Dealer Management Solutions
VINCUE was formed when a small group of automotive industry guys and software nerds started sharing ideas about how to build better tools for dealerships. With backgrounds in data-science, software engineering, and dealership management, the team committed to building a modern, unified platform powered by real-time market data to help dealerships of any size compete and win.
We are small, but we are scrappy. We know data, but we also know you. VINCUE is built by dealers for dealers. We are dealership managers and automotive sales, finance, and marketing people. We are constantly innovating and obsessed with finding ways to help you maximize your efforts and your team's potential. The world of automotive sales has changed forever, let us help you adjust and thrive.
Meet the Team
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Our fearless leader, Chris launched VINCUE with co-founders Brian Kellogg and Jeff Rice in 2015. Under his leadership, the company transformed from an idea of helping dealerships do more into the powerhouse it’s recognized as today.
With VINCUE’s platform in play, dealers have access to data like they’ve never seen before, helping them compete and win in even the toughest markets. An innovator at heart, Chris is always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to create an even better toolkit for those who rely on the VINCUE system. He’s obsessed with finding new ways to help dealers maximize their potential, by curating the entire inventory lifecycle into a single system from point-of-acquisition to point-of-sale.
Chris also serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, which keep him at the forefront of innovation day-to-day, providing cutting-edge solutions for our customers.
Chris and his family call Kansas City home. He’s also fortunate to have one of his children working alongside him as a colleague at VINCUE. In his free time, Chris enjoys pushing the boundaries of the laws of physics with American-made muscle cars at the Kansas City Speedway.
There’s really no one like Danny.
He’s part VINCUE leader, part dealer and he helps our team truly understand the challenges dealerships face day-to-day. He tests all things VINCUE out at Country Hill Motors, a leading independent dealer in the region, which empowers the team to know which solutions will drive success in the market.
At the end of the day, Danny’s passion for cars, the car business, and technology are what motivate him to continuously do more for dealers. He’s committed to helping dealers dream bigger, and believes that in providing high-resolution data in real time, dealers can exponentially generate greater revenues and significantly improve turns.
A Kansas City native, Danny and his husband love spending time with their twin boys exploring all the heartland has to offer.
As Chief Operating Officer, Nicki oversees VINCUE’s operations as well as customer service and support. She also drives the company’s training, onboarding, and customer experience initiatives, empowering the team to better understand VINCUE’s mission of solving real-world problems for real-world dealers.
Nicki played a key role in shaping the performance culture since she initially joined VINCUE in 2016. Her passion for providing the ultimate customer experience is a significant factor of the company’s success today.
Nicki enjoys learning about each customer’s story and helping them navigate through transformations without losing momentum.
As head of Marketing, Angela leads a talented and creative team focused on amplifying VINCUE’s message in the marketplace. She’s also responsible for the advertising, social media, demand generation, and customer-facing marketing initiatives.
A highly accomplished executive with deep expertise in all things marketing, Angela leverages corporate storytelling, branding, and customer engagement practices to launch companies into new directions. She’s demonstrated success across several B2B industries including: IT, Cloud, telecommunications, cyber security, and automotive.
Outside of work, Angela serves on the non-profit Board of Directors for SAVE, Inc. and the Mid-America LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce. You’ll also find her cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs during football season!
As our Chief Client Experience Officer, Michael Hopkins works across all aspects of the business and with every team to convert our people and our dealers into true VINCUE evangelists. In that role, Michael serves as an advocate for excellent customer experiences that gets reflected in marketing and sales messaging, accelerated onboarding processes, proactive performance management, and a dynamic product roadmap that focuses on helping dealers win.
Michael has a diverse professional background that includes experiences and roles across client services, sales and marketing, and product management. Most recently, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for VINCUE, an experience that helped him understand how to understand and speak to the dealer body with empathy and excitement. It’s that experience that Michael leans on to create positive, impactful, and value-driven client experiences beyond the sale.
Outside of work, Michael does more work! He is a Managing Partner for West Bottoms Whiskey Co. and serves on multiple community boards and committees. He and his partner live in Kansas City, Missouri, where they are active in the community, proud Kansas City Chiefs season ticket holders, and proud dog dads to VINCUE’s favorite pittie, Boomer the Dog.
As Chief Financial Officer, Steve oversees the accounting, business support, financial planning and analysis, real estate, investor relations, internal audit, and tax functions. He’s also a vital member of VINCUE’s Executive Team, helping the company scale into what it is today. Additionally, Steve handles the Human Resources side of the business.
Numbers aren’t Steve’s only forte. On the weekends you can find him playing in one of his bands, or watching other bands at one of Kansas City’s many venues. He’s also a big fan of KU sports.
As Principal Software Developer, Brian spends his days helping people within VINCUE solve challenges for dealers coast-to-coast. He’s had the opportunity to build several products from the ground up, all of which help dealers make better business decisions and earn higher gross per vehicle. His favorite aspect of the platform is that VINCUE’s solution is one system, with one login, for everything.
Brian first joined VinSolutions in 2014 as a support representative. There, he met Chris Hoke and Jeff Rice. Together, they started brainstorming how they could create better tools for dealerships. That’s when they went all in on VINCUE, founding the software startup in 2015.
Brian has a big heart for Harvesters, and is regularly helping with food drops. He’s also a full-time Dad to two sweet kids, Brecken, 6, and Henley, 5, and he loves dogs.
As Vice President of Development, Jeff is the backbone to VINCUE’s software teams and products. He’s built a strong and innovative team of technology pros who have found a way to harness modern technology and real-time data, enabling dealers to buy, price, and sell more cars at a lower cost.
A key leader, Jeff first collaborated with co-founder Chris Hoke in 2001. The two worked together for several years before they joined forces with Brian Kellogg to launch VINCUE in 2015.
Outside of work, Jeff is spending time with his family and playing with his dogs. His daughter enjoys softball and soccer, so he’s usually helping her with practice or at a game. He’s also a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting KC, and the St. Louis Cardinals.
As Vice President of Sales, Zak has built lasting relationships with dealers, partners, and employees alike. With a laser focus on the connection between VINCUE’s customers and the people and processes that best serve them, Zak and his team create an experience for the dealers that inspires. Internally, Zak is responsible for the development of three distinct teams, helping 17 team members achieve success in their respective areas.
When he isn’t connecting with dealers, Zak is spending time with his wife and their two dogs. Together, they’re preparing to welcome their first born son this fall.
As Senior Director of Sales, Jeremy helps connect, develop, and care for VINCUE’s dealers across the country. He oversees a broad range of functions including customer acquisition, customer relations and experience, business development, and partnerships. Jeremy is also responsible for inspiring the inside sales team and managing them day-to-day.
Prior to VINCUE, Jeremy worked with VinSolutions connecting customers with its flagship CRM solution. During his tenure, Jeremy watched VinSolutions grow exponentially and helped achieve an acquisition of over $125 million.
Outside of work, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his three kids. He loves playing basketball with his son and volleyball with his daughter. He also enjoys seeing his eldest daughter at Arizona State University whenever he can. On the weekend, you’ll usually find Jeremy driving his ‘88 Mustang GT around KC, on a skateboard, practicing his golf game, or at the Lake of the Ozarks enjoying all things watersports with his family.