President Obama Speaks About Stephen Cottrell, President and CEO of Authenticom

On Thursday, July 2nd President Barack Obama visited the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse campus to speak on middle class economics. President Obama concluded his speech by recognizing the business practices of Stephen Cottrell, President and CEO of Authenticom.

The President gave an overview of Authenticom’s humble beginnings and recognized the company as a valuable asset to both the automotive industry and to the La Crosse community. He touched on the effect the recent recession had on the automotive industry, and how such barriers didn’t hinder Steve’s efforts to grow his revenue since 2007 by investing in new people and new technology. As a result, Authenticom has gone from 18 employees to over 120 today to become one of America’s fastest growing privately held companies. Obama applauded Steve’s organizational family unit philosophy by giving the examples of Authenticom’s efforts to support the continuation of education, pay employees fair wages, and guarantee paid sick days. He also acclaimed Steve’s sincere and impartial treatment of employees by referencing a popular Authenticom perk – free lunch Fridays.

Authenticom’s Vision Statement, Goals and Family Values emphasize the philosophy of treating employees and clients as family. The President quoted Steve in saying “If you treat everybody like family, that’s good for us”. Then he went on to say” What’s true for Steve’s business is true for America.” –President Barack Obama, July 2nd 2015, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

YouTube link to portion of President Obama’s speech about Steve and Authenticom at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse:

The press release can be downloaded here.

About Authenticom

Authenticom is a leading source of dealer management system integration and enterprise-level data enhancement solutions for automotive marketing agencies, CRM systems, and third-party service providers. The company integrates with 75 dealer management systems and connects with over 18,500 automotive dealerships across North America. Authenticom is a privately-held corporation founded by Stephen Cottrell in 2002, and is headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Inc. magazine ranked Authenticom on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies three consecutive years: 2012, 2013, and 2014. Authenticom is one of the top automotive software companies in America.

Lindsey Harreld