GM's Alba Colon receives WOY nomination

HISPANIC BUSINESS NAMES GM RACING'S ALBA COLON AS WOMAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEE GM Racing Chevrolet NASCAR Program Manager, Alba Colon, Chosen as One of 20 Elite Women of 2007 Detroit, Mich. (April 10, 2007) -- Alba Colon, GM Racing ...

HISPANIC BUSINESS NAMES GM RACING'S ALBA COLON AS WOMAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEE

GM Racing Chevrolet NASCAR Program Manager, Alba Colon, Chosen as One of 20 Elite Women of 2007

Detroit, Mich. (April 10, 2007) -- Alba Colon, GM Racing Chevrolet NASCAR Nextel Cup Program Manager, has been chosen as one of Hispanic Business magazine's 20 Elite Women for 2007.

From this select group of 20, one distinct professional will emerge as woman of the year (WOY) at the Hispanic Business 2007 Woman of the Year Daytime Symposia and Awards Gala on April 26, 2007 in Las Vegas.

Each year the Hispanic Business editorial and research teams sift through hundreds of nominations before deciding on the roster of 20 extraordinary honorees. To qualify, the Elite Women must be U.S. citizens of Hispanic origin, and preferably have made a significant professional contribution to their respective field within the last year. They must also be committed to fostering the advancement of the Hispanic community through involvement in charitable organizations and community service.

"It was a pleasant surprise to be included among such a great group of women honored by the Hispanic Business magazine," said Colon, who was born in Spain and received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Her first assignment when she joined GM in 1994 was as data acquisition engineer for GM's Oval Track Group.

The WOY is selected from among 20 elite women identified by Hispan Telligence, the research arm of Hispanic Business Media. That list itself is the distillation of nominations submitted by readers, Web site visitors, contributing editors, and writers, magazine staff, and the nominees themselves.

Past WOY award winners have been Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina (2006); affirmative action attorney Brigida Benitez (2005); then-UPS vice-president (and now Small Business Administration deputy chief) Jovita Carranza (2004); and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-New York (2003).

Among other attributes, Colon was chosen by the panel for her outstanding contribution to Chevrolet's on-track success last year in capturing 23 race wins, the 23rd all-time drivers championship, and 30th all-time Manufacturers' Cup title in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. As one of the 20 Elite Women for 2007, she epitomizes the dedication, hard work, and civic involvement so many women hope to achieve -- regardless of their ethnicity.

"I am honored that they think of me as a woman who can pave the way for others in our sport. A lot of people tell me how lucky I am to have such an exciting and action-filled job traveling the country working with NASCAR, the media, the race car drivers, crew chiefs, and owners. And they are right! I have a great job!

As the only top female engineer in NASCAR, Colon humbly credits all the Chevy teams for GM Racing's success in the sport. "Just as the WOY recognizes those who have made significant contributions in their field of work, we all know that racing is a total team effort."

Colon, along with other award winners, will be honored at the fifth annual WOY ceremony at Caesars Palace, Augustus Rooms 1 & 2, which gets underway on April 26 at 5:30 p.m.

-credit: gm racing

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