Executive Profiles

ActivEngage was founded on the principle that people, not technology, sell cars.

Todd Smith - ActivEngage Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Todd Smith
Ted Rubin - ActivEngage Co-founder and President Ted Rubin
Eric Schlesinger - ActivEngage National Director of Sales Eric Schlesinger
Andrew Shansky - ActivEngage Chief Technology Officer Andrew Shansky
Michael Third - ActivEngage Director of Software Development Michael Third
Carol Marshall - ActivEngage Director of Training and Virtual Sales Carol Marshall
Terri Thompson - ActivEngage Director of Customer Success Terri Thompson
Ralph Ebersole - ActivEngage Senior Manager of OEM Relations and Business Development Ralph Ebersole

Todd Smith - ActivEngage Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Todd Smith Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Todd is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of ActivEngage, Inc., the automotive industry's leading live chat service provider. He has over 20 years of successful industry experience and has worked in every facet of dealership operations, including spending 2007 as the general manager of a Chevrolet dealership. Todd has developed some of the most cutting edge eBusiness, BDC and showroom sales strategies and solutions for a variety of clients including Ford, Ford of Canada, AutoNation, Budget Car Sales, Maritz Inc, Mazda North America, Toyota Motors Sales, ADP AutoTrader.com and over 1,500 dealerships across the U.S.


Ted Rubin - ActivEngage Co-founder and President

Ted Rubin Co-founder and President

Ted is the Co-founder and President of ActivEngage, Inc. He is a leading expert on Operations Management, Internet process deployment, and technology development and utilization in the automotive industry. Ted has more than 20-years in the automotive industry , and has held virtually every position available in both dealership sales and service departments. In 2000, Ted co-founded one of the leading CRM companies in the automotive industry, which was gainfully sold to JM Family Enterprises six years later. Ted has worked with many recognized manufacturers and automotive companies to develop sales strategies, business development processes and effective training. These include: Toyota Motor Sales, Volkswagen, Renault, Southeast Toyota and Reynolds & Reynolds, as well as hundreds of individual dealerships.


Eric Schlesinger - ActivEngage National Director of Sales

Eric Schlesinger National Director of Sales

Eric has over 20 years of Automotive Retail and Vendor Experience.  He spent 15 years with a large dealer group in Philadelphia where he started one of the most successful Internet Retail Departments in the country.  He  went on to become the Director of Sales and eCommerce for the group, which became the largest Honda dealer and largest Toyota retailer in the state .  Eric then went on to become the first Regional Director and eventually Vice President of Sales for Izmocars.  He has been a member of the ActivEngage team for almost two years.


Andrew Shansky is the Chief Technology Officer at ActivEngage.

Andrew Shansky Chief Technology Officer

Andrew Shansky is the Chief Technology Officer at ActivEngage. He has 7 years of professional programming experience with expertise in the following areas: service-oriented architecture, agile development and .NET. Andrew earned a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee.


Michael Third is the Director of Software Architecture at ActivEngage.

Michael Third Director of Software Architecture

Michael Third is the Director of Software Architecture at ActivEngage. He has more than 25 years of experience in software architecture and distributed systems. Michael has previously held software architect positions at Beeline, DMEAutomotive, and JM Family Enterprises.


Carol Marshall - ActivEngage Director of Training and Virtual Sales

Carol Marshall Director of Training and Virtual Sales

Carol has more than 12 years of automotive industry experience.  She has held executive in-store positions such as General Sales Manager.  More recently, she held positions with national organizations such as Mazda N.A. and AutoNation as Sales Process Manager and National Manger of eCommerce Field Operations, respectively.


Jeff Cirilis - ActivEngage Director of Customer Success

Jeff Cirilis Director of Customer Success

Jeff Cirilis is the Director of Customer Success with a strong record of developing new business, improving team and individual performance and consistently achieving sales and operations goals in competitive environments. Jeff spent over five years working for Staples as a part of the Quill division and was instrumental in creating new sales programs. These programs include an outbound sales contact center and sales teams focusing on the education market. Prior to Staples, Jeff spent 10 years with Sager Electronics growing sales and implementing programs to expand the customer base. He was responsible for managing sales, customer service and operations for the Southeast United States. Jeff is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Marketing.