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Driving Forces

The story of KIA Canada's Maria Soklis, a woman who made a bold decision to move from social work to the automotive industry and, in so doing, kicked her career into high gear.

By Kelly Reid

Kia Motors wasn't always the multinational automotive giant that it is today. Once, it was a simple bicycle parts manufacturer on the outskirts of Seoul. Over the last sixty years, though, it has shown near-unstoppable growth, with dealerships now in more than 170 countries and boasting some 40,000 employees. Kia Canada alone has 187 dealers from coast to coast, four regional offices, and nearly 200 employees. Sitting at the helm of it all, alongside President and CEO M.K. Kim, is Maria Soklis, Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer for the last six years.


Women Mean Business Network has heard of the recent successes of a young lady who has ties to our organization. Anne Matiowsky, daughter of the Master of Ceremonies at our Mixers, Len Matiowsky, is a recent student graduate from the Esthetics program at St Lawrence College (SLC) in Kingston.

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