Wow, how very impressed I am with your special issue, 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry (Sept. 26). I enjoyed seeing other women who are successful.
I must say, though, that I am disappointed at the lack of successful women who help the CEOs and design directors become so successful.
What about the finance directors whose departments are above the national average or the sales managers who have doubled or tripled the projection from the factory?
You have women who are leading the sales departments that have been boys' clubs for years. I think you also should give some recognition to us women who give up personal time and work until midnight each day because if we weren't selling the vehicles, there would be no need for the CEOs.
I'm very proud to be a success story. I'm lucky and proud to work for a woman owner. She is direct and fair. She gives so much, and fails to mention people like her.
As a finance manager/sales manager, I don't have the luxury to have a lot of hobbies outside work. We work six days and about 75 hours a week. So, please, next time, think about the people on the other side who are selling the cars.
Editor's note: Three auto dealers -- Marcy Hnath Maguire, Pat Moran and Kitty Van Bortel -- were among the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry honored by Automotive News.