Hoffman Auto Group Employees Strengthening Their Core

Shortly after the sun peeked over the horizon, Hoffman Auto Group employees rolled out yoga mats and filled their water bottles in preparation for the first-ever employee Pilates class.  The Hoffman Audi of East Hartford showroom was the venue for a new health benefit for employees to enjoy two mornings each week. Healthy employees are productive and happy employees!

Pilates at HoffmanPictured are some of the Hoffman employees in attendance: Robin Golightly, Jeanette Garcia, Kathryn Murphy, I. Bradley Hoffman, and Brenda Scully

I. Bradley Hoffman, Co-Chairman of the Hoffman Auto Group, decided to offer something new, innovative and value-added to Hoffman employees after attending the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon in Hartford earlier this year. “The health benefits of yoga and Pilates was discussed in detail at the luncheon and I’m interested in continually finding ways to keep our company a leader in the industry, not only in our sales and service of vehicles but how we enrich the lives of our employees,” stated Hoffman. By providing Pilates classes to Hoffman employees, free of charge, they enjoy the health benefits as well as opportunities to get to know others from various departments.

Pilates Method created by Joseph Pilates, who believed many illnesses and pain could be relieved with an improvement in posture and breathing techniques, increases flexibility of the body’s extremities and creates long, loose, limber limbs. Starting on Wednesday, July 29, Kathryn Murphy, a Pilates instructor from Personal Euphoria & Fitness Classes, was brought in to begin sessions every Monday and Wednesday. The class is open free of charge to all Hoffman Auto Group employees and meets bright and early in the Hoffman Audi of East Hartford showroom at 6:45 a.m.

“It was a wonderful class! I really enjoyed the stretching and focused work on my core,” stated Brenda Scully, Marketing Events Specialist. She continued, “It is a great way to start the workday. It provided the benefits without being too intense.” Kathryn’s class offers modifications to each pose so everyone can get the most out of the class and go at their own pace. Hoffman encourages “our employees to live healthy lifestyles and we will provide opportunities to improve their well being.” He continued, “We will look into offering more classes as needed as well as holding them in different showrooms each week.”

Kathryn Murphy is a Pilates Instructor, Reiki Master and lover of dance. She has a B.A. in Art History from the College of Charleston and minored in dance. Kathryn’s seventeen years of dance experience includes performance, choreography and teaching. As a Reiki Master and dancer Kathryn loves the connection between movement and physical rehabilitation offered by Pilates. She received her Pilates training through Pilates Defined.

Join the 3rd Annual Hoffman Auto Group Blood Drive!

Help give the gift of life by donating blood at our 3rd annual blood drive.

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All are welcome to participate!

Participants in August will receive a coupon* for $2.50 off a 32oz container of Turkey Hill All Natural Gelato! Come on, who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot summer day?

When: Monday, August 24, 2015 – 11 am to 4:15 pm
Where: Hoffman Audi
700 Connecticut Blvd, East Hartford
Who: Contact Kathy Halpner to schedule your appointment
P. 860-290-6182/E. Kathy.Halpner@hoffmanauto.com

*All items and offers are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.

Vietnam Veteran Receives New Horse Trailer to Carry On His Mission

Hoffman Auto Group proudly joined together with Turnpike Auto Body, NY Pickle Deli, Renee DiNino and iHeart Media to celebrate and honor Vietnam Veteran, Richard Kowalker, with the presentation of a new horse trailer.  Mr. Kowalker’s story is one of service, trials, triumph and honor. Having faithfully served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam, later re-enlisting as a drill instructor, Kowalker held various civilian jobs and faced a time of struggle with post traumatic stress disorder. After working through his PTSD he attended a funeral of a Vietnam veteran who had recently been identified and brought home to rest, he remembered the honor bestowed upon President John F. Kennedy with a “riderless horse” and thus began his mission to carry on this tradition. He had honored over 700 fellow veterans when another challenge plagued him – his horse trailer was damaged in an accident and he had an upcoming funeral to attend.  Holding true to the Marine’s motto, “Semper Fidelis,” Rick remained faithful to his word and began an overnight 15-mile trek on foot with his two horses. With the help of the community and the kindness of Ken Yavis from NY Pickle Deli, he was assisted with a temporary trailer for part of this travels that day. That is when the community heard more about his dedication and mission prompting local businesses and individuals to come together in an effort to present a new trailer so he would have safe and reliable transportation to continue his mission to provide the riderless horse for at least 1000 veterans.

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11700585_10153002257458595_9192228260016602571_oThe Hoffman Auto Group firmly believes in supporting and giving back to the community and has consistently demonstrated this over the 94 years we have been selling and servicing our vehicles. It is in the building up of the community and providing opportunities to help people thrive that we all benefit.

