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February 04, 2016

Women’s Automotive Association International Names 2016 Spirit of Leadership Honorees

Women_in_Automotive-Spirit_of_leadership_award-2016Five accomplished industry women have been chosen to receive the esteemed 2016 Spirit of Leadership Award. Established in 1999, the WAAI's "Spirit of Leadership" award is presented annually to professional women in the automotive industry in recognition of their significant accomplishments in their profession, community, and family.

These women have dedicated their life to their profession and to giving back to others; and they serve as mentors and are role models to us all. Sustained superior performance, community involvement, influence and support of other women within the automotive industry are just some of the qualities these women possess. A Spirit of Leadership award is given for three automotive business sectors: 1) manufacturer, 2) dealership, and 3) supplier.

This year’s honorees represent diverse segments of the auto industry:

Mandi_Fang-headshotMandi Fang
vAuto, VP, Product Management

Mandi Fang is vice president of product management for vAuto. She oversees the ongoing development, growth and innovation of the company’s new and used vehicle inventory management solutions for dealers and OEMs. In this role, Mandi works closely with key internal and external stakeholders to prioritize and pursue product initiatives that advance the goals of vAuto and Cox Automotive business units to better serve dealer customers. Prior to vAuto, Mandi successfully held product development, management, customer relationship and sales roles with automotive industry leaders Reynolds & Reynolds and Digital Motorworks, earning multiple awards for her service. Mandi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Morehead State University.

Shellie_Medici-headshotShellie Medici
FCA, Commodity Manager

Shellie Medici has a long history with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, having started with Chrysler more than 25 years ago. As a Commodity Manager, Shellie is responsible for the direct management of Corporate Outsourcing Initiatives, consulting services, and purchase services. In 2008, Shellie was honored with the “Champion of Supplier Diversity” Award acknowledging her significant contributions to supplier diversity by The Chrysler Foundation. Shellie is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

Christy_Roman-headshotChristy Roman
Founder of Women in Automotive Conference

A founding partner also of Women in Automotive, Christy Roman also works with other female industry leaders to create events aimed at empowering and developing women in auto. An entrepreneur with a background in advertising sales, management and a few online start-ups, Christy Roman has a unique perspective on advertising as it pertains to automotive and the Internet. Her claim to fame was developing and monetizing the Partnership Program (now the Premium Program) dealer initiative at AutoTrader.com which turned them into a classified advertising powerhouse and now generates hundreds of millions of dollars. Christy is a member of the Ask Patty Female Speaker's Bureau, and has been a past speaker at multiple dealer conferences including Digital Dealer, PCG Digital Boot Camp, AutoCon, Dealer 20 Groups, Dealer Think Tank, and Joni Stuker Training. Christy holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.


Kathy_gilbert-headshot2Kathy Gilbert
Director of Sales and Business Development for CDK Global, Inc

Kathy Gilbert is the Director of Sales and Business Development for CDK Global, Inc (formerly ADP Dealer Services). She has management responsibility for the CDK Minority and Women Dealer Business(es) which includes 1,500 clients across the United States with roughly $60M in revenue. Kathy has over 20 years with CDK, where she has held positions in Product Marketing, Field Sales – Northeast, Sales Operations & Support and Competitive Intelligence. Kathy is an advocate for all clients, especially our minority and women dealers. Kathy continues to partner with internal and external stakeholders to deliver unique, personalized experiences for our clients and to showcase our products and services.

Michelle_Primm-headshotMichelle Primm
Cascade Auto Group

Michelle Primm began her automotive career as a high school student doing filing for the service department at Cascade Auto Group 40 years ago. During high school summer breaks, she worked in Parts then moved to the office during college. After completing her Bachelor of Business Administration degrees in Finance and Economics at Kent State University she became Business Manager, then General Manager. Currently Managing Partner, Michelle is a graduate of the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy. She has represented Women Dealers on the NADA Board of Directors for more than eight years; in 2015 she was honored by Crain's Cleveland Business as "A Woman of Note," and received the Barbara Cox Anthony Automotive Woman of the Year Award from Cox Automotive. She has also volunteered for the "Youth for Understanding USA" organization for more than 15 years.

