Monday, 19 October 2015 17:31

WIN Announces Record Membership Numbers, End of October Webinar

The Women’s Industry Network reported on September 18 that record membership numbers have been achieved in 2015. The organization revealed this week that the group is now comprised of over 400 women and men from a vast number of segments within the collision repair industry.

WIN Board

The WIN board during their strategic planning session.


Denise Caspersen, current WIN Chair, attributed the growth to an increase in industry outreach, last year’s #ALLIN4WIN membership drive and the dedication of the organization’s members.

“We are fortunate to have a group of individuals within WIN who are not only members, but are also advocates for the group and share the WIN message frequently and enthusiastically,” stated Caspersen.

The 2016 membership drive is planned for October, spearheaded by Mary Kunz, Chair of the Membership Committee. Kunz is looking forward to exceeding the results of last year’s drive.

"As a 10 year member of WIN I am thrilled to see the steady growth in our membership numbers and excited to watch WIN surpass the 400 mark this year,” stated Kunz. “It is encouraging to see so many women and men taking advantage of all that WIN has to offer including our one-of-kind annual education conference; our many scholarship opportunities; and our supportive networking/mentoring culture."

The Collision Repair Education Foundation hosted an open house event at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology (Lancaster, PA) Friday, October 2, 2015 in recognition of their 2014 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant award.

“We are honored to receive this makeover grant from the Collision Repair Education Foundation,” commented Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology President William Griscom. “Our Collision Repair Technology program is celebrating its 50th anniversary at College this year and to have this grant bring our shop in to the 21st century is greatly appreciated. In addition to our students learning from the I-CAR curriculum, we can now ensure they are being trained on state-of-the-art equipment which strongly enhances their chances of finding employment after graduation.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “We are very proud of the transformation of the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology collision program. This Makeover award has taken their program to the next level and we will continue to work with the school to ensure the students coming out of the program have opportunities to become employed in the industry. I invite all industry members to join me at the event to see firsthand the transformation of the program."

The WIN Board of Directors recently completed its semi-annual strategic planning session during their meeting October 1 and 2, 2015, at the Berkshire Hathaway Offices in Dallas, Texas.

"Our strategic planning meetings require all hands on deck and are essential in keeping WIN moving forward as we grow and accomplish goals,” said Denise Caspersen, Chair of the WIN organization. “Our membership, educational conference attendance and presence at industry events have steadily increased. The session focused on our strategy to continue these successes and prepare for the 10 year anniversary in 2016.”

The organization chartered MiddlEdge, Inc., a third party facilitator, to guide the strategic planning process.

Sandra Herron, founding principle and owner of MiddlEdge, Inc., stated, "Working with the WIN Board is a facilitator's dream. They moved through an aggressive two-day agenda with intention and strategic focus. Exciting plans are taking shape to propel WIN into another record-breaking year in 2016!"

The WIN Board consists of various industry segments including collision repair shops, jobbers, suppliers, consultants, information providers and insurance companies. Board members serve three, two-year terms working together to build the organization and foster an environment that encourages the education, recruitment, retention and networking of women in the collision repair industry.

Members of the Board are:

  • Amy Nuttall, USA
  • Beverly Rook-Twibell, Safelite Solutions
  • Cheryl Boswell, DCR Systems
  • Denise Caspersen, National Autobody Parts Warehouse
  • Jaclyn Byers, State Farm Insurance Co.
  • Jessica Rob, Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc.
  • Katie Henwood , Industry Professional
  • Margaret Knell, I-CAR
  • Marie Peevy, Automotive Training Coordinators, LLC.
  • Melissa Miller, CARSTAR Franchise Systems, Inc.
  • Michelle Sullivan, Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc.
  • Nina Pedraza-Zinna, Industry Professional
  • Petra Schroeder, Axalta Coatings Systems
  • Shellie Andrews, Dana’s Collision Center
  • Susanna Gotsch, CCC Information Services, Inc.
  • Terri Neely, Nagy’s Collision Centers
  • Yen Hoang, UYL Color Supply

To learn more about WIN and the Board, please visit http://www.womensindustrynetwork.com

WIN started celebrating their 2016 10 year anniversary early by kicking off The 2016 Sponsorship Campaign on October 16. The campaign will run until January 10, 2016.

Susanna Gotsch, Chair of the Sponsorship Committee, commented on the importance of industry sponsorship, stating, “As an all-volunteer non-profit network, our ability to develop programs to support our members, and ultimately our industry, depends upon the support and generosity of our sponsors across diverse industry segments. We are grateful for the confidence the industry has shown and look forward to cultivating new sponsor relationships this year. ”

WIN expanded its scholarship program in 2015, and awarded five College Student Tuition and three High School Tuition Scholarships to eight young women who have chosen to study in the collision repair industry.

At its annual Educational Conference, WIN also honored four outstanding female professionals with the “Most Influential Women” (MIW) award. The MIW program recognizes women who have enriched the industry with their leadership, vision, and commitment to excellence. Each scholarship winner was then paired with an MIW honoree to create mentoring relationships to support the young women entering the industry.

Please contact Susanna Gotsch (sgotsch@cccis.com or 312-229-2952) for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

WIN is hosting a 30-minute informational webinar called “Choice Management (Make the Shift)” on Wednesday, October 28th at 11:30 a.m. EST. Building on her recent WIN Educational Conference presentation, “Time Management –There’s No Such Thing”, Ruth Weniger, CEO of Airbag Solutions and 2015 Most Influential Woman Award recipient, will highlight the three most important things industry members can do to shift from ineffective “time management” to high performance; choice management. There will be allotted time for discussions and questions at the end.

“WIN’s membership committee is hosting this webinar as part of our 2016 #ALLIN4WIN Membership Drive. We are excited to have Ruth present a follow-up to the presentation she gave at this year’s WIN conference. Time management is the number one stressor in most of our lives and exploring how a choice based life can relieve some of the pressure resonates with many busy professionals, male and female alike," stated Mary Kunz, Marketing Director for Professional Parts Group and chair of WIN’s membership committee. "As Ruth showed us in her Conference presentation, we have many choices to make over the course of our workday. Please CHOOSE to spend 30 minutes with WIN to see how you can treat your time like currency and spend it wisely.”

To register for the WIN webinar go to http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EC51DD82804A38

WIN membership is open to all women and men in every segment of the collision repair industry. Membership is $75 per calendar year for professionals and $25 per calendar year for students. Anyone who joins during the membership drive (being held now through December 31, 2015) will receive membership for the remainder of 2015 included with their 2016 membership.

To renew your membership, visit http://www.regonline.com/WINmembership

For information on becoming a member of the Women’s Industry Network and the upcoming #ALLIN4WINWIN membership drive, please visit http: http://www.womensindustrynetwork.com

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