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Barrett Rejoins Resource Automotive in Reinsurance Role

CHICAGO – Resource Automotive, Inc., a unit of The Warranty Group, Inc., announced Steve Barrett has joined the company as executive vice president, with responsibility for automotive reinsurance.

Previously an executive with the company, Barrett joined Resource in 1980 as a finance and insurance specialist, moving through several positions before becoming senior vice president reinsurance. He quickly became known as a thought leader in the industry and has become recognized internationally as an expert in the creation and management of domestic and off-­‐ shore reinsurance entities for automotive dealers.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Steve back to the company,” said Charlie Robinson, President and COO of Resource. “No one else in the business has the experience, track record and insight into every aspect of reinsurance that Steve possesses. He is a great asset to our company and our clients.”

Barrett is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, a certified public accountant and licensed securities principal.

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Gruszka Joins The Warranty Group

CHICAGO – The Warranty Group, Inc. announced Pam Gruszka has been appointed vice president human resources.

Gruszka brings a diverse background in human resources and business to her role, with deep experience in the insurance industry, manufacturing and, most recently, health care. Her career includes positions at CNA, Marsh and Zurich.

“Pam brings wide ranging expertise across many disciplines, including change management, leadership development and the definition and implementation of talent strategies. Her leadership will be critical to supporting our continuing growth,” said Barbara Goff, Senior Vice President Human Resources.

Gruszka attended Eastern Illinois University, receiving her undergraduate degree in Business Marketing and her Master’s in Education Guidance and Counseling.

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Frey Joins The Warranty Group As Senior Vice President

CHICAGO – The Warranty Group, Inc., a global provider of service plans and related benefits, announced Doug Frey has been appointed Senior Vice President Consumer Products and TPA, with responsibility for US operations.

Prior to joining The Warranty Group, Frey held several positions in the warranty industry, including three years as president of Administration Specialists of Omaha and nine years as senior vice president, CFO, and board member of Universal Warranty.

Mike Frosch, President of The Warranty Group, stated “Doug brings an extensive background across many product areas and functional disciplines. His leadership will be a great asset to our US growth strategy.”

Frey is a CPA with an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Albion College.

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The Warranty Group Recognized at International Creative Competition

CHICAGO – The Warranty Group, Inc., a provider of extended warranty and related programs, announced it has been recognized for its marketing creative at the MarCom Awards, presented by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

The MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals.

The competition has grown to become the largest of its kind in the world, and participants range from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies.

The Platinum Award, the most prestigious, was presented for The Warranty Group’s corporate global website homepage Flash animation. Gold awards were earned in the categories of trade show exhibit, for the San Francisco National Automobile Dealer Association booth, and for logo design, for the company’s certified pre-­‐owned vehicle QCertified program.

The Warranty Group’s Corporate Communications department develops all creative internally, and has been recognized previously by the MarCom Awards and Graphis, the international journal of visual communications.

Mike Frosch, president of The Warranty Group stated, “Our creative team continues to be recognized internationally, building equity in our brand and supporting our messaging. Their work represents the passion and creativity with which we approach every client engagement, in each of the 33 countries we call home.”

The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals consists of several thousand creative professionals and oversees awards and recognitions programs and sets standards for excellence.

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The Warranty Group Announces Agreement with EZShield

CHICAGO – Virginia Surety Company, Inc., a unit of The Warranty Group, Inc., announced an agreement with EZShield, a provider of identity protection, to provide benefits for its financial institution offering.

The agreement includes ID Theft Expense Reimbursement as an added benefit to EZShield’s ID Protection Services.

Dale Dabbs, CEO of EZShield stated, “Given the growing epidemic of identity theft affecting individuals and businesses alike, we are excited to partner with Virginia Surety Company to offer a comprehensive ID Theft package to help restore the identity of fraud victims. The package brings together our award-winning ID Restoration service complemented by VSC’s ID Theft Insurance. We are pleased to extend this service to help safeguard our customers’ financial security – a critical step in the movement to fight identity theft.”

According to Mike Frosch, President and COO of The Warranty Group, “The costs associated with identity theft can be significant, and together with EZShield’s ID protection services, this protection will help minimize the expense and effort to repair the damage that can occur.”

The program is available in all states except Florida.

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Lithia Motors Renews Agreement With The Warranty Group

CHICAGO – The Warranty Group, Inc. announced that Lithia Motors has extended its agreement with the company to provide service contracts to its entire dealership network. Lithia is one of America’s largest automotive retailers, featuring 26 brands in 86 locations in the Western and Midwest United States.

Sid DeBoer, Lithia Chairman and CEO, stated “We’re very pleased to renew our agreement with The Warranty Group. Our partnership has delivered consistent results and supported the growth of our brand with innovative products, flexible insurance and customer-focused administration and marketing.”

Chris Holzshu, CFO for Lithia, said “Throughout the recent market challenges, The Warranty Group stepped up and delivered the solutions we needed to maintain our momentum and leverage every profit opportunity. We look forward to continued success with our partnership.”

Mike Frosch, President and COO North America for The Warranty Group, stated “We’re proud of the trust Lithia has put in our company. Working with an industry leader makes us even better at what we do, and we’re pleased that the results of our efforts merit a continuation of our partnership. We are certain to reach new levels of success in the coming years.

Lithia Motors has been a client of The Warranty Group since 1997.

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