The_D-Hotel-Las_VegasThese five women will be honored at the 17th Annual Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception on Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the D Hotel in Las Vegas, during which attendees will also enjoy an exciting Automotive Art Experience with renowned artist Daniel Cascardo.  The reception is being held in conjunction with the 2016 NADA Convention. A portion of the event proceeds will be contributed to the WAAI International Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance to qualified students pursuing careers in the automotive industry. A special presentation will also be made to a local nonprofit organization to help women.

"We are honored to be able to award these outstanding women who have shown exemplary leadership in both their personal and professional lives", says Lynn Wilhelm, President and CEO of the Women's Automotive Association International. "We salute their efforts and accomplishments and hope they will continue to inspire more to excel in the industry. We also extend deep appreciation to Cox Automotive as our presenting sponsor and Northwood University for their outstanding support of our Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception.”

Women_in_automotive_conference_logoFounded in 1995, WAAI focuses on recognizing the achievements of women in the automotive industry, providing networking and relationship-building opportunities, and encouraging growth through mentoring, educational endeavors and scholarships.

For additional information on the awards reception, including sponsorship and advertising opportunities, and to purchase tickets, visit the WAAI website, www.waai.com. Or email to Lynn Wilhelm, WAAI president, lmwwaai@gmail.com, or call 248.646.5250.

November 23, 2015

Meet General Motors VP of Design Ed Welburn: from Average Student to Car Design Star

1_ed_welburn"I was an average student that worked really hard," says Ed Welburn, vice president of global automotive design for General Motors.

He was speaking to a classroom of high school students in Manhattan. The theme was "Find Your Passion" follow it, work hard, and find a career in fine arts and design. It fits the story of Welburn's life.

He was there to tell students about the many openings in automotive design, drawing attention to opportunities that stretch beyond the predictable. These automotive design positions could include digital animation, sculpting (both by hand and on the computer), textiles, color trim, and video.

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November 13, 2015

SEMA and AAPEX Goes Female Friendlier in 2015

SEMA-AAPEX-LV-563There were many more women oriented leadership events for those attending AAPEX and SEMA 2015 than any prior year. Standing ovation to the convention planners on making this happen. Was so refreshing to see the growing support and highlighting of so many amazingly talented women!

Here are some highlights:

AutoTexPinkBcamCause-Marketing panel during AAPEX  hosted by Wexco Industries / AutoTex Pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation

​Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com moderated the panel on Cause Marketing during AAPEX in Las Vegas hosted by Paula Lombard and AutoTex Pink wiper blades. Executives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation participated as well AutoTexPink CEO Paula Lombard, Quick Chadwick of Tire Pros, Amy Mattinat current President of the Car Care Council Women's Board and more.

The AutoTexPink Wiper Blade program raised $270,000 in support of breast cancer research and program to date.

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network’s mission is to provide networking, education, and recognition opportunities for professional women in the specialty-equipment industry, which will enhance their careers and positively impact the growth of the entire automotive aftermarket.

The SBN Women Driven Education Program—Newly created for 2015, this program captures networking, education and community in one event at the SEMA Show.

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October 12, 2015

AskPatty Visits Detroit for the General Motors Women’s Retail Network Conference

General_Motors_Womens_Retail_Network-226-RenCenBy Cherie Watters

After three decades in the automotive business I finally was invited by the General Motors to participate in the Women’s Retail Network. Headed by Celeste Briggs, the event is held in a location that is to me the Mecca of the automotive business world, Detroit.

Growing up in the US with a passion for automobiles, I’ve always seen Detroit as the place, the center of it all, the birthplace of what I love most… cars. I love them all: Fast cars, fancy cars, big cars, and let’s not forget all the wonderful, powerful trucks. When it comes to automotive, to me Detroit is the leader of them all, the American Automotive Mecca.

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August 06, 2015

Dana Buckley: Toyota’s Accidental Engineer

2015_Dana_Buckley_002_with_dummyDana Buckley doesn’t fit the outdated image of a math-churning, glasses wearing, pocket-protected engineer. With her passion for kinematics, the study of motion, she’s more about applying math than just adding up numbers.

