Program recognizes individuals that champion diversity, equity and inclusion in the automotive industry
RENTON, WA – October 17, 2023 – Matthew Phillips, CEO of Car Pros Automotive Group, has been named a 2023 Automotive News Notable Champion of Diversity. Phillips is featured in a special section in the October 9 issue of Automotive News. The Notable Champions of Diversity in Automotive program recognizes individuals that champion diversity, equity and inclusion in the automotive industry. Phillips was one of only two dealership executives recognized this year.
Together with his family, Phillips built Car Pros from two employees into one of the fastest growing dealership groups in the United States (2021) and the nation’s top Kia retailer for both ICE and EVs, with nine stores in Western Washington and Southern California and annual sales of $1B. Car Pros is the 45th largest auto group in the nation, by new car sales, according to Automotive News (2022).
“We are proud that our CEO, Matthew Phillips, has been recognized by Automotive News as a Champion of Diversity, he is so deserving of the honor. Matthew works to empower our teams to succeed through an open and safe environment: respect, equity and inclusivity are pillars of the Car Pros culture,” said Shirley Jones, CFO of Car Pros Automotive Group. “Matthew’s commitment to creating positive relationships, and a workplace where all people can grow and thrive, has been key to Car Pros’ success. We are always working to make our dealerships welcoming places for customers and employees alike.”
Phillips, who identifies as a gay man, is one of the few openly LGBTQ+ dealers in the nation and has long been an advocate and voice for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as for under-represented groups. A next-gen leader who brings in-the-trenches experience to his vision of changing lives and creating opportunity through excellence, Phillips sees DE&I as the foundation of today’s high-performance retail operation. Under his leadership, Car Pros was one of the first dealership groups to provide insurance for domestic partners and adopt anti-discrimination policies, and it has been at the forefront of training for inclusivity.
“I am honored to be recognized alongside peers who are leading efforts to achieve greater diversity, equity, and inclusion within the automotive industry. I share this honor with my team at Car Pros who inspire me every day,” said Phillips. “At Car Pros we believe diversity of experience is mission critical to selling successfully: your customers are diverse, so your team better be as well.”
The 2023 class of Automotive News Notable Champions of Diversity in Automotive was chosen by Automotive News editors and journalists from scores of nominees. Profiles of this third class of Notable Champions of Diversity are available at www.autonews.com/notablechampions.
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About Car Pros Automotive Group
Car Pros Automotive Group is a leading automotive sales and service group, with dealerships representing Kia, Hyundai, Honda, BMW and MINI. Founded in 1993 by Ken Phillips, Car Pros currently has annual sales of $1 billion and is the top selling Kia retailer in the nation, having retailed over 150,000 new Kia models. The retailer is committed to changing lives through high-performance and values-led dealerships. Led by CEO Matthew Phillips, Car Pros is shaping the future of automotive retail: Franchise, professional, tech-savvy, values driven, and people focused. Visit https://www.carpros.com to learn more.
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