Monday, 13 July 2015 12:00

AudaExplore Vice President Discusses the Importance of Balancing Work and Family Life

With 21 years of experience in the collision repair industry, Tanya Elkins has developed a wealth of knowledge that she is eager to share with other individuals in the industry. As Vice President, Valuation & Identification Solutions for AudaExplore, a Solera company, Elkins said that she considers her greatest professional accomplishment the times that she has been able to contribute to the growth and development of her colleagues.

Tanya Elkins

Tanya Elkins, WIN member and Vice President of Autosource, AudaExplore, a Solera company


“By removing obstacles and providing opportunities that would challenge them, I’ve seen exceptional growth not only in the management team that I work with every day, but with the next generation of leadership who will one day be leading the organization,” Tanya explained. “Sustainability of this business as a trusted valuation provider is paramount to what we do here and I’m very pleased to see where it is today.”

Elkins has seen many changes since she started in this industry, but she said none have impacted her as much as data and workflow automation. 

“When I started working for ADP in the early '90s, I didn't even have a computer!” Elkins recounted. 

Now, she and her colleagues work to automate manual processes to create greater efficiencies and help carriers deliver a better claims experience to their customers. Evidence of this is seen in her company’s valuation system, Autosource, which delivers more than 80 percent of valuations instantly and 95 percent in the same day.  Elkins began her path in the collision repair industry at National Auto Data Service. When the company was acquired by ADP’s Claims Solutions Group, her managers provided her with a flexible schedule. This allowed her to finish college while working and start a family with her husband Derrick.

Elkins said that “men and women both need flexibility at work if they value spending time with family, friends and participating in civic life” and credits both her family and her manager for helping her balance work and life successfully.

She has been a member of WIN since 2014, which was also the year she attended her first WIN Educational Conference with several colleagues.  For Elkins, being a member of WIN has provided her with a venue to not only support other successful women in the collision repair industry, but to learn from them as well.  She volunteers for multiple committees within WIN, which has given her exposure to the knowledge and experience that exists within the WIN network.

Elkins summed it up by stating, “What I most appreciate about WIN is the sincere commitment of women to promote excellence in our industry, not just for and by women, but really across the board.”