Women in the Collision Industry…Meet Christine Barry

When you think of the collision industry, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Cars?Technicians? Men?

Many incorrectly assume that this is a man’s game but that just isn’t the case anymore. More and more, women are finding they too can have careers within this industry and Service King is helping to pioneer that route for them.

This week we’ll be posting a blog a day featuring many of the women within Service King and the amazing jobs they do to help make this company what it is.

Meet Christine Barry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine, what’s your position here at Service King?
“I’m a Regional Business Development Manager.”

And how many years of service with Service King?
“For five years this November.”

How long have you been in the industry?
“Seven years.”

Describe your job for those who don’t know what a Regional Business Development Manager is.
“I develop and maintain key relationships in the insurance and dealer markets for the Service King Business Development department.  I oversee employees within that department and manage their daily schedules and time to make sure they’re productive.  I plan events with the help of my staff from Open Houses to Golf Tournaments to promote Service King to our customers.”

What made you decide to pursue a career in the collision industry?
“I was working for State Farm Insurance and needed a change but still wanted to keep my contacts in the insurance industry so this was a perfect fit plus I got to be out in the field meeting new people every day!”

What kind of training or schooling did you have to have to accomplish for your position? “I have my Bachelors in Business Administration from Texas Tech University.”

Would you recommend this job to other women?
“Yes…it is very challenging and keeps you motivated on a daily basis.”

Was it difficult for you to get your foot in the door?
Being a woman is a challenge in a male dominated industry and there are certain images that you need to overcome but if you work hard and prove yourself people will realize that you are serious about your job.”

What are your future goals within the collision industry?
“ I plan on maintaining my role as a Regional and making Service King successful.”

Do you have a family? How do you juggle being a woman within this industry and having a family?
“Yes…I am married to Rich and we have one beautiful daughter, Kylie.  When I had my daughter, I didn’t realize how much my life would change and how I would need to keep my life balanced.  I never want to miss out on anything with my family so I make sure to keep myself organized so that I can do my job well and keep my family happy!  Organization and planning are key to making it all work!”

Can you  describe yourself in one word?
“Motivated.”

Thank you to Christine for giving us a sneak peek into what it’s like being a woman in the collision industry. It may not have been the smoothest transition but you were gutsy and brilliant and worked yourself up a ladder where others were crowding the rungs. Congratulations and we’re so happy you’re a part of our team!

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