Two small and medium sized body shop owners claimed three of the six excellence awards for outstanding individual and operational contributions at the 2023 MTA WA Automotive Awards.
Esperance Smash Repair’s Melisa Rowe collected the Automotive Woman of the Year Award, while Reneew Collision Repair Centre’s Aaron Scagliota won the Medium Automotive Business of the Year Award and took out the overall 2023 Automotive Excellence Award.
“This year’s Automotive Woman of the Year Award recognised an individual who demonstrated unquestionable commitment through voluntary contributions that are substantial, and which transcend day-to-day operational and role-related responsibilities,” said the MTA WA. “In Melisa Rowe, the judges found evidence of proactivity and true leadership – a woman who is without a doubt an ambassador for women in the automotive industry.”
The association said Rowe is described by her peers as a mover and shaker, not only within her business but also in the wider Western Australian community. She completed leadership courses through the Australian Rural Leadership Program, holds a Dual Diploma in Business and Management, and has been involved in the Esperance Chamber of Commerce as a committee member for seven years and President for two years. Rowe is passionate about developing apprentices and women operating in the industry to achieve their full potential, as well as promoting opportunities in rural and regional areas.
The MTA WA said Scagliota’s nomination stood out for his clear demonstration of business growth, operational sustainability, staff retention, customer loyalty and positive community impact.
“His business, Reneew Collision Repair Centre, is an EV-focused repair workshop on a mission to save the world through sustainable transportation. Guided by its values, EV expertise, innovative technology, and deep understanding of customer needs, Reneew Collision Repair Centre has positioned itself as the EV repairer of choice in Perth’s southern suburbs,” said the MTA WA.
Stephen Moir, Group CEO of the MTA WA congratulated the awards finalists. “Your dedication and commitment have not gone unnoticed, and tonight is a celebration of your hard work and accomplishments,” he said.