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Women in the Driver’s Seat: Michelle Petrenko

Women in Automotive 2018

Penske Automotive Group is proud to have female leaders at every level of the organization. From Service Advisors and Sales Managers to General Managers and Fixed Operations Directors, the retail automotive industry offers women an exciting place to forge a career. Beyond the numbers, this is about unleashing the power of our people and utilizing their unique talents, experiences, and backgrounds to create an engaging work environment and world-class operation. Every Wednesday for the next two weeks, we will feature a female leader from the Penske organization who is empowering women in the automotive industry and paving the road for the next generation of female leaders. From their earliest interest in the industry to their proudest moments, you’ll learn how these women got their start, who influenced them the most, and how they are helping change the face of the industry in positive ways. Check back next week as we add another Featured Female Leader to the series.

Featured Female Leader: Michelle Petrenko – General Manager

“If you want something, go get it.”

Michelle Petrenko has worked in the automotive industry for 20 years and is the General Manager of a Honda dealership. Michelle tells everyone her job is “to keep the ball out of the net” – people laugh but it’s true. “I am here to remove any obstacle that keeps my team from succeeding and eliminate anything that prevents my customers from having a world-class experience.” When asked who has had the biggest influence on her career, Michelle recalled several people. “My first GM taught me that no one person was bigger than the entire team and that every single person from the valet to the General Manager were equal partners in the success of the business.” When she first came to Penske, Michelle said her fellow managers, supported her and taught her the things she needed to be successful. “Someone asked me once, what was the best thing, my then GM, ever gave me and I said a fair chance. He was tough on me when needed, celebrated my victories, and supported my vision to become a General Manager. And of course, Roger Penske. He has built a world-class organization that has allowed me to make all my dreams come true.” Michelle once attended a lecture where Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the UK, spoke on her experiences and obstacles that she faced in her career. She said “no matter what happens – don’t be afraid and don’t give up.” Michelle was 31 at the time but the speech had a lasting impact on her. When asked what advice she would give to a young woman considering a career in automotive: “My license plate says “GO GET IT” for a reason. I always say if you want something go get it, and don’t let your fears overtake your dreams.” Michelle believes the automotive industry has evolved to empower all people and offers a lot of opportunity and flexibility. “Whether you have an interest in accounting, sales, management, customer relations or automotive repair, it truly is an exciting and rewarding career path.”


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Women in the Driver’s Seat: Julie Andresen

Women in Automotive 2018

Penske Automotive Group is proud to have female leaders at every level of the organization. From Service Advisors and Sales Managers to General Managers and Fixed Operations Directors, the retail automotive industry offers women an exciting place to forge a career. Beyond the numbers, this is about unleashing the power of our people and utilizing their unique talents, experiences, and backgrounds to create an engaging work environment and world-class operation. Every Wednesday for the next three weeks, we will feature a female leader from the Penske organization who is empowering women in the automotive industry and paving the road for the next generation of female leaders. From their earliest interest in the industry to their proudest moments, you’ll learn how these women got their start, who influenced them the most, and how they are helping change the face of the industry in positive ways. Check back next week as we add another Featured Female Leader to the series.

Featured Female Leader: Julie Andresen – Fixed Operations Director

“You’ll never notice the years flying by when you love what you do”

Julie Andresen has worked in the automotive industry for more than 16 years and currently serves as a Fixed Operations Director. Julie started her automotive career as a part-time employee in the loaner vehicle department and says the fast-paced environment and constant change is what initially drew her in. “Every day there is a new challenge to overcome, new products to figure out, and new processes to create,” she says. Julie has had several proud moments throughout her career. Her most memorable one is being nominated for, and graduating from, the Penske NADA Academy in 2017. Julie has had several big influencers throughout her career and feels extremely fortunate to work with some “incredibly talented people”. “I have been taught by many within our company that we make each other better – and I try to live that every day with my team.” Julie advises young woman considering a career in the automotive industry to “not let the fact that this is a male-dominated industry dissuade you. Your success will be driven by your own performance, positivity and teamwork.” In the next five years, Julie hopes to be leading a team to record-breaking achievements as General Manager in a Penske store. “When I started in the automotive industry there were not many women in the service department or management roles. Now, in this market, I am proud to say women represent 40% of our service department teams in the San Diego/Escondido area. I have been very fortunate in terms of the acceptance and opportunity this organization has given me and I am grateful to my longtime colleagues for their trust and acceptance through my climb.”


