When Mary Jo Wheeler-Schueller started selling cars at her family's Wheelers Chevrolet in Marshfield, Wis., in 1995, it was not unusual to see women working in key positions at the store.
"I was 18, 19 years old, and we had mostly women salespeople," recalls Wheeler-Schueller, now 38 and dealer principal at Wheelers Chevrolet in Medford, Wis. Her partner in that store is her brother, Daniel, who is its vice president.
"Because of the way Mom and Dad worked the business, we always had women employees," she says. "F&I manager, service manager -- we had women in the service advisory roles back in the 1980s. Growing up, as a little girl coming to the dealership, there were always women in management roles."