Michael Cunningham joined Summit April 2019. He brings 38 years of automotive financial experience to the management team. Prior to joining Summit, Michael was CFO with privately owned dealership groups and a startup company, as well as spending eleven years with AutoNation, serving in numerous roles.
In addition to his experience in financial review, projects, acquisitions, and venture capital operations, Michael has significant operations experience. At AutoNation, he twice served as a Market President, responsible for operating results of two separate markets. In 2010 his Southern California market was awarded the Grand Market Award for top performance in the Company. He was also the Western Region Vice President of Finance responsible for the accounting operations for the 70 stores in the region. Mike started his career with international accounting firm KMG (later KPMG) and spent 7 years as an auditor, consultant and tax manager.
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.