Who We Are

Women in Automotive was founded by six industry female leaders who came together with the same interest in empowering and developing women in the auto industry. The philosophy is that this benefits both women and the automotive industry and will help facilitate attracting, hiring, training, mentoring and developing more women leaders industry-wide.

WIA Board Members

Christy Roman

President | NOW Digital

Jody DeVere

CEO | AskPatty.com

Joni Stuker

President & Founder | Owner Connect

Kathy Gilbert

Senior Director, Minority Dealer and Women Retail | CDK Global, Inc

Scotty Reiss

Founder | A Girls Guide To Cars

Robin Wilson


Veronica Dunford

EVP, Strategic Partnerships | DealerBuilt

Joe Webb

President & Founder | DealerKnows Consulting

Bobbie Herron

CEO & Founder | The Bees Knees Automotive Agency

Eliana Raggio

Director of Industry Relations | Digital Air Strike

Lou Ann Hammond

Founder & Owner | Drivingthenation

Charlie Vogelheim

Principal | Vogelheim Ventures

Tony Dupaquier

Director | The Academy

Evelyn Chatel

Co-Owner / General Manager | Freedom Auto Group

Tammy Tecklenburg

Principal Advisor |
Tecklenburg Advisors / Women in AutoCare

Tania Santos

Customer Care Training Manager | AutoNation

Dana W. White

Chief Communications Officer | Hyundai Motor North America

Gina Callari

Chief Operating Officer | EVOX Images®

Marisabel O. Cole

Dealer Network & Investment Manager (Florida, Caribbean) | General Motors

Michelle McLain

Brand Strategist & CEO | RetentionMasters

Gary May

Interactive Marketing and Consulting Services

WIA Executive Board

Alex Vetter

Chief Executive Officer & President | Cars.com

Justin Byrd

President | Team Velocity

Brian Benstock

General Manager / VP | Paragon Honda

Chris Saraceno

Business Executive | Chris Saraceno

Jared Hamilton

Founder & CEO | DrivingSales DP, Walla Walla Valley Honda

David Spisak

President/CEO | ReverseRisk

Adam Arens

President / Dealer / CEO | PATRIOT AUTO GROUP

Joe Webb

President & Founder | DealerKnows Consulting

Amy Byrne

EVP, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer | CDK Global, Inc.

Why a Women’s Conference?

group The industry focuses quite about on certain niche segments. There are conferences for any major theme in automotive digital, leadership, finance, marketing, sales, etc. These events serve as great platforms for discussion, debate, networking and most importantly innovation. People who attend these events are pushed and challenged and filled with the information of the changes and progress in those fields. They find themselves growing every year. So, the real question is… why not a women’s conference? Women are an under-served population in this industry when it comes to those needs and having those platforms. There is significant growth in the number of women working in automotive and attending conferences and seminars. With women only making up 2.8% of all dealerships and only holding 7% of the managerial, sales, and service advisor positions, the Women in Automotive Group feels passionately about providing a place for women to come together to share and learn. We want to provide an experience that discusses challenges, changes, opportunities for education, personal branding, and career paths. A first of its kind conference serving women that make up all aspects of the industry, Women in Automotive is a stepping stone to the greater growth of women in this space in leadership roles.

Why should automotive dealers send their employees?

  • Scientific data is proving the effect women have on sales, sales management, and service advisor roles.
  • The value of this conference is OFF THE CHARTS! We have kept costs low with the purpose of making it possible for women to attend. The speakers, topics, breakout sessions, and educational opportunities far exceed the cost of sending their employees.
  • Developing the employees they find potential in can help motivate and drive the momentum of their departments.
  • Reason 4 : Retention statistic?
  • Reason 5: A page of stats?

What makes WIA unique as a conference?

Outside the obvious reason, this conference was designed carefully by passionate women discussing the most important topics for this specific population. Speakers did not apply and speaking roles were not purchased. The agenda consists of important topics for women, how to overcome challenges, and invited guests to speak on chosen topics. This conference is 100% designed to help further the discussions between women, address challenges, continue to educate, and move our industry forward!