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Cox Automotive Values in the Spotlight at NADA 2019

We’re committed to our doing good in communities, protecting the environment, and doing our part to drive and celebrate diversity and inclusion.


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We’re committed to driving positive change and doing the right thing – not only within the company, but throughout the automotive industry and communities we serve. This commitment was recently on full display in San Francisco, home to this year’s NADA Convention, where we donated to a community partner and recognized industry standouts for their like-minded contributions.

“We are always proud to have Cox Automotive leaders as keynote speakers and educators at NADA,” says Jason Jager, Director of Industry Relations. “But we also appreciate the opportunity to raise the profile of our stakeholders making a difference in the world.”

During NADA, Cox Automotive donated its seventh emergency response vehicle in recent years to our long-time community partner, the American Red Cross. This particular car – a Chevy Malibu – will support Red Cross mission services in the Bay Area by providing reliable transportation for volunteers and staffers. Additionally, we made financial contributions to the Red Cross each time a dealer attendee completed a Cox Automotive product demonstration at the show.

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Sandy Schwartz, Katie Comer (Director of Development, American Red Cross)

In alignment with our sustainability and environmental initiatives, we presented BMW of Ramsey with the Cox Automotive Leader in Sustainability Award. The 100,000 sq. ft. New Jersey dealership makes lessening its impact on the environment a top priority, doing so by using an energy recovering ventilation system, LED lighting, solar panel-generated energy, recycled car wash water, used rotors, tires, and batteries. BMW of Ramsey also has an electric vehicle charging station available for community use.

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Tom Dobry (CMO, Lithia Motors, parent company of BMW of Ramsey), Maureen Porter (Project Manager, Lithia Motors, parent company of BMW of Ramsey), Sandy Schwartz (President, Cox Automotive)

In what has been a traditionally male-dominated industry, we are proud to support initiatives that nurture and support women and women’s leadership opportunities. Which is why we presented the 14th Barbara Cox Woman of the Year Award to Gail Miller, owner and chairman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, headquartered in Sandy, Utah. This annual honor goes to a woman who demonstrate business leadership and community advocacy, as well as a commitment to advancing the automotive industry. Cox Automotive also presented a $10,000 Barbara Cox scholarship to Katelyn Demarse, a junior studying Automotive Retail Management at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan.

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Katelyn Demarse, Sandy Schwartz (President, Cox Automotive), Gail Miller

Cox Automotive is deeply committed to the stewardship of the communities in which we live and work, our planet as a whole, and a culture of inclusivity for all. We encourage our clients, suppliers, and partners to do the same. Positive change on a broad scale requires dedication and teamwork, which is why we’re honored to collaborate with NADA to highlight these shared values.