TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PAVE, the world’s first photo-based automated vehicle inspection platform, today announced the appointment of Mike Francis as vice president of sales. Francis, who has spent the majority of his 27-year automotive career in vehicle remarketing, will be responsible for leading the sales and business development teams for PAVE, specifically targeting companies with large fleets of vehicles that can benefit from PAVE’s unique technology.
“As increasingly more vehicle acquisitions and purchases are completed online, we expect demand for PAVE’s automated inspection platform to continue to grow. Mike will be key to PAVE’s growth in this area given his depth of industry knowledge,” said Brian Steinhauser, co-founder and co-CEO of PAVE. “In addition, Mike’s experience in vehicle remarketing will enable us to better understand the needs of our dealer and commercial clients as they move more and more to heavy use of online methods to dispose of their vehicles.”
Prior to joining PAVE, Francis spent six years as vice president of used car sales at Alliance Inspection Management, a company that provides new and pre-owned vehicle inspection services throughout North America. In this role, Francis evaluated the inspection needs of his clients and saw the opportunity to leverage new inspection technology solutions to provide faster, consistent, and accurate inspections to the industry.
“The growth opportunity for PAVE is exponential and I’m looking forward to bringing my knowledge of remarketing and the vehicle inspection landscape to make an immediate contribution to the team,” said Francis. “Everyone is looking for the ability to automate the vehicle inspection process with condition reports that are accurate and reliable, regardless of the vehicle’s location. My focus is on ensuring PAVE gets into the hands of fleet managers, dealers, and vehicle remarketers around the world so they can benefit from the advanced vehicle inspection capabilities it delivers.”
Francis began his career with VW Credit, Inc. (VCI), where he spent the majority of his tenure on the used vehicle side of the business, including roles in vehicle remarketing and inspection analytics, as well running CPO sales for the Volkswagen brand. He was also responsible for helping to launch the first upstream remarketing channel used by VW Credit.
Francis graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in accounting. He earned his MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from Oakland University.
PAVE is an automotive technology company that is reimagining how the world inspects vehicles. PAVE is powered by Intelligent Damage Detection capabilities, enabling anyone with a smartphone to complete a guided vehicle inspection by simply taking photos of their vehicle. Headquartered in Toronto, the team brings deep expertise from the automotive and technology industries, blending the best of both artificial and automotive intelligence. For more information, visit pave.ai.