Sheehy Auto kicks off fundraiser for American Heart Association


Sheehy Auto Stores has launched its 20th annual Sheehy 8000 sales event, a three-week community-wide effort to raise funds for the American Heart Association, the group announced on Friday.

Throughout the rest of the month, each of Sheehy Auto's dealerships throughout Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.; and Baltimore will host a variety of initiatives in support of the fundraiser before it wraps up on July 5.

"This year is a milestone for us as we continue our mission to raise awareness and funds for a cause that is close to many of our hearts," Sheehy Auto president Vince Sheehy said in a news release.

"We are thankful for our customers, communities and team members who rally behind this effort, making each year's campaign more successful than the last."

Sheehy Auto said this year’s campaign includes healthy cooking demonstrations, blood pressure screenings and CPR training for employees and the community across all of its locations.

"The support of Sheehy Auto Stores has allowed us to make a considerable impact on the health of our communities in the region," American Heart Association vice president of marketing Michelle Nostheide said. "We appreciate the generosity of their team members, customers and vendors, and their efforts towards workplace wellness. Together, we can lessen the burden and loss heart disease and stroke cause for so many families." 

Last year's Sheehy 7000 campaign raised $225,000 for the American Heart Association, according to Sheehy.

Additionally, the dealer group said it has been a several year sponsor of the charity’s National Walking Day, which was held last month at Springfield Town Center in Virginia. Each of Sheehy's dealerships also hosted individual step challenges among employees on the day of the walk.

Sheehy Auto said it has raised a total of more than $40 million for community and non-profit organizations since it was founded in 1966.

Roundup: Auction golf tournament & anniversary sales events

CARY, N.C. - 

Last week, Southeastern Auto Auction of Savannah hosted its annual Masters Sale and golf tournament, which is named after The Masters golf tournament that is held in Augusta, Ga., just a few hours away from the auction. 

This year’s Masters Sale featured over 800 vehicles, and by the end of the sales event, the auction gave away over $2,500 in cash prizes, according to SAA.

To wrap up the sale, dealers were selected to putt on the auction’s putting green for a chance to win up to $1,000. 

The day following the sale, the auction’s golf tournament featured a record number of teams as well as a $25,000 hole-in-one challenge and longest drive contest.

Additionally, from hole sponsorship funds for the event, the auction raised a donation of $3,000 to present Shriners Hospital for Children following the tournament.

“It was a great week!  We sold a lot of cars, had beautiful weather for the sale and golf tournament, and raised money for Children in need,” SAA vice president Bill McCready said in a news release.

Carriage Trade AA turns 40

Carriage Trade Public Auto Auction will host its 40th-anniversary sale on May 22, which will feature an estimated 1,000 vehicles along with a number of prizes and giveaways, the auction recently announced.

“We’re excited about this milestone anniversary and are looking forward to celebrating with the people that have made it possible, our customers and our employees,” Carriage Trade general manager Brian McNally said in a news release. 

In May of 1977, Carriage Trade held its first sale with a total of just 35 vehicles, the auction said.

Currently, the auction sells on average about 500 cars each week, according to Carriage Trade.

For more details about the auction's sale, visit .

Fleet service CEO transitions to lead board & foundation

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Hourglass Management Corporation (HMC) recently announced that its chief executive officer, Ron Shoemaker, will transition to board chairman.

His son, Chad Shoemaker, who joined the company in 2009 and has served as president since 2011, will assume the role of chief executive officer.

“It is a great pleasure that we announce the promotion of Chad to CEO of our companies. For the past 8 years Chad has embraced our business models and added tremendous value to our company’s visions. His attention to detail is second to none and we are all very excited to continue our journey with Chad as CEO,” Ron Shoemaker said in a news release.

As chairman, Shoemaker will still be active in all of the businesses. HMC said he will mostly be working on a new non-profit venture, the Hourglass Foundation, which he co-founded with his son.

