Barefoot Motors owner Mary Gresens has been named Automotive Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.

Barefoot Motors owner Mary Gresens has been named Automotive Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.

Gresens was honored for her leadership and achievements in the automotive world and particularly for her industry contributions at Ashland-based Barefoot Motors.

Gresens has held engineering, management and finance positions in the U.S. and in Germany.

She is a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her dissertation will address the issues of environmental ethics with regard to the U.S. passenger car sector.

Barefoot Motors produces electric vehicles for utility use that emit neither pollution nor noise. The company recently introduced two vehicles within the period of a month and is poised for significant growth, both domestically and internationally.

Each year, the NAPW identifies women who have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category.

Tricia Smith, has been named reverse mortgage coordinator for Sterling Savings Bank Home Loan Division, formerly Golf Savings Bank, in Medford.

Her experience includes three years in banking, three years in marketing in the title/escrow industry in Southern Oregon, and she has been in mortgage lending since 2000, specializing in reverse mortgages.

She is a member and delegate of the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, was named Southern Oregon Chapter/Women's Council of Realtors Affiliate of the Year in 2001, served as president of Rogue Valley Professional Association in 2003-04 and was on the Public Relations Committee for the Home Builders Association.