Annual Urban Wheel Awards to Honor Women in the Auto Industry
CREDIT: DECISIVE MEDIA
17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards is scheduled for Jan. 13 at the MotorCity
Casino Hotel in Detroit.
Mich. — The 17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards (UWA),
the official multicultural event of the North American International
Auto Show (NAIAS), will host its annual awards show on Sunday, January
13, 2013 at the Sound Board Theater, MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit,
The Annual Urban Wheel Awards, a world class premier networking
event and global marketing initiative, is attended by more than
2,500 guests, including media, automotive executives, businesses,
politicians, celebrities, and community and trade organizations,
who come together to promote multicultural consumer awareness of
auto manufacturers, vehicles, technology, suppliers, dealers, and
The 17th UWA will honor the contributions of women in the automotive
industry in management, manufacturing, engineering, design, marketing,
human resources and communications, as well as other segments of
the industry. Companies who are dedicated to the development and
advancement of women in the auto industry will also be recognized.
"Our mission is
to ensure efforts in all aspects of diversity are honored and
rewarded with the Urban Wheel Awards. For seventeen years, this
has been the only event held during the NAIAS promoting and celebrating
diversity and inclusion in the auto industry. We are extremely
honored to dedicate this year’s event to women in recognition
of their significant accomplishments and success in the automotive
industry,” said Randi Payton, UWA founder.
The evening will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a vehicle exhibit, followed
by the 5:00 p.m. celebrity Red Carpet and VIP and General receptions
at 5:30 p.m. and the awards show will take place from 7:00 - 9:00
p.m. An afterglow networking reception will conclude the evening.
Awards will be presented for Dealer of the Year, Supplier of the
Year, Executive of the Year, Companies of the Year, and the Urban
Car, Truck and Green Vehicle of the Year. This year, two new awards
will also be presented; Designer of the Year and Engineer of the
Proceeds from the UWA support the Emerging Diversity Education
Fund to provide scholarships, internships, and mentoring support
for ethnic minority college students pursuing careers in communications
and the auto industry.
Emmy and Golden
Globe Winning Actor Edward James Olmos and Daytime Emmy Award
Winning Actress Niecy Nash to Host the 17th Annual Urban Wheel
Emmy and Golden Globe
Award winning actor, producer, director and Latino activist, Edward
James Olmos, will join Daytime Emmy award-winning actress Niecy
Nash to host the 17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards on Sunday, January
13, 2013 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel inside the Sound Board
theatre during the North American International Auto Show's (NAIAS)
press preview week. The Urban Wheel Awards is the official multicultural
event of the NAIAS.
Known as the "Olivier of the Latino world," Olmos is
an individual flowing with talent and creativity. The multi-talented
actor received an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his
portrayal of Lt. Castillo on the popular television series "Miami
Vice." He also received a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy
nomination for his work in HBO's "The Burning Season,"
the story of the Brazilian political activist Chico Mendes. As
a producer, he currently has a development deal with ABC. While
busy producing, directing and acting, Olmos also makes time to
participate in many humanitarian efforts. He is a U.S. Goodwill
Ambassador for UNICEF, and a national spokesperson for organizations
such as the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He has worked with David
Rockefeller of the Rockefeller Foundation, and serves on the boards
of many groups and organizations.
Nash starred in two successful TV projects simultaneously. She
hosted the Style Network's #1 rated home makeover show "Clean
House" and was a celebrity panelist on the top-rated CBS
entertainment news program "The Insider." For her work
on "Clean House," Niecy won a Daytime Emmy Award in
the Outstanding Special Class Special category as Producer/Host
in 2010 and The American Women In Radio & Television honored
her with the 2007 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Program Host.
Nash recently wrapped the TV Land series "The Soul Man"
opposite Cedric the Entertainer. "The Soul Man" has
been renewed for a second season. She is also currently starring
in the HBO pilot "Getting On" alongside Laurie Metcalf
and Alex Borstein. For six seasons (2003-2009) she played no-nonsense
Officer Raineesha Williams on the hilarious Comedy Central hit
"Reno 911," a half-hour unscripted spoof of "Cops"
and in 2008, Niecy starred in her own FOX comedy series "Do
Not Disturb," opposite Jerry O'Connell. Additional television
roles include the award-winning series, "The Bernie Mac Show,"
"Presidio Med," "That's Life," "Popular,"
"City of Angels." She also guest starred on "My
Name is Earl," "Monk," and "CSI: Crime Scene
"We are elated that Edward James Olmos and Niecy Nash will
be joining us to host the 17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards. The
opportunity to have two notable and distinguished award winning
celebrities that embody the essence of this premier multicultural
event will add significant value to our long-standing history
of celebrating diversity accomplishments in the auto industry,"
said Randi Payton, founder of the Urban Wheel Awards.