Dealer Notes: Larry H. Miller Coat Drive and Another California Store Are Changing Hands

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This roundup of dealer news includes both more M&A activity as well as philanthropic efforts.

Starting with charity work, Larry H. Miller Dealers announced last week an expansion of its existing holiday coat drive to include all 12 Arizona dealerships across Metro Phoenix and Tucson through a partnership with Valley of the Sun United Way in Phoenix and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

According to a press release, the dealership group was prompted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KidsCount 2022 data which indicated that 20% of children in Arizona live in poverty.

For the past two years, Larry H. Miller Dealers has held a winter coat drive at its three Avondale dealerships, collecting more than 840 winter coats for children in the Avondale Elementary School District.

Through Dec. 12, the group has expanded its campaign to help even more children with a holiday “Share the Warmth” coat drive, reaching K-6 students at schools across the board. 1 near Metro Phoenix and Tucson dealerships.

This campaign is part of the Larry H. Miller Dealerships “Driven for Good” initiative, a giving program aimed at uplifting the communities in which dealerships do business.

“All kids deserve the comfort of a winter coat,” said Robert Smith, customer relations manager for Larry H. Miller Hyundai Peoria. “Although we don’t have snowfall in Phoenix and Tucson, our nights and mornings are quite cold, and many families these days have to make tough choices between basic needs like paying for groceries. on a coat or a utility bill. We hope this month-long campaign serves to warm the hearts of children in our community.

This holiday season, Larry H. Miller Dealers is encouraging its employees and the public to help fill a vehicle at each of its 12 dealerships across Metro Phoenix and Tucson with winter coats, lightweight jackets and hoodies. new and lightly used (must be clean). for K-6 students across Arizona to keep warm during the winter months.

“We are honored to partner with Larry H. Miller dealers in the ‘Share the Warmth’ coat drive campaign,” said Melissa Boydston, senior vice president of community development and engagement at Valley of the Sun United Way. “Our organization is always looking for solutions to ensure that every child, family and individual in our community is healthy, has a safe place to live and has the opportunity to succeed in school, at work and in life. life. This partnership and this shared mission between several organizations have a real impact for children and their families this winter.

Valley of the Sun United Way works with a network of 53 school districts across the Valley and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona partners with 10 school districts.

United Way will identify Title 1 schools in each of the cities where the grantees are located so that donations will be distributed directly to children in need in those communities.

The “Share the Warmth” coat drive will conclude Dec. 15, when a caravan of Larry H. Miller Dealerships vehicles filled with winter coats, lightweight jackets and hoodies will deliver donations to one Title 1 school locations in Phoenix and Tuson.

“Our community thrives when we LIVE TOGETHER. Our ability to impact one in four members of our Tucson community relies on bringing people, ideas and resources together,” said Tony Penn, President and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. . “This collaboration with Larry H. Miller Dealerships and our sister United Way in Phoenix shows the power of working together in service to our community.

M&A activity involves California store

According to a press release from Performance Brokerage Services, dealer mergers and acquisitions continued earlier this month with the sale of Yucca Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in California from Don McCredie to Jason Wilkins.

Performance Brokerage Services noted that Wilkins, along with its new partner, is in the early stages of building its new Southern California dealership group.

Wilkins acquired Victorville Mitsubishi in 2020, also with the help of Performance Brokerage Services. He will bring in a general manager who has worked with his family for many years to manage operations for Yucca Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, which will remain at its current location at 57909 Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley, Calif.

However, the store was renamed Joshua Tree Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

The Wilkins family once owned Victorville Nissan and Victorville Chevrolet Cadillac.

Jason Stopnitzky, the exclusive agent for this transaction and co-founder of Performance Brokerage Services said, “It was a pleasure to assist the McCredie family with this transaction, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to having served in their best interest with the sale. of their concession. Congratulations to Mr. McCredie on his well-deserved retirement.

“We were able to find an excellent candidate with Jason Wilkins as buyer. I have known the Wilkins family for 20 years and have had the privilege of assisting them with four buy-sell transactions. bright future for Jason Wilkins and his partner and I wish them well with their new acquisition,” continued Stopnitzky.

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