GREEN AUTO DEALER SAYS DON’T PUNISH CONSUMERS FOR VW’S MISTAKES

Jack Fitzgerald Says It’s Time for VW to Go Nuclear
 
ROCKVILLE, MD – October 15, 2015  Jack Fitzgerald, chairman of the first auto dealer group in North America to be certified to the environmental standard ISO14001, calls on regulators to consider their options before punishing consumers for the emissions failure plaguing VW. 
 
“The Wall Street Journal’s writer Holman Jenkins has the best idea,” said Fitzgerald, “offset their excess nitrogen oxide with an investment in energy that helps consumers, rather than punishes them.” Writer Homan Jenkins suggested that VW pay to keep open some of America’s NOX free nuclear plants. Jenkins noted that the 482,000 U.S. Jettas and Passats identified by VW produce an almost equivalent amount of NOX as a 1,000-megawatt gas-fueled power plant, while a nuclear plant produces zero. “It’s a novel idea that would really benefit consumers and the environment,” said Fitzgerald.
 
The current emission standard requires that cars after 2008 be restricted to 0.07 grams of nitrogen oxide output per mile. According to the WSJ, “it represents about 1/40th the output of the average full-size pick up (gasoline or diesel), of which more than 10 million are on the road.”  Rather than anger customers by lowering their mileage and horsepower, VW might consider an alternative like investing what would have been spent on a recall on nuclear power.
 
Fitzgerald is the first dealership group to become an EPA Green Power Partner Member of the EPA Green Power Leadership Club and a long-standing member of the Clean Energy Partnership in Maryland. All energy at Fitzgerald facilities is purchased from Green renewable energy sources, with 100 percent wind power used at all of the dealerships in Maryland. The Germantown Maryland dealership is the first LEED Gold certified dealership east of the Mississippi.
 
See Holman Jenkins’ op-ed at http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-settle-the-vw-scandal-1444169764
 
To learn more about Fitzgerald’s commitment to the environment, please visit www.FitzMall.comor view our short 30-second video: https://youtu.be/Owhx1GPE4LI?list=PLT8VC3kmnhpfx5NgRgIIPUszIBqZP0v1y
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JACK FITZGERALD RECOGNIZED AS THE “CATHOLIC BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR” BY THE CATHOLIC BUSINESS NETWORK

Attributes Success to the FitzWay Philosophy
 
ROCKVILLE, MD – OCTOBER 15, 2015Fitzgerald Auto Malls is pleased to announce that CEO and Founder Jack Fitzgerald will be recognized as the Catholic Business Person of the Year. Mr. Fitzgerald will be honored at the annual Catholic Business Network Gala on November 20, 2015.
 
Fifty years ago, Jack Fitzgerald started his business with a one-car showroom in Bethesda, MD. Today, Fitzgerald Auto Malls has 15 locations and 35 franchises providing jobs for more than 1,400 employees. His success can be attributed to his philosophy of doing business the FitzWay.  “I listened to my customers comments and incorporated the best way to do business in every aspect of the business; it defines the philosophy that differentiates us from other auto dealers,” explains Mr. Fitzgerald.  
 
Fitzgerald dealerships offer the customer-oriented, transparent “No Hassle, No Haggle” way of purchasing new or used vehicles.  The ISO 9001 Certification earned by Fitzgerald Auto Malls is the highest recognition available for quality with a focus on the customer. In fact, Fitzgerald Auto Malls only dealership group in North America with ISO certification.
 
The FitzWay philosophy also encompasses programs to help impact the communities.  For over 15 years, the Fitzgerald Child Safety Seat program offers free installation and inspection of seats. It is the largest local volunteer program in the US and works with the National Safe Kids Foundation and the Montgomery County Safe Kids Coalition.  A benchmark of over 47,000 seats was reached last month.  Fitzgerald employees contribute to this success, volunteering their time and effort.
 
Protecting the environment is a FitzWay philosophy, too. Last year, Fitzgerald Auto Malls recycled 81 percent of solid waste generated at the dealerships, which is more than twice the national average for businesses. It is the first automotive dealership group in North America to become ISO 14001 certified, theglobal standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and considered the highest recognition available for quality management with a focus on the environment.  All energy at Fitzgerald facilities is purchased from Green renewable energy sources, with 100 percent wind power used at all of the dealerships in Maryland.  Fitzgerald’s environmental team works to evaluate the company’s environmental policy, objectives and ongoing progress on a regular basis, and proving it is entirely possible to run an organization that is both successful and eco-friendly.
 
“Good people like to do good things, and the good people at Fitzgerald Auto Malls live by the FitzWay philosophy, treating all associates and customers the way they would want to be treated…with honesty, respect, and dignity,” states Mr. Fitzgerald.
 
For more information about Fitzgerald Auto Malls commitment to improve the local community through efforts such as their Child Safety Seat events, Child ID program, Pet Adoption events, Recycling and Environmental Initiatives and more, please visit www.FitzMall.com

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FITZGERALD AUTO MALLS GIVES CAR TO TEACHER OF THE YEAR

ROCKVILLE, MD (April 27, 2015)   Fitzgerald Auto Malls presented Joseph Gannon Jr. with a one-year lease for a Hyundai Sonata. Gannon was the 2015-2016 Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Teacher of the Year. The presentation was made at the 13th annualChampions for Children Awards celebration, hosted last week by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education (MCBRE).
 
