Alliance Ladies Take Stage At Women In Auto Care Conference

Alliance Ladies Take Stage At Women In Auto Care Conference

The theme of the meeting was “Reconnect, Revitalize,” and the lineup of speakers made sure to do just that.

For the first time in two years, the Women In Auto Care Association met face to face and spent three days in Indianapolis reconnecting.

The theme of the meeting was “Reconnect, Revitalize,” and the lineup of speakers made sure to do just that.

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance’s Anne Coffin, director of information technology, and Tara Topel,  owner of Topel’s Service Center, a Bumper to Bumper Certified Service Center, took the stage being recognized as the 2021 Woman of Excellence and Shop Owner of the Year, respectively. Each woman spoke about their journey to leadership, their struggles and their achievements.

Coffin’s presentation, titled “The Long and Winding Road,” talked about each stop along her journey. She represented each opportunity with the city she lived in at the time, the cars she drove, and most importantly – what drove her. She encouraged listeners that, “The path is never straight, and that’s OK … share your voice, and know that you’ve earned your right to be there.”

Coffin closed with six life lessons she has learned along the way – including “everyone has a backstory – be kind” and “leaders are leaders because people follow them.”

Topel wrapped up Thursday afternoon with a journey down the “Yellow Brick Road.” Her struggles as a young business owner resonated with many women in the room. Topel and her husband are second-generation business owners and took on a massive construction project in the fall of 2019.

Topel discussed the hardships of expanding a business during the pandemic, the loss of their beloved business coach Bob Greenwood, and the unwavering hope of “jumping at opportunities today, not ‘someday.’” Topel used the “Wizard of Oz” theme throughout her presentation, and concluded by reminding attendees that much like Dorothy, “you’ve had the courage within you all along.”

Both ladies credited the Women In Auto Care Association for their development, strength and commitment to the automotive aftermarket. For more information on joining Women In Auto Care, please visit

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