SEMA Member News—February 2011
Ron Coleman (left), winner of the 2009 Athena Award, presented the 2010 honor to Wade Kawasaki of Exports International.
Woman of the Year
The SBN Woman of the Year Award was created to honor an industry woman for outstanding achievements and contributions made in the automotive aftermarket. Over the past five years, S. Kellie Colf has provided insight to almost every facet of the automotive aftermarket industry. Her service reaches from the performance segment to restoration and technology, touching just about every SEMA-member company. Since 2005, Colf has served on several SEMA Select Committees and advisory boards, including the Young Executives Network, the Motorsports Parts Manufacturers’ Council, the Business Technology Committee, the SEMA Cares Council Subcommittee, the Hot Rod Industry Alliance, the Styling & Performance Editorial Advisory Board and the New Products & Development Committee.
Athena AwardThe Athena Award is presented annually to a person, company or sanctioning body that has influenced the professional growth and/or cultivation of talent for women through actions, mentoring, vision and/or contributions in the past, present or future. Wade Kawasaki certainly measures up to these standards. Part of the automotive aftermarket industry for over
S. Kellie Colf (center right) accepted the SBN’s 2010 Woman of the Year award from 2009 winner Laurel Dasher (center left), Chairman TammyHolland (right) and Chair-Elect Marla Moore.
Mentor of the Year
When John Menzler was announced as the winner of the Mentor of the Year award at the Networking Breakfast, he received the only standing ovation of the morning. Having been involved in the automotive aftermarket for several decades, Menzler’s service and volunteer efforts extend well beyond the mentor program. Sharing knowledge is just one of the many traits that make Menzler a great asset to the industry, but it is his mentoring skills through the years that earned him this award, which was created to acknowledge and honor an individual for his or her wisdom, encouragement and willingness to “help others along” as a foundation for growth within our industry.
Every member of the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network is proud to acknowledge these individuals as major contributors to the industry. It was a great start to this year’s SEMA Speed Networking Breakfast, Powered by the SBN, which culminated in the usual fast-paced and productive networking session.