Every day, I am amazed by the Women in Collision group. We are the largest group on the Hub and you are all to be commended for your interest and participation. I thought it would be very good to see what everyone does in their job. It is of interest not only to us as women and industry participants, but could provide great information for an industry news article I would like to write. We will keep tabs of the results and give you stats. Please start your response with Current Position and Segment.
Current Position and Segment: Co-owner of a collision repair shop
I started in the industry on the vendor side about 30 years ago, selling equipment and doing admin for the business. After moving from the area, I did some consulting work and ended up with the shop in 1996. I was new to collision repair in a shop but not new to family business.
My job today is general management, some accounting, sales and marketing. It is a very heavy load, and not one I recommend, as it makes task completion a challenge. However, I sell more than anyone in the business. I believe you can be a great salesman and good estimator or a great estimator and so so salesman. I will take the first over the latter any day, because a complete estimate should be separate from the sale anyway. And if you don't have sales, your business will not survive. I love my job but don't love the worries that owning a small business in a challenging economy presents.