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AkzoNobel to host second annual Sustainable Leadership Symposium

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July 3, 2012—AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) announced its plans to host the second annual Sustainable Leadership Symposium on July 20 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, Texas.

The symposium launched in 2011, and collision repair industry professionals discussed their role in advancing and leading sustainable business practices, according to a news release_notes.

“We were more than encouraged last year to hear the level of concern, commitment and contribution that key industry leaders are willing to embrace toward making collision repair a more sustainable industry,” said AkzoNobel’s Mike Shesterkin, director of sustainability and new business innovations for A&AC Americas. “This year’s symposium will include an even wider circle of professionals. We expect the discussions to identify actions that lead to triple bottom line—people, planet and profit—value creation. Our intention is to engage the community of collision repair stakeholders in a collaborative model, one that seeks to deal effectively with a rapidly changing world.” 

Deborah Steketee will moderate the symposium. She is associate professor of sustainable business and executive director for the Center of Sustainability at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The following will be panelists at the event:

Lee Broughton, Enterprise Holdings, St. Louis, Miss.
Susanna Gotsch, CCC Information Services, Chicago, Ill.
Randy Hanson, Allstate, Chicago, Ill.
Michael LeVasseur, Keenan’s Auto Body, Clifton Heights, N.J.
Mary Mahoney, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.
Tom Melcher, dmStrategists, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Diana Rivenburgh, Strategic Imperatives, Atlanta, Ga.
Deborah Steketee, Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Carl Vincenti, Oka’s Auto Body, Waipahu, Hawaii

Before the symposium, AkzoNobel will host its 2012 FIT Sustainable and Most Influential Women awards banquet. The event takes place on Thursday, July 19. The FIT Award is the collision industry’s first recognition program dedicated to honoring corporate commitment, participation and leadership in advancing sustainability through focus, innovation and talent, according to a news release.

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