Maury Marks, B.Mgt., CA
President & Chief Executive Officer
Throughout his career, Maury Marks has established himself as a visionary in the automotive retail technology industry. As one of the original founders, and as the President and CEO of Quorum Information Technologies, Maury has created a company that is committed to building and providing the best dealership management system in the world.
Maury has been around automotive retailing literally all of his life. Growing up in rural Alberta, Canada, Maury worked in his family’s GM dealership. That exposure to all facets of dealership management and to the challenges dealers face from both a business and technology standpoint, has given Maury a firm basis for founding and leading Quorum.
In 1988, Maury earned a Bachelor of Management (with Distinction) from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. In 1991, he received his Chartered Accountant’s designation after articling with Deloitte and Touche in Calgary. At Deloitte and Touche, Maury first worked in the accounting practice, Later, he moved to the firm’s technology consulting practice where he worked with many different companies to select and implement technology and systems to support their business needs.
He left Deloitte and Touche in 1992 and began his own practice of technology consulting for small businesses. It was during this time that his family turned to him to find a new dealer management system for their dealership. Having thoroughly evaluated the market and its offerings, Maury concluded that the industry had largely stagnated and the idea for forming Quorum was conceived.
Maury and his partners founded Quorum in 1996. Since that time, Maury has focused the company on the development of its flagship XSELLERATOR™ DMS software.
Mark Allen, B.Sc., M.B.A.
Vice President Sales, Marketing & Services
Mark Allen has deep business, technical and automotive retail industry experience and is known by many as a visionary leader in the automotive retail technologies market. Mark originally joined Quorum in January 2006 as Director OEM Solutions. At that time, he was primarily focused on launching the General Motors Integrated Dealer Management System program, helping to establish the relationship with GM, and preparing Quorum to deliver the services required under the contract.
In late 2006, Mark was appointed to lead a newly-formed group as Vice President Planning, Marketing & Strategic Accounts. In this capacity, Mark was responsible for organization-wide business and strategic planning, marketing, public relations, advertising and management of Quorum’s strategic customer and partner relationships, including continuing to manage the GM IDMS program. In the summer of 2007, Mark took on the leadership of an extensive project to help Quorum’s customers upgrade their technology platform and move to the latest version XSELLERATOR™. Recently, he added leadership of the entire sales team to his responsibilities, and became Quorum’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
Mark has an extensive leadership background with organizations such as General Motors and EDS, and was a founder, President and CEO of Playing Field Inc., an innovative start-up that established a new market model for application integration within automotive retail. In Mark’s senior management roles with EDS Automotive Retail Group (ARG), he was responsible for overall management of ARG’s product and service portfolio as well as strategic planning, technology leadership and business development. Mark is based in the Detroit, Michigan area.
Dan Ichelson, B.Sc., M.B.A.
Vice President Operations & Development
Dan received a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) in 1987 and a Master of
Business Administration from the University of Calgary in 1992. Prior
to joining Quorum in 1998, he was directly involved with the development
and implementation of an in-house system for a nationally franchised
organization. Dan spent his first few years with Quorum supporting and
implementing XSELLERATOR™ in GM dealerships.
During that time he worked closely with the Development Group to analyze
and define the business requirements for change requests and new product
He was instrumental in defining, building, and testing the application used to convert dealers’ legacy data for use in XSELLERATOR™. He also played a large QA role in testing all development output. Dan took over management of the Development Group in 2003 and has continued to play a key role in setting the direction for product development. He has also managed many large development projects including GM U.S. integration efforts and other exciting product developments. Dan was appointed Vice President Product in November of 2006.
Jeff Sharpe, B.Com., CA
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Sharpe joined Quorum in May 2008 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Jeff graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours), and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation after articling with Grant Thornton LLP in St. John’s, NL. Before joining Quorum, Jeff was the Financial Controller for Newfound Developers Co. Ltd. until a merger created Newfound NV, a public company traded on the London AIM Exchange. He then took on the role of Group Chief Accountant for Newfound NV. During this time, Jeff was responsible for overseeing the development of, and improvements to, the company’s internal controls and management, and statutory reporting processes for its operating entities.
Jeff joined Quorum for the opportunity of working with a vibrant, growing company, with all of its associated challenges and opportunities. As Quorum focuses on becoming “cash flow positive”, Jeff will contribute his extensive experience in adapting internal processes to improve efficiency.