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SBN Award Winners Honored at Gear-Up Girl Event

By SEMA News Staff

From left to right: Laurel Dasher, Tiffany Dorin, Kathryn Reinhardt and Jennifer Reed accepted the 2016 Athena Champion Award for MagnaFlow Exhaust; Melanie White, Athena Woman of the Year; Erin Gilhuly, SBN chair; and Camee Edelbrock, SBN chair-elect. Not pictured: Ruby Davis, 2016 Athena Rising Star.

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) held its 5th annual Gear-up Girl event Monday afternoon. The event is designed to connect female students participating in the SEMA Show Student Program with female automotive professionals who can share perspectives and experience from their time in the industry.

Event attendees enjoyed snacks and beverages and honored leading women in the industry. Melanie White of Hellwig Products was awarded the 2016 SBN Athena Woman of the Year, an award established to honor an industry woman for her outstanding achievements and contributions in the automotive aftermarket.

Ruby Davis of ChickDriven was named the 2016 SBN Athena Rising Star, which recognizes a woman under the age of 30 who is making significant strides in advancing her career in the automotive aftermarket. Recipients are emerging leaders in career development in aspects of business, including networking, education, leveraging the wisdom of others, along with any volunteer efforts within the industry.

MagnaFlow Exhaust was awarded the 2016 SBN Athena Champion Award. The award honors a SEMA member, male or female, or company for outstanding lifetime contributions and dedication to women in the specialty-equipment industry.

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