Wednesday, May. 16, 2007, 08:00 PM UPDATED 11:59 AMBy Nick Zulovich
BATON ROUGE, La. — AppOne announced it has added several new employees: Felix Carballo, Chris Kimmel, Keith Coulon, Alex Adarmes, Lauren Jarreau, Christopher Matt, Ken Bird, Troy Gleaves, Billy Good, Brandi Cline-Kelly, Lucy Guevara, Louise Montoya and Blanca Robles.
Carballo joins AppOne as director of information technology and is responsible for implementation, maintenance and management of all company infrastructure and systems, executives reported.
Moreover, he is in charge of ensuring the health and security of networks, servers and computer systems, and heads the disaster recovery and business continuity projects. Prior to his position with AppOne, Carballo, a former staff sergeant and squad leader for the U.S. Army National Guard, served as systems engineer for both Equifax and Appro.
As the senior product development architect, Kimmel is responsible for architecting, designing and developing core software applications to provide the operating foundation for AppOne, executives explained.
He is also responsible for managing the development and implementation of software applications throughout their life cycles. Prior to joining the company, Kimmel was an applications developer for both Equifax and Appro.
Coulon has been named a dealer account specialist for AppOne. In this position he will help independent auto dealers in completing credit transactions, in addition to working with both dealers and lenders on the credit approval process.
Before joining AppOne, the Louisiana State University alumnus held managerial positions in the sales and finance departments of local dealerships.
As the controller, officials said Adarmes is responsible for items related to accounting, budgeting, forecasting and reporting. Prior to this position, Adarmes served as an accountant for UHY Advisors. He was also an intern for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Gainer Donnelly & DesRoches.
Jarreau and Matt are AppOne's newest dealer services specialists responsible for training new independent auto dealers on effectively using the AppOne system.
The pair will also provide ongoing customer service to existing customers. Prior to her position with AppOne, Jarreau was a personal care attendant for St. John the Baptist Human Services. Before joining AppOne, Matt was a senior account representative for a wholesale office equipment supplier.
Bird, Gleaves and Good join AppOne as outside sales representatives for Texas, which is AppOne's largest market.
Prior to this position, Bird served as a business development representative for Marquette Consumer Finance and as an investment representative for the Edward Jones Investment Co.
Gleaves held the position of senior account manager at the Credit Card people, in addition to director of special finance and finance manager for an independent auto dealer before becoming a part of the AppOne team.
Good enters the organization with managerial experience with finance companies, including Household Auto Finance and Regional Credit Corp./BB&T.
Cline-Kelly, Guevara, Montoya and Robles join AppOne as documentation specialists. In these roles, they are responsible for auditing retail installment contracts and approving them for funding, executives explained.
Cline-Kelly served as wholesale loan analyst for GMFS Lending LLC before coming to AppOne, while Guevara worked as Spanish translator. Previously, Montoya served as a loan processor for CitiFinancial, and Robles served as customer service representative for an insurance company.
"Now that AppOne is available in all 48 states in the continental United States, we will continue to add talented, dedicated and innovative people to our staff to meet the growing demand for our services," said Lee Domingue, chief executive officer of AppOne.
"The expertise of our new information technology employees is a valuable asset that we can leverage to give dealers and lenders the tools they need to efficiently conduct business. Additions to our operations department further strengthen the experience our customers have with the AppOne system," he added.
AppOne Now Offers Services in 48 States
AppOne recently announced that it now doing business in 48 states throughout the continental United States.
AppOne's recent expansion adds 12 additional states to its list of areas where the company offers its services to independent dealers.
These new states include: California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
AppOne's expansion into the western portion of the country is in conjunction with the nationwide roll-out of the company's alliance with AmeriCredit, which began in November.
Lenders partnering with AppOne have the capability of receiving credit applications from the more than 1,500 independent auto dealers within the company's dealer network, officials highlighted.
"AppOne has reached a significant milestone now that it has moved into every state in the continental United States," explained Domingue.
"The next phase of our expansion is to continue adding independent auto dealers and lenders to the AppOne network within the states we recently entered," he concluded.