According to HMC, the Hourglass Foundation aims to serve at the local and individual levels by working with grassroots organizations to help them reach their goals and fill immediate needs.

“The foundation supports those who have experienced life-altering or traumatic events in their lives,” Shoemaker said.

“Our passion is to mentor and strengthen individuals by providing opportunities and a support network for life advancement. To achieve our mission of ‘Lifting others, one person at a time,' we support nonprofit organizations that provide educational, financial and spiritual renewal to those in need at the individual level.”

The work the foundation has already done includes donating a Dodge mini-van to a center for at-risk middle school and high school girls in Pensacola, Fla.

HMC said “the van provides safe transportation to events for these young women and allows them to participate in activities that were not accessible previously.”

Funding for the foundation is in part supported by vehicle donations from companies and individuals.

Additionally, HMC announced that Janet Smail will serve as the foundation’s executive director.  She brings over 17 years of experience, having held a variety of management roles at Flexco.

“Janet is well-positioned to advance the Foundation’s agenda and professionally handle any of the challenges that lie ahead,” HMC added.

For more details about The Hourglass Foundation visit, .

Jim Ellis group kicks off giving campaign for first responders


Jim Ellis Automotive Group announced recently that Jimmy Ellis, president of the family-owned and operated dealership network, has decided to launch a giving campaign that will benefit local first responders in Atlanta.

Each of the group's 14 locations will participate in the first responder campaign. A portion of the profit from every new or pre-owned vehicle purchase made throughout the month will be donated to first responders within its dealership areas, according to the group.

“Local first responders came to mind as a group that we would not only like to donate to during the month of May, but a group that we want to honor throughout the year with special incentives to say, ‘Thank you for all you do and the support you have given our business over the last 46 years,’” Ellis said in a news release.

“We are also so thankful for our customers that rally behind us in supporting each of these giving campaigns. Let’s see what we can do in May to give back to those who sacrifice daily for our safety and well-being!”

Along with the cash donations for local first responders, Jim Ellis Automotive said it will also extend special discounts to all eligible first responders throughout the rest of the year.

All qualifying first responders can take advantage of $500 off any vehicle purchase, in addition to a 15 percent discount off parts and service at any Jim Ellis dealership.

Additionally, the group said it will be working with first responders to set up additional “Thank You” events this year at both its dealerships and at local police precincts and fire stations.

Last year, the group had a similar campaign for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, which raised a $65,000 donation.

“After seeing the generosity of our dealerships and the support of our clients during the campaign with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, I wanted to identify another local group that could benefit from more of this generosity,” Ellis added.

Cancer & AIDS research foundation to honor Facebook auto director


The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research has announced that it will honor Facebook's U.S. Automotive director Stephanie Latham at the Women of Influence Awards and Luncheon next week.

Latham, a breast cancer survivor and passionate supporter of the cause, will join five other women in accepting their awards during the foundation's fifth annual event at the New York Plaza Hotel on  May 12 at 11:30 a.m.

“The awards celebration honors six outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in both in their business and personal life and will benefit ovarian and breast cancer research,” the foundation said in a news release. 

Latham joined Facebook in 2011 and in her current role as head of its U.S. Automotive team, she works alongside marketers and agencies to forge solutions across platforms that boost brand awareness in efforts to sell more vehicles.

She also held leadership positions on Facebook’s Retail, Financial Services and Restaurants teams before leading on the Automotive team.

Prior to joining Facebook, Latham served as the executive director of Account Service at the Barbarian Group, where she managed the GE, CNN and Google accounts.

Latham received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and their 2-year-old daughter.

For more information about the 2017 Women of Influence Awards and Luncheon's other honorees and to obtain tickets for the event, visit .

Manheim sets 3 conservation goals for 2017


In celebration of Earth Month, Manheim announced the following three sustainability goals for the year: offsetting carbon emissions by 3,000 tons at its facilities, saving 2.5 million gallons of water and achieving zero waste to landfill at one site.

