Happy International Women’s Day
Happy (almost) International Women’s Day! Paved by the brave, outspoken, and courageous, this day honors women worldwide…and we’re not skipping out on honoring our own! The many women that make up the Southern California Fletcher Jones region are diverse within their own right, as they come from places near and far and work in various disciplines. These dedicated women are rocking the auto industry and we couldn’t be more proud to work with them. Part of our notable female staff is Kim Gruss, who is a member of our Southern California Service Coordinators team and has the pleasure of assisting our Mercedes-Benz of Temecula guests. We had the opportunity to ask her a few questions in celebration of her career here and female empowerment. Check out her answers below:
FJ: What is your role at Fletcher Jones and how long have you worked here?
KG: I have been a Service Coordinator with Fletcher Jones for 4 years.
FJ: What have you done professionally here that you succeeded at and were proud of?
KG: What I’m most proud of would be the “Karma Squad”, it’s a group that was put together to volunteer and help the nearby communities. It’s a team that consists of our fellow Fletcher Jones employees, family, and friends. It’s a great way for us to come together outside of the work environment and to give back to our local communities.
FJ: How do you seek to improve your auto expertise to better serve our guests?
KG: To stay on top of the ever moving and growing Auto Industry, I like to read up on what’s coming out and what to expect as well as take part in any training that is offered at Fletcher Jones. Also the Service Advisors are a great resource and help when needing any kind of assistance on the new and upcoming changes within the Auto Industry.
FJ: How do you feel you set examples to females around you (co-workers/friends/family) who might be interested in holding your same position one day?
KG: I’ve been in the Auto Industry coming up on 6 years and it’s no longer just for men, women also play a big part. Learn the product, speak up, and ask questions. There is so much to learn as the Auto industry continues to grow.
FJ: What does women empowerment mean to you?
KG: Women empowerment to me is simple, to be treated and seen as an equal. As women we work just as hard and are just as knowledgeable as anyone, times are changing and opportunities are endless.
FJ: What is the best advice you can give to our young girls and teens who want to pursue careers that tend to have a smaller female population?
KG: In any career field there will be challenges, remember to hold your head up high and don’t let anyone stop you, if you want it go for it. Work hard, work smart, and learn about the industry you’re interested in. Be passionate about what you do.