ORLANDO, Fla. – AutoPayPlus by US Equity Advantage, the nation’s leading provider of biweekly loan processing for the automotive industry, announced today that veteran retail automotive executive John Stephens has joined the company as chief sales officer.
Stephens has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive sector. Most recently, he served as executive vice president of Dealer Services at Texas-based EFG Companies where he oversaw the direct sales and service channels, providing solutions and engagement to optimize profitability for EFG’s dealer partners. Stephens also spent 16 years with the Mac Haik Auto Group in Houston, Texas, in positions of increasing responsibility, including F&I director, used car manager, new car director and general sales manager. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, management and operations from Houston Baptist University.
“While we’ve enjoyed record growth for the past few years, I felt the need to find a true seasoned professional who could take us to an even higher level,” said AutoPayPlus CEO Robert M. Steenbergh. “Not only does John have the pedigree with regard to his abilities and record of success on a national level, but he also embodies the core values of our company and will be a seamless fit into our leadership team and corporate culture.”
“I am thrilled to join the AutoPayPlus team, with its stellar reputation for industry-leading innovations and superior service, and look forward to providing our clients with award-winning F&I programs that will help them succeed in any market environment,” Stephens added.