Lemmon to speak at Southern graduation


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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has announced that Ms. Ruth Ryan Lemmon, President of the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association, will address the Class of 2017 at the College’s 45th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Being a pioneer in an industry which is mostly male-dominated, Ms. Lemmon began her career as one of the first female sales professionals at Xerox Corporation.

She went from a successful career in public relations and education to sales, where she became one of the first females in the country to head an automotive trade association. Representing the West Virginia Automobile and Truck Dealers Association for more than four decades has given Ms. Lemmon an opportunity to help shape an industry of great importance to the state, its business leaders, and its citizens.

Through her leadership, the West Virginia International Auto Show was founded. Currently in its 19th year, the annual show introduces the latest models and future vehicles to auto enthusiasts in West Virginia and surrounding states. It provides a glimpse of both the industry and West Virginia to attendees, and is one of 20 regional auto shows in the country.

During her career, Ms. Lemmon has received many awards for outstanding performance. In 2014, she received the Lorenelle White Lifetime Achievement Award, and was named as one of the top 2,000 Female Business Executives in America by a leading business magazine in 2009.

On multiple occasions she was named as “Automotive Trade Executive of the Year” by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Working closely with the NADA and counterparts across the country, she has served on boards of directors and many pro-active committees. A member of the Vandalia Rotary Club, Association of Auto Show Executives, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Business Industry Committee, Lemmon believes that every path can be driven by being an effective communicator and salesperson.

Ms. Lemmon is a West Virginia and Kanawha Valley native. She is a graduate of Clendenin High School, attended Morris Harvey College (which is now the University of Charleston), and Xerox International Training Center in Leesburg, Virginia. She and her husband Ret. Col. David Lemmon, reside in Nitro, WV. Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree Theater, 308 Main Street, Logan, West Virginia. The public is invited to attend.

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