IUP graduate Jack O’Laughlin ’96, M’97 is a well-respected senior member of the human resources team at Edmunds.com, an online resource for automotive information and winner of multiple outstanding workplace awards. Because of his 12 years of dedication, Jack can take advantage of the company’s sabbatical program, which allows any employee with 10 or more years of service to take an extended paid leave to pursue personal or professional enrichment opportunities.
On June 18, 2012, Jack headed to Tokyo to volunteer at a place called Second Harvest Japan. Although it has been in existence for a decade providing support to the needy in Tokyo, since the earthquake and tsunami disaster last year, Second Harvest Japan has provided much-needed support to the Tohoku region. In addition to food package preparation and distribution, Jack took time with the group’s volunteer coordinator to share his human resources knowledge and assisted in preparing communications for foreign company partners.
“IUP’s standard of excellence and civic engagement are thoroughly demonstrated by our beloved Jack O’Laughlin,” said Stephanie Mar, media relations manager for Edmunds.com. “He is a fine example of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s influence to motivate people to go ‘Beyond Expectations.’ I hope the IUP alumni can share in the pride that Jack has provided his Edmunds.com family for over a decade.”
Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, launched in 1995 as the first automotive information website. Its acclaimed mobile site, Edmunds.com Android app, and five-star Edmunds iPhone and iPad apps make car pricing and other research tools available for car shoppers at dealerships and on the go. Its automotive enthusiast website, InsideLine.com, is the most-read car publication of its kind. Its highly regarded mobile site and iPhone app features the wireless Web's most comprehensive gallery of automotive photos and videos. Edmunds.com Inc. is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and maintains a satellite office in suburban Detroit.