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Penske Women in the Driver’s Seat: Jackie Szramowski

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Penske Automotive Group is proud to have female leaders at every level of the organization. Every Thursday for the next 10 weeks, we will feature a female leader from the Penske organization who is empowering women in the 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.

This week we are pleased to introduce Jackie Szramowski!


Meet Jackie Szramowski – Talent Acquisition Manager, Penske Automotive Group

“Focus on what is within your control. Find your passion and follow it.”

Industry experience: 10 years

First automotive job: Human Resources Specialist

PAG tenure: 10 years

Current role & responsibilities: I am responsible for guiding the overall success of the PAG recruiting department. This includes creating and implementing processes for greater efficiency and successful hiring, facilitating change management, as well as managing and supporting the team of recruiters in their efforts to positively impact hiring for their individual markets.

What attracted you to the auto industry: My previous experience was in Public/Media Relations and Recruiting but I wanted to get more experience in all aspects of Human Resources. PAG was one of the few companies that didn’t segment their HR functions, so I was able to gain exposure to more areas including Recruiting, Benefits, Employee Relations, and more.

Most satisfying part of your job: Watching candidates become valued employees and find success in the company brings me great satisfaction. More personally, seeing the team of recruiters and coordinators learn, challenge themselves, and take on additional responsibilities while the department itself continues to evolve has been very rewarding.

Proudest professional achievement: Conceptualizing and executing the creation of the PAG recruiting department from the ground up. With the support of mentors and an upper management team that understood the need, appreciated my vision, and saw the potential, the department has grown to teams of recruiters in markets across the country.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career: My parents instilled the importance of hard work, loyalty, self-confidence, and independence in me. My husband is my biggest supporter and helps makes it possible for me to pursue my career. Sports have always been a big part of my life, and my teammates and coaches taught me the value of teamwork, communication, and perseverance. In business, I have been fortunate to have incredible females to look up to and work alongside for support advice.

Advice for young women considering a career in the automotive industry: Go for it! If you look across our company, there are very successful women at all levels. Find your passion and follow it. There are a lot of opportunities to be exposed to different areas of the business and many career paths to follow.

Favorite weekend activity: Spending time with my husband and two kids. The past year forced us to slow down a bit and I really enjoy the time we get to spend together as a family.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years: Continuing to do my part to drive PAG forward, advancing ideas and processes to keep ahead of the competition.

How have you seen the auto industry landscape change and evolve to engage more women: When I started in the business, I saw more women in traditional office types of roles but not as many in management positions. Today, there are women succeeding at every level. There is a commitment at PAG, that starts at the top, to hire and promote the best based on qualifications and contributions. That commitment feeds into the diversity and inclusion of the company.

Check back next Thursday as we add another Penske female leader to the Women in the Driver’s Seat series!

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Penske Women in the Driver’s Seat: Elena Alberti

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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 Thursday for the next 11 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.

This week we are pleased to introduce Elena Alberti!


Meet Elena Alberti  – Managing Director & CFO, Penske Automotive Group Italy

“Automotive is an exciting place to be! Get your driver’s license and be ready to speed, brake, accelerate, turn, go uphill and downhill, but most importantly be ready to never stop!”

Industry experience: 22 years

First automotive job: Marketing role at age 22

PAG tenure: 22 years

Roles and responsibilities: Together with our JV Partner Andrea Mantellini, I run all aspects of our Italian operations including Finance, Accounting, Human Resources and Marketing. I am also responsible for identifying potential new acquisitions in the market. PAG Italy was created in 2012 and has now 20 locations in Northern Italy and represents exclusively premium brands: Audi, BMW and MINI, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lamborghini, Porsche and Volvo.

Most satisfying part of your job: At this stage in my career, my goal is to grow as many people as possible, mentor them and give them the opportunities they deserve. It is amazing how this approach benefits both our employees and our business creating a great work environment and maximizing our performance.

 What attracted you to the auto industry: Well, I am Italian, and I am originally from the region known as the “Italian Motor Valley” where a lot of very popular car manufacturers are located. I have cars in my blood and was lucky to be exposed to several sides of the industry from OEM Engine production to OEM supplier to Automotive Retail. The automotive industry offered me my first opportunity and it just became better and better.

Proudest professional achievement:  Being able to ‘sail’ the company through the storm in 2020 caused by COVID-19. It was a very challenging time, but I am proud of our team for coming together and making tough decisions that allowed our business to remain sustainable. The team came out stronger and more committed than ever before. It was the most difficult time in my career and as a manager I learned a lot.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career: Certainly Roger Penske, who I had the privilege to work very closely with during our PAG European acquisitions. I also would like to mention Jens Werner (CEO of PAG in Europe) who was key in mentoring me during my first years in Europe as I was very young. My husband Gianluca also had a strong influence on my career. He always gave me great advice and challenged me to improve and go forward.

Best career advice: Do not expect people to get to your same conclusions unless they have the same information. This advice came from Roger Penske and it has been extremely useful in getting deals done, negotiating, and running the company in a very open and inclusive way.

