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AutoNation Overview

Fort Lauderdale, FL
10000+ employees
Company - Public (AN)
Retail
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and a member of the S&P 500 (NYSE AN), AutoNation is driven by over 25,000 Associates representing over 35 auto manufacturer brands at over 300 stores, in 16 states.

Mission: The open road is a symbolic part of our brand. It underlines our commitment to swiftly & safely move our company, our communities and our industry forward - paving the way to a peerless Customer Experience. So it’s no wonder that AutoNation has ... Read more

AutoNation – Why Work For Us?


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You have the drive. We have the vehicle.

AutoNation is proud to be America's largest auto retailer representing domestic, import and luxury brands, both on and off the web. We are driven to be the best, and we're always looking for passionate, motivated professionals who share the same drive to join us. Perhaps you're one of them.



Some Benefits of a career with AutoNation

  • Unlimited income potential
  • Paid time-off
  • Training
  • Longevity bonuses
  • 401(k)
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee vehicle purchase program
  • Advancement opportunities


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From Seattle to South Beach, welcome to AutoNation. We're America’s Largest Auto Retailer, with over 43 Million Happy Customers in sales and service.

Our associates have unlimited income potential, paid time-off, training, longevity bonuses, 401(k) program with company match, employee vehicle purchase program, health, dental, life & disability insurance and more. We even spent close to $150 million upgrading, renovating or building state-of-the-art facilities. 

New Vehicles - About 54% of AutoNation’s dealership revenue comes from its sales of new vehicles. AutoNation retailed $7.5 billion of new vehicles in 2011, more than any other retailer. 

Used Vehicles - About 25% of our revenue comes from its sales of used vehicles. AutoNation sold $3.5 billion worth of used vehicles in 2011. 

Customer Care (Parts & Service) - About 17% of our revenue comes from parts, service and collision. AutoNation generated $2.3 billion of parts and service revenue in 2011 - more than any other retailer. 

Corporate- Our company headquarters, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is home to our Executive, Benefits, Communications, Customer Care, Finance, Human Resources, Investor Relations, IT, Legal, Marketing, Strategy & Variable Operations teams. 

  




America’s largest auto retailer has partnered with IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay to support his Racing for Cancer charity. AutoNation’s primary charitable focus over the next two years will be cancer awareness and prevention, and Ryan’s charity will serve as a key component of that program.

“Racing for Cancer’s” mission is simply to help “beat cancer.” The organization seeks to unite motorsport fans, sponsors, teams and others in a coast to coast effort to help eradicate the disease. They concentrate their efforts in-particular on early detection and prevention along with an emphasis on supporting childhood cancer initiatives. Now with the support of AutoNation, Racing for Cancer will have 22,500 team mates in 15 states.

Cancer awareness is one component of AutoNation’s company-wide wellness initiative, designed to promote better health and fitness among its entire associate base. The company’s Know Your Numbers campaign has been developed to help associates better understand their own health status and recognize potential risks. The program is highlighted by the Know Your Numbers bus, which visits AutoNation locations across the country to offer free detailed health screenings for associates and their families.

For more information about Ryan Hunter-Reay, visit RyanRacing.com. To learn more about Racing for Cancer, visit www.RacingForCancer.org

Commitment to Diversity

Our Mission: We strive to create and embrace a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.


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AutoNation recognizes and values the unique cultures, talents, skills and idea each of our 22,500 associates contributes to our workforce. Each associate is a partner who participates in the foundation, growth and success of AutoNation. By embracing the diversity of our workforce, we foster a competitive and rewarding playing field that encourages risk-taking, entrepreneurship, and open dialogue within our businesses and the communities we serve. We participate in job fairs and visit college campuses to identify potential associates who bring unique talents to the organization. In a number of our markets, internships and mentoring programs are extended to minority youth seeking experience and exposure within the automotive and corporate environment.

