#1 Cochran VP / CFO Participates in Pittsburgh Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

March 14th, 2016 by

Polar Plunge

Thousands of chilly Pittsburghers congregate every December at Heinz Field to jump into the freezing Ohio River, all in support of a great cause. Presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics PA, the Pittsburgh Plunge is one of the city’s largest charity fundraising efforts, drawing huge crowds of adventurous participants and warm-bodied onlookers.


#1 Cochran Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Neal Jennings, has an amazing ability for bringing the best out of people. A humble man, Neal credits his success as a leader to the nearly 1,000 #1 Cochran team members. One team member in particular has had a positive impact on Jennings over his seven years with the Company. General Sales Manager for C1 of Allegheny Valley, Terry “Big Daddy” Hoyt is a positive force on all around him. Hoyt is the master of setting the bar high and finding creative ways to leap over it.

“As a newcomer to Pittsburgh, Big Daddy would often joke with me that all newcomers have to get “baptized” in the Allegheny River. I would always respond and say, “if you can sell XX number of cars this month, then I’ll do it”. Well, after several years and numerous attempts, Big Daddy threw down the gauntlet this year and sold 100 used cars in one month at our Allegheny Valley Campus… an amazing feat and a record for the store. Well, as a man of my word, I’m going in!”


On December 12th, Terry joined Neal (in moral support) at the foot of Heinz Field. The #1 Cochran team raised $2,500 for the Special Olympics, far surpassing the original goal of $1,000. At the beginning of the event, a young Special Olympics athlete read their motto: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in my attempt.

Moved by the spirit of the event and the impact the Organization has on the lives of children, Neal courageously leaped into the frigid river. “Truly a moving experience,” said Jennings. “It was easy to see the courage and determination that these athletes have and how we can be blessed by them.”

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