About Us

Auric Systems International,

a trusted leader in PCI compliant solutions, has been producing payment transaction processing applications since 1994. We bring security, flexibility, and simplicity to PCI compliant payment technology. As a Level 1 PCI DSS Validated Service Provider we are skilled in PCI business processes, design and implementation. Our innovative software, services and solutions are deployed by businesses that range in size from small businesses to Fortune 100 enterprises. Auric Systems International has expertise in PCI compliant software development, payment applications, tokenization, and database performance. Our experience in developing client/server and web-based applications and services covers a variety of business platforms in use today. We have over 20 years of experience helping thousands of companies with unique billing, payment and compliance projects.

Our expertise includes:


Cryptographic Key Management

Data Security

Payment Processing

PCI & HIPAA Compliance

Custom Solutions

We help businesses move billions of dollars and millions of transactions securely, flexibly, and efficiently.

The Auric Team

Raymond Côté


Raymond Côté, President and co-founder of ASI enjoys creating software to help other businesses thrive. “I like to see our software being used in the real world and to see people enjoy using it,” says Ray. “We’ve written software for sole proprietorships and Fortune 50 companies. We listen to people to understand their actual problem, which is not always the problem they walk in with. We work with them to develop a solution. I don’t care how small or large the problem is. Every problem is large for the person who has it.”

A long-time resident of Peterborough, NH, Ray was 2008 Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, former chair of the Chamber’s Business Support Committee, former School Board representative, former member of the Town Economic Development Committee, and a former member of Toast Masters. He has also acted with the nationally known Peterborough Players and is a member of the Actors Circle Theater where he fulfilled a lifelong ambition to play Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace.

At ASI, Ray manages people and projects, and keeps the company up to date with the latest programming languages and tools. For Ray, his mission begins and ends with the customer. “I work with customers until their problem is solved. If we can’t solve it, we find someone who can. Everybody in ASI is front line support.  At ASI, we make sure we take care of the customer.”

John Tourgee

Director of Business Development

John Tourgee joined ASI in 2005 to provide customer support. He is now responsible for Business Development as well. In his 20-year career, he has helped a variety of companies sell, define, and explain their products and services. He uses that experience to introduce new customers to the technical expertise of ASI.

“I find out about the customer’s technical and business problem and strategize ways in which ASI can help. Once we take on a problem, we stay with you until it’s solved. Whatever it takes,” John concludes, “we want to roll up our sleeves and take it on.”

John has assisted people and businesses in the acquisition of technology since the mid-1980s. He rose to managerial positions through his sales success, based on a “get it done” attitude and creative spirit. At ASI, his sales role includes investigating value-added products and services for customers and helping to produce ASI’s marketing materials for the Internet, print, and television. He also serves as liaison with third-party vendors and partners. “I’m always looking for opportunities to make things simpler for our customers,” he says.

A New Hampshire native, a father of 3 grown children, John lives in Sharon with his wife Kelli.

Charlie Farinella

IT Director

Charlie Farinella began working at ASI in 2000 to provide technical support to ASI customers and is now in charge of all ASI IT.

He is currently responsible for the deployment and maintenance of approximately 100 servers for ASI and their clients, all virtual private networks, ASI’s internal network, production, development and test systems, firewall and Internet security measures.

Charlie is an instrumental part of ASI’s PCI Compliance Team, managing numerous secure PCI hosting environments for ASI and their clients.  He has been a Linux enthusiast for nearly 20 years as well as a member of the Greater New Hampshire Linux Users Group and served as coordinator for the Monadnock chapter of that organiztion from 2005-2009.

When not working Charlie can be found at the gym, bicycling or swing dancing with his wife Kathy.

Elizabeth Alpaugh-Côté

Vice President

Elizabeth (Beth) Alpaugh-Côté, in charge of accounting since 1997, has a close working relationship with all Auric’s clients.

Her personal time is spent monitoring the Contoocook River for the Contoocook and North Branch Rivers Local Advisory Committee (CNBRLAC) and on the Town of Peterborough Master Plan Steering Committee.  Beth is also on the Board of Directors of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, volunteers at the Peterborough Players, and is former chair of Peterborough Water Resources Advisory Committee.

Beth enjoys the practical and inventive spirit of Auric Systems: “You solve the problem and go on to the next thing.”

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