development matters as reasonably requested.

James E. Riesenbach joined Autobytel as its President and Chief Executive Officer and was appointed as a director on March 20, 2006. Prior to joining Autobytel, Mr. Riesenbach served as Senior Vice President of America Online’s Search & Directional Media Group from August 2001 through March 15, 2006. Mr. Riesenbach was a founder and Vice President of AOL’s Local Group (then known as Digital City) from April 1996 through August 2001. From March 1990 through April 1996, Mr. Riesenbach led consumer marketing and programming for Comcast Corporation in its largest region. Mr. Riesenbach holds a Bachelors of Science in Management from Rutgers University.

Ariel Amir joined Autobytel as Vice President and General Counsel in March 1999, was elected Secretary in April 1999, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in April 2000, Executive Vice President in September 2000, and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer in July 2005. Mr. Amir was Vice President of Security Capital U.S. Realty from February 1998 until March 1999, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions and relations with strategic investees. Mr. Amir was Vice President of Security Capital Group Incorporated, where he provided securities offering and corporate acquisitions services from June 1994 until January 1998. Prior to joining Security Capital Group, Mr. Amir was an attorney with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York where he practiced securities and corporate law from September 1985 until April 1994. Mr. Amir received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.S. in industrial administration from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration and an A.B. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Michael F. Schmidt joined Autobytel as Senior Vice President, Finance in April 2004, and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2005. From April 2002 to April 2004, Mr. Schmidt was Chief Financial Officer at Telephia Inc., a leading provider of performance information for the mobile telecommunications industry. From December 2000 to August 2001, Mr. Schmidt was Chief Financial Officer of Autoweb.com, Inc., an automotive marketing services company. From May 2000 to October 2000, Mr. Schmidt was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at MizBiz, an internet startup. From September 1999 to May 2000, Mr. Schmidt was Director of Finance at Pacificare Health Systems, a health care company. From 1988 to March 1999, Mr. Schmidt held various senior level finance and operational positions at IMS Health, a worldwide provider of information services. Mr. Schmidt began his career as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Whinney. Mr. Schmidt received a Bachelors of Business Administration and Accounting from Cleveland State University.

Richard Walker joined Autobytel in January 2003 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy in June 2003 and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in April 2005. On April 26, 2006, Mr. Walker resigned as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Autobytel effective May 31, 2006. Mr. Walker will continue as a part time employee of Autobytel after such date advising on general business and corporate development matters as reasonably requested. Previously, Mr. Walker served as Vice President for LoneTree Capital Management, a technology investment fund, from August 2000 to December 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Walker was Vice President, Corporate Development for MediaOne Group, Inc., a multinational broadband and wireless company, from November 1998 until July 2000, where he was responsible for directing several strategic corporate and business development initiatives in the United States and Asia-Pacific. From April 1997 through October 1998 he was Vice President, Business Development for MediaOne, Inc., the domestic broadband operating division of US WEST Media Group and, after June of 1998, MediaOne Group, Inc. From December 1995 until March 1997, he was Executive Director, Corporate Development for US WEST, Inc., a Regional Bell Operating Company, where he supported overall corporate and business development efforts at the two largest operating groups: US WEST Communications and US

 

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West Media. Mr. Walker originally joined US West in December 1990 and held various positions in investor relations, business development, and strategic marketing. Mr. Walker began his career in 1986 as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Walker graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado, and an MBA from the University of Denver, Executive Program.

All executive officers of Autobytel are chosen by the board of directors and serve at its discretion, except that James Riesenbach has an employment agreement expiring on March 1, 2009, Michael Schmidt has an employment agreement expiring May 30, 2007 and Ariel Amir has an employment agreement expiring July 19, 2007. Mr. Walker resigned as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Autobytel effective May 31, 2006. Mr. Walker will continue as a part time employee of Autobytel after such date advising on general business and corporate development matters as reasonably requested.

 

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This excerpt taken from the ABTL DEF 14A filed Jul 22, 2005.

Executive Officers

 

The current executive officers of Autobytel are as follows:

 

Name


   Age

  

Position


Richard A. Post

   46    Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Richard Walker

   41    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Ariel Amir

   45    Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Secretary

Andrew Donchak

   53    Executive Vice President(1)

Michael F. Schmidt

   42    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

(1) On June 15, 2005, Mr. Donchak tendered his resignation as an employee of Autobytel effective July 31, 2005.

