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Todd Strause

President / CEO

Todd Strause, a native of Louisville, KY and graduate of Western Kentucky University, began his career in the automotive direct-marketing industry in 1991. Four years later, he founded Strategic Marketing. Strause’s leadership has helped the company grow to its current position as a leader in the automotive data marketing space.

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Todd Strause

President / CEO

In late 2012, Strause partnered with Svoboda Capital for its acquisition of Strategic Marketing. Strause’s goal with this partnership is to become the largest and most progressive company in the automotive marketing industry with organic growth, acquisitions and innovation. When Strause is not working, he enjoys traveling with his family, playing golf and cheering on his favorite college sports team – the University of Louisville Cardinals.

Chuck Urevick | CFO/COO

Chuck came to Strategic Marketing in 2013 with 20+ years of action-oriented, Executive management experience. He has a broad range of management experience leading Finance, Operations and Customer Service teams. Chuck brings a strong continuous improvement background and a keen customer centric focus to the organization.

 

Prior to joining Strategic, Chuck spent 10 years as the Vice President of Finance at Nashua Corporation. He also spent substantive time in operational management roles at Newell-Rubbermaid and Batesville Casket Company.

 

Chuck graduated with distinction from Centre College of Kentucky where he earned BS degrees in Financial Economics and Applied Mathematics. He played intercollegiate football and baseball. Chuck later earned his MBA degree with a concentration in Finance at the Indiana University, Kelly Graduate of Business in Bloomington, IN.

Mike Wagner | CIO

Mike has spent over 25 years in the global technology market with an emphasis on “fit for purpose” business software applications maximizing customers investment. In the early 90’s, Mike spent his time working for a large fortune 500 company where he built an in-house sales analytics solution that grew sales exponentially. By the mid-90’s, he co-founded and lead a software development company providing inventory control and warehouse management logistic solutions for companies around the globe.

 

In 2003, Mike chose to join/sell this company and his team with Epicor Software Corporation, a publicly traded company based in Southern California specializing in mid-market Enterprise Business Applications. Mike’s company and talents contributed to the revenue growth of Epicor from $75M to $500M annually. More specifically while at Epicor, in addition to leading product development efforts, Mike successfully built Epicor’s new “Managed Services” division leveraging strategic low cost geographies such as Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Egypt, and Slovakia enabling global follow-the-sun targeted support for Epicor¹s multi-national customers. More recently, Mike has leveraged his experiences and talents towards diligence efforts for Accel-KKR, a private equity firm focused in the mid-market technology space.

Eric Bass | Director of Sales Development

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Eric Bass is the Training and Development leader at Strategic Marketing. Bass is certified to deliver coursework from Huthwaite, Achieve Global, Wilson Learning, and Performance Dynamics. For nearly 14 years, Bass has honed his skills for facilitation and coaching by working with high performance sales teams at Fortune 200 companies including Humana, Cardinal Health and Northwestern Mutual. In addition to his training and development experience, he spent 3 years as a Regional Sales Manager targeting the Midwest and Canada for a large packaging distributor.

 

Bass holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Spalding University and a Master’s degree in Education and Training and Development from the University of Louisville. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, listening to music, playing guitar as well as he can, keeping fit and sampling as much food as possible.