Erin Gilhuly, SBN Member of the Month, May 2009
Name: Erin Gilhuly
Title: TRD Business Administator
Company: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
Address: 19001 S. Western Avenue
Location: Torrance, CA 90501
Web Site: www.trdusa.com
Years of employment with current company?
August will mark my 12th year with Toyota
Years spent working in the automotive aftermarket?
For the past 5 years I've been working in the preformance parts group here in Torrance.
How did you first begin to work in the automotive aftermarket?
My start was simply a department transfer - best move I ever made!
Did you have a mentor in the industry?
If yes, and you’re comfortable sharing, who?
My mentors are all the men in my department - I'm the only woman in a department of nineteen. I've learned a lot from all their "back in the day" stories of racing and restoration projects.
What is the most satisfying aspect about your work?
I have the rare privlege (with the confines of a large company) to be able to take a product from initial concept all the way through development and launch. It's very exciting to be driving around and spotting products I've developed on a vehicle.
What are your major professional accomplishments, memberships, areas of service?
Over the past years, I've been responsible for a number of key product launches, including two every complex supercharger programs. The most fun project? Working on the design and overseeing the build of two SEMA show vehicles.
(Optional) Personal information regarding marriage, children, interests:
I've been married for three years to my husband Andy. During my free time, I enjoying quilting and participating in a fantasy baseball league.