By Ashley Reyes
Andrew Stacy is the SEMA Future Leaders Network’s (FLN) newest spotlight member. Stacy is a marketing manager at The AAM Group, a leading program distribution group and specialty marketing firm serving the automotive aftermarket.
Get to know Stacy in his interview with SEMA below.
SEMA: What is the best advice you have ever received?
Andrew Stacy: The best advice I have probably ever received is just simply to have confidence. There are many times throughout my professional career where I’ve found myself questioning why or how I’m in the position I’m in. One of my previous mentors said to me a long time ago something that I still use to this day to alleviate that confidence issue. He said, “Walk into any meeting or situation and act like you own the place.” Now, when he said this, he didn’t mean to act like a jerk to everyone else and act like a know-it-all. He meant to act as though you belong, and through that, you’ll have more and more confidence in each professional situation.
SEMA: What keeps you in the industry?
AS: I’ve been a car guy basically my entire life. Working in this industry doesn’t feel like work! Working in this industry provides me with a bit more insight into the business side of things, rather than just the outside “enthusiast” aspect of it. I love that.
SEMA: Where can you be found on a Saturday?
AS: You can find me driving through the mountains of North Carolina or Tennessee, or hiking up them.
SEMA: How do you prepare for an important meeting?
AS: I prepare an agenda, review notes and do any necessary research into the subject matter of the meeting.
SEMA: If you could go to lunch with one industry leader, living or dead, who it would be?
AS: I would love to hang around Ken Block or any of the Hoonigans. They seem to love having a good time with anything car related.
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