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AkzoNobel to Host Second Annual Sustainability Leadership Symposium

Collision repair professionals in key influencing sectors of the industry will brainstorm on advancing and leading sustainable practices.


AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) will host its second annual Sustainability Leadership Symposium on Friday, July 20 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, Texas.  

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The 2012 Sustainability Leadership Symposium follows a successful inaugural launch in 2011, wherein collision repair professionals representing key influencing sectors of the industry were invited to take part in a candid brainstorming discussion about their role in advancing and leading sustainable business practices that would help establish an industry-wide model.

"We were more than encouraged last year to hear the level of concern, commitment and contribution that key industry leaders are willing to embrace toward making collision repair a more sustainable industry," said AkzoNobel’s Mike Shesterkin, director of sustainability and new business innovations for A&AC Americas. "This year’s symposium will include an even wider circle of professionals. We expect the discussions to identify actions that lead to triple bottom line – people, planet and profit – value creation. Our intention is to engage the community of collision repair stakeholders in a collaborative model – one that seeks to deal effectively with a rapidly changing world."  


Deborah M. Steketee, Ph.D., associate professor of sustainable business and executive director for the Center of Sustainability at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich., will moderate the symposium.

Panelists will include:

• Lee Broughton – Enterprise Holdings, St. Louis, Mo.
• Susanna Gotsch  – CCC Information Services, Chicago, Ill.
• Randy Hanson – Allstate, Chicago, Ill.
• Michael LeVasseur – Keenan’s Auto Body, Clifton Heights, N.J.
• Mary Mahoney – Enterprise Holdings, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.
• Tom Melcher – dmStrategists, Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Diana Rivenburgh  – Strategic Imperatives, Atlanta, Ga.
• Deborah Steketee, Ph.D. – Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Carl Vincenti – Oka’s Auto Body, Waipahu, Hawaii


The Sustainable Leadership Symposium will be preceded by AkzoNobel’s 2012 FIT Sustainability and Most Influential Women (MIW) Awards banquet on Thursday, July 19. The "FIT" Award is the collision repair industry’s first recognition program dedicated to honoring corporate commitment, participation and leadership in advancing sustainability.  

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