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Ed Attanasio

Ed Attanasio is an automotive journalist based in San Francisco. Ed enjoys sports of all kinds and is a part time stand-up comedian.

 

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Thursday, 07 September 2017 18:36

Young Painter Creates 'Girls Behind the Gun' to Support Women in Collision Repair

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Connie Manjavinos was the only female painter featured at the 3M Automotive Aftermarket PPS World Cup in Detroit, MI, in August. Connie Manjavinos was the only female painter featured at the 3M Automotive Aftermarket PPS World Cup in Detroit, MI, in August.

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As Manjavinos connects with more and more female painters all over the world through her efforts on social media, her mission is quickly gaining momentum. 


"Painting is our shared obsession, and now we're communicating back and forth on a daily basis," she said. "It's become something that we can hopefully build upon because we all need friends in this business."


Manjavinos has bigger and better plans for "Girls Behind the Gun" and looks forward to meeting new female painters at SEMA and other networking events this year. 


"Now I am reaching out to young women who are going to be the future refinishers of this industry; to encourage them and mentor them," she said. "We need to work together and create a community where we can share information and set ourselves up for success. If young girls can find this career early in their lives, they can achieve so many things and even though they might encounter setbacks, we've got their backs. I want to focus on the future of ‘Girls Behind the Gun’ now to inspire them." 

 

With a long career ahead of her, Manjavinos is ready for whatever happens next, she said. 


"I want to learn it all and play a role in this industry as it changes,” Manjavinos said. "That's why I am trying to inspire women and help them as they take it to the next level. Right now, I am learning everything I possibly can to find out what I am really good at, and that includes metal work and every aspect of fixing or restoring a car. My passion for this business runs deep, and that's why I love what I do every day!"


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