Favorite weekend activity: My weekends are fully reserved for my family. I love to stay home and relax with my husband and kids (8 and 9 years old). I also love to cook healthy Italian food and enjoy a glass of good Italian Chianti. Exercise is also a very important part of my life and helps me stay healthy and fit!

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years: For sure I see myself in the Penske organization, not sure where in the world. I cannot think about a better organization. Let’s see what opportunities will be in front of me in the next few years… I always love to keep an open mind.

How have you seen the auto industry landscape change and evolve to engage more women: The automotive Industry, especially in Italy, is still a very male dominated environment. Things are changing slowly, and I am investing time and resources to increase the attractiveness of our industry to the eyes on young Italian women. When I travel to OEM dealer meetings, I am often the only woman in a senior leadership position. It will take time, but we will make it!

Check back next Thursday as we add another Penske female leader to the Women in the Driver’s Seat series!

 

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Penske Automotive Group Donates $1 Million to Paralyzed Veterans of America

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WASHINGTON (March 22, 2021) – Paralyzed Veterans of America, the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to helping veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders, and diseases, like MS and ALS, today announced that they have received $1 million from Penske Automotive Group to help veterans and their families live full and productive lives well after injury.

“The pandemic has amplified the hardships for all of our members and veterans with injuries and illnesses,” said David Zurfluh, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We cannot thank Penske Automotive Group, their employees, and all of their customers enough for their generous donation and ongoing support – especially during this challenging time. As PVA continues to adapt its programming and navigate around COVID-19, these funds will go directly towards providing more life-changing programs and services to support our veterans in need, and ensure they receive the quality health care, benefits, careers, freedom, and independence they earned.”

Penske Automotive Group’s Service Matters initiative extends an invitation to customers to donate to PVA, and with an annual company donation match of $500,000, the campaign has raised more than $6 million since 2015.

“2020 marked a year of unprecedented challenges, but Penske Automotive Group was proud to continue its support of PVA, and we are thrilled to extend our partnership for a seventh year,” said Robert H. Kurnick Jr., Penske Automotive Group president. “We thank our customers and employees for supporting this initiative that has become part of our everyday business operations, and for embracing the important work performed by PVA. We are grateful for this partnership and look forward to continuing our work together in 2021 to help serve our nation’s veterans, and ensure they have access to programs and services to help them recover and rebuild their lives.”

Please visit PVA.org/PAGServes or contact a Penske Automotive Group dealership to learn more about the Service Matters campaign.

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Join our mission and help support our nation’s paralyzed heroes

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Happy Veterans Day to all those who have served, and those who continue to serve. We thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Penske Automotive Group is proudly teamed up with Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mission: ABLE campaign. Paralyzed Veteran’s Mission: ABLE encourages veterans and their families, corporate supporters, and friends of the organization to create an America where our most severely injured veterans have access to what they’ve earned and deserve: CARE, JOBS AND BENEFITS.

Your support is essential to the success of this campaign, and we ask you to join us in embracing our mission to serve those who have served. With one donation, you can support Paralyzed Veterans of America’s mission to create an America where our disabled heroes are provided the physical care needed to live a healthy life; receive the benefits they’ve earned through military service; and obtain job training and opportunities for new and fulfilling careers.

Ways to Donate
1. Visit a Penske Automotive Group Dealership –Penske Automotive Group customers are invited to donate when visiting a U.S. Penske Automotive Group dealership.
2. Make a Donation Online – Not visiting a Penske dealership? You can make a donation online at www.pva.org/PAGDonates. Penske Automotive Group is matching each donation – up to a total contribution of $500,000.

Since its inception in 2015, Penske Automotive Group’s Service Matters campaign has contributed more than $5 million to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Thank you for considering a donation and joining our commitment to serve those who have served.

To learn more about the Paralyzed Veterans of America, please contact a Penske Automotive Group dealership or visit www.pva.org/PAGServes.

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Penske Technicians Honored through Elite Technician Program

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The annual Penske Elite Technician Program celebrates the contributions of our most accomplished technicians, recognizing and rewarding their outstanding credentials, skills and achievements. Identification as an Elite Technician carries high honor and respect throughout the Penske organization.

135 Penske technicians were designated as “Elite” for the 2020 program. After advancing through a rigorous technical exam, 14 technicians qualified to compete for top honors. Five of this year’s finalists, Chauncey Harris, Jared Taylor, Robert Grant, Dean Leach and Mark Gracie, were repeat finalists.

Congratulations to Justin Bistany, our Penske Elite Technician of the Year!  Along with top honors, Justin received a premium prize package that included a limited edition Shinola Team Penske wristwatch, a “50 years of Penske Racing” book signed by Roger Penske, and a $5,000 bonus prize.

Conditions permitting, all 2020 finalists will be VIP guests of Penske Entertainment and Team Penske at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May 2021.

Thank you to all our technicians who participated in the 2020 program.

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