Women of the Year Awards 2021 [RR 709]

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.

2021 Winner:   Anne Coffin, Director of Information Technology, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc

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.

2021 Winner:  Jilynna Greene, VP, Field HR Operations, AutoZone

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.

2021 Winner:  Tara Topel, Owner, Topel’s Service Center, Inc

(See below for bio’s)

Key Talking Points

  • Field operations- supply chain, talent acquisition 
  • Challenge- candidates have more options than ever with increased wages/flexibility. Environment and leadership creates an atmosphere that people want to stay in 
  • Coach/support person- it’s not an expense, its an investment for your business
  • Community- technical/high school 
  • CADIA- center for automotive diversity advancement, there are underrepresented communities with potential. Safe area to ask the tough questions. 
  • Every level and every role needs to have a professional designation
  • Girl Scouts- “Girl Event” 1,000 girl scouts with vendors and organizations
  • Be visible and loud in your community- think about ‘career day’ at school, how many women are involved? 
  • The target audience is men- improving the business collectively with women leaders 
  • Impostor syndrome- overcome it and have the confidence to have a seat at the leadership table. 
  • Mentorship- Have one and be one. 85% of most promotions and development is from mentorship. Women are often mentored the least. Mentor happens naturally every day. 
  • “Just be cute or be a leader?”
  • Female customers- over 50%, customers know their car better than anyone else, scheduling is key
  • Discrimination against women on the counter is still prevalent- continue to provide customer service. 
  • There is still a lot more work to be done by women in the industry

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Anne Coffin, Director of Information Technology, Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. Anne is a 40 year Information Technology professional, with 35 years spent in the automotive industry.  She currently works for the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance since 2015, as director of information technology.  Her role at the Alliance has allowed her to work with the distribution center for the Alliance shareholders on software and technical needs, work with jobbers, stores and installers utilizing Alliance’s MyPlace for Parts tool, and work with Alliance headquarters to help provide best in class IT services for the shareholders.  She has been particularly focused on increasing business knowledge in the technology world. Anne has been actively involved with the Women in Auto Care since 2006, focusing on women in the industry, especially in the areas of scholarship and mentoring.  She was an inaugural member of the class of Women at the Wheel, sponsored by Aftermarket News in 2020.  She earned her Automotive Aftermarket Professional in 2020. She was formerly the CIO, Technology and Marketing for Beck/Arnley Worldparts, Inc. and VP of Technology for the Beck/Arnley division of  Uni-Select, Inc., as well as owning her own consulting business, with many large automotive and non-automotive clients.
Jilynna Greene, VP, Field HR Operations, AutoZone. Greene has more than 20 years of experience in the human resources field. At AutoZone, she serves as the Vice President of Field HR Operations where she leads strategy and leadership development for  Store Operations, Supply Chain, and Talent Acquisition. She has an extensive background in Human Resources including VP of Human Resources and Community Relations with Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Head of HR for Outback and other HR Leadership positions with companies like Aramark, and YUM! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut). She has a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Troy University and a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications Management from Ball State University. Greene is an award-winning leader, Human Resources Expert, and an Amazon Best Selling Author. She has received The Most Powerful and Influential Women of Louisiana Award, Workforce Magazine’s Game Changer Award, and most recently The Women of The Year in Auto Care Award. Jil is also a community servant leader who serves as Executive Sponsor for AZ WIN (AutoZone’s Women’s Network), 2nd Vice President of the Girl Scouts  (Heart of the South), Director of Programming for SHRM Memphis, Program Director for Jack and Jill Memphis, and a member of Links Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Tara Topel, Owner, Topel’s Service Center, Inc.

About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices, and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host of over 1,000 episodes, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ paths to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.

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