Meet the Team
Doyle Baxter: Founder & CEO
Doyle Baxter has been an IndyCar fan for his entire life. When he was a young boy, his best friend’s dad was an engineer for Chip Ganassi Racing and they would spend every summer weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his friend’s grandparent’s Arizona-plated motorhome. The two would roam around the in-field visiting the team garages, socializing with yellow shirts, and leaving everyone they encountered wondering where their parents were. Unfortunately, these roaming privileges didn’t apply during the 500, but Doyle’s family had their own race day traditions. First, his dad would wake up before everyone else (as usual) and cut out the starting grid from the Indy Star, fold them--always in fours--and put them into a hat. Then Doyle, his brother, and parents would pick out the cars from the hat and our dog Molly would get the 33rd car. Then they’d head out to the yard and start mulching and gardening while listening to the pre- race traditions on the radio. From their Zionsville neighborhood, they would be able to watch the F-16s or Stealth Bomber circle around waiting for the National Anthem fly-by. After the most famous words in motorsports, they’d huddle around the radio, clutching the newspaper cutouts, waiting for the wave of the green flag.
As founder and creative director for Connect.Racing, Doyle has been the driving force behind brand promotion, crowdfund publicizing, marketing, and the shaping the overall vision for Connect.Racing since its inception. He has also worked tirelessly to execute the preliminary stages for taking the Connect.Racing brand from an initial vision to a fully-fledged startup company through his involvement with the Founder Institute and the Connect.Racing senior advisors.
After graduating from Zionsville High School, Doyle was exiled to Cincinnati. He made the most of his time, studying Classical Languages, Philosophy, and French at Xavier University. By a series of fortunate events, he found himself in Paris, France at the Sorbonne—far away from lovely Indiana—being enculturated in French Literature. When he finally made it home, he went to work for a tech company called Mesh Systems as an Applications Engineer overseeing inbound and outbound leads, solutions architecture and sales. When he’s not selling the technology of the future, Doyle enjoys contemplating the wisdom of the past, reading the great books of the Western tradition, writing mediocre poetry, and watching the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Ben Parker: CTO & Application Development Specialist
Ben Parker is a career information technology manager and veteran of the services and IT industries since 2004. After attending Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis for computer science, he has held numerous positions at eight different information technologies and software companies for fifteen-plus years, including positions as a consultant, director and administrator at companies such as Wood-Mizer, Faegre, Baker & Daniels and the Indianapolis Colts. He is also a co-founder of 8180 Technologies, and served as a developer and principal for the company from 2010 to 2018. He is presently an IT Director at Irving Materials, Inc.
As CTO for Connect.Racing, Ben has constructed much of the Connect.Racing website in its MVP stage as well as fix bugs that come up during development. Additionally, Ben is working to develop the Connect.Racing mobile application that will be the key ingredient to future customer participation once the next stages of the crowdfund materialize in the coming months, as the mobile application will both serve to grant prospective crowdfund patrons entry to the Connect.Racing raceday event tent as well as offer Connect.Racing members many of the same features, news and content that they would find at the website.
In addition to more than fifteen years of experience in information technology consultation and administration, Ben has demonstrated proficiency with databases, team building, IT strategy and web design. He is currently pursuing medical school and is a graduate of Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, IN.
Max Creager: Marketing Strategy Specialist & Podcast Manager
Max Creager has shared Doyle’s passion for motorsport since the two met at Xavier University. As a social media and marketing specialist for Connect.Racing, Max has helped with the progression and promotion of the Connect.Racing brand through the administration of the company Facebook page, precursory preparations for the Connect.Racing raceday event tent, and various other creative endeavors. As part of the task of laying out plans for the Connect.Racing raceday event tent, Max is working to design its format and floor plan, audio and visual atmosphere, and merchandising.
Max will also spearhead the Connect.Racing podcast project which is scheduled to begin in February 2019. The podcast will ideally serve both as an alternative to the written content published regularly on the Connect.Racing website as well as a source of unique content better suited to the auditory medium than the written one.
Along with designing the interior of the raceday event tent and heading the creative efforts for the forthcoming podcast, Max is involved with related high-level marketing strategies and corporate messaging functions, as well as general Connect.Racing branding initiatives.
