The Women’s Industry Network announced this year’s honoree for the Most Influential Women (MIW) of the collision repair industry for 2016. After reviewing nominations and interviewing a number of women, one inspirational industry leader was selected to receive MIW honors: Michelle Sullivan, regional vice president, FinishMaster Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
“The 2016 MIW nominees highlighted the geographic, functional and sector diversity of women who are influencing the collision repair industry today,” stated Sandra Herron, owner of MiddlEdge, Inc. “I was inspired by each nominee’s industry involvement, professional accomplishments, mentoring of others and community service. Michelle’s record of creating value for companies, developing industry talent, and championing charitable causes in her community stood out as exemplary.” Herron’s firm was contracted as a third-party entity to interview the nominees and select this year’s honoree based on specific criteria established by the board of directors.
The MIW award recognizes women who have enriched the collision repair industry with their leadership, vision, and commitment to excellence. “Each year, women from different facets of the collision repair industry are selected for their passion and commitment to progressive and positive evolution of the industry,” stated Denise Caspersen, WIN chair. “With so many opportunities for women to have rewarding careers, the sky is the limit for those with talent, inspiration and a strong work ethic.”
The MIW program’s charter aligns with WIN’s mission to “enhance the role of women in the industry.” Established in 1999 by AkzoNobel, WIN acquired stewardship of the Most Influential Women program in 2013.
When the 2016 WIN Educational Conference convenes in Tampa, FL May 2-4, past and current MIW honorees will be celebrated during a gala awards reception. Registration for the conference and dinner will open mid-March. For information, go to www.womensindustrynetwork.com and click on “Conference.”