“Conservation is a big part of Manheim’s culture, fueled by the ongoing commitment to sustainability that runs throughout all divisions of its family-owned parent company, Cox Enterprises” Manheim said in a news release. 

This year’s efforts are a part of, Cox Conserves, the company-wide sustainability program, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

“Being sustainable is as good for the business as it is for the environment, and we are fortunate to have leaders who recognize and support these important efforts,” Manheim senior director of corporate responsibility Stephanie Valdez Streaty said. “Beyond identifying projects that will help us reduce our impact on the environment while saving costs, we are also focused on engaging our team members and supporting them in their own conservation efforts at home."

Manhiem said it is committed to sending zero waste to landfill by 2024 and becoming carbon- and water-neutral by 2044.

Last year, Manhiem implemented a rain harvesting system and adopted multiple high-efficiency aerator projects which have saved 4.2 million gallons of water, according to the company.

Manhiem said it also offset 1,855 tons of carbon through solar installation, LED lights and HVAC projects.

“Since the Cox Conserves program launched in 2007, projects at Manheim locations have offset 22,934 tons of carbon, diverted 23,579 tons of waste from the landfill and saved 57 million gallons of water,” Manheim added.

“With 127 traditional and mobile locations in North America, Manheim plays a significant role in helping the company achieve its sustainability goals.”

For more information on Cox Conserves and sustainable projects in progress, visit 

Roundup: Auction anniversary, fundraising & sales

CARY, N.C. - 

Greater Kalamazoo Auto Auction, an XLerate Group auction, will celebrate its 41st year anniversary on Thursday with a special sale.

In honor of its anniversary, GKAA said it will award more than a total of $15,000 in cash and prizes to a number of potential dealer customers who attend the sale this week.

Each Thursday, the auction holds its dealer sale at 10 a.m., with 600 dealers in attendance, according to GKAA.

GKAA was founded in 1976 and currently consists of a 26,000 square foot facility on 65 acres.

The auction also has a 9-bay reconditioning facility, a full-service mechanical repair shop and transportation department.

“By taking advantage of the many services offered by Greater Kalamazoo Auto Auction, each customer expands his own automotive marketing efforts and benefits in terms of time and financial return,” GKAA general manager Daryl DeVries said in a news release.

“Above all, each customer, whether buying or selling, returns time and time again because of the special qualities that set GKAA apart from the rest.  We have a strong team of loyal employees that goes the extra mile each and every week.”

IAG names fundraising challenge winners

The Independent Auction Group recently announced the winners of its March Madness bracket challenge, a fundraising effort the group held in collaboration with Dyer Auto Auction last month. 

Participants were asked to mail in a dollar for each bracket to be put into a trophy.

IAG's top three finishers for this year were women. The first place title went to Britney Egbert, fleet/lease manager at Dealers Auto Auction of Idaho.

Each year's winner gets to keep the trophy filled with the bills for one year until the next challenge and a new winner is chosen. The funds accumulated are to be used for any charitable effort of the winners choosing.

GAA launches two promotions

ServNet recently announced that auction group member Greenville Auto Auction (GAA) recently kicked off its BB&T/Regional promotion, X-Factor, along with  a new promotion that allows its dealers to enter a pool to win a quad.

The newly adopted quad promotion is a three-month event that will end in June.

Additionally, GAA said recently the acution has had a notable number of strong sales, which include its AdrenaLANE Sale, a sale that highlights specialty units such as powersports, sports cars, golf carts, and RV's, according to auction general manager Billy Willis.

“Greenville Auto Auction is eager to continue building great relationships with dealers and is looking forward to the auctions ahead,” GAA said.

CarMax set to bring first stores to Puget Sound Area


CarMax will open two new stores in the state of Washington — the used-car retailer’s first locations in the Puget Sound region — the company announced on Friday.

One store will be in the city of Lynnwood at 202 Valley Avenue Northwest and the other will be located in in the city of Puyallup at 21317 Highway 99.

