By the time she got to work at Oralis Auto Parts, she was a seasoned auto rep.
A few years earlier, she’d helped launch the company from its humble beginnings, where she worked as a quality assurance rep.
“I was the first lady for four years,” she said.
“And I was in charge of marketing.
And I’m the first one to tell you, that’s what the auto business is all about.”
In 2010, when her son, Evan, was born, she and her husband, a professor, bought a three-bedroom house in Phoenix for $3.8 million.
The house, in the suburbs near Phoenix, was designed by architect John Moulton.
The couple renovated it to fit Evan’s needs, and it was the perfect place for him to grow up and start learning to drive.
The house, built in 2007, is now a full-fledged condo, with an attached swimming pool, a tennis court, a gym, a movie theater, a fitness center, and a deck.
The family bought a second home nearby, and soon after, they moved into the larger, four-bedroom home that has now been converted into an office.
A few years ago, they noticed a new trend: They were seeing more and more women in the auto repair business.
They started getting calls from other families, and they wanted to know if they could join.
“We had the first female staff member, and we’ve had a lot of women in there over the years,” said Liza Stuckey, a sales associate who’s worked in the business since she was in high school.
“It’s a really great place for us to be.”
But the hiring process wasn’t always smooth.
For a while, there were no women in auto parts.
“When you look at our inventory, it’s not as many women as you would expect, because we are a family-owned company,” Stuckeys said.
When she started at the company in 2009, there weren’t any women on the assembly lines.
When the company expanded in 2012, the supply of female mechanics doubled.
But it took until 2014 for the company to get to where it is today.
When she got here, the company didn’t have any women in its sales and marketing teams.
“One of the things that we had to change in order to get our supply of women on-board, was the way we were hiring,” Stuchks said.
The company was looking for people who would help develop and refine the parts, who would be knowledgeable about how to properly install the parts on the vehicles.
And the only women who were doing that were on the engineering team.
“That’s the only place where we’ve been able to hire women.
There was no other place for them to go.”
A decade later, it feels like that’s changed.
The sales team is now 90 percent women, and the number of women at the assembly line has grown exponentially, too.
Stucks and Stucky have worked with a team of 30 people to build their company’s assembly line.
The majority of their team, about 20, has been women, including Stucker, who works on the front line.
They’re all part of a team that’s built an assembly line that makes every component in every vehicle in the United States.
In the United Kingdom, they’re also the lead manufacturer for the Audi A4 and A5, as well as Mercedes-Benz S-Class, S-AMG, and CLS.
And Stuck is also the CEO of the new-for-2018 CLS, a car that has become one of the hottest cars in the U.S. That makes her the highest-paid woman in the industry.
She’s paid $1.7 million per year.
“She’s one of us.
She does the work,” said Stuchers.
“The way she’s doing it is so incredible.”
It’s not just a matter of gender.
The team is also run by a woman.
Stuchys’ first wife, who is now also the chief operating officer of Oralis, is also a sales representative, while Stucys’ younger daughter, Amber, is the new chief engineering officer.
And while the women in their company have grown over the past five years, it takes time for the women at OralIS to catch up.
“There’s a lot more to women than just numbers,” said Moulston.
“There’s also a lot that goes into them.
I’m not sure how you can do everything on a single day, but I’m pretty sure that’s not the way women are.”
So what does that mean for women?
The industry has come a long way, but it’s still not perfect.
And when it comes to making money, it can be tough to find the right balance. The women