Change is constant. That’s not a groundbreaking statement, but it’s absolutely true. To folks out there who think phrases like “business as usual” sound like sweet, sweet honey, the whole change thing can be unnerving. But at Cox, we’re proving that a company can actually embrace big changes and enjoy a little honey, too.
Take Erin Lomax for example. A desire for change brought her to Cox, but since she’s been here she’s found out that you don’t always have to leave a company to stay on top of trends and sweeten your career prospects.
At Cox, Erin found a company that brings it all together: A long career at one place and the ability to gain new experiences in different areas. And after seven years she can’t imagine her professional life anywhere else.
Never Boring. Ever.
Erin left her automotive advertising gig in the rearview mirror back in 2012 to make the move to Cox Automotive. She figured she’d gain some experience on the client side of the business and then go back to agency life.
Her first job at Cox was associate manager of subsidiary marketing, where she acted as a marketing liaison between the Kelley Blue Book, VinSolutions, vAuto and HomeNet brands. Erin thrived as her job morphed into a dealer marketing manager role where she worked on the Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book brands.
“I saw the bigger picture of what we were trying to accomplish — to alleviate the challenges of car buying and selling,” Erin recalled. “The role just evolved and expanded, and I was open to changing based on the company’s needs. I’ve worked on different projects every year and it never gets boring.”
Technology is constantly evolving the automotive industry. For Erin, the key is perpetual learning and continuously building her skillset in order to find answers to the challenges facing our clients and the industry as a whole.
“Cox does a great job in making sure resources are available so there’s no shortage of ways to get up to speed and stay abreast of our industry and clients.”
Flexibility + Results = Opportunity
Erin’s advertising background, flexibility and experience with several different Cox Automotive brands — not to mention her track record of high performance and results — made her a natural choice to next lead Cox Automotive’s brand marketing team. As the brand director, she helped define the value and drive the strategy and brand positioning for the business.
But she didn’t make all these moves on her own. Erin’s had different leaders who’ve coached, mentored and encouraged her to think outside the box.
“We have incredible leaders in this organization, and I’ve been lucky to work for some of the best. So many people here inspire me on a daily basis. No one has all the answers, but together, we can form the smartest answers.”
Changing and Growing
After six years in marketing, Erin made her biggest career shift to date, moving into the operations side of the business as senior business operations director for Autotrader. Her departure from marketing was spurred by her desire to learn more about the company and its business strategy. Focusing on the “whys” behind her work keeps her inspired and passionate.
“Every new role changes my perspective on the company. It gives me a new lens to understand the business and the challenges we face as an industry.”
Erin was single when she began her career at Cox. Since then she married and is now a mom to two beautiful girls. But she didn’t have to choose between caring for her family, being present for her daughters’ milestones (big and small), and advancing her career.
“Cox gives people the flexibility they need to be successful in both work and in life. That way I don’t feel guilty or sidelined from my family and my values, which motivates me to give 100% to this company.”
None of us are all one thing. We all have unique concerns, priorities and important stuff going on outside of Cox. We firmly believe that empowering our people with the time and flexibility they need to embrace their personal interests and passions – and simply navigate this thing called life – makes us a stronger, more successful company.
“Having a culture where I don’t have to hide or downplay having a family means I can bring my whole self to work,” she said. “My leaders trust me and provide me with support to be the most effective in a job that comes with a lot of responsibility.”
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