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INNOVATION GARAGE WINNER

Advance has always encouraged team members across the board to submit creative ideas. So, when Shaun responded with a blockbuster proposal for our DieHard business, he earned an Innovation Garage Award. Being “fluent in cars,” he loves everything about them including the technical side. His eclectic career at Advance began fifteen years ago at a call center, and in short order he became a Team Leader for customer calls and then moved into Advance’s payment section focusing on fraud mitigation. Shaun points out that his automotive background helps him to identify transactions that could potentially be fraudulent. “I don’t know where else I would be if not in the automotive industry,” he said. Some time ago, he received an email from corporate asking for ideas about how to “win the winter” with DieHard batteries. “I thought about all those snowplows that need good batteries after the first snow and imagined how it would be if their batteries didn’t work. He pitched a compelling idea to the Innovation Garage executive review committee, and they helped him pass all the hurdles until he presented it to Advance President and CEO, Tom Greco. “I was pretty nervous because it was the first time I submitted anything to Innovation Garage, much less to the top guy.” It worked. Shaun’s idea became a marketing reality for the company and a real boost for his career. “I encourage everyone to get their ideas out of their head and into reality because this company makes it possible.”

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