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Women in the Driver’s Seat

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Penske women are paving the road for future women looking to enter the automotive industry.

Long considered a male-dominated business, the automotive industry has begun to evolve into a more inclusive and equitable environment for women in recent years. Penske has been a silent leader in this progression, with more women taking on leadership positions than ever before.

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Terri Mulcahey

Terri Mulcahey, Executive Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, has been redefining what it means to be a woman in the auto industry ever since she started her career    in the parts department installing electronic parts catalogs with Reynolds and Reynolds after college.

“Those were the days when there weren’t many women in the parts area,” said Mulcahey. “I had to quickly become accustomed to that environment or I wasn’t going to last very long.”

Mulcahey, who was recently named one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, eventually went on to spearhead Penske Automotive Group’s corporate marketing department. While laying the foundation for the PAG standards used today, Mulcahey fostered a customer-first approach that has been a critical factor in the success and growth of the department.

“The first thing I did was visit the stores, because the GMs, sales managers and parts associates, those are my customers,” said Mulcahey. “That is what I try to remind the team—we work for the people that work at the dealerships. Our job is to help them be more successful.”

Tracy Gurnett
Tracy Gurnett

One of the first people Mulcahey met after moving to Penske was Tracy Gurnett, General Manager at MINI of Austin. Gurnett was a receptionist at the time and worked her way up the ranks to eventually become a GM.

“Some people can be intimidated by a woman leader, but I’ve been fortunate,” said Gurnett. “My mentors—Bernie Wolfe [Executive Vice President—West Region], Roger Penske and Rob Kurnick—they leave me speechless at the opportunities I’ve been given.”

Not only is the status of women in executive and managerial positions changing, but their roles within service departments are changing as well. Penske’s Elizabeth Wintercorn, a refinish technician at Fayetteville Autopark, jumped at the opportunity to enter the automotive industry when she learned about a local technical institute with a collision repair program. She became the first woman to complete the program and graduate in collision repair.

“One of the biggest challenges was being taught by an old-school instructor who didn’t believe that women had a place outside of the kitchen,” said Wintercorn. “Every day was a struggle to be given tasks that didn’t have to do with sweeping the shop.”
However, despite the adversity she faced within the industry, Wintercorn emboldened others like her saying she would “encourage other ladies to take up the challenge of taking courses.”

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Laura Cone

Over at United BMW Roswell, Laura Cone and Staci Kenny are also breaking the traditional gender norms with their roles as technicians. When Cone and Kenny entered the auto industry years ago, both held office positions before realizing their true ambitions lay in the garage.

“As a woman in a male-dominated arena, I just wanted to be equal and considered one of the guys,” said Kenny. “It took time and experience, but I think I have [it].”

Cone echoed Kenny’s sentiments saying, “I feel like one of the guys. The guys I work with are very respectable and treat me like anybody else… If a girl is interested in this kind of job, go for it.”

In striving for equality, Cone and Kenny have achieved admiration for their skills in their work.

“Girls are very detail-oriented people,” said Cone. “You would be surprised by how much that is

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Staci Kenny

valued in this kind of work.”

Cone, Kenny and Jennifer Rodgers, a lube technician at Landers Chevrolet, each offered the same piece of advice for women interested in a career as a technician: Go for it.

“Get into it and do your best,” said Rodgers. “Don’t let anyone stop you.”

As the role of women in the auto industry continues to grow, the females at Penske provide a strong example of leadership to both men and women.

Jennifer Rodgers
Jennifer Rodgers

 

“We work for an organization that recognizes talent and ability based on results and dedication, not based on your sex,” said Gurnett. “There is a definite progression happening, and the leadership at PAG is helping to make that happen.”


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Penske Automotive Group at the 2016 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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Penske Automotive Group recently attended the 2016 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Veterans from all over the world compete for gold!

While at the games, we had the opportunity to meet one of the veterans, and executive director for Paralyzed Veterans of America, Sherman Gillums, Jr. to find out what has inspired him since his injury in 2004.

