Chance Richie, founder and CEO
Chance Richie is the driving force behind Mobiliti and brings a unique perspective to American business by capitalizing on a breadth of educational and real-world experience to propel ideas to action and economic opportunity to enterprise value. A deep and continuing analytical education has enabled Mr. Richie to leverage experience in the Navy, investment banking, oil and gas, software, restaurant and automotive industries to invest in and launch multiple innovative businesses throughout his career.
Chance grew up in a small West Texas town and went on to achieve success in academics, the Navy and business. Chance joined the Navy after high school and served on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a nuclear reactor operator and as an officer onboard the nuclear ballistic missile submarine USS Alabama (SSBN-731), where he attained the rank of lieutenant, maintained a top-secret security clearance, and received two Navy Achievement Medals.
After leaving the Navy, Chance refocused his energy in investment banking primarily on capital raising assignments for private and public companies. Chance eventually started several oil and gas companies, including an oilfield logistics software solution currently used by some of the largest E&P companies in the world and a company that provided onsite wastewater treatment for hydraulic fracturing operations using Chance's patented process. Both companies were sold to a large West Coast private equity firm in 2016.
Mr. Richie holds a certificate from the Department of Energy as a certified nuclear engineer (Naval Reactors), a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, and is currently completing a Masters in Environmental Engineering degree program at Columbia University.
Amanda Richie, Co-founder and Marketing
Amanda Richie has served in corporate leadership positions and been a driving force for innovation and change in a broad range of industries including specialty chemicals, quick service restaurants and water management in automotive manufacturing. As co-founder of Mobiliti, Amanda provides strategic and tactical support to the fast growing enterprise.
Amanda has been recognized with numerous business and leadership awards including Crain’s Detroit Business "40 under 40” award, Vistage Michigan CEO of the Year and AT&T Women Impacting Public Policy Innovator of the Year award to name just a few.
Amanda holds a degree in Applied Mathematics from Albion College, completed executive Negotiation Training at Harvard Law School and is currently completing the Executive MBA program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
John Luce, Advisory board member
John Luce currently serves as CEO of Inviso, LLC, an automotive service provider for OEM, fleet, dealer and financial organizations throughout the United States.
Prior to founding Inviso, John was a principal owner and executive leader for Flint Auto Auction from 1989 to 2016, an independent wholesale auto auction. Under his leadership Flint Auto Auction grew to become the third largest independent auction in the US, selling over 50,000 vehicles annually to over 600 dealer customers and offering floorplan financing to dealers through an affiliated entity.
Since selling Flint Auto Auction and affiliated businesses in 2016, John has continued to serve automobile dealers in the wholesale arena.
John holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and has John served on leadership advisory boards for numerous companies and organizations including Michigan Independent Automobile Dealers Association (President), General Motors, GMAC, Ally Bank, and ServNet.
Mark Hoppen, Chief OPerating officer
Mark Hoppen brings a lifetime of automotive passion and almost 25 years of automotive experience to the Mobiliti team. The son of the founding father of Porsche, Audi and VW motorsport in the US, Mark developed a passion for automobiles at an early age. This passion led him to pursue a career filled with service to automotive OEMs and other key participants in the automotive ecosystem.
Trained as lawyer, he began his career in 1993 as outside legal counsel to an automotive OEM. Eventually drawn to business, he went on to serve in key leadership positions in two OEM suppliers. The first was an automotive parts supplier where he leveraged acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances to transform the company from a simple component manufacturer to a full system supplier for Toyota, GM, and Chrysler. The second was a service provider servicing the remarketing needs of OEMs, financial institutions, fleet & lease accounts, dealers, and auctions throughout the US and Canada.
In the first case, Mark’s efforts led to the successful sale of a majority interest in the company and in the second, it led to the successful carve-out and sale of two lines of business as part of the sale of affiliated businesses to a public company in 2016.
Mark holds his BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and his Juris Doctor (professional doctorate) from the University of Detroit Law School, Detroit, MI. Mark is a member in good standing with the Michigan Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, and the International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) Standards Committee.
Adam Klenk, Director Product Development
Adam Klenk realized his lifelong passion for connecting people and technology in his role transforming a small mobile and web app used collect QR code information to a large-scale enterprise solution for some of the largest Oil & Gas companies in the world. The final product ShaleApps was used to track water source, movement and use in oil and gas drilling operations. Adam managed the integration of GPS, geofencing, data collection automation, and real-time driver feedback to tie operations to wellheads for compliance and accounting purposes. Efficiency data, historical data collection, ticket approval and payment functionality were added along with auditing to eliminate a 50+ year old manual process that was integral to oil and gas operations.
Adam transformed the start up in his roles as VP, Product Operations and President of ShaleApps by growing the core team from 2-25 in house developers and leveraging their work with outside development teams to scale the firm in just 3 years. During this period, the firm secured business managing operations for Fortune 250 customers. Adam’s worked with customer operations teams to enhance the product to ultimately reduce customer spend by >20% or nearly $20M in savings per customer.
Adam has a degree in Athletic Coaching Education from West Virginia University. He finds many similarities between the Coaching and startups as strategy is changing quickly, leadership (coaching) is key, and the ability to adapt to external changes is paramount.
Barron Meade, Trade Show Advisor
A Detroit area native, and long-time auto industry insider, Barron was born and raised in the automotive industry. He has invested in and operated award-winning auto dealerships including Meade Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Meade Lexus of Southfield/Lakeside, Toyota of Bristol and Summerville Ford. The Meade family opened one of the very first Lexus dealerships in the country.
Recently, Barron’s industry credibility and civic involvement, culminated in his appointment as President of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and Chairman of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), one of the most attended and prestigious auto shows in the world, and one of the largest media events in North America. In gratitude for his years of outstanding service, Barron was named Chairman Emeritus of the NAIAS.
He is an entrepreneur and advisor to the automotive industry and considered a subject matter expert (SME) in digital, social and retail operations for the auto industry.
Barron received his BSBA in Finance from the University of Denver. Additionally, Barron is a graduate of the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy.
James “Jim” Simpson, Mobiliti Ambassador Program Manager
A hands-on Executive with the proven ability to provide proactive leadership and assemble and train high-performance teams. Jim draws on 44 years of leadership experience in retail automotive dealerships in some of the largest and most successful dealerships in the tough Detroit market. Jim is also a certified trainer with 23 years experience in behavioral testing and team development.
With Jim as General Manager of a Chrysler Dealership in suburban Detroit his team took the dealership to #1 in both Sales and Customer Satisfaction in the nation. He then assembled a team to take a small-town dealership from unlisted in the top 25 to #2 in the nation in sales
Following the conclusion of the day to day operations portion of his career in 2009, Jim began his second career as a consultant for automotive dealerships and private business CEO’s. Jim’s expertise is in creating high-performance teams through a combination of effective hiring, mentoring and coaching personal accountability.