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 this installment of “Five Minutes With,” we get to know Meagan Moody, MSIMC, AAP, marketing and communications manager for ZF Aftermarket at ZF Group.
What was your first job in the industry?
My first job in the industry was in my Uncle’s independent jobber store in Chicago Heights, Illinois, during high school. I did everything from delivery driving and inventory to creating his marketing flyers and invoicing. My grandfather started the business in the 1960s.
What do you like best about your current position?
I really like having the start-to-finish approach and being able to touch every aspect of a fully integrated plan and see the final outcome from a marketing and communications standpoint.
Did you initially intend to pursue a career in the aftermarket? If not, what drew you to the industry and what keeps you here?
I actually did not intend on it, even though I worked in the aftermarket throughout high school. Going back to work at an independent jobber was never part of my plan. I never even really considered it, working on the supplier side. I happened to just come across the job when I was looking for a new one and I knew it was the right fit. It kind of felt like coming home. What keeps me here is definitely that connection that I still have to my grandfather and also the people. I know everyone says it, but honestly, the people in this industry make the difference.
What do you do when not at work?
I spend time refinishing furniture and on interior design.
What one word best sums up your personality?
Let’s go with determined.
What was your first car?
My first car was a 1991 Pontiac Bonneville SSE. It was a boat, but my gosh, it was fun to drive.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading “Creative Trespassing” by Tania Katan. It’s basically about giving yourself the permission to do things differently. She presented at the ACC conference and we all got a copy of her book, so that’s what I’m reading right now.
Do you have a nickname?
It’s actually “Scooby Doo,” or “Scoobs.” I was born at the very moment the theme song to that show started so I’ve been called that by my family ever since.
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