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Friday December 7

Akzo Nobel Announces the Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry

LAS VEGAS, NV -- The influential women in this industry aren’t in it to be role models or to win awards. This is exactly why Akzo Nobel is proud to sponsor a program that gives these often overlooked but extremely talented and successful women some long-overdue recognition.

Some of the women in collision repair got involved because their fathers or husbands needed an extra pair of hands at the shop. Others started working in the industry because it gave them a chance to build a career. Today they represent a unique niche. It is their rare but exemplary approach to business these women have that Akzo Nobel admires.

Since 1999, Akzo Nobel has recognized the Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry. Each woman that we honor excels as much in her community and the industry as in her business.

A large assortment of nominations pour in each year, representing various segments of the collision repair industry. From this pool, a panel chooses an elite group of women as the Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry. The 2001 Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry are:

  • Jan Anderson
    Co-owner
    Anderson’s Automotive Service Center
    Sheffield, OH
  • Rachelle Breault
    Vice President
    Crown Collision Center
    Pawtucket, RI
  • Laurie Carlson
    Owner
    Lukas Auto Painting and Repair
    Portland, OR
  • Michelle Franklin
    Operations Manager
    Sports & Imports
    Atlanta, GA
  • Natalie Kessler
    Founder
    Masters Autobody School of Management
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Margaret Knell
    Manager of Corporate Administration
    I-CAR
    Rolling Meadows, IL
  • Debbie Pryor
    Operations Manager
    Mike’s Auto Body
    Concord, CA

In keeping with spirit of this award, this year Akzo Nobel has teamed with ASA to establish The Akzo Nobel Influential Women Scholarship program. Each of this year’s Influential Women will designate a vo-tech school for a scholarship specifically for a female student pursuing a career in the collision repair industry. This year Akzo Nobel will contribute $10,000 in scholarship money for Sharon Merwin and ASA to distribute to vo-tech schools.

Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes Business Unit, headquartered in Atlanta, manufactures and markets Sikkens-brand paint refinishes systems to collision repair shops.

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