The San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas was the host site for the presentation of the 2012 AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry (MIW) recognition ceremony July 19. This year marked the 13th year AkzoNobel has held this event. The program coincided this year with the I-CAR Industry Event and the Collision Industry Conference.
Award honorees followed in the footsteps of more than 70 past recipients. They hold leadership positions within industry associations, shop operation and service sectors of the U.S. and Canadian collision repair industry. They were selected for their contributions to the organizations they represent, as well as the automotive industry at-large and their respective communities. They are:
Kim Parson president, Automotive Collision Technologies Inc. Randallstown, Md.
Catherine Mills executive director, Florida Autobody Collision Alliance Orange Park, Fla.
Kim Roberts manager, Fix Auto Barrie, Ontario
“The collision repair industry’s collective strength, image and long-term sustainability is dependent on individuals who have a passion, a vision and a vested interest in its future,” said Margret Kleinsman, general manager for AkzoNobel A&AC Americas. “The leaders we’re honoring with this prestigious award all share these qualities and are among the top tier of those who continue to make this a vital industry.”
The MIW program was established in 1998, with the first awards being presented in 1999 by AkzoNobel to both recognize and promote the contributions of key leaders representing a valuable resource pool for the collision repair industry. The MIW program also enables scholarships, administered through I-CAR, to be provided to deserving women seeking to advance their education and pursue career opportunities within the collision repair industry. Throughout MIW’s 14-year history, 69 women have received MIW awards.