Minnesota Local Honored with National Leadership Award


Allied Honor and NAMAD Erikka Tiffany Wells as a rising female leader in the automotive industry

MIAMI, October 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At the annual conference of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD), Erikka Tiffany Wells of Walser Auto Group received this year “Ally sees herAlly (NYSE:ALLY) created the award with NAMAD five years ago to recognize the next generation of influential minority women leaders who are also deeply involved in their communities.

“This award celebrates women of color who are not only automotive leaders and innovators, but who are committed to doing things right for their communities and promoting diversity in the industry,” said Nathalie Brown, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Ally. “We are proud to recognize the contribution of women leaders like Erikka who have excelled in automotive retail while being an inspiration and advocate for the next generation of minority dealerships.”

To celebrate Wells’ accomplishments and commitment to giving back, Ally will donate $10,000 at the Newgate School, a non-profit technical school that provides free training in bodywork and auto mechanics to unemployed or underemployed adults. Additionally, Newgate School has a Transportation Assistance Program, which donates their students’ refurbished cars to single working mothers.

Wells’ selection of Newgate School and its Wheels for Women program was personal. She notes her first-hand experience struggling with unexpected car repairs as a young single mother. Wells also believes the auto industry can help uplift and support low-income young adults who are looking for opportunities to be self-reliant.

“Having access to reliable transportation is imperative to help lift low-income families out of poverty,” Wells said. “The automotive industry is responsible for employing millions of people and that number will only grow as we welcome more engineers, technicians, computer software developers and customer specialists into this space. growing and constantly changing.Change is happening at a rapid pace, and I am committed to helping others see the incredible and endless opportunities available to the families we employ and the guests and customers we we serve in our dealerships and service facilities.”

Wells began her career in the automotive industry as a service writer for a NAPA Auto Care repair shop, creating branding and marketing campaigns that generated both traffic and reviews. During her career, she obtained an independent dealership license, developed a one-stop business development center for three dealerships, and created inspirational and educational materials for the Car Buying Advice Radio and TV show. , Auto Scoop. She also developed the first pilot business development center for Audi of America. In 2020, she became co-founder and vice president of Women of Color Automotive Network, a non-profit organization that attracts, connects and empowers minority women in the automotive industry.

About Ally Financial Inc.

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a digital financial services company that delivers on its promise to “do it right” for its consumer, commercial and enterprise customers. Ally is comprised of an industry-leading independent auto finance and insurance operation, award-winning digital direct banking (Allied bank, Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender, which offers mortgages, point-of-sale personal loans, and a variety of deposit and other banking products), a consumer credit card company, a business for equity sponsors and middle market firms and securities brokerage and investment advisory services. Our brand belief is that we are all better off with an ally, and our goal is to help our customers achieve their strongest financial well-being, a personalized notion of what’s important to them. For more information, please visit www.ally.com and follow @allyfinancial.

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Megan Rivers
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