Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Tony Lanham is the esteemed Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BidWizer™, where he has been at the helm since 2018. With his exceptional leadership and strategic prowess, Tony has successfully developed and executed the company’s vision, propelling BidWizer™ to the forefront of the automotive digital marketplace. His unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and his ability to forge strong relationships with buyers, sellers, partners, investors, and employees have been instrumental in the company’s continued success.
As CEO, Tony Lanham’s business acumen and innovative mindset ensure that BidWizer™ maintains its competitive edge in the industry. He oversees the entire spectrum of the company’s operations, from the development and launch of the platform to the ongoing delivery of products and services. Tony is also responsible for securing and managing the company’s financial resources, ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and fostering a thriving company culture rooted in collaboration and continuous improvement.
Under Tony’s guidance, BidWizer™ has experienced remarkable growth, setting new benchmarks in the automotive digital marketplace. His strategic vision, combined with his dedication to innovation and customer-centricity, continues to drive revenue growth and solidify BidWizer’s™ position as a trusted and influential player in the industry. Tony Lanham’s leadership and unwavering commitment to excellence inspire the entire BidWizer™ team to strive for greatness and redefine the future of automotive digital solutions.
Chief Operating Officer/Co-Founder
Julia Miles, the esteemed Co-Founder of BidWizer, brings a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader, accumulating over 25 years in the industry. Throughout her career, Julia has held prominent positions within Fortune 100 companies, including IBM, Philip Morris, Nascar, Atrium Health, and Time Warner Cable Business Class, where she provided invaluable expertise as a consultant.
With a diverse skill set spanning Operations, Strategy, Administration, HR, CRM, Accounting, Legal, Corporate Communication, and Corporate Policy, Julia’s contributions have been instrumental in shaping the success of BidWizer over the past 7 years. As one of the driving forces behind the company’s growth, she continues to play a vital role in providing day-to-day leadership and implementing the organization’s strategic initiatives.
Julia’s entrepreneurial spirit and astute business acumen have been pivotal in steering BidWizer towards achieving its goals. Her deep understanding of various operational aspects, coupled with her ability to navigate complex corporate environments, have contributed significantly to the company’s overall success. Julia’s unwavering commitment to excellence and her visionary approach continue to guide BidWizer towards new heights of innovation and success in the marketplace.
Chief Financial Officer/CFO
Timothy Schulze, a dynamic and highly adaptable senior executive, joined BidWizer in May 2022 as the Chief Financial Officer. With an impressive background in financial services, Timothy brings a wealth of experience to his role. Prior to joining BidWizer, he served as the Chief Risk Officer for Barings, a renowned asset manager with a global presence, overseeing $350 billion in assets and operations spanning 17 countries.
Throughout his 20-year career, Timothy has demonstrated a strong track record of success in financial services. He has skillfully invested billions of dollars across diverse markets worldwide, orchestrated strategic acquisitions, and implemented critical business solutions to drive substantial organizational growth. As a member of BidWizer’s Executive Management Team, Timothy’s responsibilities as CFO encompass a broad range of areas including corporate finance and accounting, corporate governance, risk management, capital raising activities, and investor relations.
Timothy Schulze’s expertise and leadership in the financial domain make him an invaluable asset to the BidWizer team. His strategic insights and sound financial stewardship contribute to the company’s overall financial health and position it for continued success. With his proven track record and deep understanding of the financial landscape, Timothy plays a key role in driving BidWizer’s financial strategies and ensuring the company’s sustainable growth in a competitive market.
Chief Creative Officer/CCO
Richard Romano has been serving as the Chief Creative Officer at BidWizer since 2018, bringing with him over 30 years of extensive experience in interactive software digital design. In his role, he plays a pivotal part in collaborating with the C-Level team to establish and execute BidWizer’s comprehensive creative marketing and branding strategy, ensuring that creative strategies are transformed into tangible outcomes within the organization.
As the driving force behind product development and an enterprise-level UI/UX engineer, Richard Romano takes on the responsibility of creating the distinctive BidWizer brand name and logo. Drawing from his wealth of experience in interactive software digital design, he possesses a deep understanding of industry trends and best practices, which he applies to the design and development process. Richard oversees the creation and enhancement of all BidWizer platforms, ensuring that they authentically embody the brand’s vision and goals.
Richard’s contributions go beyond design and development; he actively engages in hiring and mentoring creative staff, leveraging his extensive experience to identify and nurture top talent within the organization. By fostering a creative environment, Richard empowers individuals to thrive and bring forth innovative ideas, contributing to the overall growth and success of BidWizer.
