ATLANTA – Manheim’s second-annual Automotive Woman of the Year Award was presented Feb. 12 to Pam Nicholson, executive vice president and COO of North American operations for Enterprise Rent-a-Car in St. Louis, at the Northwood University Dealer Education Awards Breakfast.

In addition to the recognition for Nicholson, an award of $15,000 will be made in her name to a scholarship fund for female students at Northwood University. The award was created by Manheim to honor a woman who has been a leader in her profession and has contributed to improving the automotive industry.

Nicholson began her career with Enterprise Rent-a-Car in 1981 as a management trainee at a rental office in St. Louis. Over the years, Nicholson was promoted through the ranks to one of the company’s top operating positions in Southern California. As regional vice president, Nicholson helped the Southern California group become one of the largest operating groups in the company.

Nicholson currently oversees more than 6,500 offices and 61,000 employees worldwide. Outside of work, she is actively involved in St. Louis business and civic affairs. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Humane Society of Missouri and Energizer Holdings, Inc., and is a committee member in the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. She is also director of the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Foundation and a supporter of a number of social causes, including the United Way.

Pam Nicholson (center), executive vice president and chief operating officer of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, was presented with Manheim’s Automotive Woman of the Year Award Feb. 12 in Orlando, Fla., during Northwood University’s Automobile Dealer Education Awards breakfast. Presenting Nicholson with the award are Lilicia Bailey (left), Manheim’s vice president/people strategies, and Manheim president and CEO Dean Eisner.

Pam Nicholson, 2006 Automotive Woman of the Year; Elisa Newball, 2006 Manheim scholarship recipient; Marcy Maguire, 2005 Automotive Woman of the Year; and Dean Eisner, Manheim president and CEO.