LeeAnn Shattuck of Women’s Automotive Solutions has been named the 2014 Woman Business Owner of the Year by the Charlotte Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
Shattuck and her business partner Michelle Lundy co-own the Fort Mill-based business that helps women -- and men -- navigate the stressful process of buying a car.
For $500 to $1,000, they help clients determine and find the car they want within their budget. Then Shattuck and Lundy do the dealership visits, price haggling, trade-in negotiating and paperwork scrutiny.
All their clients have to do is test-drive the vehicle, sign papers and take the keys.
The annual Woman Business Owner of the Year award is given to a female business owner in the NAWBO community who exemplifies success and strong leadership within her business, her life and her community. The business must be at least three years old, and the owner must also demonstrate skills in volunteer and civic activities.
Shattuck -- a finalist in the 2013 Charlotte NAWBO chapter competition -- also is an automotive expert, a performance driver and a host of the internationally syndicated "America's Garage" radio show, which airs locally at 7:30 a.m. Sundays on ESPN radio.
Shattuck is also an automotive expert, radio and television host, keynote speaker, author and champion race car driver. She is passionate about educating women about cars and about empowering them to make informed decisions when purchasing, selling and servicing automobiles.
Lundy, who used to run a car dealership, founded Women's Automotive Solutions in 2004. Shattuck left management consulting to join her in 2006.