“Coming to the games was the life changing moment for me. It was the first time I was around hundreds of people just like me. The energy and rush of adrenaline of competing gave me the motivation to go back to school, go back to work and most importantly have fun.

It’s natural after a catastrophic injury to experience a period of depression. When you are [at the wheelchair games], it changes your perspective. The nurses and therapists try to keep you motivated but it isn’t the same as being with nearly six hundred other veterans facing the same challenges you are. There is no greater motivation than that.”

“In fact,” laughed Gillums, “At the games, the ‘walkers’ are the minority!”

Hearing his story and then talking with several other veterans at the games, we heard how much Gillums has helped them. He is truly paying it forward.

He is appreciative of all of the support from Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and everyone who donates and supports through their partner program.

Last year Penske Automotive Group dealerships raised $913,000 in support of Paralyzed Veterans, and we are hoping to exceed that total this year! In support of the campaign throughout 2016, Penske Automotive Group is matching each donation – up to $500,000. As of July 2016, with the Penske Automotive Group match, $668,000 has been raised toward the campaign! Thank you to everyone that has donated!

Donations can be made at any Penske Automotive Group dealership. Click here to find the dealership closest to you or you can also donate by clicking here.

 

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100 Best Dealerships to Work For 2016

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Automotive News has announced their 100 Best Dealerships To Work For 2016, recognizing thirteen Penske Automotive Group dealers. To be selected, dealerships distinguished themselves as leaders in three categories: workplace satisfaction, talent retention and excellent care of their employees..

Congratulations to the thirteen Penske Automotive Group dealers recognized as Automotive News’s 100 Best Dealerships to Work For:

Acura of Fayetteville
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Central Florida Toyota
Crevier BMW
Crevier MINI
Honda of Fayetteville
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Landers Ford
Palm Beach Toyota
Porsche of Beachwood
Royal Palm Nissan
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Spring Branch Honda

General Manager, Raymond Carrigan, of Spring Branch Honda was ecstatic when he heard the news, saying, “There is something inherently great about having happy employees. Watching our employees go out of their way to exceed the expectations of our customers pulls it all together into a full circle. Thank you to the employees of Spring Branch Honda for yet again voicing their opinions about how great it is to work for Spring Branch Honda and Penske. The reality is, it’s the employees that makes it so GREAT! “

Several of Penske Automotive Group’s dealerships making the list are repeats from last year’s top 100, including: Landers Ford, Palm Beach Toyota, Porsche of Beachwood, Royal Palm Nissan, and Spring Branch Honda. It is Penske Automotive Group’s mission to develop a great company culture at all their dealerships with an emphasis on teamwork and excellent customer service.


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Fairfield’s Virtual Bike Event Supports Paralyzed Veterans of America

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Penske Automotive Group is a proud supporter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Last month, our Fairfield, CT locations put the pedal to the metal for the organization with a virtual bike tour to help support Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mission:ABLE campaign!

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Employees of Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield, Audi Fairfield and Porsche of Fairfield took turns riding stationary bikes while service customers came out to cheer them on and donate toward the cause. The three stores raised over $5,000 in donations and biked over 1,400 miles during the week-long event. Talk about going the extra mile for a good cause!

April is PVA Awareness Month, and we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to partner with this great organization to bring our veterans the care, support, and honor they deserve.

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Last year Penske Automotive Group dealerships raised $913,000 in support of PVA, and we are hoping to exceed that total this year! In support of the campaign throughout 2016, Penske Automotive Group is matching each donation – up to $500,000. Donations can be made at any Penske Automotive Group dealership! Click here to find a dealership closest to you.

Find more photos and info about the Fairfield Bike Tour event at the dealership’s Facebook and Twitter pages:

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Porsche of Fairfield Twitter
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Audi Fairfield Facebook
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Brands bring their A-Game to the New York Auto Show

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Springtime is the best time for checking out what cool new concepts auto brands have been cooking up! One of our favorite expos is the New York Auto Show, which happened this year from March 25-April 3. Here are a few of our favorite cars that made their debut!

