From BodyShop Business
The Womens Industry Network (WIN) has announced the 2020 honorees for the Most Influential Women (MIW) award. The MIW award is presented to those women who have notable achievements in the collision repair industry throughout their career.
Since 1999, over 90 women have been recognized for their contributions to the collision repair industry. After reviewing many worthy applicants, WIN chose three industry leaders to receive the MIW honors:
• Kristle Bollans, director, replacement accounts, The Hertz Corporation
• Sandee Lindorfer, director, Allstate Insurance
• Christy Jones, Owner of R Jones Collision 1
“It is an honor to recognize these three women this year as the Most Influential Women in the collision repair industry,” said Marie Peevy, 2018 MIW honoree, co-chair of the 2020 MIW Committee and president of Automotive Training Coordinators. “They are strong women who support other women and are passionate about what they do. They have the ability to dream and transform while helping others in the industry, their communities and families.”
A collision industry veteran for 13 years, Bollans received the Hertz Leadership Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the most coveted and prestigious award one can receive at the Hertz Corporation. Under her leadership at Hertz, she considers it her duty and No. 1 responsibility to train, develop and mentor others within the business. She serves on the National Auto Body Board Council, WIN planning committee and scholarship selection committee for the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF). She is very passionate about empowering women in all aspects of life. She is also a committee member of W.I.L.D.E.R (Women Inspiring Leaders, Driving Execution and Results). From a community standpoint, she sits on the Nurturing Committee at her church, volunteers at the Homeless Support Service program, has led giving campaigns to the National Cancer Society and the ASPCA, and volunteers her time as a 4K Sunday school teacher.
Lindorfer began her career in collision repair as a co-owner of a collision repair shop, worked for a large MSO and later began her insurance career at Allstate, where she is now a director. She has been awarded the company’s Distinguished Leadership Award on five different occasions, as well as its Courageous Leadership Award by her claims officer team. She serves on the I-CAR Board of Directors, participated on the advisory boards for CCC, Mitchell and Copart, has spoken at several collision repair industry events, and serves on the WIN membership committee and in numerous capacities with CREF. She is also a supporter of the WINGS Program, Inc. and GIGI, a nonprofit organization for children with down syndrome.
Jones has been in the collision industry for 19 years, is owner of R Jones Collision 1 and became the first female boss shop owner in Des Moines. She currently serves as an advisory member to the DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) collision program, is an active member of WIN, platinum member of SCRS and Gold Pin member of CIC. She is past secretary of the Iowa Collision Repair Association (2010-2018) and past committee member for the Iowa I-CAR committee. In 2019, she was accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business Iowa Cohort 2; has been an AkzoNobel Acoat Selected Sustaining Partner over 20 years; and was recently named a NAWBO Iowa Enterprising Women of the Year, $1 to $2 million category. In 2019, Jones and her friend supported Nyame Do, an educational facility in Ghana teaching women how to sew and become independent when they graduate. They raised over $6,000 in one night and supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raising over $5,000 for that important cause.
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