Yen Hoang, CEO of UYL Color and a Platinum Sponsor of the Houston Auto Body Association was honored as one of four Most Influential Woman (MIW) by the Women’s Industry Network (WIN). The award was celebrated at the MIW Gala Awards Ceremony in May at WIN’s Educational Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The MIW program aims to recognize women whose leadership, vision and commitment to excellence have enriched the collision repair industry.
While all of the women recognized are involved with WIN, the association does not select the MIW honorees. Established criteria focused on industry influence, professional accomplishments, mentorship and community service and are judged by an independent third-party company that reviews the nominations and selects winners each year.
Yen grew up in her father’s body shop, often helping out to pass the time. Although she pursued a career with a Big Four accounting firm, Hoang left the firm in 2010 to join UYL Color, a paint supply company that she founded with her father and brother.
Her father “felt there was a death of service but also an opportunity to serve the underserved, which means all [shop sizes] – not just the dealerships who are accustomed to getting service,” Hoang shared. “Being in the industry for almost 10 years now, I can appreciate my dad’s vision and support whatever endeavors necessary to continually have a positive impact on our industry.
Since Hoang became the CEO of UYL Color, the company has grown over 900 percent and been listed on Fortune’s fastest-growing inner city companies three years in a row.
Hoang said, “I get to work alongside some pretty amazing people at UYL Color, and what I’m most proud of is my employees’ commitment to live by our mission – making it easier for our customers to be successful. There’s such a deep sense of obligation and compassion towards our mission, and I’m always taken back by their commitment to fulfill these obligations for our customers out of a sense of real concern and care, no matter how difficult the customer can be.”
In addition to Hoang’s membership and sponsorship of the Houston Auto Body Association, she is also a member of Auto Paint Exchange, 20 group, and several non-industry specific CEO groups as part of her efforts to enhance her knowledge of the industry and as an entrepreneur. She partnered with Microsoft to create a commercial for its Surface Pro while promoting UYL Color. On International Women’s Day 2017, Microsoft recognized her as a leader leaving a positive impact.
For more information on Yen Hoang and UYL Color, visit http://www.uylcolor.com/