Celebrating Women in Collision Repair
Strategic Solutions Advisor
For Women’s History Month, CCC is shining a spotlight on three female team members who are making great contributions to the success of collision repairers. Their example and leadership have provided a framework for me and others to follow in order to succeed in the collision repair industry.
Growing the CCC® Parts Network is an important part of the value CCC provides to repairers. Since joining CCC in 2017, Alyssa Theis has worked with OEM dealers to help them make their parts available to more collision repairers. She has exceeded her clients’ expectations and has been recognized with numerous awards. Alyssa helps her customers better understand how repairers approach parts ordering. She also helps repair facilities by showcasing how a better parts ordering process can lead to fewer returns and reduced cycle times. Describing her time in the repair industry as “enlightening”, Alyssa says, “My experience has allowed me to understand what collision repair shops are looking for and parlay that into how I work with their OEM suppliers. Making the move to the automotive collision industry was the best career decision I’ve ever made.”
Trish Pickens has worked in collision for over 20 years and recognizes the importance of opening doors for other women in the industry. She’s worked her way through the CCC ranks to her current position as a Regional Business Manager in the Northern California market. For her efforts, Trish has been recognized by the Women’s Industry Network, designed to support and enhance the role of women in collision repair, as a nominee for the Most Influential Woman in the Industry. Trish continues to lead as a positive role model and influencer alongside others. “There are a ton of really talented women we work with to develop and cultivate opportunities to attract women to collision repair. It’s about recognizing excellence, promoting leadership, and fostering a network among the women who are shaping the future.”
Maria Taylor serves CCC collision repair clients in her role as a Client Solutions Advisor. A 30-year industry veteran, Maria has served as an estimator, a shop manager, and has been with CCC since 1998. Throughout her career, Maria has had a relentless focus on education, earning and maintaining various I-CAR Platinum certifications; she’s currently working towards Platinum certification in Production and Estimating. In addition to education, Maria points to the importance of networking FAST in order for women to move forward in the business. Her decades-long career is a testament to this approach. “Throughout my years with CCC, I have met many women in every department of collision. They ask me about the industry including what experience they need in order to move up and grow their business. This has led to many great relationships. I tell everyone about the Women’s Industry Network as a great source of information and support.”
Alyssa, Trish, and Maria are more than colleagues to me. Their dedication, perseverance, and work ethic have provided inspiration to me and many others. They are great examples of excellence and why collision repair is great industry for women. There are countless other women who have also worked to break down the barriers in our space. It is my privilege to honor them during this Women’s History Month.