FunnelAI, the industry’s first real-time B2B artificial intelligence (AI) based semantic search platform, announced that Laura Ryan has joined the company as chief operating officer (COO). Laura has a 25-year proven track record of leadership and growing industry-leading businesses in automotive. As COO, Laura will be responsible for the development and execution of the strategy that will ensure accelerated growth in all areas of the company with immediate focus on product, sales, and marketing initiatives.
Before joining FunnelAI, Laura led Purdy Mobility as Chief Executive Officer. Purdy Motor Group is a Costa Rica based company with operations in the U.S., including Texas-based franchised dealerships. In this role, Laura was responsible for strategically expanding, broadening, and diversifying Purdy Motors’ operations in the United States.
Laura previously spent 19 years with Gulf States Toyota, Inc., a private distributor for Toyota Motor North America; most recently as Vice President, Market Representation & Dealer Development. In her twenty-five plus years in the automotive industry she has held positions in all aspects of the business which have provided her valuable knowledge and experience in the industry.
“Laura’s proven success and track record of performance in the automotive industry; specifically, in areas of implementation, execution, and business and strategic development, over the course of her career makes her an excellent addition to the FunnelAI team,” stated Sri Kamma, CEO and Co-Founder of FunnelAI. “Right now, the auto industry is going through a drastic change and we want to make sure we’re available to help our current customers and new customers with their transitions.”
Laura has held state-level public service roles for the past nine years. Currently, she serves on the Texas Transportation Commission (TxDOT) as one of five commissioners appointed by Governor Greg Abbott. Prior to this, she was appointed TX Department of Motor Vehicle Board (TxDMV), representing the vehicle manufacturing/distribution industry, where she served as Chairman.
Laura attended Penn State University and is an avid learner and a student of both business and leadership.
FunnelAI is seeing an increased demand due to the need for intelligent solutions, in the automotive sector, that ensure customers complete the entire buying journey from the comfort and safety of their homes, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By adding new leadership, FunnelAI is continuing to disrupt innovative solutions within the auto industry.
FunnelAI’s real-time AI platform solutions include:
- Products that harness the power of digital communications to bring not only the information, but the intent, of digital conversations from over 2,000 social platforms and forums in real-time. Providing businesses with opportunities to engage with qualified consumers that have expressed a high purchase intent.
- Products that understand a consumer’s life cycle events and then provide businesses the information and ability to proactively engage in real-time based on specific life events to ensure the right communication at the right time. This level of engagement and connection will build relationships and increase retention.
- Products that provide analytics and market intelligence for automotive dealerships, businesses, and OEMs; including market dynamics, brand awareness, competition placement, product feedback, online reputation, and prospective and current customer profile management and analysis.