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Our Story

Buying a car is not fun. But what if it was? Rather than spending 6 hours at a dealership, what if you could buy a car the way you actually wanted to? You would pick your new or pre-owned car from your couch, skip the “let me check with my manager”, have the car delivered, and enjoy a 5-day return period to ensure you love it.

With Joydrive, now you can.

We are automotive, technology, finance and consumer industry veterans, and we are passionate about creating an experience that is easy, fast, online, and actually fun. It’s time to get your weekend back. Stay home, buy online, and start having fun!

Leadership Team

  • Hunter Gorham

    Founder, CEO

    Why did you start Joydrive?

    I love creating simple solutions to complex problems—from helping lead the start-up of a digital auto lending business at a $13B finance company to securing four patents for my photographic art frames. After 14 years working in the automotive industry, I decided to follow my passion and create a simple solution to the greatest problem facing the auto industry: the car buying experience. My unique intersection of auto, digital, finance and entrepreneurship gave me the vision and courage to start Joydrive.

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    Prior to Joydrive, I had 14 incredible years with Ally Financial, formerly GMAC, the largest Automotive Finance Company in the nation. My career gave me insight into several distinct areas of the industry, including leading consumer and commercial operations, financing corporate bond exchanges during the 2009 bailouts, and most recently helping lead Ally's National Digital Auto business. I learned the valuable lessons that: 1) relationships matter and 2) working with dealers, rather than circumventing them, may actually lead to a simpler solution.

  • Gavin Tronset

    Technology

    Why did you join Joydrive?

    I have a passion for building new tools to solve existing problems, and I love using technology in everyday life. During my seven years at one of the largest car dealerships in the nation, I came to appreciate the overwhelming challenges of buying a car. Given the opportunity to help build the tool which solves these problems, I quickly joined the Joydrive team.

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    Over the course of my career, I led several teams that utilized technology to help a dealership scale from one store to seven. I became an expert in many of the systems powering the dealer industry and developed custom digital solutions to fit our individual dealer's needs. That experience gave me the skill set required to lead the creation of Joydrive's technology platform, which seamlessly integrates with dealers to deliver an easy experience for customers.

    What excites you?

    I'm a big foodie, love board games, and have a weakness for sparkling water.

  • Catalin Mititiuc

    Technology

    Why did you join Joydrive?

    My family immigrated from Romania when I was young and I remember having to accompany my dad to the dealership to translate whenever we bought a car. I experienced first hand the pains and stress of buying a car, including the hours of haggling over price. I joined Joydrive because I don’t want anyone to buy a car that way today.

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    I received my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University in 2013 and I’ve been building and maintaining web applications ever since. Prior to joining Joydrive, I worked at companies that experimented with new, scalable programming languages to build better web technologies, and I fell in love. I ended up spending nights and weekends practicing and learning because I found it so interesting! Joydrive uses these exciting new technologies to take the stress and pains out of car buying.

    What excites you?

    Snowboarding, the epiphany of solving a difficult problem, and games of all types.

  • Dana Daldoss

    Technology

    Why did you join Joydrive?

    Buying a car the traditional way is a pain. I believe that this team has created a better approach to buying cars and I’m excited to help them leverage cutting-edge technology to bring it to the market.

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    I was raised by small-business owners. In my previous experience as a freelance developer, I was involved in all aspects of my clients’ projects—from hardware and deployment, up to high-level business decisions. In my career, I have worked almost exclusively with startups to continually provide great products for customers and expand their businesses.

    What excites you?

    Being a new dad, hiking around Colorado, and traveling abroad.

  • Sebastian Nitu

    Technology

    Why did you join Joydrive?

    I’ve never had a pleasant experience buying a car, so the opportunity to change that for people excites me. Joydrive has changed the car buying game in the best way possible—by empowering us to buy cars on our own terms. The opportunity to help build that tool and remove a stress point in our lives is why I joined Joydrive.

