Two AAA clubs have combined operations to become the second largest AAA club in North America.
AAA Auto Club South, based in Tampa, Fla., affiliated and combined with The Auto Club Group based in Dearborn, Mich., effective Oct. 1. The new enterprise, known as The Auto Club Group, now serves members and customers across 11 states and two U.S. territories. They are: Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The group also serves most of Illinois, Minnesota and Tennessee, as well as a portion of Indiana.
The new organization provides membership, travel, insurance and financial services to more than 8.4 million members through about 300 office locations. It is maintaining corporate headquarters in both Dearborn and Tampa. Robert Sharp, chair of the former Auto Club South board, is now chairman of the board of The Auto Club Group. Charles Podowski continues as CEO, and John Tomlin, former Auto Club South CEO, is chief operating officer.
The Auto Club Group, one of the largest auto insurance companies in Michigan, will provide access to a broader array of insurance products and services in the former Auto Club South region. The former Auto Club South's expertise in travel and Florida cruise ports will provide Midwest AAA members more direct access to cruise and tour experiences.