Accelerated Business Results and Sonic Automotive Honored with Two Citations in ATD Excellence in Practice Awards

0216007_EIP-Logo-Update_Citation_whiteCincinnati, Ohio (February 12, 2016) – Accelerated Business Results (ABR), a full-service, award-winning training provider, and Sonic Automotive, one of the largest automotive retailers in the United States, have been awarded two 2015 Excellence in Practice Citations from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Their entry Fixed Operations Leadership Academy was honored in the Career Development category; while The Start of Something Special was recognized in the Organizational Learning and Development category.

“We are grateful for the long-term partnership with Sonic Automotive and the recognition from ATD,” said Amy Fox, President of Accelerated Business Results. “This award demonstrates ABR’s ability to deliver innovative and relevant learning solutions.”

Sonic and ABR partnered to design and develop the Fixed Operations Leadership Academy, a 12-week program for new and high-potential service and parts leaders at Sonic that incorporated a blend of on-site classroom, self-paced, and virtual components. The other ATD Citation recognized a two-month learning program that Sonic and ABR created for new employees of Sonic’s 2014 EchoPark Automotive business launch. EchoPark is a pre-owned car lot business with a unique business model and process that offers an innovative customer experience.

“At Sonic Automotive, our number one goal is associate satisfaction, followed closely by customer satisfaction,” said Doug Bryant, Vice President of Talent Management, Training, and Recruiting. “To accomplish these goals, Sonic Automotive has an unwavering commitment to associate training and development. We are continually upgrading our training and development processes, and we partner with the best training vendors in the business to stay ahead of our competition.”

The ATD Excellence in Practice Awards recognize results achieved through the use of practices and solutions from the entire scope of workplace learning and talent development. In 2015, the organization received more than 150 entries in ten categories. Citations are presented to fully implemented practices that have strong evaluation plans, meet a demonstrated need, have appropriate design values, and are expected to show sustained results and measurable impact over time. ATD Award and Citation winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on May 23 during the 2016 ATD International Conference & Exposition in Denver, Colorado.

About Sonic Automotive
Sonic Automotive is one of the largest automotive retailers in the United States, operating more than 100 dealerships in 14 states and 25 major metropolitan markets. Sonic represents approximately 25 different automotive brands with the majority of the dealerships being luxury and import brands. These dealerships provide comprehensive services, including sales of both new and used cars and light trucks, sales of replacement parts, performance of vehicle maintenance, warranty, paint, and collision repair services, and arrangement of extended warranty contracts, financing, and insurance for the company’s customers. Sonic is an industry-leading automotive retailer committed to providing customers with an outstanding automotive experience that is delivered with professionalism, integrity, and enthusiasm. (

About Accelerated Business Results
Founded in 2001, ABR designs, develops, and implements customized training, e-learning, facilitation, and coaching solutions, as well as other interactive tools and programs. The company’s focus on unique, quality solutions since its founding has earned it industry recognition and helped to build an impressive list of clients. ABR was awarded two Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Awards in 2015. In 2013, the company earned a Gold Brandon Hall Award and was a finalist in the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Excellence Awards. The company was also named as one of the “Businesses WE Watch” by the Cincinnati Chamber’s WE Celebrate Awards in 2012. ABR is certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S. (

See the full list of the 2015 ATD Excellence in Practice winners.

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