 

Richard A. Post has served as a director of Autobytel since February 1999 and as Chief Executive Officer and President since April 2005. From July 2000 to December 2002, Mr. Post was Managing Partner of Lonetree Capital Partners, a technology investment fund. From June 1998 to July 2000, Mr. Post was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MediaOne Group, Inc. and President of MediaOne Capital Corp., a subsidiary of MediaOne Group, Inc. From January 1997 to June 1998, Mr. Post was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MediaOne Group, Inc. Mr. Post joined US WEST Financial Services in April 1988 as manager of Corporate Development and was promoted in 1990, first to Executive Director, and then to Vice President, responsible for all Capital Asset Group businesses. From June 1996 to January 1997, he was President of Corporate Development at US WEST, Inc. where he had responsibility for corporate development efforts at US WEST Communications, as well as US WEST, Inc. From December 1995 to June 1996, he served as Vice President of Corporate Development for US WEST Media Group, a division of the former US WEST, Inc. Mr. Post holds both a business administration degree and an M.B.A. from Delta State University. Mr. Post is a member of the board of directors of Arbitron, Inc., an international media and marketing research company.

 

Ariel Amir joined Autobytel as Vice President and General Counsel in March 1999, was elected Secretary in April 1999, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in April 2000, Executive Vice President in September 2000, and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer in July 2005. Mr. Amir was Vice President of Security Capital U.S. Realty from February 1998 until March 1999, where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions and relations with strategic investees. Mr. Amir was Vice President of Security Capital Group Incorporated, where he provided securities offering and corporate acquisitions services from June 1994 until January 1998. Prior to joining Security Capital Group, Mr. Amir was an attorney with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York where he practiced securities and corporate law from September 1985 until April 1994. Mr. Amir received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.S. in industrial administration from Carnegie-Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration and an A.B. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Andrew Donchak joined Autobytel in August 2000 as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and was promoted to Executive Vice President in March 2002. On June 15, 2005, Mr. Donchak tendered his resignation as an employee of Autobytel effective July 31, 2005. Effective in April 2005, Mr. Donchak no longer served as Autobytel’s Chief Marketing Officer, as these duties have been assumed by Autobytel’s newly appointed Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Mr. Donchak served as Vice President, Marketing, of Navigation Technologies, Inc., a database developer for GPS navigation systems, where he was responsible for marketing and fulfillment operations, from November 1997 to August 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Donchak was President, Consumer Division of Konami of America, Inc., an interactive entertainment software development company, from December 1994 until October 1997. From January to November 1994, he was Executive Vice President of BCI, a media syndication company. Mr. Donchak spent fifteen years from October 1978 until December 1993 at BBDO Worldwide in New York and Chicago where he last served as Executive Vice President, was a member of the BBDO NY Board of Directors, and was responsible for key agency/client relationships. Mr. Donchak received a Masters in Marketing and Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he also earned a Masters of Science in Advertising and a Bachelors of Science in Communications Studies.

 

Michael F. Schmidt joined Autobytel as Senior Vice President, Finance in April 2004, and was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in May 2005. From April 2002 to April 2004, Mr. Schmidt was Chief Financial Officer at Telephia Inc., a leading provider of performance information for the mobile telecommunications industry. From December 2000 to August 2001, Mr. Schmidt was Chief Financial Officer of Autoweb.com, Inc., an automotive marketing services company. From May 2000 to October 2000, Mr. Schmidt was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at

 

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MizBiz, an internet startup. From September 1999 to May 2000, Mr. Schmidt was Director of Finance at Pacificare Health Systems, a health care company. From 1988 to March 1999, Mr. Schmidt held various senior level finance and operational positions at IMS Health, a worldwide provider of information services. Mr. Schmidt began his career as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Whinney. Mr. Schmidt received a Bachelors of Business Administration and Accounting from Cleveland State University.

 

Richard Walker joined Autobytel in January 2003 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, and was promoted to Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy in June 2003 and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in April 2005. Previously, Mr. Walker served as Vice President for LoneTree Capital Management, a technology investment fund, from August 2000 to December 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Walker was Vice President, Corporate Development for MediaOne Group, Inc., a multinational broadband and wireless company, from November 1998 until July 2000, where he was responsible for directing several strategic corporate and business development initiatives in the United States and Asia-Pacific. From April 1997 through October 1998 he was Vice President, Business Development for MediaOne, Inc., the domestic broadband operating division of US WEST Media Group and, after June of 1998, MediaOne Group, Inc. From December 1995 until March 1997, he was Executive Director, Corporate Development for US WEST, Inc., a Regional Bell Operating Company, where he supported overall corporate and business development efforts at the two largest operating groups: US WEST Communications and US West Media. Mr. Walker originally joined US West in December 1990 and held various positions in investor relations, business development, and strategic marketing. Mr. Walker began his career in 1986 as a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Walker graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado, and an MBA from the University of Denver, Executive Program.

 

All executive officers of Autobytel are chosen by the board of directors and serve at its discretion, except that Richard A. Post and Richard Walker have an employment agreements expiring April 27, 2006, Michael Schmidt has an employment agreement expiring May 30, 2006 and Ariel Amir has an employment agreement expiring July 19, 2006. Mr. Donchak has tendered his resignation as an employee of Autobytel effective July 31, 2005.

 

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