Cox leadership donates $10,000 to American GI Forum

ATLANTA, Ga. – A local organization that helps veterans with housing and employment needs was the big winner of a corporate challenge among Manheim locations nationwide. Manheim, a Cox Automotive brand, is North America’s leading provider of automotive wholesale solutions that help dealer and commercial clients increase profits in their used vehicle operations.

The east-versus-west contest among the wholesale vehicle auction operating locations was meant to raise awareness for the company’s new mobile app, Manheim Express, which helps automotive dealers buy and sell wholesale vehicles quickly. The competition sparked a friendly wager among top executives at Cox Automotive and parent company Cox Enterprises. Consistent with the company’s ongoing emphasis on giving back to the community, the friendly wager resulted in a $10,000 donation to charities selected by the winning location in each region.

Manheim San Antonio was the west region winner and chose the local chapter of American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach to receive the donation. The organization helps veterans and their families find stable housing and meaningful employment.

“GI Forum does wonderful work for our nation’s veterans including our security officer who is a GI Forum resident,” explained Manheim San Antonio General Manager Mike Browning. “This donation is so important to their mission because it provides unrestricted monies to help fulfill needs that are not covered by grants or government funding.”

Manheim San Antonio employees also volunteer with GI Forum, hosting dinners, as well as distributing jackets, and care kits to residents living at the organization’s residence located in the downtown area of San Antonio.

Cox Enterprises President and CEO Alex Taylor and Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz spearheaded the corporate challenge among the Manheim locations. Together, they made good on their bets by making special visits to each winning location for a check presentation.

“We’re all about empowering our people to do great things,” said Taylor, who led the west region. “I was touched by the special connection between the team at Manheim San Antonio and the GI Forum and thrilled to support their passion for helping veterans in the community.”

Carlos Martinez, President and CEO at GI Forum, added, “We’re honored to receive this support and look forward to using the funds to assist veterans in Texas. We plan to use the $10,000 to assist our 2019 Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, a yearly event that provides flu shots, clothing, dental screenings and other care items for veterans and homeless individuals in San Antonio.”

About Manheim (www.manheim.com)

Manheim® is North America’s leading provider of end-to-end wholesale solutions that help dealer and commercial clients increase profits in their used vehicle operations. Through its physical, mobile and digital sales network, Manheim offers services for inventory management, buying and selling, floor planning, logistics, assurance and reconditioning. With its omni-channel approach, Manheim Marketplace enables wholesale vehicle clients more efficient ways to connect and transact business how and when they want. Approximately 17,000 team members help Manheim offer 7 million used vehicles annually, facilitating transactions representing nearly $61 billion in value. Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim North America is a Cox Automotive™ brand. For more information, visit http://press.manheim.com.

CONTACT: Julie Zorn Shipp, Senior Manager, Public Relations, at 404-558-7837 or julie.shipp@coxautoinc.com
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