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TrueCar Military Vets help vets become owners

Barnett, 40, joined the military in February 2001 when he was a student at Ohio State University. He spent six years on active duty and in the National Guard. He never deployed abroad but worked on the policy team in the nation’s capital while in uniform. He remained in Washington after leaving the military in various political roles, including with the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer.

His work in politics has involved health and safety issues, such as the mental health of veterans and access to care. On the other hand, he became interested in auto policy and safety and created a blog about cars, which he said led to a connection with former Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik, who became president of TrueCar in 2014.

Barnett joined TrueCar subsidiary ALG in 2015 as a junior analyst working on residual values ​​before moving on to other positions within the company. Today, he is the Director of Marketing and Military Growth at TrueCar.

Green, 52, joined the Marines at the age of 17 in 1987 and deployed to the Middle East during the Gulf War. When he left the military in 1991, Green said, he got a job selling cars the next day.

That was the start of a 24-year career in auto retail. Green said he found the performance-based selling environment consistent with the work ethic he developed in the military. Prior to joining TrueCar in 2015, he was a managing partner of Showcase Honda in Phoenix, a job he moved from when he was a billionaire. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. From Warren Buffett, Van Tuyl Groupthat owned the store.

Green, who is now senior vice president of TrueCar Accounts and Military Business Strategies, helped develop a new car buying program, TrueCar Military, last year after the company learned USAA Federal Savings Bank intends to end its 13-year partnership And out of the car buying space.

TrueCar executives say the new program will allow it to reach a larger group of military service members and veterans than it could reach through the USAA partnership, which included about 30 percent of vehicles sold to buyers who connected through the TrueCar network.

Green said the company is “very positive and very optimistic” about TrueCar Military’s growth.

“Whether you’re a veteran, active duty, reserve or immediate family, our goal is to be that name of choice,” he said.