…a sturdy social media program.
“I’ve strategically leveraged social media as an natural promoting device in the course of the pandemic rising our insurance coverage agent attain when most issues had been shut down,” she mentioned.
Hughes credited her mentor, Danyell Wendland, the ability’s supervisor, with making a office that treats ladies equally and respectfully.
“I personally consider our ABRA does a improbable job of treating ladies equally,” she mentioned. “One of the vital inspiring issues I seen only a week in the past was the respect the boys gave to my boss who leads three collision facilities. She is educated and never afraid to steer. Males worth her opinion. Danyell Wendland has executed the work to get to the place she is and the boys present equal respect from what I’ve seen. I consider now we have set a bar transferring ahead the place ladies will be an asset to this trade working alongside or forward of our male counterparts.”
Wendland, operations supervisor for ABRA Auto Physique & Glass in Elk River, Princeton, and St Cloud, MN, has spent 26 years on the group, beginning in highschool as a detailer.
“My curiosity in auto restore began when somebody mentioned I couldn’t do it as a result of ‘that’s a male-led trade’,” Wendland mentioned. “Via highschool I attended a post-secondary program in automotive restore, and after highschool I went to vocational/technical faculty and accomplished the auto physique program. I began with ABRA in highschool as a detailer and continued to help within the store prepping vehicles, doing disassembly and making physique repairs. I proceeded to help within the workplace as a CSR then moved to estimating. In 2010, I turned operations supervisor for the KLST Franchise, which owns three ABRA areas. It’s been an incredible journey ever since highschool.”
Wendland says her technical abilities, plus her skills as a multi-tasker and organizer, have helped her succeed.
“Once I first began, it was troublesome to get the respect of customers—more than my very own friends,” she recalled. “As a result of I went to high school for collision restore and confirmed a real curiosity in my area, my friends…