News: DRIVE Expo 2022 — What You Have to Look Forward to
The fifth annual Women’s
Industry Network Conference kicked off Monday morning in San Diego with over
160 women from all segments of the collision repair industry.
The first day
included a keynote address on ”Strategy, Leadership and the Soul” by Jennifer
Sertl, founder and president of Agility 3R. Greg Horn, vice president of industry relations at Mitchell International, presented an industry update detailing
current trends as well as insights into the effects of the Japan earthquake and
tsunami and thoughts on electric and micro vehicles hitting the U.S. market.
Afternoon breakout topics included social media, "Leadership from the Inside Out" and "Personal Branding."
Also included in the day was recognition of 10
conference scholarship winners, including two scholarships given in the name
of WIN’s Diamond Sponsor, AkzoNobel.
“AkzoNobel led the initiative to create
awareness about the contributions of women within the collision repair industry
and has also been an ardent supporter of the WIN Association since its
beginning,” said Laura Costello, director of marketing for AkzoNobel Automotive
and Aerospace Coatings Americas. "We’re honored to have two of the 2011 WIN student scholarships
presented in our name. It’s extremely gratifying to see an industry put practices in place to sustain
opportunities for enrichment and future growth.”
Also announced was this year’s Cornerstone Award winner,
Mary Kunz. The award is given each year to a board member who exemplifies the
values and ideals of WIN. In addition, a Cornerstone Scholarship was awarded to College of Western Idaho collision repair student Jessica Crowley, who will receive a donation from WIN to further her collision repair
The day concluded with recognition of WIN’s 2011 Corporate
Sponsors: AkzoNobel; Allstate; ASE; BASF; Enterprise Rent-a-Car;
DuPont; State Farm Insurance; Hertz; 3M; Sterling Autobody Center; Geico; Fix
Auto; Carstar; PPG; Marco’s Collision Center; CSi Complete; ABRA Auto Body
& Glass; LKQ; CAPA; Finishmaster; Symphony Advisors; 1-800-Radiator;
Sherwin Williams; Mitchell; and CCC Information Services.
“We’re thankful to
each and every one of our sponsors," said Kim White,
WIN’s chair. "Their support of WIN is instrumental to our
mission of engaging women in the collision repair industry.”