CarMax said the new locations will provide more than 200 new jobs to the area and will supply customers with around 200 to 400 vehicle options of nearly every make and model.

In addition to the vehicles ready to purchase at each location, customers can ask for transfers of just about any vehicle at other locations nationwide, according to the retailer.

“Our company is committed to making every step of the car buying process stress-free for our customers, and we look forward to serving the Puget Sound region with the great customer experience CarMax is known for,” Bill Nash, president and chief executive officer of CarMax, said in a news release.

At a grand opening celebration on Friday, CarMax said the CarMax Foundation was set to give out $25,000 in grants and donations to local organizations, including Junior Achievement of Washington and Communities in Schools of Puyallup.

Associates of Lynnwood and Puyallup locations chose the two organizations and have participated in volunteer events with both groups, according to CarMax.

“We are honored to support these organizations and admire their dedication to serving area youth,” David Thompson, location general manager of the CarMax in Lynnwood said. “The community has been very welcoming of CarMax and we look forward to being a great regional partner, while serving customers for years to come."

Additionally, CarMax announced it also has plans to invest approximately $95,000 to fund a Puget Sound area playground, which has been projected to be built next year through a partnership with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit that encourages children to get the balance of play they need to grow into healthy and successful adults.

TIME, Ally recognize 2017 Dealer of Year


Ally and TIME held a celebration event in Kentucky on Monday to honor the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year winner — Carl Swope — a second-generation dealer who currently oversees six dealerships representing nine brands in Elizabethtown, Ky., and Radcliff, Ky.

Swope was selected from a group of 49 nominees from across the country who are successful auto dealers that demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service, Ally said.

The event was held at Swope Toyota in Elizabethtown. Business leaders from TIME and Ally joined local government officials and dealership personnel in attendance.

Ally said Swope has been chosen for his community involvement, support of civic activities, and dedication to local nonprofit organizations such as Hardin Memorial Health Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Project United.

"On behalf of all of us at Ally, we are honored to recognize Carl Swope and his commitment to doing right and bettering the community and the state of Kentucky," Ally president of auto finance Tim Russi said in a news release. "Carl Swope embodies the character and type of leader that the Time Dealer of the Year program was built to recognize."

Swope and his family of dealerships have particularly supported the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties since its founding in 2002.

In honor of Swope being named dealer of the year, Ally donated a $10,000 grant to the clinic.

"We are so grateful for Carl Swope's involvement with the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties," chairman of the board of directors Dr. William Handley said. "We are elated that Carl has been chosen for this prestigious award, and we cannot thank him enough for his contribution to this organization. Day in and day out he continues to inspire and encourage thousands of community members."

Swope was first announced as the TIME Dealer of the Year at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 27.

For more information about the award program, or to read about this year’s nominees, visit .

Manheim Orlando honored for community service


Manheim Orlando, one of the largest operating facilities of Manheim North America, was recently named Big Business of the Year by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the location’s local economic impact and the team’s dedication to community service.

The Orlando Chamber of Commerce presented the Manheim Orlando team with its Big Business of the Year award at the organization’s Big Orange Awards on Feb. 6.

“To be recognized for investing in our community and for doing what we enjoy as a team is quite an honor,” Manheim Orlando general manager Butch Herdegen said in a news release.

“We are always looking for opportunities to partner with people and organizations that make a difference for families who live and work in Orlando, and we’ll continue to serve others in 2017.”

Last year, Manheim Orlando supported Christmas in July, Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida, Orlando Science Center, Christian Service Center, the YMCA and the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

The team was also recognized by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce for partnering with Ben’s Maintenance, Mike’s Security and Danny’s Outside Ops to host the Chamber’s Hob Nob and Straw Poll event.

About 350 full-time and part-time members make up the Manheim Orlando team.

According to Manheim, an estimated 3,300 independent, franchise and commercial dealers visit the 286-acre location weekly, and it facilitates more than $3 billion in wholesale automotive transactions annually.