Experience At Home

We’re proud to be At Home in America and hiring some of the sharpest minds in the country. Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Analysts are recent college graduates who rotate to different departments and locations around the country. Check out their blog to get the inside scoop on everyday life at Volkswagen Group of America.

Partners in Education

Launched in September 2008, our Partners in Education program was designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next generation automotive engineering. We began with a five-year, $2.1 million Partners in Education initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the [...]

Hard at Work in America

When we opened our first location in the United States in 1955, we offered just one model — the enduring cultural icon affectionately known as the Beetle. While the fun-loving Beetle and the “Bus” were capturing American hearts, Audi was quickening pulses with quality, performance and technological innovation. Audi joined the Volkswagen Group in 1965. And [...]

My name is Steve Kuzemchak. As you may have already guessed, I work for the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program. Since this is my first blog post, I’d like to introduce myself and provide a little background information for you.

In May, I graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) with my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. I also completed a minor in Leadership and Social Change and lived in the Residential Leadership Community as a freshman. (I swear it wasn’t because that was the only dorm with AC… well, at least that’s not entirely why).

The best experience I had at Virginia Tech was the time I spent as a Sports Marketing Intern with the University Athletic Department. I was immediately granted major responsibilities, like coordinating the NFL Flashback program, where I contacted and booked former Hokies in the NFL to come back to campus for recognition at every home football game. I also developed comprehensive marketing plans for the Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams and the Women’s Tennis team (setting a promotional schedule, advertising through local media and managing the team’s marketing and promotions budget). Needless to say, I am a huge Virginia Tech sports fan and can’t wait for football season to start back up. During my free time, I also enjoy running, traveling and going to concerts.

As a Marketing Analyst for the Graduate Program, over the next two years I will have the opportunity to work with six different groups within the Marketing Department. My first rotation is with Retail Marketing. The next time you hear from me, I will let you know exactly what kind of projects I am working on as well as an exciting trip I have coming up!

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We’re Volkswagen Group of America, the parent company of a group of awesome vehicles from across the globe. Our family tree consists of incredible brands like Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, and Lamborghini, as well as VW Credit, Inc. From low-consumption small cars to luxury class vehicles, we’re a diverse bunch, which is good, because we have something for everyone, everywhere.

You might keep up with us on Facebook, where we share facts, host contests, answer your questions and cover cool events like the Detroit Auto Show. But, up until this point, you’ve hardly had a chance to get to know all the brands we represent and cherish. They deserve the love, too.

That’s why we’re bringing you the Volkswagen Group of America Brand Week Series,  a five-week series dedicated to highlighting the awesome facts, features and FUN every single one of our five brands brings to the table At Home in America.

So, get ready! Starting next week we’ll cover one brand for five whole days. Each day we’ll introduce something new – you won’t want to miss it.

By providing you with attractive, safe, environmentally sound, world-class vehicles; we’re following through on our promise to deliver the best to the American people as a proud American company. So please, join us on Facebook in the weeks to come to celebrate our brands, individuality, and the vehicles you love. Starting next Monday, come back for some VW “VDub” Love.

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My name is Ade Adekanye, one of the proud members of the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program – class of 2011!

You can find me in the ITPO Program. Information technology originally sparked my interest because it presented an opportunity to build on my prior knowledge of the subject and expand my skill set in a fast-paced, competitive environment. So far, I have not been disappointed.

Lately, I’ve primarily focused on building a KPI Dashboard for the department and developing standard reporting templates for our Affiliates. That said, it’s likely that before I can finish this sentence, I’ll be moving on to the next challenge. I told you it was fast-paced! The variety in workflow changes keeps me motivated. There’s no such thing as a boring, uneventful day in my world at Volkswagen Group of America.

Stay tuned, because in the coming months I’ll be sharing my observations, surprises and overall experience of being a Volkswagen Group of America IT Analyst. You won’t want to miss it.

So watch this space for the ride of your life – Vroom Vroom!

Oh, what did you expect? This is a car company right? Enjoy the RIDE!

