Women in Auto Care annually distribute several awards in recognition of the amazing contributors within the automotive industry. Both the Women of the Year and Automotive Communications Awards are administered by the Women in Auto Care Executive Committee, alongside volunteer industry expert. Winners are recognized at the Women in Auto Care awards ceremony and reception during AAPEX in Las Vegas, as well as via both Women in Auto Care and Auto Care Association media channels.

Automotive Communications Awards  

Submissions are currently closed.

Recognizing companies and agencies that provide automotive information through outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations efforts. The communications awards cover several Business to Consumer and Business to Business categories. Companies can submit for as many categories as they see fit.

2020 winners were recognized via the following channels:

  • Mention in press release announcement;
  • Recognition in the Women in Auto Care Virtual Awards Ceremony during the Virtual AAPEX Experience on Tuesday, Nov. 3;
  • Inclusion in recording of Virtual Awards Ceremony to be posted across association social channels and the Women in Auto Care website
  • Inclusion in social media initiative to showcase winners with their awards
  • Recognition during Women in Auto Care 2021 conferences and events; and
  • Opportunity to contribute thought leadership for an upcoming Women in Auto Care webinar.

View the 2020 Automotive Communications Awards Categories

Women of the Year Awards 

Submissions are currently closed.

Women in Auto Care annually honors deserving women throughout the industry with three Women of the Year Awards:

Auto Care Woman of the Year - This award is presented to a woman who is a leader, mentor, and role model  who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the auto care industry.

2020 Winner: Lauren Beaulieu, vice president, professional marketing, Advance Auto Parts

Female Shop Owner of the Year - This award is presented annually to an outstanding female shop owner who demonstrates role model behaviors, leadership and commitment to the advancement of women.

2020 Winner: Kim Auernheimer, owner and business manager, Cool Springs Automotive, LLC (dba CS Automotive)

Auto Care Woman of Excellence - This award is presented annually to a woman who is a Women in Auto Care member and who has provided recent outstanding contributions to the auto care industry while demonstrating role model behaviors, leadership and commitment to the advancement of women. She is considered a rising star in the industry.

2020 Winner: Danielle Sonnefeld, vice president, business development, N.A. Williams Company

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