 

  1. The Lincoln Navigator Concept

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The Lincoln Navigator was described as a “living room on wheels.” If that doesn’t sound like a comfortable ride, we don’t know what does!

 

  1. Nissan GT-R

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The new GT-R takes a fan favorite and packs in even more power.

 

  1. Audi R8 Spyder

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The convertible design of the new Audi doesn’t stop it from having impressive acceleration – it gets to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds! The R8 Spyder will go on sale later this year.

 

  1. Porsche Boxster 718 S

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The new Boxster starts out at $56,000 and will become available sometime in June.

 

  1. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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Are you a Corvette or a Camaro fan? The 640hp of the new Camaro ZL1 makes the decision a little harder.

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Penske Automotive Opens New Porsche Dealership

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Penske Automotive Opens New Porsche Dealership

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Porsche West Broward Begins Operations in April 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Penske Automotive Group(NYSE:PAG), an international transportation services provider, announced today the grand opening of its newest dealership, Porsche West Broward, located at 4641 SW 148th Avenue, along the Interstate 75 auto corridor in Davie, Florida.  The new dealership represents PAG’s eighth Porsche dealership in the United States and sixteenth worldwide.

Porsche West Broward sits on a nine-acre site with 66,000 square feet of facilities and a two-story showroom offering the Porsche enthusiast a wide selection of new and pre-owned vehicles. In addition, the dealership offers 21 service bays with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and a detail center with rapid repair to provide Porsche customers with additional capacity to service vehicles in operation across southeast Florida.  The dealership also offers a Porsche boutique and specifications lounge.

Whit Ramonat, Penske Automotive Group’s Central Region Executive Vice President said, “Porsche West Broward is one of the largest dealerships for the Porsche brand worldwide and will provide Porsche customers an outstanding environment and world-class customer service.  The opening of our newest Porsche dealership helps us build additional scale in southeast Florida, an important growth market, while continuing to enhance our company’s premium brand mix.”

Porsche West Broward began operations on April 4, 2016.

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 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 22,000 people worldwide and is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000.  For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.penskeautomotive.com.

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Penske Automotive Group Donates $913,000 to Paralyzed Veterans of America

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WASHINGTON, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is excited to announce a donation of $913,000 from corporate partner, Penske Automotive Group. The funds were raised on behalf of Paralyzed Veterans through Penske Automotive Group’s “Service Matters” cause campaign which allows customers to make a donation when they’ve had their vehicles serviced at a Penske Automotive Group Dealership. All funds go toward supporting Paralyzed Veterans’ programs and services, such as benefits assistance,employment counseling and adaptive sports programs—all of which are provided free of charge to veterans and their families.

“We cannot thank Penske Automotive Group enough for this significant contribution. It will undoubtedly have a direct, positive impact on the veterans we serve,” said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “Penske’s generous support plays a vital part in our organization’s ability to continue serving our nation’s veterans, and to ensure those veterans have access to programs and services to help them recover and rebuild their lives after serious injuries.”

Throughout 2015, Penske Automotive Group’s dealerships invited customers to donate a $1 or more toward its “Service Matters” fundraising campaign benefiting Paralyzed Veterans, when customers serviced their vehicle at any Penske Automotive Group dealership. To multiply the impact of customers’ contributions, Penske then matched each donation—up to a total contribution of $500,000.

“It’s an honor for Penske to be part of this fundraising effort,” said Robert H. Kurnick, Jr., Penske Automotive Group President. “We thank our customers and Penske employees for embracing the ‘Service Matters’ campaign and the importance of the work performed by Paralyzed Veterans of America. We are thrilled to extend our partnership for another year to help make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.”

To learn more about the “Service Matters” campaign, please contact a Penske Automotive Group dealership or visit pva.org/PAGServes.

To learn more about Paralyzed Veterans free programs and services for veterans or how to support them, please visit pva.org.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)

About Penske Automotive Group
Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (http://www.penskecars.com/), (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 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 22,000 people worldwide and is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.PenskeAutomotive.com.
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