Gannon is a veteran social studies teacher who has spent nearly two decades of his career at Damascus High School, where he started the AP World History program, created the Student Travel program and led 14 student trips abroad. He has worked for MCPS for 27 years and will now compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year.
 
“Congratulations to Mr. Joseph Gannon on being named MCPS Teacher of the Year,” said Dottie Fitzgerald, Vice President of Fitzgerald Auto Malls, “We are fortunate to have him as a leader and educator in our classrooms and as a member of the community.”
 
The Champions for Children awards program was founded by MCBRE as a way to honor the exceptional work of educators and community partners who make a difference in the lives of children every day. 
 
Fitzgerald Auto Malls is a proud supporter of Champions for Children and is grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the individuals in the community who have worked so hard to ensure the academic success of our youth generations.


Joseph Gannon, Jr., Teacher of the Year and Scott Addison, Fitzgerald Auto Malls

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FITZGERALD AUTO MALLS RECYCLES MORE THAN TWICE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE

ROCKVILLE, MD (APRIL 22, 2015)The average person generates close to 4.5 pounds of trash per day, unfortunately only about one fourth of it is actually recycled.  Last year, Fitzgerald Auto Malls recycled 81 percent of solid waste generated at Fitzgerald dealerships, which is more than twice the national average for businesses. They have received the following awards this past year:
·         Eco-Friendly Dealer Award for Fitzgerald Subaru Rockville
·         Eco-Friendly Dealer Award for Fitzgerald Subaru Gaithersburg
·         2014 Maryland Green Registry Leadership Award
·         City of Gaithersburg 2014 Environmental Award
 
Fitzgerald Auto Malls is the first automotive dealership group in North America to become ISO 14001 certified, theglobal standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and considered the highest recognition available for quality management with a focus on the environment.  Fitzgerald has an environmental team that works to evaluate the company’s environmental policy, objectives and ongoing progress on a regular basis.
 
It is the first dealership group to become an EPA Green Power Partner Member of the EPA Green Power Leadership Club and a long-standing member of the Clean Energy Partnership in Maryland.  All energy at Fitzgerald facilities is purchased from Green renewable energy sources, with 100 percent wind power used at all of the dealerships in Maryland. The Germantown Maryland dealership is the first LEED Gold certified dealership east of the Mississippi.
 
Through commitment and hard work, Fitzgerald Auto Malls has proven to the community and to other local businesses that it is entirely possible to run an organization that is both successful and eco-friendly.
 
To learn more about Fitzgerald’s commitment to the environment, please visit www.FitzMall.com or view our short 30-second video: https://youtu.be/Owhx1GPE4LI?list=PLT8VC3kmnhpfx5NgRgIIPUszIBqZP0v1y

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FITZGERALD SUBARU PRESENTS A $33,000 CHECK TO THE WASHINGTON ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE

Fitzgerald Rockville and Gaithersburg dealerships work to find “Forever Homes” for local homeless pets 
 
Washington, DC (April 18, 2015) —This Saturday morning, you could not only hear the jangling of new car keys at the Rockville Fitzgerald Subaru, but also the happy barks and meows from pets that found new “forever” homes! Fitzgerald Auto Malls hosted a pet adoption event and celebrated the second year of working with the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL).
 
Twenty homeless dogs and cats from WARL were available for adoption. But more exciting was the presentation of the $33,000 check to WARL. The two Maryland Fitzgerald Subaru dealerships in Rockville and Gaithersburg raised the funds last December in the “Subaru Share the Love” event. For every new Subaru purchased or leased during the “Share the Love” event, $250 was donated to the owner’s choice of participating charities.
 
“This is about making a difference for all our four-legged friends, and we appreciate the partnership with both WARL and with Subaru to make this possible,” said Dottie Fitzgerald, President of Fitzgerald Subaru.
 
“We are honored to be able to support both our owners’ philanthropic spirit and the work of these incredible organizations,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Share the Love is a special event and Subaru is proud to have donated $50 million to a host of national and local charities since the inception of the program. Subaru owners and retailers are making a positive impact in their communities.”
 
Do you know that nearly seven out of ten Subaru owners count a pet as a member of their family?  Because of that overwhelming commitment by Subaru owners to pets, Subaru partners with many animal welfare organizations nationwide, and Fitzgerald Subaru makes the local connection with their partnership with WARL.
 
“We gladly accept this generous donation, as Dottie Fitzgerald and Fitzgerald Subaru has been a true friend, not just to WARL, but to the countless dogs and cats, puppies and kittens, that are now a part of a loving family because of the pet adoption events at their many dealerships,” said Bob Ramin, CEO of WARL.
 
Fitzgerald continues to accept tangible items like pet food and supplies, and other support for WARL on a monthly basis as a part of their “Stuff A Subaru” campaign.  The food bank helps families facing financial difficulty hold on to and care for their pets. Grant funding helps WARL make homeless animals ready for adoption by providing medical care, performing spay/neuter surgeries, administering vaccines, and microchipping animals.
 
To view the interview with Dottie Fitzgerald and WARL on News Channel 8, please visit https://youtu.be/NKB_bcyhLMg
For more information, including a wish list of donations needed, please visit www.warl.org or www.FitzMall.com/SubaruSharetheLove


Jack Fitzgerald and Dottie Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Auto Malls with David Moore, WARL Chief Development Officer


A “forever” home is found for one local homeless dog at the Fitzgerald Pet Adoption event

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