FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In a Volatile Market, High Integrity and Leadership Training Drive Retail Automotive Success
HIGH POINT, North Carolina (July 10, 2012) — Sonic Automotive, one of the largest automotive retailers in the United States, has entered a multiyear agreement to partner with Farr Associates, to provide leadership development to over 3,000 Sonic associates.
Sonic Automotive has explicitly stated to both their associates and the public that “leadership at every level is essential”. In order to help their entire organization live up to that standard, they have engaged Farr Associates to provide Sonic with a suite of dynamic leadership training programs. The aim is to provide Sonic associates with practical skills for delivering the highest quality service possible. Even more importantly, the in-depth leadership programs will help Sonic associates operate as one team with unquestionable integrity in a volatile marketplace, while facing changing consumer expectations.
Steve Royal of Farr Associates explains, “This is a process designed to provide transformational modules and practical tools to leaders at every level of the organization. We are impressed that, in an industry that has faced so many recent challenges, Sonic Automotive is making such a significant commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.”
Farr Associates’ Senior VP, Tracey Gillespie goes on to explain, “These are not feel good sessions, but a strategically organized effort on Sonics’ part to make sure that Sonic associates at every level of the organization know exactly how to deliver on the company’s business objectives.”
Ms. Gillespie also noted that Sonic Automotive has fared much better than many in the automotive industry during the recent economic downturn and that by making a commitment to improve their leadership, Sonic is continuing to strengthen their competitive advantage. She explained, “Sonic Automotive believes that sound investments create predictable, repeatable and sustainable success and Sonic is making a significant investment in the success of their people and in the success of the communities in which they do business.”
Sonic’s President and Chief Strategic Officer, B. Scott Smith, strongly concurs. As he explains, “How we lead, coach, listen to, identify with our associates and hold them accountable for the results, sets us apart from every other dealer organization in the country.” Mr. Smith also added, "Our team and culture is our secret weapon. Sonic Automotive is committed to meaningful development of life and leadership skills for our associates."
Farr Associates was chosen as the provider for the leadership initiative because of their expertise in leadership development based on a mix of neuropsychological research and practical business application. Mark Ernsberger, CEO and President of Farr, commented, “Farr specializes in helping leaders and teams develop the skills to become more fully aware of themselves, others and external factors all at the same time. We help leaders use this awareness to facilitate more effective and nuanced decision making. This makes our services ideally suited for organizations such as Sonic who are seeking tangible ways to respond positively and proactively to shifting marketplaces and customer demands.”
About Sonic Automotive
Sonic Automotive is one of the largest and most successful automotive retailers in the country. Sonic Automotive was launched as a public company in November 1997 and today is a Fortune 500 company and member of the Russell 2000 Index. It operates over 100 dealerships spread across 15 states and 26 major metropolitan markets. Sonic is an industry leading automotive retailer committed to providing their customers with an outstanding automotive experience, delivered with professionalism, integrity and enthusiasm.
About Farr Associates
Farr Associates has been providing transformational leadership development for over 50 years and has worked with hundreds of organizations working through periods of challenge and growth. Farr Associates developed the unique leadership coaching and training process to help leaders develop Conscious Leadership™ a specific leadership capacity which uniquely prepares leaders and employees to succeed with integrity during periods of high change and when faced with turbulent market conditions. Farr Associates is headquartered in High Point, NC, but serves organizations throughout the continental US.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lindsay Donohue Farr Associates, Inc. Telephone: 1.800.395.FARR (3277) Email: Lindsay_Donohue@farr.net FarrLeadership.com
High Point, NC - June 8, 2011
- Farr Associates releases new blog, Transformational Leadership Strategies
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