7 women honored for their professional achievements in the collision industry

The Women’s Industry Network (WIN) honored seven women for their career achievements in the collision repair industry with its 2022 Most Influential Women (MIW) awards.

The seven are:

  • Allison Boever, Director of Human Resources, Repairify;
  • Alicia Figurelli, Vice President, Thomas Greco Publishing;
  • Shirin Hezar, Director, Strategic Accounts, Caliber Collision;
  • Jennifer Hubbard, Customer Engagement Manager, CCC;
  • Samantha Kita, regional vice president, operations, Gerber;
  • Debbie Menz, Strategic Account Manager (retired), Axalta; and
  • Micki Woods, Owner, Micki Woods Marketing Genius for Body Shops.

“These seven sensational ladies have had a tremendous impact on the collision repair industry through their dedication to excellence, their commitment to their communities and their investment in the future through their willingness to mentor others. women,” said Rachel Hinson, chair of the MIW committee, in announcing the awards. “Your exemplary journeys show the ladies that anything is possible when you put in the work.”

WIN has honored dozens of women since the award was introduced in 1999.

WIN’s 2022 MIW recipients will be celebrated at the gala, which will be held at the WIN 2022 conference, scheduled for May 2-4 in Greenville, SC and online.

“WIN is thrilled to honor seven extraordinary women with MIW awards this year,” said Kathy Mello, Co-Chair of WIN’s MIW Committee. “These industry professionals are shining examples of the range of opportunities that are available in a crash as well as testimonials of the positive impact women can have in this field.”

Repairer Driven News reached out to the winners for their reactions to being selected and for their advice to women pursuing a career in collision repair. Not all were able to respond before our publication deadline.

“I was grateful to even be considered for an MIW award, and to be chosen as one of this year’s recipients is an incredible honor,” Figurelli said.

“The great thing about the collision industry is that there are so many directions in a person’s career path and limitless opportunities to grow and succeed within it. this, regardless of gender. Women who pursue a career in collision repair can excel in any field they choose, whether within the four walls of the shop itself or in a number of industry-related positions” , she said. “This year’s group of fantastic MIW recipients is a perfect snapshot of the wide variety of important roles that exist within our industry. I am honored to be in their company as one of this year’s recipients.

“I am grateful to have been recognized and intend to live up to the level of success this award demands,” said Hubbard. Her advice to other women pursuing a career in the industry is to “keep a positive attitude, ask for help when needed, and be prepared to learn something new every day in our ever-changing industry.”

“I am delighted to have won this award!” said Wood. “You hope you make a difference in the life around you, and then when you receive an award like this, it really humbles you and makes you realize that you matter and what you do is good and honorable. C It’s encouraging for all of us to try to do the right thing and do it with integrity.

“A lot of people find out that I work in the collision industry and the look on their face is priceless,” she said. “As in any industry, women bring a different touch to the table. You don’t have to be a technician or have automotive knowledge to get started in this industry. There are so many different roles and valuable in the collision industry and as our industry embraces women, now is a great time to step in and see if this is right for you!”

Hezar said, “I am honored to be recognized as one of seven recipients of this year’s Most Influential Women (MIW) award. I think back to my predecessors and I am privileged to be in the company of these extraordinary women whose professional achievements have improved the collision industry through time and into the future.

“Like many other industries, bodywork has also been impacted by recent economic and cultural dynamics. At Caliber, I have held leadership positions influencing and guiding evolutionary change to further strengthen the achievement of our “Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life®” purpose – caring for the teammates, customers, and communities we serve.

“In today’s ever-changing environment, it will be critical for female leaders in our industry to leverage innovative and out-of-the-box thinking to ensure we keep pace with rapidly changing consumer expectations. clients. The collision industry offers many unique opportunities for female leaders. Their new perspectives and new ideas will shape our future, and I am honored to be part of this incredible journey,” she said.

WIN received the Collision Industry Non-Individual Service Award at the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Red Carpet Awards Breakfast at the 2021 SEMA Show.

“Training, education and scholarships, all things we cherish in the industry, and they have exemplified that over the past 20 years,” CSIS board member Brett Bailey told About WIN at the event.

WIN’s mission is “to support and enhance the role of women in the collision repair industry by promoting education, career advancement and networking”.

For more information on attending the WIN 2022 conference, in person or online, visit the WIN website. Due to space constraints, in-person guest tickets for the WIN Gala are not available at this time. Winners will be offered a limited number of guest tickets. However, everyone is welcome to watch the WIN gala for free through the online platform.

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