Thank you to everyone who nominated for this year's Women in Collision Awards. It was great to see so many industry suppliers nominate their customers. We had a record number of nominations and a big thank you to last year's winners who spent the time reading the nominations and voting for the finalists.
There are six finalists in each category - except in Admin because we had over 100 nominations and we have eight finalists. There will be two winners in each category and they will be announced at our fabulous Women in Collision Awards which will take place in the uber cool Bar M, Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney on Friday 16 February.
The awards event takes place over a splendid lunch (the Yaffa team have selflessly checked out the food and report it is very good indeed) with inspirational speakers and great company. Our keynote speaker is Lucy Bloom.
Bloom presents from the magic spot between stand-up comedian and motivational speaker. She knows how to do business differently and by listening you'll discover how to conquer the fears that hold you back, learn why fun should be a factor in your strategic plan, how kindness to others extends your life expectancy and why change is a superpower to seek out daily rather than avoid.
We will also hear from the incredible Michelle Klein, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer at IAG. With a career spanning 25 years and five continents, Klein returns to Australia from the United States, after spending almost a decade at Meta (Facebook) where she was most recently Vice President, Global Business and Product Marketing. An international business leader Klein has worked with iconic brands including Diageo, British Airways, Orient Express and Armani, leading cross-functional teams to transform brand perception and business results to achieve double-digit growth.
After being inspired by our speakers it will be time to reveal the 10 winners of the Women in Collision Awards. This years finalists are:
Leah Cahill Northside Smash Repairs QLD
Michelle Febrache Essendon Panel Service VIC
Kristy Fragomeni Everything Automotive WA
Clarissa Iacobucci DSI Panels Group VIC
Sally O'Meara Bendigo Accident Repair Centre Vic
Helena Willmot Willmot Smash Repair Specialists QLD
Admin / Customer Service
Taleena Fitz Gemini Townsville QLD
Chantel Griezans Action Smart Group NSW
Chantelle Grills Wales Truck Repairs NSW
Jacqui Meadows Vanderpoel Smash Repairs NSW
Sara Metcalfe Gemini Pinkenba QLD
Olivia Ott Tony Farrugia Bodyworks ACT
Kate Quinn Cuthbert Automotive VIC
Jemen Wong Quest Collision Centre NSW
Rebecca Bencich DSI Panels VIC
Chelsea Donges Fortress Collision Repair Services QLD
Carlie Martin Gemini Rockhampton QLD
Juliet Muncunabitu Action Smart Group NSW
Vicki Pryor Gemini Pinkenba QLD
Nicole Tukavkin Fix Auto Somerville VIC
Kim Black Mikes Panel and Paint Repairs QLD
Caitlin Brodie JV Crash Repairs SA
Jordan Lavergne Alexander Bodyworks QLD
Cahrin Rattenbury Gemini Mitchell ACT
Mia Simione Campbelltown Smash Repairs NSW
Jessica Smith TNT Motor Mechanics and Spraypainters WA
Industry Supplier Representative
Ria Anderson Sherwin-Williams Automotive NSW
Rachel Daly Work Skills QLD
Charlotte Decker Compass NSW
Debbie Evans Wallaby Crash Supplies NSW
Dawn Lim sia Abrasives WA
Melanie Swift Axalta NSW