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    I’ve been a user interface designer and front-end developer for over ten years. My primary goal is to make web applications as intuitive and painless to use as possible. I’m excited to be able to bring this perspective to Joydrive and help build a car buying tool that’s fun and simple to use.

    What excites you?

    Spending time with my family, drawing, reading books that challenge me and talking to people who do the same.

  • Brad Lynch

    Marketing & Analytics

    Why did you join Joydrive?

    After working for seven years in the automotive industry, knowing every facet of how the business works, even I had to sit in the dealership for 6 hours to complete a purchase. I was thrilled to join the Joydrive team to make the process easier for everyone.

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    During my seven years at one of the largest dealerships in the nation, I worked across several roles including marketing, sales, and business development, touching every facet of the business. Doing so gave me the experience to understand dealer needs—their pain points and their desire to improve the customer experience. All of that has helped me in my current role of managing dealer relationships to provide a hands-on experience which ensures every customer is treated with professionalism and respect.

    What excites you?

    Spending time with my wife & little girl, puzzles and RazzApple Fun Dip.

  • Johnny Bennerson

    Dealer Relations

    Why did you join Joydrive?

    It’s simple! I joined Joydrive because this is a game changer for the automotive industry! People are busier than ever in life and Joydrive makes what’s a necessity in many cases easy.

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    I was in the military prior to being in the auto industry for 24 years. I’ve worked all sales and executive management positions in the industry. I have worked for some of the largest dealers in the country and have seen first-hand how excited customers are for a new buying experience like Joydrive.

    What excites you?

    I’m a big golfer (but not that good!) and have a great family. Oh yeah, and my 3 dogs are awesome!

  • Sofia Sadegi-Kharazi

    Customer Leader & Analyst

    Why did you join Joydrive?

    I joined Joydrive because I was excited to be a part of something innovative. All of my experiences with the car-buying process have been lengthy and unpleasant, so I was completely intrigued when I learned that Joydrive wanted to upgrade and simplify the process.

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    I have over ten years of customer service experience, so it has always been a main interest of mine. With that front-facing history comes an understanding of what customers are looking for, and I have learned that we have less time in our personal lives to get everything done, and few people want to spend that time at a dealership. I am excited to be able to assist customers in a new, quick, and easy process like Joydrive.

    What excites you?

    I love trying new foods, exploring the city with friends, and playing video games in my spare time.

  • Mishka Golov

    Customer Leader & Analyst

    Why did you join Joydrive?

    I learned about Joydrive and its platform awhile back and have always been very impressed with the innovative technology and consistent concern for helping its customers learn how to use that technology effectively. With the high quality of its products and services, advocating for them almost feels like a public service!

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    As a previous senior management professional with the U.S. Federal Government, my work experience included innovation in many areas including strategies for more effective teamwork. I devised strategies for improving teamwork and communication among members of team projects. To the team, I bring not only my ideas from my previous jobs but also my general passion for innovation to Joydrive. Through my communication skills and ability to remain focused, I have gained a great deal of experience that I’m excited to bring to Joydrive.

    What excites you?

    Brand New Vehicles! Coffee! Hot Wings! Seahawks! Sonics! UW Dawgs! Drive-In Theaters! ...and Surprises!

  • Charlotte Deardorff

    Strategy

    Why did you join Joydrive?

    I recently purchased my first pickup truck. The dealership experience was 1) waaay too looooong 2) stressful 3) annoying. I’m thrilled to work for a company whose main goal is to take the hassle out of an event that should be fun and super exciting. Why wouldn’t you want to join a movement like this!? I’m ALL IN.

    How has your background prepared you for Joydrive?

    First and foremost, I’m a MOM. This basically means I can do anything, anytime, anywhere… PERIOD. My life is filled with experiences of being an entrepreneur, campaigner, mediator, advocate, architect, logistician, and an adventurer. I wear bossy pants really well and I’m not afraid to roll my sleeves up and do what it takes to get it DONE.

    What excites you?

    Louis Vuitton, Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream, a full-bodied glass of cabernet, warm tortilla chips with a mean salsa, running, chillaxin’ in the pool with my cute family.

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