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2013 North American International Auto Show

 

 

17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards to Honor Women in the Auto Industry

 

GRAPHIC CREDIT: DECISIVE MEDIA

The 17th Annual Urban Wheel Awards is scheduled for Jan. 13 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit.

 

SOUTHFIELD, 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, Mich.

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 community service.

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 Year.

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 Awards

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 Investigation."

"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.

For more information, visit www.UrbanWheelAwards.com. Event or sponsorship details can be obtained at (301) 850-2858 or events@urbanwheelawards.com.

Source: Decisive Media

 

 

GRAPHIC CREDIT: DECISIVE MEDIA

Jenell Ross will be presented with the 2013 Pioneer of the Year Award while Kathy Jackson will receive the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

This page was last updated on Mon, January 7, 2013 4:02 PM

 

 

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