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Penske & Alvernia Team Up for MBA

Penske & Alvernia Team Up for MBA

Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics are partnering with Alvernia University to offer a Master of Business Administration degree. Alvernia, a 3,000-student, 121-acre private institution in Reading, Pa., is bringing its MBA professors to Penske’s global headquarters in Reading, Pa., for a program that begins Oct. 23. The two campuses are separated by 4.3 miles.

According to Penske senior trainer Colleen Kunkle classes will meet weekly and the 17 enrolled students are expected to earn their degrees in three years (the number could increase to 20 by the time classes start). The program follows a cohort model: students start collectively and graduate together.

Penske associates will receive a discounted tuition rate.

Of the 17 students, 13 are employed by Penske Truck Leasing and four from subsidiary Penske Logistics.

Six associates work in a finance capacity, while the rest support the company’s supply chain, fleet services, truck vehicle maintenance, used trucks, quality and information technology groups.
Cilia Torres is a project manager for Penske’s used trucks product line where she works with the company’s vendors and its various sales channels. She earned a criminal justice bachelor‘s degree from Alvernia and has been with the company for nine years.

“I was researching various MBA programs and I thought that this was a great option,” she said. “Having the program here at Penske gave me the push to start now.” Torres is also pursuing her Six Sigma black belt certification.

Kevin Bender has spent 13 years in the supply chain industry, earning a bachelor’s degree in business logistics, with an operations management minor, from Penn State University. He has been with Penske for a little over a year as a manager for carrier relations, involved with the company’s third-party logistics transportation network.

“I was looking to enter a graduate program for a number of years,” Bender explained. “This is a good program for family life and work balance – I have two small children at home. I feel like this is the last piece to help me get to the executive level.”

Penske Truck Leasing HQ While Penske spends millions on training each year for the company’s 18,300 global associates, and has a long history of promoting educational and developmental opportunities to their associates, this is the first time they have partnered with a university to bring classes directly to their associates.

“I would call this relationship with Alvernia another progression of our learning efforts,” explained Ken Hurley, Penske senior vice president of human resources. “We promote high levels of learning and career development here at Penske. At every level of the organization there are opportunities for our associates to learn, grow and develop – both personally and professionally.
“As a company we care about our associates and one way we do that is by showing an interest in their personal and career growth through our tuition assistance program,” he stated. “Programs like this are a great way to help develop the next generation of Penske leadership talent.”

Penske has a long-time relationship with Alvernia and has employees who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the school.

Alvernia has offered its MBA program on locations at other area companies. Its business faculty conducts regional leadership and training seminars.

“We really believe that partnerships like this are important for professionals in the community,” said Daria LaTorre, Alvernia dean of graduate and adult education. “If we can make it easier for Penske employees to gain a career advantage with minimal impact on their busy lives, then it’s well worth the effort.”


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Penske Racing Welcomes Kimberly-Clark Professional and Its WYPALL Wipers Brand as Partners Beginning in 2011


MOORESVILLE, N.C., Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Penske Racing and Kimberly-Clark Professional will begin a new partnership in 2011 as the Penske teams competing in NASCAR and the IZOD IndyCar Series will assist in the promotion and marketing of one of the company’s top products, WYPALL Wipers.

Kimberly-Clark Professional, which includes such global brands as WYPALL, Kleenex, Scott, Jackson Safety and Kimtech, will become an associate sponsor of Penske Racing’s NASCAR and IndyCar teams beginning next season. Penske Racing crew chiefs in the Sprint Cup Series (Steve Addington for the No. 22 and Kurt Busch; Paul Wolfe for the No. 2 and Brad Keselowski) and Nationwide Series (Todd Gordon for the No. 22 and Keselowski) will wear the WYPALL Wipers logo on their uniforms in 2011, promoting one of the toughest and most absorbent disposable wipers in the marketplace.

“We are excited to partner with Penske Racing and their winning teams and crew chiefs,” said Chris Brickman, President of Kimberly-Clark Professional. “We know the Penske teams need to perform at a high level both in the garage and on the track, and WYPALL Wipers will help them get the job done right.”

As part of the relationship, Kimberly-Clark will utilize the Penske Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs as the voting panel for the illustrious WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief Challenge, the yearly competition searching for the most valuable Crew Chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Garage. Joining them on the voting panel for 2011 will be NASCAR on FOX analyst Jeff Hammond and Sirius NASCAR Radio’s Claire B. Lang.

The agreement with Kimberly-Clark Professional will also see the crew chiefs help market WYPALL to consumers. The partnership will also extend to the IZOD IndyCar Series with Penske Racing President and Team Penske race strategist Tim Cindric promoting WYPALL Wipers during 2011 IndyCar race weekends.

“Kimberly-Clark is a top company and WYPALL Wipers is an industry-leading brand,” said Cindric. “Penske Racing looks forward to building this new relationship and growing with Kimberly-Clark Professional for the future.”

About WYPALL Wipers:

Since 2004, Kimberly-Clark Professional’s WYPALL Wipers brand has been affiliated with some of racing’s top teams.  Offering heavy-duty to versatile light-duty towels, WYPALL Wipers provides race teams with a number of products providing strength and durability.  Defeating the toughest of challenges, from absorbing tough grease and oil to wiping down windshields without leaving residue behind, WYPALL Wipers continue to offer performance and versatility.

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About Penske Racing

Penske Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced 332 major race wins, 396 pole positions and 23 National Championships. The team has also earned 15 Indianapolis 500 victories. For more information about Penske Racing, please visit


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