How We Started
Founder and CEO Greg Tepas started CarAdvise after nearly 15 years in the fleet management industry, during which he served as the CEO of EMKAY, one of North America’s largest fleet management companies. For years, Greg wondered why the vehicle ownership experience for consumers was not more like the experience for fleet management clients: hassle free, efficient, and economical. After hearing story after story about how car care for the general consumer often lacks convenience, transparency, and trust, Greg decided to start CarAdvise in 2015. He took the wisdom and methodologies he had gained over the years to build something that consumers would find much easier, more efficient, and more economical than anything else on the market. By leveraging the best practices from the fleet industry, the CarAdvise platform was built to make car care easy and satisfying for even the least knowledgeable of consumers. The CarAdvise process for vehicle maintenance and repair is uniquely integrated into tens of thousands of shops throughout the nation, with many more on their way.
To become the relied upon source for the car ownership experience.
Our mission is to develop products and services that make the vehicle ownership experience easy, convenient, and economical through a process that facilitates trust, transparency, and simplicity, while eliminating confusion, doubt, and economic waste. We achieve this via a state-of-the-art digital platform for consumers, fleets, shops, national service providers, and dealerships.
Thanks to everyone behind the scenes at CarAdvise that make everything possible!
Greg Tepas, Founder & CEO
After serving as CEO of one of North America’s largest Fleet Management companies, Greg Tepas decided to act on his vision of making the car ownership experience trusted and hassle-free, and started CarAdvise in 2015. His desire to make the process easier for all involved —consumers, shops, and national vendors— is obvious through his passion to revitalize the industry.
Greg currently serves as Vice Chairman and President of EMKAY’s holding company, focusing on strategy after turning over day-to-day operations to his CFO, now President, of the operating company. His vision of being the most innovative and technologically advanced company in fleet, while ensuring the best available customer experience in the industry, lives on at EMKAY. Prior to EMKAY, Greg spent a decade in wireless communications for Nextel (now Sprint) in a variety of sales and management capacities serving their largest corporate divisions.
First car: 1985 Ford Mustang (that broke down a lot!)
Dream car: Self-driving car (preferably one for the wife too so she doesn’t have to be a chauffeur to the kids every day)
Dale Steeber, Chief Technology Officer
Dale leads the technology strategy and execution for CarAdvise. Dale has a passion for utilizing technology to build consumer applications. Understanding consumer feedback and data trends are keys to a successful product.
Most recently, Dale was the Head of Application Development at Mesirow Financial, a well-respected Chicago-based financial services company. Prior to that he lead the technology efforts for Backstop Solutions Group (a SaaS product company in the financial space), was the technology head for University of Chicago office of investments and a division of Janus, then lastly was a VP at Northern Trust. Dale is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he ran cross-country, while earning his Bachelor Degree in Computer Science. He has also earned his Masters from DePaul in Artificial Intelligence.
First car: 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Dream car: 1967 Chevy Impala
Shawn Jones, Product
At CarAdvise, Shawn leads product and growth initiatives with a strong focus on customer adoption and retention. With over 15 years of experience crafting digital solutions, Shawn brings a rare mix of creative, technology and user experience expertise.
Prior to CarAdvise, Shawn was a digital strategy consultant helping startups and household brands bring new innovative products to market. He held leadership positions at global digital agencies including Edelman and Razorfish, where he led the design and development of cutting-edge technology solutions for global brands including Chevy, Disney, Microsoft, and Unilever.
Shawn earned a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Technology from Columbia College Chicago.
First car: 1985 Audi 5000
Dream car: 1969 Chevy Nova SS
Ben Brust, Business Development & Strategy
Ben leads business development and strategy for CarAdvise, Focusing on developing and building our shop network partners, as well as our strategic distribution partners. As employee #1, Ben has been instrumental in the establishment of our strategies, and value propositions contained within our consumer product, as well as shop offerings.
Prior to CarAdvise, Ben worked in business development for a variety of industries, including a full-service sports agency, and a direct marketing communications company. A graduate from the University of Wisconsin, while attending school, Ben had the honor of leading the Wisconsin Badgers to its first Final Four appearance in last 15 years as senior captain. Prior to starting his business career, he went on to play professional basketball in NBA summer league with the Milwaukee Bucks and then in Europe.
First car: 2003 Lexus GS 300 (Thanks Grandma for getting a new car)
Dream car: Mercedes G63 AMG
Ryan Boyle, Partnerships
Ryan heads partnership development for a variety of specialized segments for CarAdvise, where he focuses on providing valuable data opportunities and other value propositions to those partners.
Prior to CarAdvise, Ryan spent nearly a decade as Director of Business Operations at a leading-edge electronics equipment manufacturer. There, Ryan focused on growing relationships with existing clients by developing and offering new product solutions, and ensuring that overall customer satisfaction and delivery were not only met, but exceeded. Ryan also worked as General Manager of a motorcycle accessory company after attending California State University, Chico, where he studied psychology.
First car: 1970 VW Bus
Dream car: 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500