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AkzoNobel Names Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry

Company hosts industry leaders, honors influential women at 2011 gala event.

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NORCROSS, Ga. – AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A & AC) hosted industry leaders on July 19 at the elegant Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the presentation of awards to the 2011 Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry (MIW).

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Five distinguished honorees were recognized. The five comprise a cross-section of service areas within collision repair, from both the United States and Canada, including publishing, industry associations, independent shops and multi-shop operations.

• Barbara Davies, general manager, Autobody News – Carlsbad, Calif.
• Michelle Rolls, owner, Queensway Fix Auto Collision – Prince George, BC
• Jennifer Justice-Hayley, operations manager, Valley Paint & Body Inc. – Amelia, Ohio
• Susanna Gotsch, director, Industry Analyst, CCC Information Services Inc. – Chicago, Ill.
• Sharon Mazanec, collision industry business consultant – Junction, Texas

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.

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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.

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