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Wednesday, 11 May 2022 13:53

Heidi Foster at Crash Champions is In It to Win It

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When Crash Champions Vice President of Operations for the Mountain Region Heidi Foster had a stroke in 2020 it slowed her down, but not for long. When Crash Champions Vice President of Operations for the Mountain Region Heidi Foster had a stroke in 2020 it slowed her down, but not for long.

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...the foundation of estimatics and repairs they gave me. From helping me explain estimates to insurance companies and customers, to managing production more efficiently, these are the guys who really shaped me. They were wonderful, and so instrumental to my success.”

 

Following Sterling, Foster pivoted and co-founded Robaina Consulting, a global consultancy focused on the expansion of companies in the automotive industry.

 

After working two years at Robaina, Foster landed a job with a large MSO for six years, where she held five different positions, including director of national training and director of operations.

 

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Foster, center, leads her team at Crash Champions with more compassion and empathy since having the stroke.

 

Everything was progressing as planned, until life threw her a curveball in the form of a stroke.

 

The stroke landed her in the hospital for five days, after which Foster rehabbed at home for two months.

 

“I couldn't walk, I couldn’t see out of one eye and I suffered terrible headaches; moreover, cognitively I was a mess," she said. "My life had changed in an instant. I went from being a very active, social boss who was always on the move, to being a 'patient' confined to a bed with once-a-day walks. Finally, one of my doctors agreed to let me go back to work half-time, and eight months later I got the job at Crash Champions.”

 

It was obviously a frightening experience and a serious life changer, Foster said.

 

“I must have looked so scary. My left eye didn't open for a while because when I had the stroke, I fell and broke my nose. I couldn't get my vision quite right and I had extreme vertigo for quite a few months.

 

“My doctor said you will never walk the same, regular tasks will be very difficult and you'll be on disability for the rest of your life," she said. "I just thought, you don't know me. No way. You're not going to tell me how this is going to go. So, I got a piece of paper and I wrote, ‘This will not beat me. I am strong, resilient, brave, and I will be better.' I knew in that moment that all I needed was for someone to tell me the odds are against me. I used her doubt to fuel my recovery. Thanks, doc.

 

“In time, and through a tremendous amount of rehabilitation, determination and support, I started to feel like myself again," Foster said. "Soon I started...