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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 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.

The Gear Up Girl—An event at the SEMA Show that connects female students with seasoned professionals, allowing them to make connections and explore career paths.

SBNRoseCongratulations to the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) 2015 award winners!

Athena Champion: Rose Kawasaki of Exports International
Athena Woman of the Year: Nan Gelhard of Summit Racing
Athena Rising Star: Kristin Stone of Reaction Time Marketing


Women Driven Education Program 2015

Women Driven: WOMEN ONLY: Women in Business – Shattering the Glass Ceiling! Powered by SBN & TIA

Women Driven: Leveraging Differences to Drive Success: 5 Best Practices for Building a Diverse Workforce, Powered by SBN

Women Driven: Communication Roadmap for Men and Women, Powered by SBN

Keynote & Coffee: How Expectations Are Changing the Sales Experience for Millennial Women, Powered by SBN

SBNWine2015The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) welcomed professionals invested in the advancement of women in the automotive industry to an exclusive evening of networking and engagement.The event will included a wine tasting, featuring a sommelier introducing wines with unique pairings, along with an illusionist performing throughout the night.

This served as great opportunity to build community with like-minded professionals, as you network and explore opportunities in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The event will took place on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Located at Westgate, Paradise Center: North.

NHRA Womensema1The annual NHRA Breakfast at the SEMA Show Wednesday saluted the Women of the NHRA, with current stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Erica Enders, Courtney Force, Alexis DeJoria, and Leah Pritchett joining legendary Shirley Muldowney for a panel discussion in the Paradise Events Center at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The panel was moderated by longtime NHRA announcer Bob Frey.

The Car Care Council Women’s Board is comprised of auto care professionals dedicated to providing opportunities, education and career leadership to women in the auto care industry through:

Networking – driving personal and professional development
Mentoring – career mentoring with industry leaders
Recruitment – supporting women entering the industry by providing resources, and awarding scholarships
Recognition – presenting the Women of the Year, Becky Babcox Women’s Board Scholarship award winner and Automotive Communications Awards
Industry Advisors – on female consumer education
Communication – providing up to date information on industry trends

Car Care Council Womens Board AAPEXThe Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB) has announced that Pamela Gatto, president of Gatto’s Tires & Auto Service, is the 2015 recipient of the Female Shop Owner of the Year award. Gatto will be presented with the award at the WB press conference and reception at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Sands Expo, room 310, during AAPEX 2015 in Las Vegas. The Female Shop Owner of the Year award is bestowed annually to an auto care shop owner in recognition of her involvement in the industry and commitment to the advancement of women.

The Car Care Council Women’s Board (WB) also named Vonda Lee, director of retail and special markets for Beck/Arnley Worldparts Corp. the 2015 recipient of the Auto Care Woman of Excellence award and announced  that Tammy (Chaffee) Tecklenburg, vice president, Global Sales and Marketing Operations, Spectrum Brands – Global Auto Care, is the 2015 recipient of the Auto Care Woman of the Year award.

Womans-Perspective-Full-Page-200x300“A Woman’s Perspective on Leading” is an essay anthology featuring women leading the way in the automotive aftermarket was unveiled during the Women’s Board reception at AAPEX 2015. Contributors to the book share their inspiring and diverse stories as well as advice for future leaders in the auto care industry.

Contributors Include: JoAnn Bortles, Nicole Brennan, Tammy (Chaffee) Tecklenburg, Jody DeVere, Ruth Ehlinger, Lauren Fix, Julia Johnson, Jody Kramer, Diane Larson, Bogi Lateiner, Paula Lombard, Amy Mattinat, Colleen McCarthy, Ashley Ridenour, Lisa Rodriguez, Karen Salvaggio, Lorraine Schultz, Patricia Serratore, Beth Skove, Laura Soave and Donna Wagner.

Valkyrie Project, a women-built 1969 AMC AMX

Vakerie SEMA WOMENSpanesi Americas  displayed the Valkyrie Project, a women-built 1969 AMC AMX, at its booth at the SEMA Show. Spanesi Americas assisted the group in the body and paint phase, headed up by JoAnn Bortles, an award winning custom automotive painter, airbrush artist, certified welder/fabricator, author, and photo journalist with over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry.

Dr. Karen Salvaggio of Thunder Valley Racing brings a wealth of motorsports, education, and leadership experience to any project. A military veteran and master mechanic, Salvaggio served nine years in the U.S. Air Force as a crew chief on B-52's and KC-135 aircraft and garnered numerous distinguished service medals before leaving the military to pursue advanced education.

Her 30-year career on the track includes over 150 victories, five racing championships, and multiple track records. She is an active member of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), Guldstrand Racing Association (GRA), and the Vintage Automobile Racing Association (VARA).

Salvaggio now builds race cars full time and most recently served as a SEMA council member. She also focuses on creating hands-on automotive projects and connecting the industry with the next generation of "gearheads."

Jody DeVere

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