The 100|OCT Team
Benoît Boningue, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Benoît founded 100|OCT in 2012 as a result of seeing the passion that Silicon Valley has for exotic cars. He created drives and events for the enthusiast community to come together. Coupled with his love of exotics and supercars, he has had extensive experience in Silicon Valley's tech industry, serving primarily as Product Manager for companies like Vivendi, Netscape, Oracle, Palm, and Nook. Having moved from France to the Bay Area in 2000, Benoît got his first taste for exotics back in his hometown at a Ferrari Club de France gathering in 1990. It was an unforgettable ride during that event in a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa that set him on the trajectory that would bring him to where he is today. He will never forget the looks, the sound, the handling -- all of it was so much more than he anticipated. As they say, "you never forget your first."
Jamie Smith, Chief Operating Officer
Jamie joined 100|OCT in 2015 and has a discerning eye for details in order to create memorable automotive events for guests. As an entrepreneur by nature, she has a knack for leading teams in an empowering and effective manner, tapping into the skills that each team member has, making sure the caliber of event execution is high. Her love for the automotive lifestyle began very young, as she watched her dad (who is an exotic restoration specialist) race at Laguna Seca and Sonoma. Jamie is a "jill of all trades", having an extensive background in event planning, education, and business. Her array of skills brought her to earn 2 masters degrees in Teaching and Organizational Leadership. She teaches Human Development for colleges in Silicon Valley and runs an executive and education-focused consulting firm, The Internal Potential.
Dayne Dyer, Creative Director
Dayne joined 100|OCT in 2016 and has the creative vision to shape the image of 100|OCT for our friends and fans. As the founder of DareToDifferFilms, he has acquired great experience styling and portraying the exotic/luxury car scene for the public eye in the last several years. Skills in social media and managing groups of creative individuals are also valuable assets he brings to our team. He has worked with some of the most exclusive cars, individuals, rallies, shows, parties and the general automotive lifestyle and created "paper popping" pictures that quickly appear in print. The signature style of his work is instantly recognizable. Dayne's passion for exotic automobiles began at a young age and piqued at Concours d'Elegance in Monterey many years ago. Ever since the scissor door of that Murcielago swung up to invite him inside the bowels of the bull, he was hooked. The drive to grow and create a powerful image to capture an unforgettable moment forever has pushed him to become one of the leading creative individuals in the business.
Stella Kim, Director of Events
Stella joined 100|OCT in 2016 with an extensive background in luxury lifestyle services and events. She started off her career working in meeting planning and corporate conferences in San Diego. After working at world-renowned Pebble Beach Resorts for a couple of years providing world-class service to the ultimate luxury clientele, Stella joined the Coastal Luxury Management team that curates and produces the acclaimed epicurean events Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. Her experience in luxury lifestyle events has allowed her to hit the ground running with the 100|OCT events and to have a big impact on the success of our social events. Stella has always been drawn to cars as she grew up listening to her dad’s love for exotics and having both Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance and Laguna Seca in her backyard.
Ryan Bray, Director of Customer Engagement
Ryan joined 100|OCT in late 2016, but he has had a love of fast cars since childhood. At a young age, his father would take him to Baylands Raceway in Fremont to watch drag racing and sprint cars. Movies and TV programs such as Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, Dukes of Hazzard, and Knight Rider further strengthened his love for the automotive culture. As an adult, one trip to Monterey Car Week drove his passion to new heights where a love for supercars and exotics was born. A chance meeting with Benoît provided Ryan the opportunity to experience supercars in an entirely new light. As 100|OCT's Director of Customer Engagement, Ryan is able to utilize his unique ability to make guests feel welcomed, while handling the pressures and challenges of dynamic situations.
Dimitri Volkmann, Director of Logistics
Dimitri joined 100|OCT in late 2015, initially supporting the Cars & Croissants events at Santana Row. Dimitri is a technology enthusiast and is fascinated by innovation and edge technologies. Throughout his childhood, Dimitri witnessed his father's friends work on their cars, from an old Triumph that needed constant attention to a Citroën DS. He was always happy to be the handy boy who pushed the pedals in order to bleed the brakes! He developed a passion for Aston Martin through the James Bond movies while Formula 1 got him hooked on high performance cars, especially during the legendary Senna & Prost years at McLaren Honda. As a Technology Product Office Executive, Dimitri loves developing strategy and driving excellence in execution.
Joseph Rodriguez, Ambassador
Joseph joined 100|OCT in 2016, after being invited to help staff one of our Cars and Croissants events at Santana Row. That chilly morning he witnessed the arrival of the US’s first McLaren P1 GTR and has been hooked on the exotic car lifestyle and supercar collections ever since. He is no stranger to speed though. His love for all things motorsports led him to work in a motorcycle racing center and join a LeMons race team as a pit crew member. He brings with him an extensive background in event production where he has acted as the creative director of live production at gaming conventions like GE2 and GuardianCon. His attention to detail and experience with event planning and directing virtual live streams also ensures 100|OCT events run as smoothly as possible. Joseph is currently finishing up his BS of aerospace engineering at San Jose State University and his goal is to work in the field of automotive aerodynamics, where cars are shaped by the wind.
David Chau, Ambassador
David joined 100|OCT in 2015. He has had a love for cars from an early age, starting with Hot Wheels and moving up to remote controlled cars. What solidified his love for cars was playing racing video games, which helped develop his interests with working with and around cars. This new-found interest brought him to a 100|OCT show and inspired him to help out around these beautiful exotic cars on display at the show. Discovering movies and TV programs such as Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, the Fast and the Furious franchise, and Dukes of Hazzard also contributed to this passion for cars, which also influenced his choice in career: when he's not working hard on our 100|OCT events, David studies hard to become an Aerospace Engineer for a big automotive company.
Henry Shih, Ambassador
Henry joined 100|OCT in 2016 and has been involved with the car scene for a while. He first discovered his love for cars from the anime Initial D while he was growing up, and this love became a burning passion after he was able to see the actual cars in real life for the first time at the LA Auto Show. From then on, he would seek out opportunities to help out at car shows so that he could learn and be around the cars he loves more. One of the car shows he was a part of before they were canceled was the original car show: Cars and Coffee Irvine. With his extensive experience working car shows as well as large conventions such as Anime Expo, Henry is a great asset to help 100|OCT grow.