Software Company Selects Tech Veteran Jim Contardi

AutoQuotes, an online catalog and quotation software system for the foodservice equipment and supplies industry, announced the selection of Jim Contardi as its new CEO.

Contardi, a 25-year veteran of the tech sector, will assume the role on June 3. Previously, he held executive positions in SAP, IBM, i2 Technologies, and First Data, and he most recently served as CEO of Avitru LLC, a content and technology SaaS platform for construction projects. At Avitru, Contardi led a growth strategy that included an acquisition and expansion of product offerings, the transformation of legacy content to enable high-impact analytics, and the development of strategic partnerships. His expertise includes sales, product management, and general management across multiple industries.

“Jim’s experience growing software companies through product expansion and acquisition fits perfectly with our strategy to deliver more value to the FES industry,” said Mark Haidet, executive chair at AutoQuotes. “Jim has a strong track record of building high-performing teams and making customers successful. He has experience in supply chain technology, digital marketplaces, content distribution, and channel management technology, bringing a very relevant perspective to the industry.”

Contardi’s hiring will be of great interest to FEDA members, many of which rely on AutoQuotes for equipment pricing information. FEDA members have exclusive access to the AQ Catalog Data Export, which includes catalog data on more than a half-million products from more than 500 manufacturers.

“I am excited to join AutoQuotes at a time of tremendous opportunity and growth,” Contardi said. “I look forward to working closely with our customers to deliver high value solutions to their business.”