The Women’s Industry Network’s 2019 Most Influential Women honorees announced Friday demonstrate the diversity of posts women hold in the collision repair industry.
Winners included women holding collision roles at an OEM and a paint manufacturer and the CEOs of a body shop and paint distributor.
“The MIW is a prestigious award, and we felt these women embody what it means to be ‘Most Influential,” award committee Co-Chair Cheryl Boswell (DCR Systems), herself an honoree in 2015, said in a statement. “This year’s recipients know what it means to have achieved a strong family and work life balance. They continue to be a positive role model in their communities and professional environments, as well as their home. We are very excited to celebrate this great honor with them at this year’s Educational Conference.”
WIN this year tapped Judy Folk, collision repair design service manager for Sherwin-Williams; Yen Hoang, CEO of UYL Color, which distributes Axalta and AkzoNobel; TGIF Body Shop CEO and immediate California Autobody Association past President Kathy Mello; and Erica Schaefer, FCA Mopar collision marketing manager.
Hoang highlighted women in the refinish and collision industries to a national audience earlier in the decade by appearing in a Microsoft ad for the Surface Pro.
The four women will be honored at the May 7 WIN Educational Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
WIN said it received “many worthy applicants” among the nominees this year. Nearly 100 women have received the award since 1999.
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Clockwise from top left: The Women’s Industry Network in 2019 tapped Judy Folk, collision repair design service manager for Sherwin-Williams; Yen Hoang, CEO of UYL Color, which distributes Axalta and AkzoNobel; TGIF Body Shop CEO and immediate California Autobody Association President Kathy Mello; and Erica Schaefer, FCA Mopar collision marketing manager, as the year’s Most Influential Women. (Provided by WIN)