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Women in the Driver’s Seat: Shelley Hulgrave

Women in Automotive 2018

Penske Automotive Group is proud to have female leaders at every level of the organization. From Service Advisors and Sales Managers to General Managers and Fixed Operations Directors, the retail automotive industry offers women an exciting place to forge a career. Beyond the numbers, this is about unleashing the power of our people and utilizing their unique talents, experiences, and backgrounds to create an engaging work environment and world-class operation. Every Wednesday for the next four weeks, we will feature a female leader from the Penske organization who is empowering women in the automotive industry and paving the road for the next generation of female leaders. From their earliest interest in the industry to their proudest moments, you’ll learn how these women got their start, who influenced them the most, and how they are helping change the face of the industry in positive ways. Check back next week as we add another Featured Female Leader to the series.

Featured Female Leader: Shelley Hulgrave – Vice President and Corporate Controller

“Good peers, leadership you respect and a supportive home life are crucial to success in a career”

Shelley Hulgrave has been with Penske Automotive Group for 12 years and currently serves as the Corporate Controller. Continuing to grow in her career and being promoted to Controller, while being able to prioritize both family and career, has been one of her proudest achievements. Shelley advises young women considering a career in automotive industry to “identify strong mentors early in your career and stay close with them. Most importantly, be confident in your abilities. Your strengths will carry you in times of uncertainty.” Shelley offered her view on how the automotive industry landscape has changed and evolved to engage more women. “Penske is a great example of squashing the notion that the automotive industry isn’t a place for women,” she says. “Our company has focused on hiring more women, and is a great example of women empowering other women”. What is the best career advice she ever received? “I was once told that people are happiest in their careers when they trust their leadership to guide the organization.” When asked who has had the biggest influence on her career, Shelley recalled several people. “A lot of great mentors, peers, and family members have influenced and supported me in my career. Right out of college, I was formally assigned a mentor at my first job and she initially helped me navigate my first year in that company. Throughout my career, she has continued to provide advice and modeled herself as a great professional and working mom. Since then, I have been extremely fortunate with the support of my leadership and my team at Penske. I also have a supportive husband who helps with the everyday balance of work and family.” Looking ahead five years, Shelley noted that the automotive industry is expecting a lot of change. “I hope to continue supporting those changes and our company from a finance and personnel perspective, as well as continue to grow and learn both as a person and a professional.”


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NOMINATE A FRIEND TO WIN OUR SEASON OF GIVING GIVEAWAY!

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‘Tis the season of giving and Penske Automotive Group’s “The Season of Giving” giveaway is making it more fun for all!

Head on over to our Instagram page (www.instagram.com/PenskeCars):

  1. Follow us, then
  2. Tag a friend in The Season of Giving post to nominate your friend to win a $500 Amazon gift card!

The giveaway starts on Monday, November 26th and goes through Friday, December 14th.  We’ll announce the winner on our Instagram page on Friday, December 21st!

(Amazon is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.)


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Women in the Driver’s Seat: Margaret Lane

Women in Automotive 2018

Penske Automotive Group is proud to have female leaders at every level of the organization. From Service Advisors and Sales Managers to General Managers and Fixed Operations Directors, the retail automotive industry offers women an exciting place to forge a career. Beyond the numbers, this is about unleashing the power of our people and utilizing their unique talents, experiences, and backgrounds to create an engaging work environment and world-class operation. Every Wednesday for the next four weeks, we will feature a female leader from the Penske organization who is empowering women in the automotive industry and paving the road for the next generation of female leaders. From their earliest interest in the industry to their proudest moments, you’ll learn how these women got their start, who influenced them the most, and how they are helping change the face of the industry in positive ways. Check back next week as we add another Featured Female Leader to the series.