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VWGoA CEO Jonathan Browning and President of the MLK Memorial Foundation, Harry E. Johnson

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. donated $1 million to the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The gift will support the memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. honoring Dr. King.

“This donation is a concrete memorial to Volkswagen Group’s long standing commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion,” said Jonathan Browning, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We see it as a way to thank our customers and employees across this great country that represent every creed and color.”

“It is so fitting that Volkswagen Group is part of this historical commemoration of our nation’s greatest civil rights leader,” said Harry E. Johnson, Senior, President and CEO of the Memorial Foundation.  “With their headquarters in the greater Washington area, it is clear that Volkswagen Group is putting down roots and giving back to the community.”

Located on the Tidal Basin, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial creates a visual line of leadership between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The memorial will be an engaging landscape experience conveying four fundamental and recurring themes throughout Dr. King’s life – democracy, justice, hope, and love – and features the use of natural elements including water, stone, and trees. A 450-foot inscription wall will feature more than a dozen Dr. King quotes engraved into granite to serve as a lasting testament and reminder of Dr. King’s humanitarian vision. The memorial will include the “Mountain of Despair” and the “Stone of Hope,” which will feature a 30-foot sculpture of Dr. King.

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for hope, freedom and justice.  Volkswagen is proud to be among the many groups to honor his life and his message.  We are grateful to be part of this historic moment,” added Browning.

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Our employees have great stories to tell, including all the wonderful things they are doing for local communities.

Emily Lawless
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Transportation Procurement Analyst
Herndon, Va.

Since 2005, Emily Lawless has been volunteering with Team in Training (TNT), which is an endurance sports training program that benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). It’s the largest fundraiser for the society and supports LLS’s mission, which is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease, and to support patients and their families. TNT provides coaching, training, fitness plans, nutrition clinics and more for individuals in return for raising money to support LLS. Emily is training six days a week with her team for the Pocono Half Ironman triathlon in Pennsylvania on October 2. This race consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile half marathon run, with only eight hours total to complete the entire event.

Emily has been supportive of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for more than six years and joined in celebration of her husband Todd’s remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Check out Emily’s personal website to learn more and make a donation if you’d like!

John Ellefson
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
General Manager, Customs Operations
Herndon, VA

John has been selected to participate in the 2011 Carter Work Project with Habitat for Humanity. This will be a one weeklong trip to build houses in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, alongside former President Jimmy and First Lady Rosalynn Carter. John is using a week of vacation for the trip, which takes place November 5-12, 2011.

As part of the project, his goal is to raise $5,000, which helps pay for the trip and all of the building supplies needed for the project. Below are links to the Carter Work Project page, as well as to John’s personal project page. Everyone is welcome to make donations to the project through the website.

http://www.habitat.org/how/default_jcwp.aspx

http://www.habitat.org/cd/cwp/participant/participant.aspx?pid=93532789

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Hi! My name is Scott Reynolds. I’m the Operations Analyst for Audi of America in the Western Region.

In my current role I provide daily support for our Operations Manager. This consists of completing various projects and compiling and analyzing data. Big picture, I help plan and execute major training and marketing events, provide ongoing support for our area teams, and assist in managing departmental and dealership projects.

I’ve been passionate about cars since birth, and a Volkswagen Group of America devotee since purchasing my first car, a 2001 VW GTI. To this day I still own and adore that car. As far as working for Audi, well, that’s been a dream of mine for years.

As soon as I learned about the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program, I immediately met and began networking with outstanding, helpful, and encouraging employees of the company. At the same time, I kept my eyes peeled for new opportunities on the careers website. After earning my MBA in December 2010, I applied and gladly accepted a position with Audi of America.

For me, this experience as part of the Graduate Program can be summed up in one word: Acceleration. How much will I learn, and how quickly? At the end of the program, what position will be the best fit for me? Will I be able to achieve what I’ve set out to do: leverage my passion for the brand and the industry into a meaningful contribution?

With these questions and more in mind, I’ve created goals for this experience and hope to walk away at the end with answers. I invite you to follow me as I learn the ropes and track my progress through this blog.

 

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