A self-declared “car girl” finds her passion: Spotlight on Stephanie Cooney-Mann
Passion is a priority for Stephanie Cooney-Mann, and she’s found it in the aftermarket industry. Her mentors have it. Her Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) Committee colleagues have it. Now she wants to share it with the next generation of aftermarket professionals.
Director, Major Accounts, UAP Inc – NAPA Auto Parts
Years in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry: 11
How long have you been a part of the YPA Committee?
This is my first year with this exciting committee – looking forward to many more!
Did you know you wanted to work in the automotive aftermarket?
I was (and still am) a car girl! After having worked in tires for a decade, I knew I wanted to broaden my knowledge of the aftermarket and what better way to do that then join the industry leader in Canada.
Have you had an industry mentor? If so, who and why?
I am fortunate to have two! Since joining NAPA, I have the privilege of being mentored by Roy Moussa – an innovative and passionate leader, who empowers his team and always encourages new ideas and strategies while focusing on the best customer experience. He continuously encourages us to challenge the status quo and make it better. Prior to working in the aftermarket, I was coached and mentored by Guy Hardiman. He is a supportive leader who gave the autonomy to his team to drive initiatives and sales strategies.
What does your participation in the YPA Committee mean to you? What would you like to see us, as a committee, achieve in years to come?
Being part of the YPA Committee is such an honour, as you get to share experiences with other likeminded individuals in the aftermarket. It’s exciting to see the passion that exists within this group. I would love to see us coach and mentor new talent coming into the aftermarket and help them overcome any challenges that they may face early in their careers.
What advice would you give someone either starting in the industry or looking to transition into the industry?
This is a great industry with a lot of passionate people! This industry challenges you to be innovative and creative with the amount of competition at all levels (suppliers, distributors, ASPs) but most of all it’s an industry where people like to have fun along the way while providing the best service to their customers.
Get to know Stephanie better
Make and model of your first car?
Acura Integra GS-R
What are you terrible at, but love to do anyway?
I love to draw but I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler
What is the best professional development book you’re ever read?
Influence without Authority by Allan Cohen
About UAP Inc.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, UAP is the Canadian leader in the distribution and merchandising of automotive replacement parts and accessories for cars, trucks and heavy vehicles. Our vision is simple: Be the trusted provider customers turn to whenever they need quality parts and added-value services for their vehicles.
Find out more about careers at UAP Inc.
About the Young Professionals in the Aftermarket
Young Professionals in the Aftermarket (YPA) is an Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada) committee comprising of young executives, of 45 years or younger, in the Canadian auto care sector. The Committee’s mandate is to ensure the future growth and prosperity of the aftermarket industry.