15-Minute Online Monthly Leadership Training Series 2020


15-Minute Monthly Online Leadership Training Series 

On the second Wednesday of the month, I will do a 15-Minute Training breaking down a business topic you can put into action. Focus on the leadership role and goal of an owner. Get clarity and gain back time, our most valuable resource. Sign Up Here. 

Imagine controlling your day instead of it controlling you. Join me live each month. Invest in yourself. 


Women In Auto Care

Women In Auto Care Winter Conference 2018

Facilitated Round Table Discussion

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

This was an amazing event! Great to be with 150 women in the automotive aftermarket.  Breaking down into small groups,  as shop owners we shared what’s working tips on hiring, culture, and leadership. Being with like-minded owners who want to best serve their team, customers, community, and industry is more than inspiring. The advice and actions items are easy to implement because they all start with YOU.

Women in male dominated industries

Women at The Wheel – 2017

Panel Discussion

Location: Westchester, NY

On October 17, over 150 guests attended the ‘Driving Your Business: Women at the Wheel’ seminar at the Westchester Country Club, as three extraordinary women CEOs and executives spoke candidly about their journey to success, and provided insight into how they broke through the gender barrier in male-dominated industries. 

Maryann Croce – 

I grew up in the trades. Three generations in the construction industry.  I admired and respected people in the trades. To me they were the people who made people whole again when something broke, got damaged or needed improving. They made life better. 

I became an automotive shop owner in 1999 when my husband and I opened Croce’s Transmission Specialists. I understood much of the business side of a small business, having years of corporate banking and management experience.

Learning more about the needs of the auto industry was a priority.  Attending industry conferences was eye-opening, highlighting the same issues in the construction industry. 

  • Skills Gap
  • Technician to Owner Mindset
  • Outdated Perception of the Trades

Breaking through the gender barrier is easier today than it was in 1999 when I was one of three women in a room of two hundred. 

Advice/Lessons Learned

  • Keep current in your industry.
  • Listen to understand the challenges
  • Be part of the solution not part of the problem

Your gender doesn’t matter.  It’s the story we tell ourselves. 

  • Be the best version of yourself (always professional)
  • Don’t minimize your accomplishments or efforts
  • Acknowledge others 
  • Mutual respect goes a long way

Not everyone will support you. Reality check, life isn’t fair. Gender as an issue says more about them than it does you. At the end of the day, you know how you are showing up. I’ve earned respect in the automotive industry because of results. We have a healthy business. (One that is enjoyable, sustainable and profitable.) We give back to the community and freely share what’s working with others to better the industry.