By SEMA Editors
This month’s SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) #SheIsSEMA Member Spotlight goes out to Monika Kalenski of MEK Magnet.
SEMA: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Monika Kalenski: You don’t ask, you don’t get. It’s been my motto in every facet of my life and helped me gain independence and the confidence to go after what I want.
SEMA: What keeps you involved in this industry?
MK: I’m an awesome driver! I found my passion for off-road driving a few years ago and literally changed my life to pursue it. The exhilaration I feel approaching an obstacle, the white-knuckle fear as I start on my line, and the sheer relief and pride in overcoming it and realizing “I just did that!” will keep me thriving in this industry for life.
SEMA: On a Saturday, where can you be found?
MK: Getting in some gym time followed up with catching up on work. I love what I do, and Saturdays are usually my day to brainstorm new product ideas, think through marketing directions and plan ahead for the next week.
SEMA: How do you prepare for going to an important meeting?
MK: Be on time and prepared. I make sure I’m organized, know my material and am ready to contribute.
SEMA: If you could go to lunch with one industry leader, living or dead, who would it be?
MK: Arnold Schwarzenegger. This icon deserves a lot more credit than most people realize. His drive, hard work and determination in life have allowed him to accomplish things no one ever expected. He is a testament to the strength of conviction in knowing you are destined for greater things and going after them.
Fill out this form to be a part of the #SheIsSEMA family. You will have the opportunity to be featured on SBN’s social media, SEMA eNews and be recognized on the www.sema.org/sheissema website. While there, check out other inspirational women who are leading the industry and are paving the path for future success.
Not an SBN member? Fill out this form to join today.