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Akzo Nobel names industry’s most influential women

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March 24, 2011 — Akzo Nobel on Thursday revealed this year’s recipients of its Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry designation (MIW).

The five women come from several service areas in the U.S. and Canada including publishing, industry associations, independent shops and multiple-store operations.

The recipients are:

Michelle Rolls, Queensway Autobody, Prince George, British Columbia;

Jennifer Justice-Hayley, Valley Paint and Body, Amelia, Ohio;

Susanna Gotsch, CCC Information Services; Chicago;

Sharon Mazanec, Sterling Collision Centers, Northbrook, Ill.;

Barbara Davies, Autobody News, Carlsbad, Calif.

“Diversity brings strength to any successful endeavour,” said AB Ghosh, general manager for Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes North America. “The 2011 MIW nominees demonstrate the cross section of contributors that provide continuity and leadership. This recognition is a cornerstone institution for our industry. We are honored to celebrate the accomplishments of these leaders and sustain this tradition.“

Established in 1999, the MIW program is meant to promote the contributions of key leaders and grow the future involvement of a valuable resource pool for the industry, according to Akzo Nobel. The I-CAR Education Foundation collaborates with the program to provide scholarships to women seeking to advance their education and build a career in collision repair.

Akzo Nobel Car Refinishes North America sells coatings for body refinishing or re-coating to collision repair shops, distributors, fleet owners, suppliers and major bus and truck producers. For more information, go to

The MIW winners will be honored at an invitation-only gala event in Salt Lake City on July 19 in conjunction with I-CAR's Inter-Industry Conference.

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