Get to know the people behind the app
George ChamounChief Executive Officer
George Chamoun became CEO of ACV Auctions on September 16, 2016. As an early angel investor in ACV, George was drawn by the company’s long term potential. George brings a successful track record of accomplishment as an entrepreneur and senior executive. He co-founded Synacor (Nasdaq: SYNC) right out of college in 1998, and spent the next two decades building it into a trusted technology and revenue partner for some of the largest video and communication providers in the world. George was President of Sales and Marketing, growing the business for many years which enabled the company to go public in 2012.
George has been recognized for his accomplishments;
- In 2009 when Multichannel News named him one of the publication's "40-under-40" most influential innovators in the industry
- In 1999 recipient of the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award in NY
George has a passion for Entrepreneurship and serves as Chairman of Launch NY, a non-for-profit organization supporting the startup ecosystem for Upstate New York. George is a proud husband and father of two great kids.
Joseph NeimanHead of Product
Joe started his automotive career at 15 years old and never looked back. He grew and developed a successful independent dealership that eclipsed annual retail sales of 500+ and month over month inventory turn exceeding 100%. His challenges associated with sourcing enough inventory drove him to reconsider his own business and join a large-scale franchise dealership operation. In this setting, he learned first-hand how the new car dealerships struggle at valuating trades and liquidating wholesale inventory. Being able to walk in both the new and used car dealer’s shoes provided Joe the unique perspective to create a solution that would bring both buyers and sellers together with a legitimate auction that removed all the time commitments, logistical challenges, high costs per transaction, and risk. From its first iteration, ACV Auctions has been founded on the fundamental believe that a business will only survive if it truly adds substantial value to all of its users. ACV has achieved the prestigious triple-crown by being a true Win-Win-Win. The buyers, sellers, and even the retail customer all benefit greatly when dealers transact on ACV.
Dan MagnuszewskiChief Technology Officer
Questioning the status-quo is the driving factor behind Dan's entrepreneurial endeavors, and he is no stranger to solving problems through software. His path into the wholesale automotive industry began in Middle School when his father would sell used cars out of classified ads in the newspaper. This would lead to a small used vehicle lot (which he is still involved with today). While Dan grew up around a used car lot, his love of technology, engineering, and the internet lead him to down a different path. He became a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) out of high school and studied Computer Science at the University of Buffalo.
While studying, he worked for M&T Bank developing and designing network monitoring software. A few years out of school Dan began working at Synacor, first as a systems administrator, and then as a software engineer. Eventually leaving Synacor to start new companies and freelance as a "technical co-founder for hire" working with startups in NYC and California. During this time, he also cofounded a coworking space, CoworkBuffalo, in Downtown Buffalo, NY.
Working with startups lead him to his next endeavor as Managing Director at Z80 Labs, a technology incubator and seed fund. Over the next two and half years he would assist, mentor, and invest in early stage startups.
In 2014, Dan began talking to Joe Neiman about issues with his independent dealership in Albany, NY. The two began strategizing on how to leverage the ubiquity of mobile technology to help reshape the entire automotive industry.
Michael WatermanVice President of Sales
A 20-plus year veteran of the auto industry, Michael Waterman brings deep experience in market development, hiring top sales talent and working with dealerships to enhance their wholesale process. Prior to his arrival at ACV, Michael most recently served in product and sales management roles at Dealersocket, Dealertrack and Adesa; after beginning his career managing dealerships.