Last Friday Navid Azadi, CEO of DealerOn
visited my offices to demonstrate the software technology the he and his team have developed over the past 10 years. He was very excited about the new direction that his company was taking and I was very impressed with what I saw.
In fact, the picture above, that was taken from the DealerOn website, is the exact image in my mind as Navid relaxed and spoke to me in my office in a similar black leather chair.
He left my offices last Friday with a ferry ticket that I gave him so he could park his car in Atlantic Highlands and spend the weekend in New York City with his friends. He left with a big smile. He returned home from NYC and that ended up being his final resting place.
Today, I received a call notifying me that Navid had passed away. I immediately called his partner Ali to confirm what I had hoped was a false report. Ali confirm my worst fears that the vibrant CEO that was just in my office 5 days ago had indeed passed on September 22, 2009.
As a member of the ADM community, my prayers go out to Navid's family and the entire DealerOn organization.