The people who comprise the DST management team are recognized leaders in developing technologies that drive greater efficiency and profitability in global supply chains.
Clark Brown, Senior VP of TurboShop Division
Clark Brown is Senior VP of the DST Shop Management Team and is responsible for overseeing product development as chief architect of the TurboShop service shop management and point of sales systems.
Prior to joining DST, Clark had over 20 years of experience developing and marketing software systems in the agricultural equipment and automotive aftermarket industries.
Floyd Beadle, Vice President of e-Business Solutions
Floyd came to DST in 2002 as an aftermarket industry consultant, and served as Vice President of Business Solutions from 2003-2008.
In 2008, Floyd was asked to narrow his focus on a crucial growth area for DST and became Vice-President of e-Business Solutions and Director of e-Commerce development. In his current role, he oversees the programming team responsible for developing DST’s e-Commerce applications, user interfaces and electronic catalog integrations. Prior to joining DST, Floyd spent over 20 years in the heavy duty parts distribution and service industry, and has first-hand experience with the impact technology has at every level of an aftermarket parts business, from counter personnel to executive management.
Gary August, Vice President of Customer Service
Gary began his aftermarket career more than 30 years ago at a mid-sized distribution business in NY, and has fulfilled various sales and operations roles in all levels of the Aftermarket, from distributor to manufacturer to technology provider.
Gary held a number of management positions with the business, which was a founding member of Federated and later a member of Parts Plus, supplying 23 company-owned stores as well as independent jobbers in the upstate New York and western New England area from a 100,000 sq ft warehouse. Gary has served on the board of the NYS Automotive Aftermarket Association, and been a member of the AWDA Information and Technology Committee; he also chaired the Parts Plus IT Committee. Prior to joining DST, Gary spent 5 years as the Director of eCommerce and Systems at the Automotive Distribution Network where he managed WD and Jobber sales, implementations and support for ADN’s private labeled distribution management system. In that role, Gary was also responsible for promoting the development and use of ADN’s eCommerce solution, and was the staff liaison to ADN’s IT Committee.
Kyle Johnson, Vice President of Strategic Accounts
Using his unique blend of sales, organizational and technical experience, Kyle has guided DST’s business development activities since 2009.
Kyle began his career with Profit Pro, developing point of sale and shop management systems, and managing programming, data analysis, help desk and quality assurance teams. After Profit Pro was acquired by WHI Solutions, Kyle led development of the WHI Automotive Parts Catalog, as well as the company’s e-Commerce and e-Catalog solutions. Prior to joining DST, Kyle was a member of WHI’s Management Committee as Vice President of Strategic Accounts.
Kyle has been heavily involved in developing aftermarket catalog data standards, serving as a member of the AAIA Technology and Standards Committee for several years and spearheading development of the AAIA Catalog Exchange Standard (ACES).
Steve Ricketts, Vice President of Operations
Steve is Vice President of Operations, for DST and was one of the company’s founders in 1987. A 30+-year veteran of the automotive industry, Steve is a key member of the management team and Board of Directors, and served as President during DST’s start-up years.
Prior to helping establish DST, Steve spent several years with TRW’s European business before helping form the DCS Group, an automotive software developer. His work managing key relationships with Audi-Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz helped DCS grow from start-up into Europe’s market leader in less than a decade, and gave him the opportunity to engineer DCS’s joint venture into North America with his DST co-founders.