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News   June 8, 2009   by CARS Magazine

AkzoNobel opens 2009 Most Influential Women nominationsAwards Program slated for 2010

(Norcross, GA. – June 4, 2009) AkzoNobel Car Refinishes Americas today announces that
they will begin the process for accepting nominations for the 2009 Most Influential Women
(MIW) award. The recognition program, typically held during the first week of November in Las
Vegas, will be staged in 2010.

“2009 has been an extraordinary business year,” noted Tim Loden, Director of Marketing for
AkzoNobel Car Refinishes Americas. Loden elaborates, “This year has required many difficult
choices to be made. We recognize the positive social impact that the MIW program has
brought to the collision repair industry. Therefore, we are choosing to sustain this commitment
to the industry by recognizing the leaders that work to make it better. In addition, we will
maintain our endowment to the I-CAR Education Foundation honoring the MIW recipients and
providing needed financial assistance for those wishing to become a part of our industry”
In 2008 the MIW program marked its ten year anniversary. During the ten year history the
program has highlighted the contributions of approximately 80 industry leaders. More
importantly, through the I-CAR Education Foundation MIW Scholarship Fund, the program has
been able to touch the lives of a vast array of students aspiring to make the collision repair
industry a career destination.

In addition, alumnae members of the MIW program provided the stimulus for the formation of
the Women’s Industry Network (WIN). This new industry association is targeted at promoting
both workforce expansion and knowledge of women within collision repair.

“The MIW program has escalated to become one of the most respected and revered accolades
that our industry bestows on its members,” noted Geralynn Kottschade co-owner of Jerry’s
Body Shop in Mankato, Minnesota, past NACE Chair, past Most Influential Women award
honoree and past Chair for the WIN Association. “Few companies and even fewer programs
have had the influence on our industry which MIW has provided. AkzoNobel is to be
commended for their efforts to nurture this worthy effort.”

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