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Barbara Cox Woman of the Year

At Cox Automotive, inclusion, diversity, and equity is one of our core values. We’re committed to the advancement of women in automotive and we’re excited to award an outstanding leader who advances the industry and gives back to the community.

In 2005, we established the Barbara Cox Woman of the Year Award. The award is named after the late Barbara Cox, a business pioneer who was an owner and director of Cox Enterprises – Cox Automotive’s parent company. Barbara Cox was the youngest daughter of the company’s founder, Governor James Cox, and the mother of its current chairman, Jim Kennedy, Chairman Emeritus. This annual award recognizes women who share the traits and accomplishments of its namesake.

As part of this honor, a female Northwood University Automotive Marketing & Management student will be awarded with a $10,000 Barbara Cox Memorial Scholarship on behalf of the recipient.

Congratulations to our 2023 Barbara Cox Woman of the Year!
Beth Beans Gilbert Vice President, Fred Beans Automotive Group Barbara Cox Woman of the Year
For her enduring dedication to the automotive industry and her passion for prioritizing the health of her employees and community, Beth Beans Gilbert is the recipient of the 18th annual Barbara Cox Woman of the Year Award.

This honor is named for the late Barbara Cox, the business pioneer who was an owner and director of Cox Enterprises, Cox Automotive’s parent company. The award recognizes women who demonstrate business leadership and community advocacy, as well as a commitment to advancing our industry.

As vice president of Fred Beans Automotive Group, Beth embodies the values that power everything we do at Cox Automotive.

Congratulations, Beth! We look forward to continuing our partnership with you.

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