Women auto leaders honored during NADA events – Automotive News

Why aren’t there more women in the auto industry?

There is no simple answer, but it was nice to see several honored with “atta girl” pats on the back at events held during the NADA conference, here in Las Vegas this weekend.

Please know I use the term “girl” loosely. These are professional women. They are impressive, accomplished and dedicated to the auto industry and paving the way for other women — and men, too — to follow their footsteps.

Cox Automotive tapped Jenell Ross, president of the Bob Ross Auto Group in Centerville, Ohio as the recipient of its Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year Award.

The award recognizes female business leaders committed to improving the auto industry.

The Women’s Automotive Association International handed out its Spirit of Leadership Awards at a reception Saturday evening.

Receiving those awards were Mandi Fang, vice president of product management at vAuto; Kathy Gilbert, director of sales and business development for CDK Global Inc.; Shellie Medici, a commodity manager at FCA US; Christy Roman, founder of Women in Automotive and Michelle Primm, managing partner, Cascade Auto Group, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

And by the way, the Women in Automotive conference is set for June 26-28 in Orlando.

The Women Dealers Networking Event also held its gathering during the NADA conference. That group continues its ongoing commitment to improve financial literacy.

During her acceptance speech at the WAAI awards event, Primm urged women to find their passion, plan their careers and then go for it.

She said: “Too many times women let their careers happen. They don’t plan it.”

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