Sheila York, 48
COO, March/Hodge Automotive Group
Education: B.S., business administration, West Virginia University
What your college professors didn't teach you: "It's all about the people."
First automotive job: Vice president of finance and administration at Performance Inc., a 20-group consulting firm in 1985
- 1999-2003 Moderator, Performance Inc., Chantilly, Va.
- 1991-99 Chairman and CEO, Daytona Dash New York
- 1985-91 Vice president, finance and administration, Performance Inc., Falls Church, Va.
Proudest achievement: "My four children and my 22-year marriage."
Current challenge: "Trying to get the operating data from our companies' different computer systems on a daily and timely basis."
On being successful: "I never think I'm successful. If I come to the table with knowledge and help Tony March and Ernie Hodge to realize their goals, then I'll know I'm successful."
What about the auto industry surprised you: "That there are so many great entrepreneurs."
What women need to know for success in the auto industry: "Stick with your own morals. That, and your other attributes and skills should be enough to help you become successful."
Job to which you aspire: "I've always been happy with the jobs I've had."
What you do to relax: "Play golf."