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"My primary career focus has been to honor and preserve the long-standing tradition of community service originated by my father while leading the company into the future by embracing new ideas and technology," nominee Shockley said.
Shockley, a 1982 graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, earned a B.S. in business management from Hood College. She was not interested in entering the automotive business but changed her mind after temporarily filling in for an office manager on maternity leave in her father's dealership in 1985. "Once you grow up in the car business, it just becomes a part of your DNA," Shockley said of her decision to stay with the dealership. "It feels like the position I was born to hold." She also graduated from the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy.
Shockley's father, Alfred P. Shockley, founded the dealership in 1973 as Shockley Volkswagen. The Honda franchise was added in 1976 and today, she co-owns Shockley Honda with her brother, Michael. Her father still serves as president of the company.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to run a successful company which contributes to and supports the local community," Shockley said. "I am committed to continuing my family's legacy of giving, not just with money, but by rolling up my sleeves and making it happen."
And she has done just that by hosting numerous events at her dealership, making financial contributions and serving in leadership roles for a host of charities and philanthropic groups. Examples of successful on-site events at the dealership include: Bras for a Cause which raised $16,000 for breast cancer research; on-site pet adoptions; free rabies and micro-chip clinics; free ASL classes; Toys for Tots drop-off; child safety seat inspection days; winter coat drive; and a holiday bazaar to showcase the works of local craftspeople.
Shockley is particularly proud of her association with the Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, where she serves on the board and as president for the past 10 years. "Both of my grandparents were deaf, locating to the Frederick area specifically to attend the school," she said. During her tenure, Shockley developed a self-sustaining fundraising plan and the foundation's endowment grew from $250,000 to $1.3 million. Shockley also developed partnerships with area businesses to host complimentary ASL classes which has introduced over 400 people to American Sign Language in Frederick.
Shockley was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Peter Kitzmiller, president of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association. She is married to Paul Allen.