 

In our continued support of our military, we applaud the faithfulness of Mr. Kowalker who served our country in battle, has faced his personal battle of PTSD and since 2006 has given of himself to honor over 700 fellow veterans with his “riderless horses”

 

11713856_10153002257268595_199018618541173764_oWith over 80 people in attendance at the trailer presentation, we met an 83 year old Army veteran, Salvatore Malinguaggio (pictured with his grandson, Officer Kominske, and Susan Lane, Manager of Corporate Reputation and Community Outreach, Hoffman Auto Group) who
shared a story with us about when he was only seven years old he used visit Hoffman Auto Group in East Hartford and shine the shoes of our salesmen.

 

On behalf of Bradley Hoffman, the Hoffman family and the Hoffman Auto group, thank you to Mr. Kowalker for serving to our country, for not giving up when life became challenging and for honoring fellow veterans.

We sincerely appreciate you!

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Take a look at the stories captured by WFSB Channel 3 news and FoxCT news.  See our photos on Facebook.
Mr. Richard Kowalker is a humble, dedicated and kind man! It was an honor to meet him and a joy to partner with others in the community to ensure he continues with his mission to honor fallen veterans.

 

Matthew S. Hoffman Named One Of Automotive News’ 40 Under 40

Automotive News has announced their national 40 Under 40 Retail: men and women recognized in the automotive industry across the nation as “up-an-comers” who have demonstrated their ambition, expertise and growth plans for this generation andMatthew-Hoffman-Automotive-News-40-Under-40 beyond. Hoffman Auto Group is proud to announce Matthew S. Hoffman, Vice President/Dealer Principal, has received this prestigious honor. Crediting his success to diligently proving himself in the nearly century old family owned and operated business, the support of his family both at home and in the office, and the employees who are devoted to raising the bar, Mr. Hoffman has excelled within the auto group. Starting as a lot attendant and now in his influential role as Vice President, Matthew remains focused on improving the business, giving back to the community and setting the bar high for his team. Matthew leads the charge to increase sales and service while running three of the ten Hoffman franchises with a commitment to exceptional customer service and a vision toward the 10th generation. Read the press release and see video footage from Automotive News here http://bit.ly/MHoffman-Autonews

Hoffman Audi Employees Continue Support of Special Olympics CT

On Sunday, May 17 at the picturesque Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, 758 Special Olympics athletes participated in track & field as well as aquatics events in the 2015 Northern Time Trials. Athletes, along with over 100 Unified partners from the participating schools, competed in order to place in the upcoming Summer games. The dedicated support of over 500 volunteers who give of their time and talents to support the athletes, assist with event preparations, athlete staging, timing and much more to ensure the event runs smoothly for all in attendance. Jeffrey and Nancy Hoffman who served as honorary chairs in 2014 assisted in securing the beautiful location for the Northern Time Trials and were pleased to join Mayor of Windsor, Donald Trinks, Hoffman family members and volunteers again this year in the opening ceremonies. “We have proudly supported the Special Olympics for many years,” remarked Jeffrey S. Hoffman, Co-chairman, Hoffman Auto Group, “and believe it is important to give back to our community in ways that impact the quality of life for those around us.” Nearly 60 Hoffman Audi employees and their families enjoyed the opportunity to return, once again, to cheer and encourage the hundreds of athletes.

11063781_10153243380025977_5174584527192813217_o-1“We are sincerely grateful for the tremendous support received from Hoffman Auto Group and its caring, dedicated employees. As a Presenting Sponsor of our Northern Time Trials, Hoffman Audi/Auto Group not only provided financial support, but also gave the priceless gift of caring, enthusiastic volunteers – sharing their hearts, their time and their joy,” said Sharon Rozum, Sr. Director of Partnerships and Corporate Relations, Special Olympics CT. She continued, “In addition to the Time Trials, it is our pleasure to partner with Jeffrey and Bradley Hoffman and the Hoffman Auto Group family for additional Special Olympics events throughout the year, including our Unified Sports® tournaments in schools across the state.”

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The oath of the Special Olympics athlete is “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” Everyone who participates in an event, whether they be the athlete, family member, or volunteer is touched by this spirit of integrity, pride and hope. The athletes give their all to the sports in which they participate and do so with perseverance and joy. At times, one may experience uncertainty or nervousness, but with the gentle guidance of the supportive Unified partners, Special Olympics staff and compassionate volunteers, they walk, run, or swim their way to a personal victory.

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“Making an impact in the lives of those around us is an important component to the Hoffman Auto Group culture,” states I. Bradley Hoffman, Co-chairman, Hoffman Auto Group, “and we are continually seeking to partner with other like-minded companies which results in a stronger and more sustainable community.”

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is one such company that has both business relations as well as community outreach partnership with the Hoffman Auto Group. “As a company, Enterprise Holdings prides ourselves on strengthening our communities one neighborhood at a time,” stated Lawrence Kucharski, Vice President and General Manager. “As a sponsor of Special Olympics, we are involved with an organization that supports team members who come from all of the neighborhoods we are proud to do business in,” Kucharski continues, “the Northern Time Trials were an excellent opportunity for our employees to get personally involved with the athletes.  We had over 45 employee volunteers that were able to support, encourage and cheer on these amazing athletes and the hard work and dedication they bring to their events.

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There are many ways you can inspire and encourage others by getting involved with Special Olympics Connecticut.  Learn more today!