AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A & AC) hosted industry leaders on July 19th at the elegant Grand America Hotel (the only 5 star hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah) for the presentation of awards to the 2011 Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry (MIW). Five distinguished honourees were recognized. The five comprise a cross section of service areas within the collision repair, from both the United States and Canada, including publishing, industry association, independent shops and multi-shop operations.
The MIW program was established in 1999 by AkzoNobel as an industry honorarium. The goal of the program is to promote the contributions of key leaders as well as grow the future involvement of females within collision repair and raise awareness of their contributions as a valuable resource pool.
(l to r) Barbara Davies, General Manager & Co-Owner, Autobody News - Carlsbad, California; Sharon Mazanec, Collision Industry Business Consultant – Junction, Texas; Jennifer Justice-Hayley, Operations Mgr., Valley Paint & Body Inc. - Amelia, Ohio; Susanna Gotsch, Director, Industry Analyst, CCC Information Services Inc, - Chicago, Illinois; Michelle Rolls, Owner, Queensway Fix Auto Collision - Prince George, BC
AkzoNobel, through the MIW program, collaborates with the I-CAR Education Foundation to provide scholarships to deserving women seeking to advance their education and pursue career opportunities within the collision repair industry. The annual $25,000 MIW scholarship has to date provided scores of students the ability to advance their careers.