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Car Pros’ Shirley Jones recognized with ‘Women Paving the Way’ award

CDK Global Award recognizes Jones as an outstanding female leader in the automotive industry

Renton, Wash.—Car Pros Automotive Group has announced that CFO Shirley Jones has been recognized with a 2024 “Women Paving the Way” award from CDK Global. The award spotlights women who have been a beacon for change for women in the automotive industry. The Paving the Way award campaign from CDK recognizes those in the automotive industry who contribute, connect and collaborate to elevate the role of women.

Car Pros is an automotive sales and service group with nine dealerships in Western Washington and Southern California. As CFO, Jones oversees all financial operations for the automotive group, which has over 700 employees, is the No. 1 Kia retailer and the No. 1 Kia EV dealer in the US, and is the 45th largest auto group in the nation.

CDK noted that Jones is dedicated to Car Pros’ vision of creating opportunities by providing an open, inclusive and safe environment for team members to grow and thrive while working to change the lives of both employees and customers.

“We are delighted to honor Shirley Jones for her grit, determination, and drive, as well as her efforts in advocating for women in the automotive industry,” said Patrick Ryan of CDK Global. “Beyond her industry knowledge and leadership, Shirley is extremely well-respected within her group and by the neighboring dealerships in southern California. Congratulations, Shirley and thank you for your remarkable contributions to pave the way for women in the automotive industry.”

Jones started her career at Car Pros in 2005 as an office manager, and became CFO in 2018. The processes and procedures she has instituted within the automotive group, as well as her commitment to fostering confidence and motivation in her employees and collaborative relationships across departments, has contributed to the success of Car Pros.

“I am so proud of Shirley, and this recognition is so well deserved,” said Matthew Phillips, CEO of Car Pros Automotive Group. “In an industry not historically known for its diversity or embrace of women, she is not only a testament to an industry that is changing, but she is part of driving that change. Her success demonstrates the power of learning your craft, investing in yourself and, always, focusing on excellence. Many congratulations Shirley.”

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