Auto Care Woman of the Year: Dawn Zieren, SVP Global & Strategic Initiatives, The NPD Group
Dawn Zieren is an energetic and passionate leader with over two decades of commitment to the automotive aftermarket industry. She served as president of The NPD’s Group’s Automotive Aftermarket practice for nearly nine years, and in 2018 assumed her current role as NPD’s Senior Vice President of Global and Strategic Initiatives. While supporting NPD’s corporate cross-practice initiatives, Dawn continues to be strategically involved in the auto industry. She lends her second nature knowledge of the market as the company evaluates expanding its aftermarket services globally.
Through Dawn’s dedication to best-in-class client and retailer partnerships and a strong collaboration with the Auto Care Association, NPD developed and expanded its aftermarket Point-of-Sale data model, which grew from four retailers and 8,000 doors in 2001 to 13 retailers and over 25,000 doors today, leading to unprecedented market coverage for the industry. She also spearheaded the development of a syndicated consumer tracking service, providing visibility into the Do-it-Yourself and Do-it-for-Me consumer demographics, purchase behaviors and attitudes toward automotive products. The combination of retail Point-of-Sale data and consumer insights has allowed for a holistic view of the industry. Today, numerous manufacturers and retailers rely on NPD’s information and expertise to help drive their business.
Dawn has been an active and passionate mentor, strongly influencing future female executives through leading by example in her role at NPD, and serving on the Board of Directors as Membership Chair of Women in Auto Care. Investing in others and their career development is what motivates and excites her.
Dawn has been a speaker at various events including Women in Auto Care conferences, the Auto Care Association’s Leadership Days, and at the University of Houston. She previously served on the Board of Directors and is a past president of the American Marketing Association. Listen to Dawn’s previous episodes HERE.
Female Shop Owner of the Year: Kathleen Jarosik, Owner, Xpertech Auto Repair
Kathleen began her career in the automotive field in late 2003 after relocating from Florida’s Atlantic Coast to the beautiful Gulf Coast with her family. She started working at Xpertech Auto Repair shop while also staying home part-time with her two, now teenage daughters. Without any automotive experience, she spent much of her time in the background, managing payroll, accounts payable and paperwork associated with the operations of the business. After divorcing in 2009, and only 6 years of shop experience under her belt, she purchased full ownership of her shop from her former husband and began to run it as her own. She made 3 pivotal decisions that have since changed her life; becoming a Napa Auto Care center and utilizing their extensive benefit and training network to learn and grow in the industry, finding a business coach; Repair Shop of Tomorrow, to further educate her in marketing, operations, and efficiency, and becoming a member of Women in Auto Care where she has learned the importance of encouraging and empowering others to strive for excellence in this incredible industry. She is very involved in the leadership and volunteering initiatives in her local community and aims to increase awareness and spark interest in choosing a career in the automotive field for young women. Listen to Kathleen’s previous episodes HERE.
Auto Care Woman of Excellence: Nicole Huard, Manager, Category Management and Consumer Insights, Robert Bosch LLC
Nicole Huard is a native of the Chicago area, where she has built an accomplished career with The Bosch Group, a leading global supplier of technology and services.
Nicole currently heads the Category Management and Consumer Insights initiatives for the Bosch Aftermarket North American division and provides insights and guidance on Category Management activities for global counterparts. Prior to her career at Bosch, she worked in various sales and marketing roles at Newell Brands and Walgreens.
Nicole has a passion for recruiting and developing women within the Auto Care industry. She is a founding member of the Women@Bosch business resource group in North America, with over 1,500 members. Women@Bosch helps promote gender diversity and inclusion while focusing on recruitment, retention and professional development of women at Bosch. The group aims to educate and empower all associates on current gender diversity issues in the workplace.
Nicole is an active member of the Auto Care Association and currently serves as the Chair of the Auto Care Category Management Committee. She is also a member of Women in Auto Care and YANG.
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