NewsMay 16th, 2018

Women in Automotive Appoints 10 to Special Executive Counsel


Orlando, FLMay 16, 2018 — Women in Automotive (WIA), the well-respected collection of industry leaders focused on empowering and developing women in the automotive sector, has chosen an all-male Executive Counsel led by 10 industry leaders to provide strategic advice — from a male’s point of view — on how to advance the roles of females in the automotive field.

These individuals come from a broad range of automotive vocations and include both dealers and vendors.

They are Alex Vetter, President and CEO of (IL); Chip Perry, CEO of TrueCars (CA); Daniel P. Flynn, President of CDK Global (IL); Keith Pretty, President and CEO of Northwood University (MI); Joe George, President of Cox Automotive Media Solutions (GA); Jared Hamilton, Dealer/Founder and CEO of DrivingSales (UT); Jeff Johnson, JKR Advertising Founder and Partner at Fort Myers Mitsubishi/Bonita Springs Mitsubishi (FL); Justin Byrd, President of Team Velocity Marketing (FL); Chris Saraceno, Vice President/Partner of Kelly Automotive Group (MA); and Brian Benstock, General Manager and Vice President of Paragon Honda/Paragon Acura (NY).

“Each of these board members is well-respected in the automobile industry,” said Women in Automotive Founder Christy Roman. “It is a great thing for these men to take time out of their busy schedules to give us their ideas on the best ways to promote our cause.”

“Women in Automotive has already accomplished a great deal in a short period of time,” said Johnson. “I am pleased to work together with them — and my fellow board members — to provide innovative solutions to help bring about an increase in women in the automotive workforce.” Women in Automotive will hold its annual conference in Orlando, Florida, on June 25-26.

Entering only its fourth year, the conference has quickly grown into one of the country’s premier forums for accelerating the role of women in the automotive industry. To register for the conference, visit the WIA Website at The Orlando event will be held at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

About Women in Automotive

Women in Automotive (WIA) was founded in partnership with JKR Automotive Advertising out of Orlando. Its mission is to assist the automotive community on recruiting, retaining, and developing female employees and leaders.

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Dean Turcol, Public & Media Relations Director, Benedict Advertising & Marketing, 407-405-0097

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