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Thursday, 05 April 2007 14:31

Akzo Nobel supports WIN as diamond sponsor

 Akzo Nobel will be the sole Diamond Sponsor for the Women’s Industry Network (WIN). The first association of its type for the collision industry, WIN will champion causes geared toward mentoring and networking women, a largely untapped employment resource for the collision industry. 
 As Diamond Sponsor, Akzo Nobel has committed to supporting the association in the areas of consultation, marketing/promotion and financial. Frederica Carter, Communications Manager for Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes Americas, will join 10 other industry dignitaries to serve on the first WIN Advisory Council.
 “Akzo Nobel is proud to be able to assist this new industry association,” said Tim Loden, Director of Marketing for Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes Americas. “Aiding in the development and advancement of a skilled workforce is part of our responsibility to the industry. In addition, WIN is an evolutionary extension of our own Most Influential Women of the Collision Repair Industry program. The leaders of WIN have already established themselves as successes. Their willingness to now share their experiences for the growth of others and the industry should be applauded.”
 Geralynn Kottschade, president of the WIN Board of Directors commented on the Akzo Nobel sponsorship, “Akzo Nobel continues to demonstrate its commitment to corporate stewardship and investing in the future of the industry.
 This is another example like the Most Influential Women program and Collision Industry Advancement Initiative, of Akzo’s commitment to improve the industry and promote its growth. They make me proud to be a part of this industry.” Kottschade is co-owner of Jerry’s Body Shop in Mankato, Minnesota and has served for two consecutive years as chairperson of NACE.
 The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to encouraging, developing and cultivating opportunities to attract women to collision repair while recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and fostering a network among the women who are shaping the industry.
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