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AkzoNobel opens 2012 MIW nominations

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Nov. 15, 2011— AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas recently announced it is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Most Influential Women (MIW) in the Collision Repair Industry awards.

MIW award nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28. The 2012 recipients will be announced July 19 in San Antonio.

AkzoNobel said the MIW awards program, now in its 13th year, honors the contributions of exceptional leaders who are having an impact on the industry with their leadership, vision, commitment to excellence and community involvement. The awards program has recognized more than 85 leaders who have influenced the collision repair industry since its inception, including technicians, shop managers, entrepreneurs, suppliers, association executives, consultants and industry advocates.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as one of a group of extraordinary women who has given so much to the industry and communities. Each individual’s story and personal experience represents an inspiration and a challenge, ” said Susanna Gotsch, director, industry analyst at CCC Information Services Inc., who was an MIW award recipient in 2011. “Through the program, AkzoNobel demonstrates its commitment to recognizing innovators and promoting the industry.”

AkzoNobel also contributes $25,000 annually to the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) MIW Scholarship Fund in honor of the award recipients. The fund is used to provide scholarships to deserving students with a desire to pursue a career in the collision repair industry.

“Through the Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry award, AkzoNobel and the Collision Repair Education Foundation recognize the leaders who are making essential contributions to our industry today, while helping to prepare young students to achieve their career dreams in the future,” said Scott Kruger, executive director of the CREF. “We are honored to be a part of this scholarship program that supports the advancement and sustainability of our industry.”

To submit a nomination for the 2012 MIW awards, visit

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