With a diverse educational background encompassing a BSBA in Management, Mechanical Engineering, and Commercial Art, Richard Romano brings depth and versatility to his role as the Chief Creative Officer. His unique blend of skills and expertise allows him to excel in driving creative strategies that combine technical excellence, business acumen, and captivating design aesthetics.
Under Richard’s leadership, BidWizer benefits from his extensive experience, innovative mindset, and exceptional creative abilities honed over three decades. His unwavering dedication, coupled with his deep industry knowledge, ensures the company’s success and solidifies BidWizer’s position as a leader in creative marketing and branding within the dynamic digital business landscape.
Director of Technology (DoT)
As the Director of Technology & Services (DoTS), Devin Newstead holds a pivotal role at BidWizer. His responsibilities encompass continuous improvement and delivery of quality systems and services leading the infrastructure team, the application development teams, IT operations team, and the data quality and analytics team. Devin and his teams use the agile methodology to efficiently deliver the BidWizer products and to collaborate with the project management, design, testing, sales, customer support, finance, and the stakeholders. Devin works extensively with the 3rd party integrations for their design and implementation in the Bidwizer value chain. As a cofounder, he has contributed extensively to patents, architecture, copyright, data modeling, and many key decisions for the company.
Devin Newstead’s technical expertise and natural curiosity, combined with his meticulous attention to detail and ability to navigate complex technological landscapes, makes him a valuable asset to the BidWizer team. His passion for staying at the forefront of technological advancements ensures that BidWizer remains innovative and moves the automotive industry to the cutting edge.
Vice President Dealer Sales
Sean Sedlmeier, the Vice President of Dealer Sales at BidWizer, brings a deep-rooted passion for the automotive industry and a wealth of experience to his role. Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Sean’s early exposure to the automotive world at his family’s Volkswagen dealership instilled in him a lifelong enthusiasm for cars. As a dedicated fan of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, Sean’s love for sports extends beyond the dealership, fueling his competitive spirit and drive for success.
After completing his education, Sean ventured to Atlanta, GA, where he immersed himself in the fields of Marketing and Operations Management. However, it was in 2012 that he refocused his career on the automotive industry, working with some of the largest third-party dealership partners. Relocating to Tampa, FL, Sean honed his expertise in Automotive Consulting, customer relations, and operations management over a span of 20 years.
Sean Sedlmeier’s extensive experience and skills have allowed him to excel in developing and nurturing invaluable business alliances. His deep understanding of client relations and account management has been pivotal in forging strong and enduring partnerships. Sean’s commitment to providing exceptional customer service and his ability to navigate complex automotive landscapes have consistently contributed to the success of his clients and the organizations he has been a part of.
As the Vice President of Dealer Sales at BidWizer, Sean Sedlmeier leverages his passion for the automotive industry, his vast experience, and his talent for building relationships to drive the growth and success of the company. With his unwavering dedication to customer satisfaction and his strategic mindset, Sean plays a key role in expanding BidWizer’s dealer network and ensuring that each partnership thrives in the dynamic and competitive automotive market.
Vice President Dealer Sales
Benjamin Braxton, as the Vice President of Dealer Sales at BidWizer, plays a pivotal role in leading a dynamic sales team and driving the growth of the virtual marketplace. With a passion for innovation and a deep understanding of the automotive industry, Benjamin is dedicated to revolutionizing the buying and selling process by leveraging the power of technology.
Having been involved in the development of the BidWizer platform for over three years, Benjamin is both honored and excited to embark on this transformative journey. BidWizer’s virtual marketplace provides users with unprecedented transparency, empowering buyers and sellers to take control of their automotive transactions. Benjamin’s unwavering commitment to the project’s vision has been instrumental in its success.
With a diverse background in sales, including extensive automotive sales training and experience in pharmaceutical sales, Benjamin brings a unique skill set to his role. His expertise in sales, marketing, and data analysis allows him to excel as a marketing representative, trainer, and manager. Benjamin’s ability to effectively communicate the value and benefits of the BidWizer platform sets him apart, ensuring that dealers and customers alike have a seamless and rewarding experience.
As the Vice President of Dealer Sales at BidWizer, Benjamin Braxton combines his passion for the automotive industry, extensive training, and exceptional leadership skills to drive the success of the company. His dedication to transforming the car buying and selling process positions BidWizer as an innovative and customer-centric solution within the marketplace.