Featured Female Leader: Margaret Lane – Senior Vice President of Human Resources-East Region

“Step outside your comfort zone and raise your hand”
Margaret Lane has worked in the automotive industry for over 25 years. In her current role, Margaret focuses on aligning company objectives, values and initiatives with management and employees. “I feel proud to come to work each day with a Human Resources team that provides employees with a great experience resulting in leading metrics and hiring the best talent,” she says. Margaret doesn’t hesitate when asked who has been the biggest influence on her career. “I was fortunate to have a Dad who allowed me to appreciate a family business with his work ethic. He also encouraged me to see the world from the employee perspective as well as in terms of company goals.” Margaret’s advice for young women considering a career in the auto industry is to step outside your comfort zone and always raise your hand. “While our industry is predominately male, Penske Automotive Group accepts women who want to achieve and is willing to promote from within no matter gender, race or ethnicity. Be confident, step outside your comfort zone and raise your hand — you never know what you can achieve if you don’t try.” Asked how the automotive industry landscape has changed to engage more women, Margaret says: “I believe as an industry we recognize the importance of women taking primary roles — Aston Martin and General Motors are great examples where women have taken on senior positions. In doing this, business leaders and women are able to see that you can start at an entry or mid-level position, and work your way up, knowing there are others to support and encourage you.”


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PAG Reaches Significant Social Media Milestone: 100,000 fans on Facebook!

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Penske Automotive Group is celebrating a significant social media milestone:
100,000 fans on Facebook!

Reaching this milestone is a great accomplishment but is not a mark we could have achieved without the support of our devoted fans and strong dealership network.

Since the launch of our Facebook page, it has been our goal to engage our fans and keep them interested by regularly posting and sharing exciting news, facts, photos and contests surrounding our initiatives. In doing this, our fans and followers have shared with us, hundreds of great stories, comments and moments showing their support and enthusiasm for Penske Automotive Group. As we surpass the 100,000 fan mark, we want to thank you for supporting our social efforts and share with you a few interesting stats that we’ve gathered from our over eight years on Facebook:

  • PAG received over 100,000 Facebook page “likes”
  • PAG Facebook fan base is 65% male and 35% female
  • Highest concentration of fans are between the ages of 25-54
  • Top ten cities of our Facebook fans: New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Indianapolis, San Diego, & Cleveland.

We’re very proud to have such a dedicated fan base and are excited for the future of Penske Automotive Group on Facebook and what we can bring to our fans.


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Paralyzed Veterans of America’s 13th annual Mission: ABLE Awards

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WASHINGTON, DC (September 26, 2018)—Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, joined Paralyzed Veterans of America last night in honoring three companies for their leadership and efforts to expand the rights of the disabled. Over 400 guests attended the 13th annual event, which also raises important funds to help Paralyzed Veterans of America keep their programs and services available, free of charge, to veterans and their families.

“Members of Paralyzed Veterans of America—your advocacy for veterans, your adaptive sports and employment assistance programs, your educational opportunities and scholarships, your battle to ensure veterans with spinal cord injuries and disease are cared for—all of that empowers brave men and women to regain the freedom and independence they fought for,” said Secretary Wilkie during the program.

Three companies received special recognition. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) from Tampa, Florida received The Access: ABLE Award. The award recognizes NMEDA’s commitment to providing disability and mobility solutions that remove barriers. The Employ: ABLE Award was presented to USAA based in San Antonio, Texas for leadership in veteran employment. Finally, UPS, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, received The Sustain: ABLE Award. UPS has provided corporate support of the Paralyzed Veterans of America mission, programs and services for many years.

