AkzoNobel will mark the tenth year of the “Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry” awards program at the National Autobody Congress and Exposition in Las Vegas this November. Since 1999, the company has honoured women who have enriched the industry with their leadership, vision, and commitment to excellence. “Ten years ago, we set out to recognize the achievements of a special group of leaders working in a traditionally male-oriented industry,” says Tim Loden, director of marketing for AkzoNobel Car Refinishes Americas. “The program has grown from an idea to an institution. Its success reflects the growing influence of women in the collision repair workplace,” he says. “In addition, we wanted this to be a sustainable program. We have invested in excess of a million dollars to support this endeavour. And most importantly, the ensuing scholarship funds not only touch current contributors, but reach out to future generations.” Since the awards program began, 65 women have been recognized. They represent all aspects of the industry including collision repair shop owners, managers, and suppliers, as well as women who hold positions with associations, government, insurance companies, publications, and more. The honourees for 2008 will be introduced at a special by invitation only program on Thursday, November 6, at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.