(New York, NY May, 14, 2021) — Mobility company ParkMyFleet has convened an advisory board of five esteemed automotive leaders, each with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. The ParkMyFleet advisory board members will serve as critical consultants and strategic partners who will help to shape and execute the company’s mission to build mobility hubs of the future that serve the needs of every type of fleet nationwide.
Jose Ignacio Puente, an auto-tech entrepreneur with more than two decades of experience in the automotive industry, was the founder and CEO of Flexdrive. Puente created the leading market car subscription technology and services platform that drew such customers as, Lyft, Uber, Santander Consumer Bank EU, and some of the top dealership groups in the US. Lyft bought Flexdrive last year. Puente is currently an advisor and investor to various technology startups in the US and Latin America.
A graduate of MIT who has worked in the automotive industry for more than 30 years, Kristin Slanina serves as Managing Director of Charge Across America, an event in July that will involve eight teams who race across the US in electric vehicles. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer of TrueCar, a digital marketplace for new and used vehicles, and has held leadership positions at Ford Motor Co, FCA, EY, and Thirdwire.
Capitalizing on his sales, marketing and finance experience, Jeff Grandstaff has served as a strategic partner for numerous automotive companies, leading business development to support the launch of subsidiaries, including Insight Network Logistics and ShipCarsNow. Grandstaff established Gold Star Resources as a logistics, process, and technology consultancy where he organizations toward unlocking their true potential and enables companies to adapt to a rapidly evolving environment.
Marguerite Watanabe, who has spent more than 30 years working in the automotive industry, serves as president of Connections Insights, an organization that breaks down key market mobility trends and fosters relationships between members of the industry. Prior to founding Connections Insights, Watanabe held a number of positions within the automotive industry. She headed the Auto Finance Practice at BenchMark Consulting International and directed the sales efforts at Equifax as Senior Vice President for the Automotive Division.
Watanabe has written numerous white papers and articles on key Industry issues for F&I Management & Technology Magazine, Dealer Magazine and the Encyclopedia of Finance and Insurance Management.
Leveraging his 35 years as an auto finance industry executive, Scott France advises his varied client base through his eponymous company, Scott France Consulting Service LLC, on a wide range of issues, including business development, loan and lease services, auto remarketing, process improvement, and others. Previously, France held leadership positions at Caprock AmeriCredit, and World Omni Financial.