Women's Automotive Association International to honor four accomplished women at annual fundraiser luncheon.
Detroit, MI December,12 2006 -- The Women's Automotive Association International
(WAAI) will present its 12th annual Spirit of Leadership awards at a
fundraiser luncheon to be held during the 2007 NADA convention in
February. The annual luncheon is scheduled to be held in Ballroom D at
the Las Vegas Hilton February 3, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
"The four women we are honoring this year are an inspiration for all
women to achieve the highest level of success in a leadership role and
in service to their communities," said Lorraine Schultz, founder of the
WAAI. "Recognition of these outstanding women highlights the many
diverse opportunities available to women in the automotive industry."
"Highlighting the achievements of women like Jill Lajdziak, Rita Case,
Cynthia Fergusson and Susan Givens at Spirit of Leadership events each
year provides a unique networking opportunity for automotive industry
women to connect and support each other," states Jody DeVere, President
of the Women's Automotive Association International.
Proceeds from ticket and table sales will help the WAAI provide
scholarships for young women seeking careers in the automotive
industry. Tickets prices are $65.00 for members and $85.00 for
non-members and can be purchased by contacting the WAAI at 248-646-5250.
About the 2007 Award Recipients:
Jill Lajdziak is the Saturn Division General Manager. She is
responsible for the brand's sales, service and marketing operations.
Jill has been with Saturn since 1986, previously serving in Marketing,
Retail Network Development and Customer/Retail Operations &
Strategies. Jill also has valuable automotive retail experience,
previously serving as a sales and service representative at a GM
dealership. She is a native of Brillion, Wisconsin. Jill is a graduate
of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Business Marketing and Management.
Susan Givens is the Vice President of Systems Marketing, dba
AutoSuccess Magazine. Susan started with Systems Marketing in her final
semester at the University of Louisville where she received her degree
with a major in Business Management and a minor in International
Business. She soon became a part owner with the company. The focus of
the magazines is to create a positive avenue for the readers to learn
and grow. Susan has made this way of thinking part of her everyday life.
Cynthia Ferguson is AutoTrader.com's Northwest Regional Director.
Cynthia has over 25 years experience in newspaper and online media
advertising sales and management. In 2004, as a District Sales Manager
for Autotrader.com, Cynthia's team was awarded "Corporate Volunteer of
the Year" by Crisis Nursery in Phoenix, Arizona. Continuing with
commitment to community as a central core value, under her direction,
the North West Region focuses heavily on community involvement.
Rita Case is COO of the Rick Case Automotive Group, a group of 14
dealerships in three states. Automotive News ranked the Rick Case
Automotive Group in the top 20 largest dealership group in the U.S.
Rita Case is dedicated to customer service and community support, and
is passionate about the automobile business. She is committed to
exceeding their customer's expectations and treating every customer as
her best friend.
Last year's WAAI honorees include: Jennifer Lanzafame, Director and
Co-owner of the Cessnock Automotive Group; Nancy Phillips, Founder of
Nancy Phillips Associates Inc; Deborah Renshaw, NASCAR professional
race car driver; and Tere A. Zubizarreta, President and CEO of Zubi
About the WAAI
The Women's Automotive Association International (WAAI) was founded in
1995 when Lorraine Schultz brought to life the vision of an
organization dedicated to the development and advancement of women as
automotive industry leaders. Today, the organization continues to
thrive throughout the United States and Canada as the leading women's
global organization dedicated to this purpose. The WAAI is a
non-profit, professional society comprised of women who are key players
in all aspects of the automotive industry.
The WAAI is dedicated to:
• recognizing the achievements of women in the automotive industry;
• providing education and news of particular interest to women in the industry;
• building relationships through networking opportunities and the other forums;
• encouraging growth through mentoring, educational endeavors and scholarships.
Corporate sponsors for the year's event include AutoTrader.com and
AskPatty.com. Additional Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Marcela Fink - Event Chairperson
Women's Automotive Association International
Tel: (305) 259-2067 http://www.waai.com