Leadership Team


Mr. James “Jim” Murphey is President and Shareholder of Skyward Automotive. Mr. Murphey began his career with Dana Corp. (NYSE: DAN) quickly moving from field sales positions to Vice President & General Manager of the Precision Controls Division, before he was tasked with leading the Drivetrain Service Parts Division. Following his time with Dana Corp., Mr. Murphey started his entrepreneurial career by creating and leading a platform roll-up strategy of aftermarket manufacturers, successfully acquiring and integrating a number of add-ons in the US Midwest. Mr. Murphey went on to found and run Maxum Automotive, an aftermarket parts manufacturer. Most recently, Mr. Murphey served in Senior Executive roles for US Auto Parts, a publicly traded aftermarket e-commerce platform, and a global importer of OEM replacement parts.

Mr. Joe Sotolongo is Senior Director of Product Management and Business Development. Mr. Sotolongo has worked for major Domestic and Global Manufacturers including Renard Mfg. WAI, Auto 7, Interamericana – VW and Stant Corporation.  Mr. Sotolongo brings a strong background in product development with over 30 years of Asian supply chain management.  Mr. Sotolongo has a unique ability to build brands that match customer needs and it is this ability that makes him uniquely positioned to continue the expansion of the SKP brand.

Mr. Michael Jacabacci is Senior Director of Sales for Skyward Automotive. Mr. Jacabacci has held a number of positions in the distribution business, working his way up from Warehouse Manager, Operations Manager, Salesman, Sales Manager, VP of Sales, and most recently President of Woodbury Automotive Warehouse, which he ultimately acquired in 1996, and sold in 2013. Mr. Jacabacci came out of retirement to help the Skyward Automotive team continue building its brand and support its rapid growth in the US. Mr. Jacabacci is a past Board Member of Federated Auto Parts.

Mr. Tony Guan is the Receiving Manager for Skyward Automotive. In this role, Mr. Guan is responsible for the receiving and inspection of incoming products shipped from Skyward’s global supply chain. Mr. Guan is also responsible for the accuracy of Skyward’s inventory through ongoing cycle counts. Hailing from mainland China, Mr. Guan has been with the company since its founding in October of 2016.

Mr. Elexis “Alex” French is Skyward’s Warehouse Manager. Mr. French has been in shipping and receiving for over 20 years. He began his career unloading shipping containers by hand and quickly moved into management. Mr. French has experience in every aspect of Warehouse operations, from product ordering to overseeing freight shipping.

Mr. Brent Baldwin is the Administrative Manager for Skyward Automotive. In this role, Mr. Baldwin is responsible for all sales/administrative functions within the company, including working with the company’s accountants for sales and financial reporting. Mr. Baldwin has an MBA in Finance and has past experience working in distribution.