BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Automotive systems integration and networking technology provider DealersLink has announced the hiring of Josh Dougherty as vice president of sales. Dougherty will be responsible for recruiting, training and coaching new sales talent to ensure that clients’ needs are fulfilled.

Dougherty has more than 15 years of auto industry experience, including sales and management positions with Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and vAuto.

“I am very pleased to welcome Josh to our growing team at DealersLink,” said CEO Mike Goicoechea. “In addition to his corporate positions, Josh once owned and managed his own independent lot. He knows firsthand the challenges of running a dealership and will work tirelessly to ensure that our products help dealers streamline operations and generate more revenue.”

Throughout his career, Dougherty has built award-winning sales teams, trained and motivated sales reps, helped launch startups, met or exceeded sales goals, introduced product enhancements, and led software as a service (SaaS) and internet media teams. He has won numerous awards for leadership, individual sales, community service and leadership, according to DealersLink’s announcement.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the team here at DealersLink,” said Dougherty. “The cutting-edge technology here, combined with the speed at which the dev team innovates, is impressive. In addition, the culture at DealersLink is all about making our decisions through the lens of the dealer, and how our products will impact their success in a positive way. This, along with the opportunity to work alongside some of the best and most passionate people in the industry, is why I joined the DealersLink team.”