BBB of Southern Colorado announces Presenting Sponsor for A Night of Excellence

September 19, 2017

Bob Penkhus Volvo Mazda Volkswagen Mitsubishi returns as Presenting Sponsor, Celebrating 60 years of Automotive Excellence.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 18, 2017 – Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is proud to announce Bob Penkhus Volvo Mazda Volkswagen Mitsubishi as the Presenting Sponsor of the 23rd Annual “A Night of Excellence,” which honors excellence in the business community and in education, as well as highlighting excellence in businesses doing social impact in the local community. The event will also honor Bob Penkhus Motor Company’s 60 years in providing automotive excellence.

At the Night of Excellence, Bob Penkhus will debut several new models as a representation of their four brands, including the all-new 2018 Volvo XC60, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volkswagen Atlas.

“We could think of no better partner for this night, as the Bob Penkhus dealership is one our founding accredited businesses with over 35 years of BBB Accreditation,” said Jonathan Liebert, CEO and executive director of the BBB of Southern Colorado.

“As one of the founding businesses to partner with the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, back in 1980, we are honored to be returning as the presenting sponsor of this prestigious and important event,” said Bob Penkhus. “Since 1957, the Bob Penkhus family and their employees have recognized outstanding customer service as a key component of success. Congratulations to the 12 local businesses that are up for the Excellence in Customer Service award. We salute you and your determination to be the best!”

A Night of Excellence takes place from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the City Auditorium, located at 221 E. Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Awards will be presented for Excellence in Customer Service, as well as $2,500 scholarships each for two graduating high school students, and one $2,500 University of Colorado, Colorado Springs fellowship.

Sponsors include HomeAdvisor, Comcast, Elite Auto Salon, Ent Credit Union, Blakely + Company, Colorado Springs Business Journal, Cumulus Media radio stations 92.9 Peak FM and 740 AM KVOR, and KOAA News 5. Proceeds from the event support the Colorado Institute for Social Impact.

Who: BBB of Southern Colorado
What: Awards Gala emceed by KOAA News 5 Anchor Rob Quirk
Theme: Golden Age of Hollywood
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Cocktail reception with live music by Frank Sinatra Tribute Band, Rick Blessing and the Trip Ziegler Quartet
6:30-8 p.m.: Dinner and Awards Presentation
8-9:30 p.m.: Big Band, live music by The Hot Tomatoes
When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Registration: Registration is required to attend. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Penkhus Motor Company had its humble beginning back in 1951 when Robert N. Penkhus moved his young family from Ames, Iowa, and opened a small used car operation in Colorado Springs. New cars were added to the operation on Pikes Peak Avenue in 1957 when the Company became one of the ten dealers in the United States to obtain a Volvo Franchise. In 1972, the Volvo Franchise was moved to a fledgling area of Colorado Springs called Motor City.

Mr. Penkhus’ son, Robert A. Penkhus (“Bob”), joined his father in the business upon his graduation from the University of Denver. Bob Penkhus gradually assumed responsibility for all aspects of dealership operations, and in 1977, became President of Penkhus Motor Company.

Since then, Rob Penkhus has joined the family owned and operated business and the Company has added Mazda, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi and has grown tremendously. They currently have three locations (two in Motor City and one in the Powers Auto Park) in Colorado Springs.

2017 marks a tremendous milestone for the company as they celebrate 60 years of automotive excellence! “We couldn’t be more proud to have served Southern Colorado since 1957 and we would not be here without the continued support of our many loyal customers. We are truly the home of Where Nobody Buys Just One!” For additional information about the Company, visit

Formerly the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado Foundation, the Colorado Institute for Social Impact (CI4SI) is focused on serving social impact organizations with access to education and resources.

CI4SI also seeks to increase awareness amongst consumers about these types of entities and how their money goes further when they purchase products from a social impact business. CI4SI’s mission is to “Harness Social Impact to accelerate the evolution of business.”
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Since August of 1980, Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado has helped consumers find businesses, brands, and charities they can trust. It serves 25 counties throughout Southern Colorado.

BBB of Southern Colorado sets standards for marketplace trust – to create a community of trustworthy businesses and charities – by encouraging and supporting best practices, educating consumers and businesses, celebrating business role models, and calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior.

BBB of Southern Colorado houses nearly 40,000 reviews on companies in the region. In 2016, it processed 2,660 complaints and had 1.67 million page views on its website. All company and charity reports are available for free online.
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Becca Tonn