PHILADELPHIA, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Melinda K. Holman, Chairman of Holman Automotive, has been named chair of the regional Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ). Holman will lead the regional board for a two-year term and succeeds Lon Greenberg, Chairman of the Board of UGI Corporation, who served as chair from 2013-2015.
"We are thrilled to have Mindy at the helm of our Board as we continue our work to change lives and strengthen communities – one child, one adult and one family at a time," said Jim Cawley, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ. "She believes in the importance of giving back, and her passion for helping others has become part of Holman Automotive's culture. Her commitment to improving our region is truly inspirational, and we're grateful to have her as our partner to drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone."
Holman has been an integral United Way volunteer for nearly 20 years, following in the footsteps of her grandfather and father, who supported United Way in its early years. During the 2012 merger of seven local United Ways to form UWGPSNJ, Holman served as the co-chair of the regional design team, having previously served as United Way of Camden County's chair of the board, vice chair of the board and campaign cabinet chair. Her leadership has also inspired Holman Automotive employees to raise more than $1 million annually in support of United Way.
"Our company's philosophy has always been to give back to the communities that support our success, and for many years, United Way has been a true partner in that regard," said Holman. "Not only does United Way have the unique ability to convene the public, private and nonprofit sectors, but they also identify community challenges and drive solutions and results that can truly change lives for generations to come. I'm honored to serve as board chair, and I look forward to working together to create long-lasting Impact throughout our region."
Holman joined Holman Automotive in 1986, representing the third generation of the family-owned and operated business. She rose to the rank of president and CEO in 2004. In addition to her role at Holman Automotive, she serves as the vice chair of the Board of Trustees at the Community Foundation of South Jersey and is a member of the School Committee at the Moorestown Friends School.
Holman earned a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary and a master's degree from Old Dominion University.
Through its Impact Fund, United Way intervenes at critical transition points in people's lives to pave the way for more high school graduates by improving education from cradle to career, empowering working adults to earn more and save more by building foundations of financial stability, creating healthier communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and ensuring our neighbors meet their most basic needs of food, shelter and safety. For more information, please visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.
About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania's Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey's Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people's lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.
SOURCE United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey