Last holiday season, the dealership ran a toy drive, collecting $10,000 in gifts and delivering them to children during a charity breakfast with Santa Claus. This holiday season the store is going a step further, giving employees an extra day of paid leave to engage in the community service activity of their choosing.
In total, Capitol Mazda employees recorded 3,300 hours of volunteer work in 2014, equivalent to almost 50 hours per employee. That earned Capitol Mazda a surprise award earlier this year under Mazda's philanthropy program, Mazda Drive for Good.
"Mazda called it charity work," Corini said, "but it's just what we live for. This is a place where people don't live to work. We work to live."
That's not to say business moves slowly at Capitol Mazda.
The dealership sold 1,352 new Mazdas through September, put-ting the store on pace to sell about 1,900 for the year. Corini expects the store to crack the brand's top 10 dealerships nationally in terms of volume, and perhaps the top five.