Vice President Dealer Solutions
Rick Manning is a highly influential member of the BidWizer team, serving as the Vice President of Dealer Solutions. With his extensive expertise and experience in the automotive industry, Rick plays a crucial role in driving the growth and success of BidWizer’s dealer solutions and sales initiatives.
In his role, Rick collaborates closely with Sales executives and other members of the leadership team to develop and implement growth strategies. He is responsible for launching and integrating new products, overseeing operations and business lines, and executing the overall BidWizer strategy. Rick also focuses on forging complex partnerships and driving international expansion to position BidWizer as a global market leader.
As the VP of Dealer Solutions, Rick Manning works closely with both large dealership networks and single point outlets, ensuring that BidWizer’s revolutionary platform caters to the diverse needs of the automotive market. His primary objective is to empower dealer partners to maximize their sales potential and take full advantage of BidWizer’s disruptive capabilities.
With a steadfast commitment to market disruption and a deep understanding of the automotive industry, Rick plays a pivotal role in ensuring that BidWizer remains at the forefront of innovation. His strategic vision, extensive network, and passion for empowering dealers make him a valuable asset in driving the company’s mission to revolutionize the automotive market and empower dealers to achieve their sales goals.
Regional Performance Manager
As the Regional Performance Manager at Bidwizer, Brian Hartney brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for the automotive industry to his role. Originally from Ohio, Brian made the move to Florida in 2021 and now resides in Tampa with his wife and five children.
With over a decade of experience in the car business, Brian has worked in various capacities, gaining valuable insights and knowledge along the way. He has a strong focus on leadership development and personal growth strategies, constantly seeking opportunities to enhance his skills and contribute to the success of the team.
In his role as Regional Performance Manager, Brian is responsible for driving performance and ensuring operational excellence within his designated area. He works closely with dealerships and partners, leveraging his expertise to maximize their potential on the Bidwizer platform. Brian is genuinely enthusiastic about the Bidwizer platform and its comprehensive offerings, recognizing its potential to transform the automotive industry.
Brian Hartney’s dedication, experience, and commitment to continuous learning make him a valuable asset to the Bidwizer team. With his passion for leadership and personal growth, he is poised to make a significant impact on the success and growth of the company.
Regional Account Manager
Frank Armino recently joined the BidWizer team in May 2023 as the new Regional Account Manager. With his extensive experience in sales and operations management, Frank brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of expertise to his role. His proven track record of exceeding sales goals, delivering exceptional customer service, and building lasting business relationships make him an invaluable addition to the team.
As the Regional Account Manager, Frank will play a pivotal role in driving sales and managing key accounts. His multi-level management experience, including his previous roles as a Director of Operations and Sales Manager, has equipped him with the skills and knowledge to effectively direct operations and motivate teams to achieve common goals.
Frank’s remarkable sales record and ability to consistently rank number one nationwide have earned him numerous awards and accolades, highlighting his outstanding performance in the industry. His aggressive approach to financial dealings, along with his expertise in identifying areas for improvement and implementing successful action plans, will contribute to BidWizer’s growth and success in the highly competitive marketplace.
In addition to his professional achievements, Frank is also the President of the Society for the Advancement of Management, showcasing his commitment to advancing the field and staying at the forefront of industry trends. His polished, professional image and excellent qualifications in building and maintaining relationships will further strengthen BidWizer’s position in the market.
With Frank Armino as the new Regional Account Manager, BidWizer is well-positioned to drive sales, establish strategic partnerships, and provide exceptional service to its clients. His leadership, sales expertise, and dedication to excellence make him an invaluable asset to the team and a driving force behind BidWizer’s continued growth and success.
Senior Call Center Manager
Dwayne Tunstall is a highly motivated and results-driven Senior Call Center Manager with a strong focus on customer service and operations. With a proven track record of building and leading high-performing teams, Dwayne is dedicated to exceeding corporate standards of performance and ensuring client satisfaction.
With his exceptional communication skills, Dwayne effectively communicates leadership objectives to diverse teams, fostering a customer-centric approach and creating service tiers and escalation methods to maintain high levels of customer satisfaction. He understands the importance of listening to customer needs and providing effective solutions to enhance their experience.
Dwayne’s collaboration skills extend to working closely with technology professionals to implement innovative software solutions that streamline customer and operations processes. He recognizes the power of technology in delivering faster and more precise solutions to customers, ultimately enhancing overall service levels.
