Women at the Wheel: Kristin Frogge

Women at the Wheel: Kristin Frogge

Frogge is director, category management at Highline Warren.

During the month of June, aftermarketNews will be presenting the esteemed 2024 Class of AMN’s Women at the Wheel. From trailblazers who have helped create departments and even entire companies, to those who ensure their office runs like a well-oiled machine, this year’s group of 26 is full of authentic leaders, each with a story to tell.

Mentorship and programming have united women throughout the aftermarket, serving as a springboard for them to enter the industry and grow their roles into successful careers. They are sparking change and driving results, together.

Today’s honoree is Kristin Frogge, director, category management at Highline Warren.

How your aftermarket career began: I started 15 years ago with a family-owned business, Prime Automotive Warehouse.  Prime Automotive was my customer and the President, Steve Friedman, recruited me to come work with his team. 

Best advice to other women in the aftermarket: A couple things:  Your knowledge/growth is what you make of it – be aggressive.  Keep an open mind as “the only thing consistent is change.” Surround yourself with diverse colleagues and teammates to learn from and grow with. People and relationships matter. Lastly, don’t be afraid to have a strong voice. 

How the aftermarket can do better to support women: More recruiting at the collegiate level. My first career was initiated from collegiate recruiting.  Had I known about the automotive aftermarket, I may have selected a different path to start.

Family-owned business influence: I ultimately left my first job for a family-owned business. The environment of a family-owned business allowed me to impact change as I was involved in our growth and development.

In tomorrow’s edition of aftermarketNews, we’ll feature Brenda Gelowitz, vice president, controller and IT manager at Auto Electric Service Ltd.  

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