“We are honored to recognize these outstanding companies,” said David Zurfluh, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “Their leadership and dedication to helping further the Paralyzed Veterans of America mission is critical to our continued success as we advocate on behalf of our nation’s veterans.”

Significant contributions from corporate America made the evening possible. Leidos, a FORTUNE® 500 science and technology leader, served as the presenting sponsor.

Penske Automotive Group and Penske Truck Leasing provided support at the platinum level.

Additional corporate support was provided by over 40 companies and foundations.

Learn more about the Mission: ABLE Awards at http://bit.ly/PVAMissionABLE.


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PENSKE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP DEALERSHIPS NAMED BEST TO WORK FOR IN 2018

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We are proud to announce twenty-four Penske Automotive Group Dealerships have been recognized by Automotive News as among the Best Dealerships to Work For in the United States!

The award winning dealerships are:
• Acura of Fayetteville, Fayetteville, Arkansas – www.acuraoffayetteville.com
• Toyota of Turnersville, Turnersville, New Jersey – www.toyotaofturnersville.com
• Acura Turnersville, Turnersville, New Jersey – www.acuraturnersville.com
• Audi Turnersville, Turnersville, New Jersey – www.auditurnersville.com
• BMW of Turnersville, Turnersville, New Jersey – www.bmwofturnersville.com
• Hyundai of Turnersville, Turnsersville, New Jersey – www.hyundaiofturnersville.com
• Nissan of Turnersville, Turnersville, New Jersey – www.nissanofturnersville.com
• Audi Mentor, Mentor, Ohio – www.audimentor.com
• Honda of Mentor, Mentor, Ohio – www.hondaofmentor.com
• Porsche of Beachwood, Beachwood, Ohio – www.porscheofbeachwood.com
• Mercedes-Benz Greenwich, Greenwich, Connecticut – www.mercedesbenzgreenwich.com
• Mercedes-Benz of Tysons Corner, Vienna, Virginia – www.mercedesbenzoftysonscorner.com
• Audi Chantilly, Chantilly, Virginia – www.audichantilly.com
• Jaguar Land Rover Monmouth, Ocean, New Jersey – www.landrovermonmouth.com;
www.jaguarmonmouth.com
• Porsche Monmouth, Eatontown, New Jersey – www.porschemonmouth.com
• Porsche Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut – www.porschefairfield.com
• Honda of Danbury, Danbury, Connecticut – www.hondaofdanbury.com
• Lexus of Bridgewater, Bridgewater, New Jersey – www.lexusofbridgewater.com
• Audi Warwick, Warwick, Rhode Island – www.audiwarwick.com
• BMW of Warwick, Warwick, Rhode Island – www.bmwofwarwick.com
• Infiniti of Warwick, Warwick, Rhode Island – www.infinitiofwarwick.com
• Mini of Warwick, Warwick, Rhode Island – www.warwickmini.com
• Lexus of Warwick, Warwick, Rhode Island – www.lexusofwarwick.com
• Toyota of Surprise, Surprise, Arizona – www.toyotaofsurprise.com

Commenting on the announcement, Penske Automotive Group Chairman Roger Penske said, “We are extremely proud to be recognized by Automotive News as one of its Best Dealerships To Work For in 2018. To represent 24 dealerships on the List of the Top 100 is an extraordinary accomplishment. This level of achievement embodies the commitment, drive and passion of our team, and their efforts in working together to be one of the very best.”


About Penske Automotive
Penske Automotive Group, Inc., (NYSE:PAG) headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is an international transportation services company that operates automotive and commercial truck dealerships principally in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, and distributes commercial vehicles, diesel engines, gas engines, power systems and related parts and services principally in Australia and New Zealand. PAG employs more than 26,000 people worldwide and is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000, and is ranked among the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune Magazine. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.penskeautomotive.com.

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J.D. Carlson
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
248-648-2810
jcarlson@penskeautomotive.com

Anthony R. Pordon
Executive Vice President – Investor
Relations and Corporate Development
248-648-2540
tpordon@penskeautomotive.com

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