With his unwavering commitment to excellence, Dwayne Tunstall is a valuable asset to the team at Bidwizer. His leadership, customer-centric approach, and ability to leverage technology for operational efficiency make him instrumental in driving success and delivering exceptional customer experiences.
Professional Human Resources (PHR)
Kathryn Day is a highly dedicated HR Professional with extensive experience managing a comprehensive range of human resource programs, services, and functions. With a strong command of federal and state employment laws, Kathryn excels in areas such as staffing, employee benefits, compliance issues/risks, and payroll/HR audit processes across diverse industry backgrounds.
Kathryn’s track record showcases her success in implementing time-saving procedures and process improvements, establishing best practices, ensuring consistency throughout the organization, and spearheading employee recognition initiatives that drive corporate goal achievement. As a member of the Society of Human Resources with a Professional Human Resources (PHR) designation/certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), Kathryn consistently stays updated with industry standards and practices, allowing her to provide valuable insights and expertise in her role.
With her unwavering dedication, comprehensive knowledge, and commitment to enhancing HR practices, Kathryn Day plays a crucial role in driving organizational success and fostering a positive and efficient work environment.
Pamela Krull brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role as the Executive Assistant at BidWizer. With over 15 years of experience as a paralegal with Wells Fargo, specializing in litigation, and an additional 10 years in the mortgage industry as a loan officer with a focus on Secondary Marketing, Pam offers a diverse skill set that perfectly aligns with her responsibilities at BidWizer.
As the Executive Assistant, Pam plays a pivotal role in providing high-level support to the Executive Team. Her strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask contribute to the overall efficiency of the business operations. With her extensive background in the legal and mortgage industries, Pam brings a unique perspective and understanding to her role, enabling her to effectively navigate complex tasks and contribute to the success of the team.
Pamela Krull is excited to be part of the BidWizer team, where she can utilize her skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the organization. Her dedication to excellence and her commitment to delivering exceptional administrative support ensure that the Executive Team can focus on their core responsibilities, driving the company’s growth and success. With Pam’s valuable contributions, BidWizer can operate seamlessly and efficiently, allowing the team to thrive in a dynamic business environment.
Senior Project Manager and Development Team Lead
Danny Edwards is a highly experienced Senior Project Manager and Development Team Lead at BidWizer. With a passion for delivering exceptional software solutions, Danny excels in translating creative visions and functional specifications into robust SaaS applications that align with the organization’s business objectives. With over two decades of hands-on experience in software development, he leads a dynamic team of 3 to 7 talented backend and frontend developers, fostering effective collaboration and ensuring high-quality results.
Danny’s contributions extend beyond project management and team leadership. He maintains close working relationships with C-level executives and the Senior Technical Director, facilitating seamless communication and aligning strategic objectives with technical execution. This collaboration allows for the successful implementation of innovative solutions that drive organizational growth. Danny holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science from Seton Hall University and is a certified Scrum Master, highlighting his commitment to utilizing agile methodologies for efficient project management.
Since joining the BidWizer team in 2021, Danny has made significant contributions to the organization’s success, leveraging his extensive experience, leadership skills, and technical acumen. His dedication to excellence and unwavering commitment to achieving project goals make him a valued asset within the company.
Carl Mac Armour
Information Technology Manager, Cloud System Administration
Meet Carl Mac Armour, an accomplished Information Technology Manager specializing in Cloud System Administration at BidWizer. With a focus on Cloud DevOps and Systems Administration, Carl plays a critical role in managing a diverse environment encompassing AWS, Azure, and Oracle (8×8 VoIP System).
Carl’s primary responsibilities revolve around providing comprehensive support for BidWizer’s Call Center and its Client Success Agents. Working closely with API developers, he spearheads end-to-end Application Support functions, ensuring smooth operations and seamless data integrations within complex applications.
Leading a talented team, Carl oversees the development, configuration, implementation, monitoring, and management of the micro-services architecture underlying the platform(s). With a strong emphasis on continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) practices, he ensures a streamlined and efficient workflow.
With a wealth of experience in Cloud DevOps and Systems Administration, Carl brings extensive expertise to his role. His deep understanding of cloud technologies and system administration enables him to effectively optimize performance, enhance security, and drive innovation within the organization.
Carl’s dedication to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field is evident in his continuous learning and professional growth. His commitment to delivering high-quality solutions and providing exceptional support makes him an invaluable asset to the BidWizer team.
With Carl Mac Armour at the helm of Cloud System Administration, BidWizer can rely on his technical prowess, leadership skills, and commitment to excellence to drive the success of their complex application ecosystem.
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