AkzoNobel names SEMA panelists for annual Sustainability Leadership Symposium

AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) is pleased to announce the key industry stakeholders participating as panelists in the third annual Sustainability Leadership Symposium. The event will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Room #N231 on Monday, Nov. 4, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., as part of SEMA’s educational offering.

The symposium will be facilitated by Mike Shesterkin of What’s Next Sustainability Consulting, and Sarah Tollin, global sustainability specialist, AkzoNobel. Guest panelists include:

  • Jay Givens – owner, Givens Collision Repair Center / FIT Honouree
  • Jeff Butler – owner, Haury’s Lake City Collision / FIT Honouree
  • Clark Plucinski –  executive director, Collision Repair Education Foundation / FIT Honouree
  • Jake Weyer – editor, Fender Bender Magazine
  • Trish Serratore – president, NATEF
  • Michael Giarrizzo – president and CEO, DCR Systems
  • Marcy Tieger – consultant, Symphony Advisors
  • Keith Hudd – national manager, The Economical Insurance Group (TEIG)
  • Eileen Sottile – vice president of governmental affairs, LKQ Corporation

“We are delighted that this formidable list of industry professionals has agreed to engage in this important event,” said Laura Costello, director of marketing for AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas. “Their collective insights and expertise will play a critical role in helping create awareness, build knowledge and ultimately advance the development of an independent industry coalition dedicated to advancing sustainable business principles throughout our industry. For this reason, we are equally excited that the symposium will receive a wider level of visibility as part of SEMA’s educational offering and will be open to all interested parties within the automotive industry attending the show.”

The Sustainability Leadership Symposium began in 2010 as an evolution from the AkzoNobel FIT Sustainability Award which was established in 2009 to recognize businesses and associations actively engaged in creating and delivering sustainable business practices to the collision repair segment. Three of the 2013 symposium’s panellists are recipients of 2013 AkzoNobel FIT Sustainability Award, Both the symposium and award are aligned with the broader commitment of AkzoNobel to global sustainability and the Planet Possible strategic imperative.