BLOOM 2018

Elisabeth Rusnak Arizmendi

BLOOM 2018 Honoree

Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi, Vice President of Rusnak Auto Group is a well-known Southern California business woman and philanthropist. Liz is an ovarian cancer survivor.

Arizmendi oversees public relations activities for all Rusnak Auto Group, which include 9 different brand dealerships at 13 Southern California locations. Among the dealerships included in the group are Audi, Bentley, BMW, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Volvo.

She is responsible for the development and facilitation of relationships with non-profit organizations, coordinating media and community relations, and directing the organization's internal communications. The Rusnak Auto Group's philosophy is to give back to our communities and help raise awareness and funds for non-profit organization, said Arizmendi.

A graduate of the University of Southern California ‘85, Liz Arizmendi worked in management for the automotive dealership for 10 years before leaving on hiatus. The daughter of company founder and automotive dealership pioneer Paul Rusnak, she returned to the business to resume her career after taking time out to start a family.

The Rusnak Auto Group literally began the import automotive business in southern California based on Paul Rusnak's affinity for, and fascination with, European sports cars. Well ahead of the curve and with an uncanny sense of what customers love about cars, the Rusnak Auto Group has become synonymous with quality, superior service, aggressive pricing an unrivaled vehicle selection.

Arizmendi was a guest speaker at the USC Women’s Conference, High Point University Women’s Conference, All Stars Los Angeles and The Women’s Council of Realtors of Southern California. She was awarded the Congressional Recognition for Outstanding and Invaluable Service to the Community by Congressman Adam B. Schiff, Certificate of Recognition of Service from Senator David Drier and Senator Carol Liu, and Certificate of Commendation from Mayor, County of Los Angeles, and Michael D. Antonovich. Arizmendi also was a judge for Miss California USA and was the Centennial Gala Chair for Hillsides. Most recently, she has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Hillsides, the Angel Award for Cancer Support Community Pasadena and the 2017 Outstanding Philanthropic Award from the Association Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter.

Liz Rusnak Arizmendi resides in Glendale with her husband and two children.