Environmental Initiatives

At AutoNation, we recognize that our community extends well beyond the edge of town or the state line. We share a world together, all of us, and we're committed to doing what we can to make it cleaner, safer and friendlier for everyone. That's why we champion environmental issues in the automotive industry, promote responsible consumption of fossil fuels and encourage the development of new and alternative energy sources. Because what happens in each of the communities we serve ultimately affects every community on the planet. #


Environmental awareness through our products


AutoNation's E-vehicle program is designed to highlight those vehicles we sell that are particularly fuel efficient. To qualify as an E-vehicle, each car or truck must either produce 28 miles per gallon or deliver 10% better fuel efficiency than average for its class. We also designate "F-vehicles" with a yellow leaf logo; these are cars and trucks that make use of flex fuel technology.


Our world is our community and we're out to make it better

Nationally we recycle more than 3.5 million gallons of used motor oil per year. Additionally, we recycle all car battery cores, rubber tires, office paper, newspapers and cardboard. Our office and all store light fixtures use energy-efficient bulbs and our climate control systems are designed and calibrated to save energy as well.



Over the last 15 years, AutoNation has supported various organizations:

American Res Crodd Big Brothers Big Sisters Boys and Girls Clubs of America Take Stock in Children
Habitat for Humanity Women in Distress National Association for the Advancment of Colored People National Automobile Dealers Association
The National Conference for Community and Justice United Way Neighbors 4 neighbors Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Junior Achievement Kids in Distress Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery & Science
The Jewish Federation Nova Southeastern University Give Kids the World Village Hispanic Unity of florida

Equal YMCA

David Quietly To The Rescue

Hubert Helps a Veteran

Ricky Saves a Fishing Trip

Melisa Delivers

Ann Is Dog's Best Friend


AutoNation's senior management team is made up of individuals who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the automotive retail industry. The team also includes executives who have brought new talents to automotive retailing. Together, they're building a Driven to Be the Best culture that promotes the spreading of best practices, the pursuit of continuous improvement and the delivery of superior buying and ownership experiences.

H. Wayne Huizenga
Founder

H. Wayne Huizenga, founder of AutoNation retired from the company to focus on his private entrepreneurial activities on May 12, 2004.

Mr. Huizenga and his vision provided the driving force behind the formation and rapid growth of his company. Moreover, it was his recognition that consumers expected and deserved better from automotive retailers that allowed us to set the standard of excellence for the industry. We will always value his guidance and insight.

We are dedicated to continuing his commitment to transform our industry, providing our customers and shareholders the performance they expect from the industry leader.


Mike Jackson
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer

Mike Jackson is AutoNation's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He has served as CEO and as a Director of the Board since September 1999 and Chairman of the Board since January 1, 2003. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, a North American operating unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, a multinational automotive manufacturing company. At Mercedes-Benz, he led a renaissance in the luxury vehicle brand's sales and marketing efforts. He also has been a dealer, operating as managing partner of Euro Motorcars of Bethesda, Md. from March 1979 to July 1990. The group owned and operated eleven automotive dealership franchises. Mr. Jackson is a seven-time member of the Automotive News "All-Star Team" of automotive executives and a four-time member of Advertising Age's "Marketing 100." In 2003, Mr. Jackson was named "Industry Leader Of the Year" by the Automotive Hall of Fame and in May 2011, Ernst & Young honored Mr. Jackson with a Lifetime Achievement Award under the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Awards Program. Mike Jackson is currently the Chair of the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. In 2011, Mr. Jackson was named one of the top 50 Global Business Leaders by Fortune Magazine. Mr. Jackson was chosen to join the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans in 2014. Most recently, Mr. Jackson was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Board of Directors.

Mike Jackson is one of the nation's leading speakers on energy. He has spoken recently to Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, William J. Clinton School of Public Policy, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the North American International Powertrain Conference.

Mike Jackson has joined the social media community. Mike shares his expertise and engages in discussion as @CEOMikeJackson on Twitter and on Facebook.

