Star-studded Event to Honor Diversity in the Auto Industry
DETROIT, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- An independent panel of automotive journalists have announced finalists for the 2007 Urban Wheel Awards. Winners will be honored at the 11th Annual Urban Wheel Awards, which will be held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on January 9, 2007, in conjunction with Press Week of the North American International Auto Show.
Now in its 11th year, the multicultural event is known as the "Academy
Awards" of the auto industry, a time when celebrities are the ones presenting awards to automotive manufacturers, executives, suppliers, advertising agencies and motorsports organizations who have contributed to diversity in the industry.
The winner of the Best Automotive Diversity advertisement for 2006 will also be announced. The Diversity Automotive Advertisement of the Year Award is given to an advertising agency that produces the most popular print ads geared to African-American, Latino and Asian markets It is voted on by thegeneral public, who decide on the winners in each category. Consumers are encouraged to log on to the On Wheels website at http://www.onwheelsinc.com and 15 other websites to select their favorite ads.
"The Urban Wheel Awards honors the pioneering automotive industry leaders who transcend the mainstream and embrace diversity to create products and services that appeal to a larger customer base," said Randi Payton, President & CEO of On Wheels, Inc. which founded the awards.
A special Life Time Achievement Award will also be given to Deborah Coleman Young, who rose from a working class family in St. Louis, attending public schools, to make history as the first woman at Ford to run a vehicle assembly plant. Coleman served as president, CEO and chief operating officer of AutoAlliance International, a manufacturing venture owned by Ford and Mazda Motor Corp. She was also the first woman and the first African-American to lead a South African firm when she was named CEO and group managing director of Ford Motor Co. of Southern Africa.
Finalists are named based on the tally of votes by the panel of judges, from more than 15 multicultural, automotive trade, and general market media.
African American Executive of the Year
William Perkins, President
Bill Perkins Automotive Group
Don E. Goodwin
Scientific Labs and Proving Grounds
Joe W. Laymon
Group Vice President
Corporate Human Resources & Labor Affairs
Ford Motor Company
Asian Executive of the Year
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
Vice President - Ford Motor Company
Chairman & CEO Ford Motor (China), Ltd.
Devinder Bains, President
Latino Executive of the Year
Sr. Manager Diversity & Philanthropy
Nissan North America
Marcos S. DeOliveira
Ford Motor Company
Manuel Gonzalez, President
Sterling Auto Group
Supplier of the Year
New Technology Steel
James Group International Corp.
The Bartech Group
Company of the Year
Ford Motor Company
Car of the Year
BMW 3-Series Coupe
Truck of the Year
Diversity in Motor Sports Finalists
National Hot Rod Association
Urban Youth Racing School
For more information about the 11th Annual Urban
Wheel Awards, to obtain tickets, or to sponsor the event, visit
http://www.onwheelsinc.com , or call (313) 963-2209 or go to
Detroit-based On Wheels, Inc., is a multicultural, multi-media company that publishes African-Americans On Wheels, Latinos On Wheels, and Asians On Wheels magazines, which are distributed in more than 100 newspapers throughout the United States and have a combined readership of 5 million. Additionally, On Wheels founded the Edward Davis Education Foundation, which provides scholarships to students pursuing secondary degrees in the automotive industry.