With community service acting as a guiding principle for how it operates its businesses, Cox Automotive presented its inaugural Community Impact Award to Joey Huang of Great Lakes Auto (Ashtabula, Ohio) at the 2015 National Remarketing Conference (NRC).

Presented by Grace Huang, senior vice president of inventory services, Manheim, this award recognizes a remarketing industry leader for their outstanding contributions to their community and the innovative ways they collaborate with community partners to help further their missions and shape better communities.

“Community service and inspiring others to shape a better world has long been a part of our culture,” said Huang. “I’d like to congratulate Joey for embodying these principles and for demonstrating how every person, every organization, every day can make a difference when it comes to serving their community.”

Huang, owner of Great Lakes Auto in Ashtabula, Ohio, was honored by Cox Automotive for distinguishing himself in outstanding service to his community. Top among his many accomplishments was the creation of a program throughout his dealership network that helped raise more than $200,000 for local schools during the past four years. As chairman of Hyundai Motor’s Hope on Wheels charity, Huang partnered with Cleveland area Hyundai dealers to raise $50,000 for the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital to benefit pediatric cancer research. In addition to his fundraising efforts, Huang has selflessly dedicated his time to numerous civic and industry organizations over the years, including the Ashtabula County YMCA where he serves as a member of its board of directors and helps guide facility improvements.

“I am honored to be the first recipient of the Cox Automotive Community Impact Award and to be recognized for creating positive change in my community,” said Huang.

For his leadership and commitment to making a difference through community service, Huang will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of his choice. Added Huang, “This will allow us to continue doing the things we are passionate about not only at our dealerships, but throughout our community.”