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Meet the Staff of ClearShift Cars

Jeff VanderWal - President

- jeff@clearshiftcars.com

Jeff VanderWal has spent 15 years perfecting the way autos are retailed to Denver consumers. A 5th generation Coloradan, Jeff’s family owns the oldest paint company in Denver founded in 1906. He attended Highlands Ranch High School, an athletic & academic standout he was recruited to Arizona to play baseball but soon returned to Denver to work in the family business.

Always a car nut he began wholesaling cars through dealers and auctions in ’03. Seeing an opportunity to serve consumers he founded VanderWal Motorcar Company in ‘07.  He began brokering vehicles directly to consumers, cutting out the dealers and hassle that goes with a car purchase. Word spread and by ’09 he was back in baseball, this time with his own auto leasing company that catered to the pro-athlete and the demands of their unusual schedules.

By 2012 Jeff had enjoyed a 200% annual growth and was recognized by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce as one of Denver’s Top 30 under 30, a feat never achieved prior to or since by anyone in the automotive field.

In 2014 VanderWal sales exceeded $10 million annually and he began seeking an opportunity to grow his one-man-show. Two years later coming off a record $14 million, Jeff co-founded ClearShift Leasing & Sales, bringing to life the perfect online shopping experience consumers enjoy with the person-to-person relationships they crave.

Jim Rathmann - General Manager

- jim@clearshiftcars.com


After decades of owning and managing dealerships in Florida and then engaging in profit improvement consulting with dealers and manufacturers, Jim relocated to Colorado and returned to selling cars. Being face to face with consumers was the only way to determine the experience they truly desire. This led him to grasp the real pain involved in an auto-transaction from the consumers perspective. With an intimate understanding of what consumers want Jim grew tired of consulting with dealers and manufacturers that lack the courage to make the hard decisions. Jim co-founded ClearShift, a company that is transforming the way vehicles are retailed. At ClearShift we complete the whole transaction financing, trade-in, and paperwork online. Finally, someone figured it out.

Jim Rathmann has spent over 40 years in automotive retail owning and operating dealerships across the southeast. Highlights include Owner and operator of six dealer franchises including Chevrolet, Cadillac, Lexus, and Toyota. Jim managed over 500 employees $50 million in inventory and achieved annual sales as high as $400 million.

Amber Parish - Controller

- amber@clearshiftcars.com

Amber started in the Auto Industry back 2011 in Tucson, AZ with CarMax. There she worked in the business office, completing sales transactions, funding, title/DMV work. Her work with CarMax brought her to Denver, Colorado in 2012. With plenty of knowledge and savvy, she left CarMax in 2014 and worked for an independent car dealership/auto brokerage. Clearshift customer's value her skill and expertise to get their paperwork processed fast to avoid extra charges and title problems.

 

Although she was born and raised in Arizona, she has grown to love the Colorado lifestyle. Though she moved here not knowing a soul, she now has a new Colorado family, Travis, a Navy veteran, currently serving in the Army National Guard and works daily at Xcel energy. They have been together almost 4 years now and have a dog named Lucy, their little baby. Some of Amber’s hobbies include being a huge football fan, and if you can believe it she’s a Bears fan! (DA Bears!) She and Travis watch all the games together. They also love brunch, can you say “Mimosas and pancakes!” 

Kyle Murphy - Buyer

- kyle@clearshiftcars.com

Kyle started in the car industry right out of college with Carmax in '07 as a Buyer. He worked with CarMax in Indianapolis, Austin, and finally Denver. He left Carmax to grand open EchoPark in '14 and worked as a Buyer and Inventory Manager. His collective body of work in the Car Industry totals over 10 years.

Although Kyle has yet to start a family, he does have a dog. He grew up right outside of Chicago in Highland, Indiana. He's lived in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Austin before moving to Denver.

Cars are a big hobby of Kyle's. He loves staying up on the latest car trends and new vehicle releases. He revels in outdoor activities such as camping, skiing, and hiking with his dog Parker. He also enjoys working out at a CrossFit gym, going to local breweries/distilleries, detailing cars and a good rooftop patio to hang out with friends. Kyle is a huge sports fan of his alma mater Purdue and loves to binge watch a good show on TV.

Chris Newman - Sales

- chris@clearshiftcars.com

Chris enjoys working with people, building relationships, and helping customers feel welcomed and at ease during the second largest purchase they will make. While it may sound cheesy, that premise is what Chris lives and breathes by. 

Chris draws on years of experience in client success management to develop a unique and enjoyable purchase experience for ClearShift customers. When Chris isn't busy matching customers to their dream vehicle, he enjoys baseball, softball, and especially PICKLE BALL! 

When you work with Chris, be ready for a low-pressure, and fun approach to vehicle ownership.

Aaron Wood - Sales

- aaron@clearshiftcars.com

Aaron loves breaking the mold and crafting a unique and enjoyable purchase experience for his customers. He has spent many years in and around the automotive industry from advertising, to dealer development, and retail financing. Aaron has witnessed first-hand what works and what doesn't when it comes to buying and selling vehicles, and uses that experience to further build upon what works with his customers. 

Aaron takes a fully consultative approach to your vehicle purchase, to make sure the process is seamless, enjoyable, and ultimately fun. Cars are fun, so why shouldn't buying be fun too! When Aaron isn't creating amazing experiences for his customers, you can find him enjoying time at home with his family, or enjoying some video games.

When you work with Aaron, be prepared for a car buying experience so easy and straightforward you'll actually want to do it again!

Sarah Rozema - Sales

303-482-1837 - sarah@clearshiftcars.com

Sarah is a passionate, energetic, and detail oriented consultant at ClearShift. Sarah has a unique customer approach which is refined from years of experience in business sales and contracting, developing both residential and commercial accounts. Where larger companies once relied on Sarah for her eye for detail, ClearShift customers now benefit from her straight forward delivery and personalized approach.   


If Sarah isn't finalizing a vehicle agreement, she can be found fishing, swing dancing, and even playing her ukulele. When she's not basking in the gorgeous Colorado sunshine strumming her uke, Sarah enjoys traveling to some of her favorite European destinations like Italy and Greece. 

When you work with Sarah, be ready for a premier buying experience filled with energy and excitement.




Jesse McKendry - Leasing & Sales

- jesse@clearshiftcars.com

Jesse completed his first small block re-build at the tender age of 4 with his Bob Builder set. With a genius grasp of mechanical workings, he built his first Flux Capacitor at age 7. Once he returned back to present day, he mastered the coveted muffler bearing, and invented his very own blinker fluid that doesn't stain paint. Finally at 13 he invented the first cold fusion Ford engine that runs on "Oval Blue Matter"  

After a horrible laboratory accident figuring out how to fix GM products once and for all, he descended into the car sales side hoping that he could heal his body up to take on his newest dream, Ford un-obtanium and its ability to transform the world into a better place to live.

James McKendry - Reconditioning Specialist

- james@clearshiftcars.com

The fourth member of our team and a crucial addition, James, joined the ClearShift team back in April of 2015. He came to us with a vast knowledge of cars from his youth and his family upbringing. 


As a Reconditioning Specialist, he does a little bit of everything from scheduling cars for service and safety inspections, repairs both cosmetic and under the hood, delivering vehicles and paperwork to customers and much, much more. He is a fast worker and very thorough in his approach and has made a great difference in his time with ClearShift.

In his spare time, James loves watching and playing many sports. He is a well-rounded family guy and comes from a large one with 2 brothers and 1 sister. He also has recently become an uncle to 3 nieces and 1 nephew.

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