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Step One Automotive

Attend the early badge pick-up party for a chance to win a weekend with one of Step One Automotive Group's luxury class vehicles paired with a $150 Gift Card to Pensacola's premium dining experience at Jackson's Steakhouse!

Step One Automotive Group is an American company headquartered in Fort Walton Beach, Florida that built on a singular dedication to empowering lives through smarter and easier ways of accessing mobility. At Step One Automotive Group, our guiding principles are Health. Family, Business. And whether you buy or service from us, you are a part of the Step One Automotive Family. 
Step One Automotive Group has 22 locations in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, representing 16 brands including Chrysler, Dodge Jeep, Ram Fiat, Volkswagen, Subaru, Kia, Hyundai, Genesis, Ford, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati, as well as two preowned operations and three wholesale parts operations. Step One Automotive Group ranks within the top 90 dealer groups in the country and in the top 10 in Florida. 
Step One Automotive Group CEO, Fernando Arellano brings an extensive background in the automotive industry to the Emerald Coast, including:
  • International experience in the Automotive Industry
  • Strong experience in car dealership management in Argentina - Renault and Fiat - and the USA - Fiat & Alfa Romeo North Miami and Volvo North Miami
Community Outreach
Leaving a legacy in the community is part of the Step One mission statement and has been a major focus for company since inception. Step One Automotive Group gives back more than $250,000 a year in the communities they serve.

Adapting in a Pandemic Year
The year 2020 brought special challenges as the company continued to stay engaged in the community, despite the COVID pandemic by hosting socially distanced events like drive through food drives and grab and go meals for first responders. They also made a special commitment to provide support to those suffering most like nursing home patients and meals on wheels recipients.
In the year 2020 alone during the COVID-19 pandemic, Step One impacted the community with:
  • 11,354 pounds of food distributed
  • 1,717 free meals served
  • 1,610 first responders fed
  • 437 volunteer hours donated
  • 308 community events attended
  • 106 charities supported
  • 35 Animals adopted
Military Outreach
The company has always been very involved in military outreach. CEO, Fernando Arellano was named Honorary Commander of the 33 MXG Eglin AFB from 2018-2021, In 2019, he was invited to join the Emerald Coast Military Advisory Council, became an Air Force Association Community Partner from 2018-2019, and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Special Forces Association Chapter VII in 2018. 
Step One’s commitment to the military is best demonstrated by Forever Warriors, an initiative whose primary focus is on closing the gap between transitioning military members and their families and local partners to aid in employment and education opportunities.

Awards
The community has recognized Step One Automotive Group on several platforms. Step One dealerships and the company in general have been awarded in both “Best in Destin” and “Best In Pensacola” starting in 2019 through 2021. These dealerships include the entire scale of the automotive industry, from preowned, new, and luxury. NW Florida Daily News awarded Step One Automotive Group with the notable “Finest on the Emerald Coast” in 2021.

Step One Automotive Group is active on social accounts including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, and TikTok. Follow the hashtags at #foreverwarriors and #westeptogether and the website to stay up to date in our community involvement, dealership updates, new model launches, and everything else. The headquarter office can be reached between the weekday business hours of 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Please visit www.steponeautomotive.com/ for more information and to reach all Step One dealerships

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