Woman of Influence: Ann Winslow

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Ann Winslow, Winslow BMW

Ann Winslow knows her automobiles. And although it took her a few years to apply that knowledge on the job, it was inevitable that one day she would be involved in the car business.

Winslow, vice president of corporate communications for Winslow BMW, grew up as the only child of a Baytown, Texas, couple. “My father didn’t have any sons to talk about cars and football with, so he talked about them to me,” she says. “As a kid I could identify every single car on the road. I’ve always had a love of cars as a result.”

Winslow came from a long line of proud Texans, but she defied her heritage when she moved to Colorado Springs as a teacher. There, she met BMW auto dealer Phil Winslow, whom she married. “He’s been a great role model for me on how to participate in business and in community affairs,” she says, adding that family is of utmost importance in her life.

Her main job back then was raising their three boys. In 1991, however, the executive director’s job at the Colorado Springs Automobile Dealers Association came open. She applied for it and got it.

Inevitably, she joined Phil at Winslow BMW. Her major contributions are planning and hosting events, usually at the BMW facility, and handling the myriad communications tasks that go with selling cars. As BMW Group is the Official Mobility Partner of the USOC through 2016, she’s helped to raise funds for Team USA and to better integrate team members into the community. She’s been on the board of many local nonprofits, including, more recently, the Fine Arts Center and YMCA.

The couple’s long and successful marriage hasn’t brought them any closer together on their choice of personal vehicles. She prefers the “powerful and aggressive” driving experience of her BMW X6. Phil drives a BMW touring wagon — “conservative and utilitarian,” Ann says, reflecting his more easygoing demeanor.

“Every now and then I have to drive his car, and I always think, ‘This is gonna ruin my image!’” she says, laughing.