MIAMI, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ally Financial today joined with local nonprofit organizations to build and donate bikes to Miami children for the holidays. The bike building event was part of a leadership training conference for auto dealers, called Ally Automotive Leadership Academy. During the conference, more than 100 people gathered to hear a panel of dealers and Ally representatives discuss the importance of giving back to their communities and then divided into groups to assemble 22 bikes. After the bikes were assembled, the Boys & Girls Club of South Beach arrived with a special surprise – a bus full of children who selected their new bikes in person.
"This event was meaningful for both the dealers who attended the conference and built these bikes and the local children who came to pick out their special holiday gift," said Jacqueline Howard, director of corporate citizenship at Ally. "One of our goals at Ally is to spread awareness to our dealer network about the importance of giving back, not only because it has positive reputational and business impacts, but also because it's the right thing to do. We want to encourage and support dealers in their efforts to give back, and this event was a great example."
Charitable giving was a new topic for the Ally Automotive Leadership Academy conference, which was held December 5-9 in Miami. The topic was chosen because of Ally's focus on corporate citizenship and the company's belief that charitable giving can help to strengthen and enhance the reputation of a dealership in their community.
"This was such a heartwarming surprise for our kids," said Ronny Vera, director of the Boys & Girls Club of South Beach. "There is a great need in our community, and we are thankful not only for Ally's donation of bikes today, but also that the company is inspiring other businesses across the country to get involved and make a difference."
The Ally Automotive Leadership Academy launched in 2015 and aims to gather dealers from across the country for in-depth training on topics of interest to auto professionals like F&I management, leadership and compliance education.
For more information about Ally Automotive Leadership Academy, please visit: https://www.ally.com/learn/leadership/
About Ally Financial Inc.
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. Ally's legacy dates back to 1919, and the company was redesigned in 2009 with a distinctive brand, innovative approach and relentless focus on its customers. Ally has an award-winning online bank (Ally Bank Member FDIC), one of the largest full service auto finance operations in the country, a complementary auto-focused insurance business, a growing digital wealth management and online brokerage platform, and a trusted corporate finance business offering capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies.
The company had approximately $157.4 billion in assets as of Sept. 30, 2016. For more information, visit the Ally press room at http://media.ally.com or follow Ally on Twitter: @AllyFinancial.
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