February 24, 2016

Urgent.ly Hires Top Connected Car Dealmaker

New Hire Tom Sexton Joins Team to Help Grow Urgent.ly into the Dominant Roadside Assistance Platform

New Hire Tom Sexton Joins Team to Help Grow Urgent.ly into the Dominant Roadside Assistance Platform

We’re incredibly excited about the latest member of the Urgent.ly team! Take a look at the media announcement we’re releasing today for all the details. Welcome Tom!

Urgent.ly, the company reinventing roadside assistance, announced today the appointment of Tom Sexton as Vice President of Strategic Sales.  Sexton previously helped grow a small start-up into the dominant B2B and B2C connected car and device powerhouse through sales and partnerships with some of the best-known transportation and mobile brands in the U.S. and overseas.

Urgent.ly, the leading and most innovative on-demand roadside assistance platform in America, recently announced a $7 million Series A funding round.

“Tom has an outstanding track-record of creating innovative and strong partnerships with some of the world’s leading companies and brands,” said Urgent.ly CEO and co-founder Chris Spanos. “He’s a seasoned leader with deep relationships with key industry players along with extensive knowledge and experience that will help Urgent.ly rapidly scale our growth.”

Sexton was an early hire at INRIX, Inc., one of the first global connected car services companies.  He helped create partnerships and solutions for a host of automotive, mobile and media companies including BMW, Volkswagen Group, Ford, Toyota, Clear Channel, The Weather Company, BBC, AOL Time Warner, Microsoft, Garmin, O2, and Vodafone. Sexton also built solutions for TomTom, Google, and Apple mapping platforms.  INRIX is now the dominant company in its vertical.

Sexton was also part of the team at deCarta, an independent mapping, routing and geocoding platform, prior to its acquisition by Uber.  At deCarta, Sexton closed major deals with customers including OnStar, Ford, INRIX, Verizon Telematics, Blackberry, and eBay.  

“The connected car market is moving fast and there’s a tremendous opportunity for companies with innovative technology, a smart team and proven service,” said Sexton.  “Urgent.ly is the only roadside assistance company with all three – and I believe it’s the only one able to scale to meet the growing demand.”

Urgent.ly is the new and better alternative to traditional subscription-based auto clubs.  More than five million drivers have direct access to Urgent.ly through its native and mobile web platforms and partnerships with a broad range of mapping and connected car platforms including AT&T Drive, Cost2Drive, Dash, DriversEd.com, MapQuest, Mojio, ParkWhiz, TollSmart, Zendrive, Zubie, and others.

Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.

Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.

I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.

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