Chicago—March 6, 2007—Cars.com today dedicated the Chuck Sandford Training Center, a new state-of-the-art facility at the company's Chicago headquarters, designed to fuel educational and growth opportunities across the company. Sandford's family and former customers joined with Cars.com colleagues to dedicate the new facility.
The center honors the memory of a Cars.com sales leader, Chuck Sandford, who passed away late last year. Sandford represented Cars.com in the New York-New Jersey region, where he established Cars.com as a leading online marketplace. Continuously recognized for outstanding performance and results, Sandford was known for his consultative approach and excellent long-term relationships with customers. Above all, he was admired for his commitment to self-improvement, his quest for knowledge and his continuous desire to learn and grow.
"Throughout his career, Chuck embodied the qualities at the very heart of Cars.com: a dedication to excellence and a commitment to using his knowledge to empower the success of others, both his customers and his colleagues," said Alex Vetter, senior vice president of advertising for Cars.com. "No matter how crowded his schedule, Chuck actively mentored those new to the team and often sought ways to improve his own performance, whether it was by reading up on the latest industry trends or simply asking for the feedback of his co-workers."
Designed to accommodate team-based training and to facilitate peer interaction, the new center will allow students to exchange ideas, problem-solve and work hands-on with each other and with Cars.com's products. The facility features integrated web conferencing and state-of-the-art multimedia equipment.
According to Vetter, "As we looked to grow our employee training program, it seemed only fitting to turn to Chuck for inspiration. We were privileged to have known him as our colleague and friend, and are honored to name our training and education facility in his memory."
Cars.com is the most comprehensive destination for those looking to buy or sell a new or used car. The site lists more than 2 million vehicles from 13,000 dealer customers, classified advertisers and private parties to offer consumers the best selection of new and used cars online, as well as the content, tools and advice to support their shopping experience. Recently selected by Forbes.com as a Best of the Web site for car shopping, Cars.com combines powerful inventory search tools and new-car configuration with pricing information, photo galleries, buying guides, side-by-side comparison tools, original editorial content and reviews to help millions of car shoppers connect with sellers each month.
Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including Belo (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB) and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).