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Published Oct 5th 2007, 10:36pm by Jody DeVere in Pressroom Articles
Auto show panelist: Women taking bigger role in automobile industry

Midlander Maggie Nestrick knew just what to do when an old-school auto salesman talked down to her once while she shopped for a car. "I walked out, didn't give them my business," she said.

Jody DeVere, president of a website called and the Women's Automotive Association International, has made it her business to see to it this kind of situation happens less frequently than it once did. She wants to encourage women to work in the auto industry and to do their research when it comes time for them to buy vehicles.

A woman serves as general chairperson of this weekend's Northwood University International Auto Show, and two others are vice chairperson and promotions chairperson. Having women in these three top spots is an example of a change that's on its way.

"It begins in junior high and high school," DeVere said in an interview Friday after taking part in an auto show panel discussion.

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Northwood International Auto ShowAuto Show Continues Through the Weekend

Jody DeVere, president of Inc., was in Midland for the 44th annual Northwood University International Auto Show.

DeVere participated in Friday's VIP panel discussion. Panel participants talked about the current and future happenings in the automotive industry.

Also on the panel were Don Reimondo, Affinia Group Inc. senior vice president; Chip Perry, president and CEO of; and Darryl Jackson, vice president of U.S. Sales, Chrysler.

A keynote address was presented by Dean Einer, president and CEO of Manheim.

This year's auto show theme is "The Desire. The Drive. The Destination." The event is planned and executed by Northwood students.

Photo by Daily News photographer Kevin Benedict.

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