By Kristopher Porter
October’s #SheIsSEMA goes out to Kathryn Reinhardt. Over the past few years, Reinhardt has accomplished some amazing things. In 2015, she was named SEMA Person of the Year, along with being elected the Truck and Off-Road Alliance (TORA) chair.
The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) started #SheIsSEMA to bring a spotlight to the accomplished, influential women of the industry. Read the insightful Q&A with Reinhardt below:
SEMA: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Kathryn Reinhardt: Don’t take “no” for an answer. Find a way to make it "yes."
SEMA: What keeps you in the industry?
KR: I enjoy being able to tell people I work in the automotive industry. Partly because they are surprised I am a woman in automotive, but also because I am getting paid to do what I love.
SEMA: On a Saturday, where can you be found?
KR: Attending local car shows, travelling to national events or teaching my toddler boys how to drift their big wheels.
SEMA: How do you prepare for going to an important meeting?
KR: I take notes and ask questions. I want to learn more and remember it for future opportunities.
SEMA: If you could go to lunch with one industry leader, living or dead, who would it be?
KR: Linda Vaughn. I bet she has some crazy stories about how the industry used to be and how she overcame being a female in this industry. I’m sure she has some sound advice for all of us.