Rita Williams, 66
CEO, Gill Industries
Education: P.N. (nursing), Grand Rapids Community College
First automotive job: General Manager, Gill Industries, 1985
Proudest achievement: "The decision to develop and implement a product design capability which has enhanced our competence in providing technological solutions to our customer."
On being successful: "I'm never satisfied with the status quo. There are always ways to do things better."
On being a woman in the industry: "It's easier today than it was 15 years ago. We're much more accepted. It's challenging, but fun."
Career highlights: Williams practiced nursing in Grand Rapids for six years before joining Gill Industries.