Every so often, our editorial staff selects one aftermarket industry professional to get to know a little better. Participants are asked to respond to a series of questions that can be answered in about the same amount of time you might spend chatting at the office coffee pot or waiting for an elevator. In today’s installment of “Five Minutes With,” we get to know Kristin Grons, marketing manager for Brake Parts Inc.
What was your first job in the industry?
My current role at BPI is my first in the industry. While I came to the industry later in my career, after five years, I really can’t imagine being in any other industry.
What do you like best about your current position?
It allows me to use my creativity, strategic planning, communications, project management and leadership skills all in one role. I interact with all aspects of the organization as well as so many wonderful customers, outside vendors, media and industry professionals.
Did you initially intend to pursue a career in the aftermarket? If not, what drew you to the industry and what keeps you here?
My entrance into this industry was more or less by chance, but I’m here to stay because it is such a unique industry. I have found that the aftermarket is a true community where its members pull together to achieve some amazing things. I’m impressed by how many in our industry donate their time, talent and resources to ensure a bright future for the aftermarket.
What do you do when not at work?
From May to October, I spend my free time either on my boat or working in my yard. I also stay busy with my husband, two boys, animals and all of their activities. Sometimes I manage to squeeze in a round of golf.
What one word best sums up your personality?
I would have to say resourceful. No matter what the project or the task, I find a way to get it done.
What are you currently reading?
I always have a couple of books going at once. One that I am reading now is called “The Fearless Organization” by Amy Edmondson.
Who was your childhood hero?
I had several, but for many years, my hero was Gelsey Kirkland, prima ballerina. She was the epitome of precision, power and grace.
Who is on your dream dinner party guest list?
Wow, I hope there is a really big table. At the head of the table is my grandma; she is 98 and I adore her. After that there would be Gary Sinese, Patrick Sharp, Jackie Kennedy, Lucille Ball, Condoleeza Rice, Kathleen Schmatz, and of course, my husband. Could you imagine that conversation?
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