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AkzoNobel names SEMA panelists for Sustainability Leadership Symposium

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:19
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AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) is pleased to announce the key industry stakeholders participating as panellists 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 1-5 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 panellists 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 & CEO, DCR Systems

Marcy Tieger – Consultant, Symphony Advisors

Keith Hudd – National Manager, The Economical Insurance Group (TEIG)

Eileen Sottile – VP 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.

AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow’s Answers Today™.

AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings is one of the world's leading suppliers of paints and services for car repair, commercial vehicles, automotive plastics and aerospace coatings markets. It sells coatings for original equipment and refinishing applications to bodyshops, aircraft manufacturers, fleet owners, automotive suppliers and major bus and truck producers.Brands include Sikkens®, Lesonal®, Dynacoat®, Wanda®, Sikkens Autocoat® BT, Aerowave®, Aerobase® and Aerodur®. Operating in more than 60 countries, Automotive & Aerospace Coatings has specialists around the world who understand local markets and can serve local needs. Its state-of-the-art customer services, color and technology solutions include offering technical and logistical support and the delivery of training programs. Internet: www.akzonobel.com/aac

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