Middleton resident Suzanne Iovanna, who is president of Pride Motor Group, is the Girls Inc. of Lynn “Strong, Smart and Bold Honoree of 2020.” She will be honored during the organization’s 32nd annual celebration luncheon in Danvers on April 2.

Middleton resident Suzanne Iovanna, who is president of Pride Motor Group, is the Girls Inc. of Lynn “Strong, Smart and Bold Honoree of 2020.” She will be honored during the organization’s 32nd annual celebration luncheon in Danvers on April 2.

"Throughout my years as a business owner in Lynn, I have been keenly aware of the good work of Girls Inc. of Lynn and impressed with all the girls and young women I have met,” Iovanna said. “I am thrilled to be chosen as the Girls, Inc. Strong, Smart and Bold Honoree for 2020. Working at the helm of a female-owned business and raising a family, I can attest to the importance of possessing the trio of skills in navigating both work and life.”

Following the loss of her husband in a tragic car accident, Iovanna assumed leadership of his company with no practical knowledge of the industry and having been a stay-at-home mom for 18 years. In the midst of her grief, she went to automotive school and determinedly took the helm of her husband’s business, all while facing the myriad challenges of single parenthood. Today, Iovanna owns and operates three automotive dealerships in Lynn: Pride Kia, Chevrolet and Hyundai.

“We are especially proud to present Suzanne Iovanna, president of Pride Motor Group, as our Strong, Smart and Bold Honoree for 2020 at our annual celebration. Suzanne personifies the three empowering words in our mission statement: Strong, Smart and Bold,” said Girls Inc. of Lynn Executive Director Deb Ansourlian.

When the doors open at the Hilton DoubleTree in Danvers on Thursday, April 2nd at 11:30 a.m., hundreds of community leaders, elected officials, businessmen and women, girls and supporters of girls will unite for the celebration. The event will be emceed by Emmy Award-winning NBC 10 anchor Latoyia Edwards.