Shelly Jones, president of WAC, shared, “We had a great meeting in March. We heard from Amy Gillam, representative for Bridgestone Firestone, during our gold sponsor spotlight, and we also had a guest speaker: Olivia Cook.”
Cook is a painter who studied the trade in high school and college and went on to work in multiple shops and even participate in the all-female Chevy Montage build organized by Bogi’s Garage. Cook shared ideas with the group on how to engage young people and get them excited for a career in the automotive repair industry.
WAC’s officers also shared news and updates with the group. They announced that Ranken ordered a virtual welder and kindly agreed to loan it to WAC for job fairs and other events.
During each meeting, WAC has begun sharing a spreadsheet of events to which the group has been invited. WAC had a booth at Ranken’s Open House and Show & Shine car show on March 23. On April 3, WAC’s Sheena Wagner will deliver a presentation for the Arnold Rotary Club. On April 5, Jones will participate in an industry panel discussion during a state SkillsUSA leadership conference and competition. WAC’s next luncheon meeting will be held on April 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Jefferson College.
The association’s website has been completed and is available with all of the latest information about the group, including its meeting schedule. Visit wacstl.com for more information.