Michael E. Maroone
Director, President and Chief Operating Officer

Michael E. Maroone has been President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since August 1999 and has served as a Director of the Company since July 2005. At AutoNation, Mike has overseen the development and implementation of the operating structure, market branding, common systems and processes in sales and service and industry-leading ecommerce. He has responsibility for all operations, including sales, service, marketing, ecommerce, real estate, information technology and industry relations.

Mike is a second-generation auto dealer. His roots were in the family’s Ford dealership in upstate New York. In 1977, he became General Manager of the first Maroone dealership in South Florida. The Maroone Automotive Group grew to nine dealerships before merging with AutoNation in 1997. Mike has had a long standing commitment to the community, especially the Cleveland Clinic.

Mike shares their desire to expand innovative world class heath care in Broward County and is honored to serve as co-Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Leadership Board. Accomplishments include being honored by Florida Atlantic University as Entrepreneur of the Year, and being inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at Nova Southeastern University. Most recently he was named by Automotive News as one of the industry’s fifty Visionary Dealers of all time.

Cheryl Scully
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Cheryl Scully has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2014. In this role, Ms. Scully has executive responsibility for Internal and External reporting, Treasury, Tax Planning and Compliance, Purchasing, Payroll, Internal Audit, Investor Relations, Financial Planning and Analysis, and the company’s Shared Service Center. Ms. Scully served as Interim Chief Financial Officer of the company from January through March 2014.

Ms. Scully joined AutoNation in 2009 as Vice President and Treasurer responsible for overseeing the company’s capital markets, risk management, and cash management functions. In 2010, she also assumed responsibility for the company’s investor relations function. She previously worked for AutoNation (then Republic Industries) in the late 1990’s managing capital raising for AutoNation Financial Services and then leading international financing activities for Alamo and National Car Rental following the public spin-off from AutoNation.

Ms. Scully has nearly 20 years of corporate finance experience, the majority of which has been with Fortune 300 organizations. She has over fifteen years of automotive industry experience including retail, rental, distribution and captive finance. Ms. Scully is a recipient of the Florida Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award and was named one of Treasury & Risk Magazine’s “30 Outstanding Women in Finance”.

Prior to re-joining AutoNation, Ms. Scully served as Vice President, Treasurer for JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a diversified automotive company. Ms. Scully also served as VP, Investor Relations and Treasury at ION Media Networks (formerly Paxson Communications). She began her career at Circuit City’s corporate headquarters in their financial management-training program.

Ms. Scully holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Business Administration from James Madison University. She has been a member of the Association of Financial Professionals since 2001 and serves on the Board of Directors for Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Intercoastal Division.

Jonathan P. Ferrando
Executive Vice President - General Counsel, Corporate Development and Human Resources

Jonathan P. Ferrando is responsible for AutoNation's legal, human resources and corporate development functions. As General Counsel, Jon serves as chief legal advisor for the company and oversees its team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of AutoNation's legal affairs and government relations. Jon's oversight of human resources includes employee and labor relations, recruiting and staffing, performance management, succession planning and development, and executive compensation. Jon leads the corporate development team, which is responsible for driving company growth through acquisitions. He also serves as corporate secretary, chief legal advisor to the Board of Directors and Chairman of AutoNation's Business Ethics Committee, as well as advising the company on corporate governance matters. Jon joined AutoNation in July 1996 and served in various capacities within AutoNation's Legal Department. He was appointed General Counsel in January 2000 and assumed responsibility for the human resources function in September 2004 and the corporate development function in March 2011.

Prior to joining AutoNation, Mr. Ferrando was a corporate attorney in Chicago, Illinois with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a corporate law firm. Mr. Ferrando graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1988 and from Harvard Law School in 1991.

Mr. Ferrando is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Discovery & Science, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Broward County and of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

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    Supportive managers. Fun to work. Get to meet clients from different backgrounds.

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    competitive market. bad pay plan

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    dont keep changing pay plan

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AutoNation Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009
  • Most Admired Companies for Minority Professionals, Hispanic Engineer, 2009
  • World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2008
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