William CarmichaelWith more than 26 years of automotive experience, Bill Carmichael was an integral member of the core team that formed Summit Automotive Partners in 2007.
Known for his personable approach, Carmichael garnered tremendous success in his field through a focus on developing operational behaviors. Prior to becoming a partner with Summit, Carmichael operated the largest AutoNation market in the west Central region. There he led his group to achieve one of the highest national CSI scores and achieved a best year-over-year improvement in used vehicle gross sales.
He was also selected for AutoNation’s Tim Pring award in 2006, which is given to the AutoNation associate whose contribution deemed most significant for the year. Carmichael started his career in automotives in 1990 with Metro Toyota, which was purchased by John Elway dealerships in 1991.
Carmichael’s emphasis on employee development, change management and brand integrity has moved the needle across the dealerships that he oversees. In addition to creating processes that drive specific behaviors, Carmichael’s focus is on creating a culture of accountability. This culture creates employees devoted to outstanding customer experiences, which in turn builds uncommon loyalty.
A native of New York, Carmichael graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. An avid lover of the fine arts, Carmichael spends his free time exploring photography, music and nature. He resides in Denver, Colorado. Bill has two children, Charles and Kaley.
Andrew BradfordAndrew Bradford brought more than 16 years of automotive financial experience to the core team that formed Summit Automotive Partners in 2007. Prior to joining Summit, Bradford was CFO of Berlin City Auto Group, based in Gorham, New Hampshire, comprised of 10 corporate entities operating in northern New England.
Bradford is known for his attention to detail and his expertise in financial projections and feasibility analyses for mergers, acquisitions and start-up operations. He brings significant experience in both private and public accounting to Summit Automotive Partners as well as knowledge of start-up and venture capital operations.
Brandford has served as controller and CFO in a variety of sectors, including pharmaceutical and software companies. He graduated with distinction from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.
Alexander GillettAlexander Gillett was named Managing Director by the Booth Creek Management executive team in 2002, charged with leading the Automotive Platform including Summit Automotive Partners, Vista Auto Group, Booth Creek and NASCAR.
An alumnus of McKinsey & Company, Gillett spent two years in their Chicago, Illinois office working on projects with the Automotive Supplier Purchasing and Supply Chain Management team. Additionally, Gillett worked in business consulting including corporate finance and strategy, private equity markets, operations consulting and marketing.
Gillett graduated with a Master’s of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1999. Graduating as one of the top five students of his class, he was awarded the Beta Gamma Sigma prize for academic excellence.
Karen Tanner-Smith brings more than 17 years of experience in the automotive industry to her position as Chief Accounting Officer in May 2017. Karen is known for her ability to identify and bring process improvement opportunities to the table.
Prior to joining Summit, Karen enjoyed a thirteen year career with progressive growth in responsibility and challenge at CitiGroup, a $30+ billion global bank.
As the Director of OneMain Remarketing, LLC (a Citi subsidiary), she launched a program to provide fee-based services to other banks, credit unions and automobile dealers to sell their vehicles at auction under a nationally-recognized vehicle remarketing program. Her experience includes business and marketing plan development, building new client relationships and delivering financial results. Prior to the sale of CitiFinancial Auto (CFA) to Santander Consumer USA, she led all activities surrounding the repossession and sale of CFA repossessed vehicles; and also managed collection functions on both a pre and post charged-off basis.
Prior to joining Citi, Karen was chief financial officer/controller for various publicly-held companies, and a Senior Manager with Price Waterhouse.
In 2009, Karen was recognized in Auto Remarketing Magazine’s inaugural Women in Remarketing feature, as one of 12 women throughout the nation who dedicated themselves to furthering the industry, through philanthropy, education, breakthrough strategies or other initiatives. She was also part of an elite group of women selected to participate in the Citi Women’s Leadership Development Program.
Karen has served on the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain Junior Achievement, on the Board of Trustees for one of the largest churches in the Denver area, and on the Health & Wellness Advisory Board with the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. She is also a mission volunteer in Kenya with Orphan Outreach.
Karen received a Bachelors of Music Education and a Master of Science in Accounting degrees from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Texas.
Yegor MalinovskiiYegor Malinvoskii brings more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry to his position with Summit Automotive Partners. He was named Vice President of Dealer Operations, Berlin City Auto Group in April 2009.
Yegor started his automotive career in 1994, working at a Dodge dealership in Denver. In 1998, he assumed the General Manager position at AutoNation USA mega-store in Dallas, Texas and then later John Elway Ford in Denver and John Elway Chevrolet.
He was promoted to Market President in Denver in 2007. During this time, he successfully transitioned from the respected John Elway dealerships banner to GO AutoNation. His 17 stores became leaders for AutoNation’s new and used vehicles sales, service and parts sales and record pre-tax profit. His organization set the bar for the company with accomplishments in customer satisfaction and loyalty, employee retention and development.
Originally from Ukraine, Malinovskii studied at the University of Kiev and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Journalism in 1993. He also attended the Toyota Executive Management School in Torrance, California.
Rob EdwardsRob Edwards has over 16 years of experience in the automotive industry. His first job after graduating with a teaching degree from Black Hill State University was as a sales guide with Johnson Ford in Spearfish, South Dakota. He relocated to Denver in 2000, where he became a sales manager for Phil Long Ford. In 2003, Edwards became the new car director for John Elway Toyota and he remained in that position until he joined Summit Automotive Partners in 2009 as general manager of Groove Toyota. In 2011, he became a managing partner of the Summit Automotive Group and in 2016 was promoted to Vice President of Dealer Operations for all of Summit’s Colorado and Tennessee dealerships.
Edwards has an unwavering commitment to ensure teams are trained and empowered to deliver an exceptional guest experience at every consumer touch point. He has an innate ability to energize team members across all departments bringing clarity and a unified voice to create a culture of accountability and performance.
Patrick HutchinsonPatrick is Corporate Counsel and Director of Risk Management for Summit Automotive Partners. Patrick joined the Summit team in 2009. He is responsible for the organization’s legal matters, manufacturer relationships, facility construction projects, environmental projects, risk management, finance compliance and growth opportunities.
Previous to working as the Corporate Counsel, Patrick was Summit’s Director of Accounting. Patrick is also an entrepreneur and has founded several independent companies. Patrick received his undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration from Colorado State University, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Patrick is recently married. He enjoys mountaineering, cycling, running, skiing and golfing. Patrick was recently part of mountaineering teams which successfully summited both Mt. McKinley and Mt. Kilimanjaro.