BETHESDA, Md. — Women in Auto Care (WiAC), a community of the Auto Care Association, honored Lauren Beaulieu, vice president, professional marketing at Advance Auto Parts, as its 2020 Auto Care Women of the Year during its Virtual AAPEX Experience awards event, Nov. 3.
The Women of the Year Awards include the Auto Care Woman of the Year, Auto Care Woman of Excellence and Female Shop Owner of the Year, which annually recognize the outstanding female contributors making a difference in the automotive industry.
The WiAC named Danielle Sonnefeld, vice president, business development, N.A. Williams Co., as the Auto Care Woman of Excellence, and Kim Auernheimer, owner and business manager of Cool Springs Automotive L.L.C. (dba CS Automotive) in Brentwood, Tenn., as Female Shop Owner of the Year.
"The Women of the Year Awards honor three female leaders who have made a significant contribution in the auto care community," WiAC Chair Olivia Newton said.
"This year we are thrilled to recognize our outstanding winners in a new digital format as we continue to showcase the tremendous impact women are making in our industry."
The Woman of the Year is chosen based on her significant leadership and contributions to the auto care community throughout her career. The Female Shop Owner of the Year award is given to an outstanding woman who has a proven record of excellence in the automotive service industry and the Woman of Excellence award recipient is the Women in Auto Care associate who has provided recent outstanding contributions to the auto care industry.
Ms. Beaulieu is honored as a champion of diversity and launched the first team member network at Advance Auto in 2018. The Women In Motion team member network (WIMN) is a community that creates opportunities for the women of Advance to grow professionally in an inclusive environment. The network of over 500 women and men advocates professional growth and enables mentorship opportunities.
She has been an advocate for women in the industry by lending her voice when needed, opening the doors to opportunity and supporting career growth and development, the association said.