Latest OnLine Editon  Read Here

Cox Automotive Hires Economists

Cox Automotive Hires Economists Featured

Jonathan Smoke joins Cox Automotive as chief economist and will lead the creation of an economic industry insights office.
This new office is tasked with leveraging data to expand Cox Automotive's deep expertise in all aspects of the automotive industry. Smoke succeeds Tom Webb who is retiring June 30. Based in Atlanta, Smoke reports to Isabelle Helms, vice president of research and market intelligence, Cox Automotive.
 A 21-year veteran of the housing industry, Smoke most recently served as's chief economist. Prior to that, he was the chief economist for Hanley Wood, a media and market intelligence company, and also served in a variety of roles at Beazer Homes, including senior vice president of strategy and innovation.
Smoke holds a bachelor's degree in economics and religious studies from Rhodes College and a master's degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin.
Charlie Chesbrough is joining Cox Automotive as senior economist and senior director of industry insights. Chesbrough previously served as executive director and senior economist for the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).  
Prior to joining OESA, Chesbrough was the senior principal economist and director of industry analysis at IHS Automotive, where he was responsible for developing and integrating statistical models and economic scenarios into global automotive forecasts.
 Chesbrough brings more than 25 years experience in market planning; demand forecast modeling and consumer research for Fortune 500 companies across many industries. Reporting to Smoke and based in Detroit, he will assist in the creation and development of the new Cox Automotive economic industry insights office.
In addition, he will direct the company's automotive forecasts as well as manage the economic industry insights related to the new-car sector of the automotive market.

Last modified on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:22

Related items

  • Cox Automotive Offers Webinars

    Cox Automotive announced Flash Forum, a complimentary educational webinar series designed to help dealers improve results and successfully grow their wholesale and retail operations.

    Members of Cox Automotive’s client education services team and subject-matter experts from the company’s brands present 30-minute webinars, delivering high-impact educational content covering a host of sales, marketing, service and inventory topics, including:  customer handling, consumer behavior, inventory acquisition, operations, digital retailing and much more.

    Dealers are invited to view event details and register via the Cox Automotive Flash Forum event calendar.



  • Cox Automotive Honors Ford Exec

    Cox Automotive presented the 12th annual Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year Award to Linda Silverstein, general manager, remarketing and rental operations, Ford Motor Co.

    This honor is awarded to women who demonstrate business leadership and community advocacy, as well as a commitment to advancing the automotive industry. Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz presented the award during the Northwood University Dealer Education Award annual breakfast on Jan. 28 at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention.

    Silverstein has been responsible for Ford's vehicle remarketing since 2002, certified pre-owned since 2005 and rental operations since 2007.

    Silverstein joined the Ford Motor Company in 1982 as an analyst in Ford Division’s Detroit district sales office and held various positions in the Detroit office over six years. After that, she held a variety of marketing and sales positions at Ford Division and Lincoln Mercury Division in Atlanta, Detroit and San Francisco.

     Silverstein was inducted into the National Auto Auction Association Hall of Fame in 2009. She was recognized as 2010 Consignor of the Year and was honored as a Warren Young Fellow.

    Silverstein participated for many years in the Manheim Mentor Program that pairs female employees with mentors in the automotive industry. In addition to her dedication to the automotive industry, she is also a strong supporter of Ford’s fund raising efforts for JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

  • Cox Salutes Community Impact Honoree

    Cox Automotive presented its Community Impact Award to Karlea Marin of J.P. Morgan Chase.

    Presented by Grace Huang, senior vice president of inventory services for Manheim, this award recognizes a remarketing industry leader for his/her outstanding contributions to the community and the innovative ways he/she collaborates with community partners to help further their missions.

    Marin, a remarketing industry veteran, has spent more than 25 years as an auction specialist and a remarketing manager. In her role, she coordinates and manages all aspects of vehicle remarketing, including reconditioning, inspecting and pricing of certain makes of vehicles.

    Marin has a passion for volunteerism, dedicating her time to organizations like Greater Central Florida Area’s Basket Brigade, where she helps provide tailor-made Thanksgiving baskets to needy families; and Arnold Palmer’s Hospital for Children, where she provides ease of stay items to children who are receiving chemotherapy treatment. Through the J.P. Morgan Chase “Chase Gives Back” initiative, Marin gives basic household necessities to families and children who are served by Family Counseling and Shelter Services of Monroe in Michigan, a non-profit organization that provides programs and services to survivors of domestic violence. She also provides holiday gifts to those who may not otherwise receive a gift through the Head Start Tammany Parish in Louisiana.

    She also supports the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Salvation Army of Orlando, and serves as Committee Lead on the Festival Finance Board at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

    For her leadership and commitment to making a difference through community service, Marin will receive $10,000 to donate to the charities of her choice. She has chosen to split the donation among the Histio Cure Foundation; Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children; and Family Counseling and Shelter Services of Monroe County.