By Ashley Reyes
The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN) named Cherie Johnson as this week’s #SheIsSEMA Spotlight Member. Johnson is the HR manager at AirPro Diagnostics, an automotive aftermarket business that specializes in automotive scanning, diagnostics, calibration and programming services.
Johnson has more than 25 years of experience in HR as well as owning her own companies in her previous careers. Nominated for #SheIsSEMA by her colleague, Ann Swayka, Swayka attributed Johnson’s positive attitude and input to what helps make their company a happy work family and positive work environment. Below is what Swayka had to say about Johnson.
SEMA: How has Cherie shown leadership in the industry or business?
Ann Swayka: Cherie is always the person to bounce ideas off of. When we were trying to do something positive but also fun, we collectively came up with the idea of the ”AirPro Porcelain Press.” It is literally a bathroom stall weekly newsletter that every employee has taken to look forward to.
SEMA: Tell us a success story that you can share about Cherie.
AS: Cherie went through the early loss of her husband and had to raise a family on her own. She truly is a positive force to all who come in contact with her, and she is always someone who you can trust and confide in. When AirPro Diagnostics began, we were a startup company. They hired Cherie and she added a dynamic of HR professionalism and experience to handle HR issues.
SEMA: What quality do you admire most about Cherie and why?
AS: Cherie is a very positive, happy person who exudes confidence and grace.
SEMA: Why do you think Cherie is a role model in this industry?
AS: Cherie has been through so much personally and has never let any of this quell her spirit or her enthusiasm for life.
Do you know, or are you, a woman with a career in the automotive industry? Fill out a #SheIsSEMA spotlight form to submit a self-nomination or nominate a colleague and highlight how you or she is contributing to the specialty-equipment industry. Selected candidates are automatically eligible to be considered for SBN’s #SheIsSEMA Woman of the Year award, featured on SBN’s social media, SEMA eNews and recognized on the www.sema.org/she-is-sema website.