AkzoNobel, in reference to Women’s History Month, has announced Platinum Sponsorship for the non-profit Women’s Industry Network (WIN).
WIN is dedicated to encouraging, developing and cultivating opportunities to attract women to vehicle collision repair. WIN recognizes excellence, promotes leadership, and fosters a network among women who are shaping the industry.
Doug Holmberg, Vehicle Refinishes Business Director for AkzoNobel in North America, said that he is extremely proud of AkzoNobel’s longstanding relationship with WIN.
“AkzoNobel is a strong proponent of our industry and the advancement of diversity within it. Many of WIN’s founders and current leaders were first recognized by AkzoNobel through the Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry program, began in 1999; and, today administered under the stewardship of WIN. As a result of this history, we were the first and primary corporate mentor for WIN as it aspired to be the only association in the North America collision repair industry specifically focused on the advancement of women at all strata. This sponsorship demonstrates our appreciation of their work,” said Holmberg.
The WIN organization is currently in growth mode, as companies representing every segment of collision repair around the world are becoming members.
Susanna Gotsch, chair of WIN’s Sponsorship Committee says that their growth is made possible through the support of organizations like AkzoNobel.
“We are happy to support such a worthwhile organization,” said Jennifer Solcz, North American Marketing Manager for AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes in announcing the $25,000 sponsorship.
“In addition to providing financial support, AkzoNobel employees are actively involved with WIN. Past employees served on WIN’s founding Board of Directors and we have several current employees working to advance the association through their involvement on various committees.”
“The importance of WIN’s mission to our industry is reaffirmed by the tremendous support we have received from our sponsors. At WIN, we provide a unique industry setting where women can connect with peers in the industry to share different perspectives, challenges and ideas to improve the industry,” said Susanna Gotsch.