20 Under 40: Amy Newport

Employee Engagement & Community Outreach Manager, Kendall Auto Group

Age: 39

“Amy’s ability to make decisions from the heart for the betterment of the community while maintaining her professionalism has allowed us to put our resources where they will affect the most positive changes.”

Duane Farnham, Regional Manager Kendall Auto Group


Amy Newport has incorporated charitable work into her job as employee engagement and community outreach manager for Kendall Auto Group. Kendall Cares began under Newport’s leadership and has since donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local schools and nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley. Newport is a youth football coach for NFL Youth Flag, board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley, and serves on Relief Nursery Leadership Board.

Get to know them

Q: How would you describe yourself as a leader? 

Leadership by example.  I am a roll up my sleeves, lead by example, magnetic, genuine and encouraging leader.


Q: What motivates and inspires you?

I am motivated by challenges, it’s what makes me tick. Well, that and someone implying that “it” can’t be done. I am always looking for the next mountain to climb, the next glass ceiling to break, an opportunity to make a real difference. I am inspired by authentic people who have integrity, passion and a strong desire to make a positive impact everywhere they go.


Q: What mentors, colleagues, and partnerships have inspired you in your career development?

I will always consider my first boss, Charles Caskey as one of my biggest mentors. He taught me by example the importance of making sure your team knows they are valued and appreciated for the work that they do.  He understood that a person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected. Understanding the importance of this, and making it a priority that my colleagues know that I value them has helped me gain their trust and respect throughout my career.

I am so lucky that in my line of work I get to work with so many amazing community partners. Allan Benavides, GM of the Eugene Emeralds has been a huge inspiration to me.  He is a natural leader with a creative brain that never rests. His enthusiasm and desire to achieve more is remarkable.  He has been a sounding board for me more times than I can count, and someone that I often think of when I find myself unsure of the next move, “What would Allan do in this situation”.

I work in a traditionally male-dominated industry. I think because of that I am naturally drawn to female leaders. I want to soak up as much as I can from them, and I cannot think of a bigger inspiration than Melissa Koke, Vice President QSL Print Communications. She’s not interested in having another meeting to talk about what we discussed in the last meeting. She puts the wheels in motion and gets stuff done. Melissa has a genuine interest in people, and she takes the time to really listen to what you have to say. Her leadership skills, her captivating personality and her dedication to everything she sets her mind to is why she is one of my biggest role models.

I believe wholeheartedly that you become who you surround yourself with. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by fantastic people that are way out of my league. They encourage me daily to do better and reach higher.