Linda Silverstein, general manager of remarketing and rental operations at Ford Motor Co., was named the Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year for her efforts to mentor female employees.
Silverstein received the award from Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz during the Northwood University Dealer Education Awards breakfast on Saturday here.
Silverstein is a supporter of the Manheim Mentor Program, which partners rising female automotive employees with experienced leaders in the industry.
She also plays a role in Ford's fund-raising campaigns for JDRF, which does Type 1 diabetes research.
"Linda is exactly the type of professional the automotive industry needs more of. By sharing her experiences through mentoring, she is helping develop future leaders," Schwartz said in a statement.
An employee of Ford since 1982, Silverstein has led the automaker's remarketing efforts since 2002.
Silverstein, a member of the National Auto Auction Association Hall of Fame, began heading Ford's certified pre-owned program in 2005 and has led its rental business since 2007.
"To be recognized for my participation in an industry that I love is quite an honor," Silverstein said in a statement. "I often tell people that are just starting their careers that if they are passionate about what they do, they will never work a day in their life." c