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 daughter of the company’s founder, Governor James Cox, and the mother of its current chairman, Jim Kennedy. 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.
As an automotive business owner for three decades, Diehl is a pioneer in the auto industry. After Diehl and her husband bought their first dealership with a partner in 1995, the Diehls took sole ownership of that dealership and created Diehl Automotive in 2002. Shortly after, Diehl’s husband passed away suddenly, and she became sole owner and president. Instead of giving up on their dream, Diehl drew on her dealership experience working with her husband and took over the operations. She turned Diehl Automotive into one of the top-performing stores in Western Pennsylvania. She subsequently purchased other stores including Diehl of Robinson, CarRight Automotive, Diehl Volkswagen and Diehl of Grove City.
Diehl is a strong supporter of the “successful community = successful business” theory, and supports numerous community giving projects throughout Western Pennsylvania.