Local Charities Win Big in Manheim Corporate Challenge

07/16/2019

An organization that helps veterans with housing and employment needs and a nonprofit that fights hunger are the big winners of a corporate challenge among Manheim locations nationwide. The east-versus-west contest to raise awareness for the Manheim Express app sparked a friendly wager among top leadership 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 $10,000 donations to charities selected by the winning location in each region.

Manheim San Antonio chose their local chapter of American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach. The organization helps veterans and their families find stable housing and meaningful employment.

“GI Forum does wonderful work for our community’s veterans, including our location’s 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 funds to help fulfill needs that are not covered by grants or government funding.”

Manheim Philadelphia chose longtime charity partner Manna on Main Street. Located just four miles from the Manheim site, the organization is dedicated to ending hunger in northern Pennsylvania.

“Seven years ago, we were searching for a local nonprofit to support and we found it right in our own backyard,” explained Charlie Pollina, general manager of Manheim Philadelphia. “With less than one percent of its budget coming from public funding, Manna relies heavily on corporate and community donations to serve the hungry throughout Montgomery County.”

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

“We are so proud of Charlie and his team for doing their part to make differences in the lives of others,” added Schwartz, who led the east 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.” said Taylor, who led the west region.

The east versus west showdown challenged Manheim locations to increase dealer awareness and use of the Manheim Express mobile app, which helps dealers buy and sell wholesale vehicles quickly and easily right from their phones. Launched nationwide in July 2018, Manheim Express offers the wholesale industry’s only Guaranteed First Bid and 360-degree imaging, which are huge benefits to dealers who need to turn inventory quickly. In 2019, Manheim has continued to enhance the app, with a new in-app Buyer Experience, integration with vAuto, and a nationwide Concierge workforce that provides expert assistance to dealers in listing their vehicles for sale from their lots.

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.

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