Around the Industry: Car Care Council Women’s Board Names Aftermarket Women of the Year
The Car Care Council Women’s Board recently named Paula Lombard, president, Wexco Industries, and founder, AutoTex Pink, the tenth annual Aftermarket Woman of the Year.
The Woman of the Year is chosen based on her longevity in the aftermarket, her career accomplishments, her leadership capabilities and dedication to the automotive aftermarket industry.
“To say I am taken aback is an understatement,” said Lombard, the 23-year veteran of the automotive aftermarket industry. “I know so many great women in the automotive aftermarket that it is beyond special for me to even be considered. I am, however, very proud of this accomplishment because of the tireless effort by everyone in our company. This is a testament to our dedicated employees.”
The Council also named Diane Larson, owner and manager, Larson’s Service Inc., the Female Service Shop Owner of the Year.
“At training events and trade shows, people always assume that I’m the wife, not the actual shop owner,” said Larson. “They just assume that women don’t know a thing about cars, but there are some very talented women doing this work.”
A 25-year veteran of the automotive service industry, Larson says her passion for the industry is driven by a desire to help others.
“I want to share the automotive industry with others, both by mentoring in the shop with the next generation and by volunteering in the industry,” said Larson.