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Dent Wizard Names New CFO


ST. LOUIS — Dent Wizard International today announced the hiring of Jim Powers as the company’s new CFO. Powers officially assumed his new role on July 2 and reports to Dent Wizard CEO Mike Black.

Powers comes to Dent Wizard having served in various leadership roles. He most recently served as president and CEO for St. Louis-based UniGroup Inc. and its subsidiaries, including United Van Lines, Mayflower Transit and other relocation and logistics-related entities. Prior to UniGroup, Powers held executive management positions with Viasystems Technologies, Crain Industries, Berg Electronics and Moog Automotive.

“Dent Wizard’s on a tremendous growth path, which has been continuing for more than seven years,” said Black. “Jim brings the intellectual capital and experiences that will help us continue the trend. I’m excited to have him on the senior team, and look forward to his strategic support for years to come.”

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Dent Wizard Announces New COO, Mid-South RVP


ST. LOUIS — F&I product provider Dent Wizard International has promoted Addison Thomas to COO and Doug Grill to Thomas’ previous position as regional vice president of Dent Wizard’s Mid-South region. These promotions come after Mike Black was promoted to CEO April 1.

Thomas will assume Black’s COO responsibilities and lead the core service operations team. He served in various roles with Dent Wizard over the past 16 years, most recently as regional vice president of the Mid-South region.

Grill is being promoted from his role as regional director of operations in the Southeast region. He has been with Dent Wizard five years, serving in sales and client service roles.

“It is quite rewarding to provide upward mobility to talented and committed teammates,” said CEO Mike Black. “I’ve personally worked with Addison for over 20 years. His focus on people, process, and delivering customer value is second to none. He inherits a great group of experienced leaders who bring tremendous intellectual capital and proven performance to his senior team.

“Doug Grill’s work ethic and people skills, combined with his drive to win, make him an exceptional asset,” added Black. “He’s a perfect example of the bench strength we have throughout our organization. I’m confident that these two business leaders will bring significant value to our clients, partners, and the company in their new positions.”

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GWC Warranty Appoints Strategic Brand Manager


WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — F&I product provider GWC Warranty today announced the addition of Emily Dwyer as its new strategic brand manager.

As a member of the marketing department, Dwyer will be responsible for developing strategies that increase GWC’s brand awareness and value among new and existing GWC partners.

Dwyer brings to this role more than seven years of experience in brand development. Prior to joining GWC Warranty, Dwyer was the Brand Strategist for Sweda Advertising in Clarks Green, Pa., where she oversaw brand positioning, art direction, copywriting, audio/video production, social media management, public relations, event planning and more for a variety of agency clients.

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RouteOne, MaximTrak Streamline F&I Process With New Functionality


FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — Product documents from the 110-plus F&I product providers connected to MaximTrak’s sales and F&I solution can now be included in RouteOne’s econtracting package for a single, electronic consumer signing ceremony, RouteOne announced today.

Designed to deliver a streamlined process to enhance the customer experience, the new functionality enables a fast, easy, and secure consumer signing experience and the distribution of all F&I products from a single portal.

“This is just one of many exciting ways RouteOne and MaximTrak are aligning our combined technologies to benefit our dealer customers by bringing the “F” and the “I” together for one cohesive user experience,” said Imran Mussani, MaximTrak’s vice president of product development and operations.

RouteOne acquired MaximTrak in December 2016. Since then, according to officials, the two companies have been working to unify their technologies to innovate the sales process and deliver on the vision of a complete sales and F&I solution that meets OEM, dealer, and consumer needs — “anytime, any place, and on any device.”

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APCO Adds Anne Bélec to Board of Directors


NORCROSS, Ga. — APCO Holdings Inc., the parent company of the EasyCare and GWC brands, announced the addition of Anne Bélec to its board of directors.

Bélec brings extensive experience in brand management. She spent 24 years with Ford Motor Co., where she served as director of Global Marketing for the automaker, as well as president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America and president of sales operations for Volvo Car Corp. in Sweden.

“Anyone who is fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Anne knows her as one of the most highly-effective leaders and marketing experts in the automotive industry,” said APCO Holdings Chairman Larry Dorfman. “We are really excited and honored to have her join our board of directors. Her presence on the team will undoubtedly accelerate the fulfillment of the goals we have set for helping our customers succeed and our company continue to claim our place as a major player in the dealership solutions industry.”

Bélec added: “I bring experience in a variety of roles, including field experience, interacting with dealers and managing a global brand. The ultimate goal is growth, obviously, but it’s also positioning EasyCare, GWC, Covideo and SAVY, the APCO Holdings brands, as the preferred choices for consumers and dealers. We want the relationship with the dealership to be one where they want to work with us because they believe it is the best product for their customers.”

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AUL Surpasses Two Million Contracts Issued


NAPA, Calif. — AUL Corp. surpassed 2 million contracts issued, the vehicle service contract provider announced last week. Officials said the milestone makes the firm one of the top independent VSC providers in the nation.

Founded in 1990 by industry icon Luis Nieves, AUL achieved the milestone just seven years after it touched the million-policy mark in 2011. Officials said that means the firm reached two million policies issued in about a third of the time.

“We are thrilled for the accomplishment, but we are even more thankful for our amazing family of independent agents and dealers,” said Jimmy Atkinson, AUL Corp.’s president and CEO. “Without [their] help, this achievement would not be possible.”

Atkinson said one of the drivers is consumers, who are keeping their vehicles longer than ever before. Vehicles are also more complex and technologically advanced, increasing the need for added protection. “When you combine the increasing need for VSC’s with AUL’s comprehensive policies and industry-leading customer support staff, you have a business that is primed for growth,” Atkinson said.

The firm recently promoted Henry Paoli to national sales manager and brought in a fourth regional sales executive in response to the company’s strong sales.

“We have always strived to be a leader in customer service and to provide the best suite of policies in the industry. And the only way to deliver upon those high standards is to bring in the best people in the business,” said Jason Garner, AUL’s senior vice president of sales and business development. “With 2017 having been the best performing year in AUL’s history, we look forward to serving our next million customers with our never-ending dedication to hard work and integrity.”

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