Her business card reads: "Mary Walker, Manager of Nepotism."
That's not really what Walker does at Reeder Chevrolet in Knoxville, Tenn., but it has a ring of truth - and humor, she says.
She is the dealership's marketing manager and is among the fourth generation of the Reeder family to work at the 70-year-old Chevrolet outlet.
Follow along carefully.
In 1912, Claude S. Reeder Sr., opened his first car lot - Cherokee Motor Co. - in his father's livery stable. In 1933, he opened Reeder Chevrolet in Knoxville and invited his brother, Ross, and his son, Claude Jr., into the business. Ross and Claude had their turns at the helm. Claude Jr.'s daughter, Susie, married Paul Siler Jr., who became dealer principal in 1981. In 1993, he hired Bill Walker, his son-in-law, as general manager. Siler's daughter, Mary (Walker's wife), and son, Paul III, serve as managers.
In other words, blood runs thick at Reeder Chevrolet.
The family can't imagine it any other way.
"We are all working with people we know and trust," Walker says. "We never have to second-guess each other. When the boss says something, we know what he means."