Our Team

Jim Lawyer

Jim Lawyer

Director of Automotive

Jim Lawyer is the Director of Automotive for BestRide.com. In this capacity, he is responsible for the expansion of the BestRide.com brand within the United States and the development of strategic partnerships with automotive dealers and publisher partners.

Mr. Lawyer is a 20+ year veteran of the automotive and online automotive marketing arena having served in a variety of ownership and executive leadership roles within the retail automotive industry and the 3rd party online vertical space. Among his past roles and accomplishments, Mr. Lawyer previously served as President of Megawheels.com, provided leadership direction to numerous automotive 3rd party website companies, and has launched over 300+ online automotive channels in partnership with media companies in the US, Canada, and Ireland. His expert knowledge of digital marketing strategies and 3rd party online verticals has been sought by thousands of automotive dealers and media companies alike.

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Tim Triplett

Tim Triplett

Director of Training

For over 15 years Tim Triplett has spoken to, trained and performed for major companies and organizations teaching them the art of persuasion to help their sales efforts, teaching sales people how to turn a preference for a competitive product into a yes for their product, and making complex, dry subjects fun and understandable.

Tim trains the sales staff at both BestRide and Gatehouse Media. He also provides sales tips & webinars to BestRide member dealers and can be found at dealer conferences hypnotizing rooms full of people. Seriously, Google him.

When not working at BestRide.com you’ll find Tim out hypnotizing large groups like the U.S. Navy and embarrassing his kids, he’s very good at it!

Basit Mehr

Basit Mehr

Principle Java Developer

Basit has extensive hands-on experience in enterprise technologies using industry standards of software development processes and methodologies like Agile, incremental, iterative, kanban board and waterfall. He has worked in the personal and health insurance industries, and with inventory systems and infrastructures development.

Basit has a broad spectrum of skills also involve in developing processes in various levels of organizational structures using CMMI guidance to achieve organizational goals.

Some of his achievements include the Out-Standards Performance Awards as a best developer of year 2004 from System Private Limited and Most Disciplinary Team Member from the Digital Processing Systems.

As Principal Software Engineer in BestRide, Basit is responsible to develop BestRide backend services and he's managing and leading future projects for iPhone and Android platforms.

Craig Fitzgerald

Craig Fitzgerald

Editor-in-Chief

Craig Fitzgerald is BestRide's Editor-in-Chief. He came to BestRide after five years as IMN's Editorial Director, where he was responsible for the editorial content in 2,500 e-newsletters per month, primarily sent from automotive dealerships.

Before he joined IMN, Craig was the Editor of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, a vintage imported car magazine with national distribution, published by Hemmings Motor News. Under Craig's editorial direction, the magazine went from 10,000 to more than 75,000 paid circulation, as audited by ABC.

Craig has spent nearly two decades as an automotive journalist. He was a regular feature in the Boston Globe automotive section on Saturdays and Sundays for 15 years, and his byline has been featured in publications such as Esquire, the blog at Road & Track, the Washington Post, Forbes, the Huffington Post and CarTalk.com.

In his role at BestRide, Craig is responsible for all editorial assignments and editing duties. He writes regularly for the BestRide Blog, and manages all of BestRide's social media activity. Between July of 2014 and March of 2015, Craig worked to multiply Facebook page likes by almost 30 times, and quadrupled BestRide's Twitter following, both with a strong focus on engagement with fans and followers, and driving traffic directly to the blog.

In his spare time, Craig turns wrenches on rusty old iron, including a 1979 Chevrolet Blazer and a 1965 Vespa scooter. His garage band, Thee Sonomatics, regularly assaults unsuspecting bar patrons west of Boston. His wife Lisa, daughter Katie and son Harry still put up with his nonsense.