Nick Smiley: Writer & Social Media Specialist
Nick Smiley has been fascinated by IndyCar since he first attended the Indy 500 in 2004, where he was both awed and terrified by the combination of loud motors, fast cars and the tornado that descended upon that year’s race and cut it 20 laps short. Since then his exposure to the sport has come through alternately listening to the race on radio and then re-watching the broadcast on TV, entering racer pools with friends and family, and, since 2015, attending the race in person.
As a writer and social media specialist for Connect.Racing, Nick writes regular articles for the Connect.Racing Medium page, including the “This Week in IndyCar” column that discusses news from around the IndyCar world. He also promotes the Connect.Racing brand through the Connect.Racing Twitter page and has assisted in the development of the Connect.Racing website.
After attending North Central High School in Indianapolis, IN he enrolled at Indiana University where he is currently studying English and Journalism. He has held internships at VMS BioMarketing and Mesh Systems in social media and marketing capacities during the summers of 2016 and 2017. His interests include IndyCar, American football, literature, nonfiction, sportswriting, and exercise.
Terrence Bergin: Senior Advisor
Terrence Bergin is a lifelong fan of IndyCar and a crucial resource to the development of Connect.Racing in its early stages. As a Senior Advisor, Terrence works closely with Doyle in efforts to ensure crowdfunding functions are up and running as soon as possible and that business operations are progressing steadily. While the advice and consultation provided by Terrence is not always as visible as the web design efforts of Ben, the social media publications from Max or the written content from Nick, his direction is invaluable and has been key in mobilizing the early efforts to ensure Connect.Racing is as professional and well-organized as possible.
A true IndyCar insider, Terrence worked as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Facilities Event Communications Coordinator from 2004 to 2006. Since then he has worked in various capacities as a business development specialist, including as a Senior Project Manager and Senior Manager of Business Development with University Loft Co. 2006 to 2013 and with Catalyst Product Development Group, Inc. as a Director of Business Development. He currently works as a Consultant for Catalyst Product Development Group as well as Vice President of Business Development for Indianapolis-based company Fizziology and is an Advisory Council Member of Gerson Lehrman Group in New York City.
Robert Wynne: Senior Advisor
Robert Wynne is a lifelong fan of IndyCar and a crucial resource to the development of Connect.Racing in its early stages. As a Senior Advisor, Robert works closely with Doyle in efforts to ensure crowdfunding functions are up and running as soon as possible and that business operations are progressing steadily. While the advice and consultation provided by Robert is not always as visible as the web design efforts of Ben, the social media publications from Max or the written content from Nick, his direction is invaluable and has been key in mobilizing the early efforts to ensure Connect.Racing is as professional and well-organized as possible.
A graduate of DePauw with the class of 1979 and alumnus of the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University class of 1985, Robert has worked at Faegre Baker Daniels since completing law school magna cum laude in 1985 and is currently partner there. Robert’s specializations include single lender transactions, syndicated originations, restructurings, recapitalizations, and representation of clients in mergers, acquisitions, management buyouts and corporate dispositions. He has frequently been honored amongst the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Corporate Law (2003-17), Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2003-17, 2019), and Banking & Finance Law (2013-17, 2019). He is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association.
Zachary Woods: Senior Advisor
Zachary Woods is an avid fan of IndyCar and sports media and has been working in various capacities in the fields of global sales, digitization and development since graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2010. After a legal internship gone wrong during the aftermath of 2008's housing crisis, Zack had a revelation: creating unique business ideas was far more attractive than responding to legal memos. With that insight serving as north star, he has since worked in a variety of functions, geographies and languages with one of the world's largest, most innovative material science firms, most recently leading their digitalization strategy in North America.
Zack now lives in New York City and, when he isn't helping grow the enterprise sales pipeline for his full time gig, works with dozens of startups on their growth, marketing and customer engagement strategies from initial idea framing through achieving product-market fit. In working with Connect.Racing, Zack will work to help show that Connect.Racing is one of the startups illustrating how pursuing entrepreneurship continues to yield tremendous payback. Zack’s addition to the team will help bolster the Connect.Racing approach of placing the power of the internet - a proven disruptive force across the sports media industry - behind the wheel of IndyCar and into the hands of its fans.
Since making the switch from legal services to digital strategy and global sales, he has worked as a consultant and mentor for Evonik Digital, Starta Ventures, and Alchemy Cloud, Inc.. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Spanish Language & Literature from the University of South Carolina’s Honors College.