"North Tonawanda, N.Y."
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS:
"My husband Ė itís kind of corny, but itís true. And my predecessor at the Autoleather Guild, Philip Sweeny. He was the promoter, he was the founder of the guild, and he was the one who brought the tanners together to promote the use of leather in the industry. We had a lot of events, a lot of promotions, to make that happen. He taught me how to run an association very well."
LAST BOOK READ:
"True Colors, by Patricia Hill Burnett, the artist. Sheís a friend of mine, and weíre doing an event together at the Kendall School of Art and Design. I wanted to reread the book so I could get the information straight in my head."
WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME:
"Iím a pioneer, Iím tenacious, Iím driven, Iím determined, Iím steadfast, and I guess I can be pretty stubborn. But I have a good sense of humor that gets me through most of the stuff."
WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED:
"Itís headed for change, and we have to learn to change with it. We have to continue to work toward the goals of having women who are so intelligent and creative recognized for their ability. The auto industry has changed somewhat, but itís not there yet."
FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET:
"I love the navigation system in my Chrysler Pacifica. It tells me how to get everywhere."
"Venice. It is so beautiful, and I think we were extremely lucky the three times weíve been there. Weíve made some good friends, it is so romantic, the food is excellent, the hotels are charming, and the art is wonderful. It is like a piece of heaven surrounded by water."
"My husband and I are auto collectors. We belong to about seven or eight car clubs, and we try to go to most of the events, especially in the summertime. And I like to read."
"Pasta, any kind."
MY HIDDEN TALENT:
"I donít think thereís anything hidden about me. I am who I am. I guess I could say Iím a good driver, and I thought at one time I could sing, but it turns out I canít."
HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED:
"That I made a difference for the betterment of some peopleís lives, and as a true friend."
At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.