Buckley has been a safety engineer at the Toyota Technical Center (TTC) in Saline, Michigan, since 2012, where her world is a series of crash tests, crash test dummies, and the lives they can help save.

Truthfully, she’s surprised she’s working in the automotive industry. She grew up loving animals over engines.

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August 05, 2015

Lisa Copeland Finds Success in the Automotive Industry Her Way

Lisa_copeland_with_FiatsBy Jo Ann Holt

Texans like to brag that everything is bigger and better there.  If they’re talking about Austin’s Lisa Copeland, managing partner of Fiat of Austin, even Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne agrees.  After all, the Texas dealership has been the top Chrysler/Fiat retailer in North America since the brand returned to the U.S. 

Marchionne recently flew to Austin to congratulate Lisa and her team on their record-breaking Fiat 500 sales, adding, “Lisa is also an incredible salesperson herself, an excellent manager, and a dynamic leader, and what she and her team have achieved here at the Fiat of Austin store is unprecedented.”

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July 16, 2015

Women in Automotive Adds Three Speakers to August Conference in Orlando

Women_in_automotive_conference_logoThree new speakers have been added to the inaugural Women in Automotive Conference,  set for Tuesday-Thursday, August 18-20, 2015, at the Ballroom at Church Street in downtown Orlando, Florida.

The three-day conference includes speakers, breakout sessions, workshops and booth displays – all centered on the goal of educating and inspiring women in all areas of the automotive industry.

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May 26, 2015

Cargazzmic Experience at Heels and Wheels 2015

1HeelsandWheels_2015What happens when you get a bunch of awesome women media, journalist, bloggers, PR Peeps, and carmakers together for a ride and drive? A Cargazzmic Experience!

 

The 4th annual #HeelsandWheels2015 event hosted at the Four Seasons Westlake Village, California this year was educational, entertaining, zany and OHHH what a driving experience. My driving partner Brandy Schaffels, Chief Editor here at AskPatty.com, and I drove 13 cars (and 1 truck) totaling $667,430 and 4,293 horsepower per Mary Lowry of CarsandMe.

 

Big thanks to Buick's Kristin Rubi; Dodge's Kristin Starnes; GMC's Kelly Wysocki; Infiniti's Aileen Clarke; Jaguar & Land Rover's Halie Schmidt; Kia's Amy Corsinita; Lexus's Leigh Anne Sessions; Mazda's Carley Hummel; Mitsubishi's Laura Conrad; Nissan's Paige Presley; and Volkswagen's Jessica Anderson and Jeannine Ginivan for the opportunity to drive a little and dream a little!

 

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May 21, 2015

BMW Dealership Careers Event June 3rd Bergen County NJ

BMW DEALERSHIP CAREERS EVENT

The most innovative automotive brand in the world needs a dealer network that shares the same outlook and values and strives to be number one. How do they achieve this? Through the people they employ.

On June 3rd, BMW Recruiters w300x250_BMW_CAREERS_askpatty_v2ill be on-site to talk about the different roles in sales and service immediately open in the local New Jersey/New York area. Afterward, applicants will have the opportunity to interview face-to-face with the recruiters.

The BMW Dealership Careers Event is by invitation only and the seats are limited! Apply today for one of our open roles and if your background is the right fit, you will receive a phone call with a personal invitation to attend the Event!

Apply here: http://bmw.force.com/careers

 

 

 

December 17, 2014

Women’s Automotive Association International Names Spirit of Leadership Honorees

WAAI_Spirit_of_leadership-invite-2015Six accomplished industry women have been chosen to receive the esteemed 2015 Spirit of Leadership Award. Established in 1999, the WAAI's "Spirit of Leadership" award is presented annually to professional women in the automotive industry in recognition of their significant accomplishments in their profession, community, and family.

These women have dedicated their life to their profession and to giving back to others; and they serve as mentors and are role models to us all. Sustained superior performance, community involvement, influence and support of other women within the automotive industry are just some of the qualities these women possess. A Spirit of Leadership award is given for three automotive business sectors: 1) manufacturer, 2) dealership, and 3) supplier.

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