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AUL Among North Bay’s ‘Best Places to Work’


NAPA, Calif. — AUL Corp. has been honored as one of the “Best Places to Work” for the fifth consecutive year by the North Bay Business Journal.

The 13th annual competition recognizes companies that excel in quality, professionalism, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie, as reported firsthand by their employees. This year’s winners were selected from the more than 8,025 completed anonymous employee surveys and a review by the editorial staff of employee comments.

“It has always been our belief that if you nurture and empower your employees, they will drive a company’s success through dedication, hard work, and pride of ownership,” said AUL President and CEO Jimmy Atkinson. “By virtue of our amazing growth and our employees’ enthusiasm for their work and their fellow employees, this goal is being realized. We continually express our gratitude to our employees for making AUL the best it can be.”

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AUL Among North Bay’s ‘Best Places to Work’


NAPA, Calif. — AUL Corp. has been honored as one of the “Best Places to Work” for the fifth consecutive year by the North Bay Business Journal.

The 13th annual competition recognizes companies that excel in quality, professionalism, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie, as reported firsthand by their employees. This year’s winners were selected from the more than 8,025 completed anonymous employee surveys and a review by the editorial staff of employee comments.

“It has always been our belief that if you nurture and empower your employees, they will drive a company’s success through dedication, hard work, and pride of ownership,” said AUL President and CEO Jimmy Atkinson. “By virtue of our amazing growth and our employees’ enthusiasm for their work and their fellow employees, this goal is being realized. We continually express our gratitude to our employees for making AUL the best it can be.”

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AUL Brings in Assurant’s David Chang as CFO


NAPA, Calif. — Vehicle service contracts administrator AUL Corp. has appointed David Chang to the position of CFO, announced Jimmy Atkinson, the firm’s president and CEO. Chang, who brings more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, has been recruited to prepare the firm for its next phase of growth. The appointment represents the second addition to AUL’s executive team in 2018, following new CIO Jose Fleites’ March appointment.

“As we continue to grow, it is vital that we take advantage of opportunities to enhance the strength and expertise of our leadership team, and David brings a depth of knowledge and experience to elevate our financial processes, systems, forecasting, and reporting to an institutional level,” stated Atkinson.

Chang most recently served as vice president of FP&A for Assurant, a global provider of risk-management solutions, where he drove financial planning, forecasting, reporting, and analysis for a $3 billion gross premium business segment. Prior to Assurant, Chang spent nearly 20 years with General Electric, culminating in the position of CFO for a $300 million P&L with six facilities spanning three continents, all according to the announcement.

“In addition to his immense professional qualifications, David’s genuine concern and compassion for his fellow workers demonstrate what a great fit he is for AUL. We welcome him with great excitement and enthusiasm,” Atkinson said.

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AUL Corp. Awarded System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II for Second Year in a Row


NAPA, Calif. – For the second year in a row, AUL Corp. (AUL), the nation’s leading vehicle service contracts (VSC) administrator, has completed all of the requirements for a Systems and Organizations Control (SOC) 2 Type II Audit for calendar year 2018, announced Jimmy Atkinson, AUL’s president and CEO. This extensive report provides independent validation that AUL’s internal controls are in accordance with the selected Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ trust services principles and criteria.

“The continuation of our commitment to security is paramount and core to who we are.” said Jimmy Atkinson, AUL’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that by following best practices and current regulatory guidance, we make AUL a stronger, more effective partner for our nationwide network of agents, dealers, lenders, and contract holders.”

With privacy and security of data becoming increasingly important, SOC 2 compliance demonstrates to consumers and partners that AUL has industry leading controls in its data systems, technologies, and processes. Further, SOC 2 compliance requires that these controls be effective over a period of time rather than at a point in time.

One of the leading independent accounting auditors, Armanino, completed the SOC 2 Audit verifying that AUL’s processes and systems meet all the requirements for security, availability and confidentiality. Armanino is the largest California-based CPA and consulting firm and one of the top ten fastest-growing large accounting firms in the nation. Specifically targeting service firms with a focus on security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality and privacy, the SOC 2 Audit best meets the demands of the vehicle service contract industry.

“Achieving SOC 2 compliance for the second year in a row is a major achievement for any service provider and demonstrates AUL’s continuing commitment to a strong internal control environment. Obtaining a SOC 2 report is a major differentiator for AUL as they look to continue growing their business,” said Liam Collins of Armanino.

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AUL Corp. Announces Charitable Contributions


NAPA, Calif. – AUL Corp., the award-winning and leading warranty and vehicle service contract administrator in America just released a reporting of its recent contributions to charities. Since 2012, AUL Corp. has contributed $173,619.00 to 80 separate non-profit organizations. These organizations range from local Napa food banks and children's charities. AUL has committed to continue this effort through 2017.

In 2012, AUL decided to create a dedicated committee to coordinate these charitable contributions. This committee includes non-management employees who have been tasked with discussing and facilitating the contributions. This group is staffed by people who were identified by their peers as wonderful ambassadors of AUL and our community.

AUL's President and CEO, Luis Nieves, stated, "At AUL, we believe that getting involved in charity programs contributes to strengthened professional skills, team building, thinking creatively, and contributes to job satisfaction overall—that's why we've created this wonderful opportunity within our company."

Jimmy Atkinson, AUL's Chief Operating Officer, agreed and added, "AUL strongly believes that our products are only as great as our people. One of AUL Core Values is 'Appreciation;' if you ever work with us or spend time in our office you will hear 'Thank you' a lot. We always strive to show appreciation to colleagues, partners, customers, clients, etc. We also believe this commitment should be extended to our community. This committee has done a beautiful job."

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AUL Corp celebrates 16th Presidents Club Event in Cuba


“It was very exciting to be in Cuba and engage with the Cuban people,” said Chief Operating Officer Jimmy Atkinson. “We toured several areas before ending in Havana, and the people couldn’t have been friendlier. In many ways, it was like stepping back in time. It was an honor to be able to host our Presidents Club agents and share the experience with them.”

“Going to Cuba was a determined dream come true for all of our Presidents Club members. It was the most valuable gift to date, the most joyful interlude that we could have wished to make come true for them and their spouses. Moreover, our appreciation for our loyal and treasured agent partners is inestimable. Cuba was our humble attempt to express that,” said Luis Nieves, founder and CEO of AUL Corp.

About AUL Presidents Club — The AUL Presidents Club trip is an annual event that AUL hosts for its top performing agencies. Over the last sixteen years, the event has been held in tropical locations, such as Grand Cayman and Turks & Caicos, along with many other exclusive destinations. The 2017 Presidents Club location will be announced in February 2017 at the National Agency Meeting in Napa, California.

About AUL Corp — AUL Corp is a vehicle service contract company founded in Napa, California, in 1990 by Luis Nieves, President and CEO. AUL has 117 employees in its downtown Napa offices and hundreds of agents across the country selling its products. AUL Corp founded the national used car service contract industry in 1990 with its still famous Any Year, Any Mileage® vehicle service contract. AUL continues leading its industry and is the only provider of its type authorized to conduct business in all 50 States. AUL enjoys a long relationship with its underwriters, who hold an A.M. Best rating of “A” or excellent. AUL Corp also enjoys the longest-term relationships in the industry with its agent and dealer clients as verified by independent third-party research. AUL’s mission is to be the premier service contract administrator in America by any quantifiable measurement of business activity.

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