Hubert J. Blaquière Joins Travelers Acceptance Corporation as Manager Automotive Aftermarket Finance in Canada

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Travelers Acceptance Corporation is pleased
today to announce the addition of Hubert J. Blaquière to its Management Team.
In this newly created position reporting to President and Chief Executive
Officer, Karl E. Sigerist, Mr. Blaquière is Manager for Travelers Automotive
Aftermarket Finance.
    Hubert Blaquière's mandate is to create, develop and expand new and
current partnerships with manufacturers, distribution channels and
franchisors, as well as independent repairers active in the Canadian
automotive aftermarket sector. The goal of these relationships is to increase
the business partners' sales, cash flow and bottom line profits with point of
sale provision of consumer focused financing programs from Travelers.
    Travelers Acceptance Corporation President, Karl E. Sigerist said, "For
more than 15 years Hubert Blaquière has assisted independent and franchise
dealers develop their business with Business-to-Business solution selling
programs in the automotive aftermarket and consumer based Canadian
marketplace. I am so very pleased to be working again with Hubert as part of
The Travelers Team. His appointment is in response to the robust growth in the
number of strategic partners who have embraced the benefits of using Travelers
Automotive Aftermarket Finance to grow their businesses. Hubert is an
invaluable business development resource for our partners having assisted a
wide range of dealers in previous roles with Credit Acceptance Corp., Global
Warranty Ltd., Newcourt Credit Group Inc./ CIT Group Inc., and MSA Canada
    Hubert Blaquière responded, "I welcome my new role with Travelers
Acceptance. My goal is to establish win/win relationships with Travelers
present and potential strategic sponsors and frontline partners in the
Automotive Aftermarket sector throughout Canada. The foundation of my success
has been helping organizations increase their sales and profits. Their success
is my success."
    Hubert Blaquière's extensive background in supporting clients with sales
training, adoption of e-commerce methodology, floor planning, zoning
displayers, merchandising and business development will be a boon to the
strategic advancement of the Canadian Automotive Aftermarket.
    Born and raised in the province of New Brunswick, Hubert served in the
Canadian Armed Forces (Air Force Division) and is fluently bilingual. He
resides in Moncton, New Brunswick where he has been active in amateur sports
coaching and the Scout movement.

    Travelers Acceptance Corporation has since 1974 been engaged by
businesses to arrange, structure and fund unique indirect consumer financing
solutions across a wide range of industries including tuition, automotive
aftermarket, automotive repair, vacation ownership, healthcare, membership,
consumer durables, retail, power products and home improvements. Travelers
consults with its client partners to create term financing programs that
attract and retain more clients, close more sales, and increase overall

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