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PRO Volunteer Spotlight: Nakita McGinnis of SquatchCustom

PRO Member Spotlight Nakita McGinnis

By Ashley Reyes

The SEMA Professional Restylers Organization (PRO) has named Nakita McGinnis, owner of SquatchCustom, as the council's newest spotlight volunteer. Get to know McGinnis and her passion for restyling in her interview with SEMA News below. 

SEMA News: What inspired you to pursue a career in restyling?  

Nakita McGinnis: It was something that I stumbled into as I started making decals. As I started to make emblem overlays it became more of something to help owners and other restylers and was something that can be unique and custom to the individual. 

SN: Why did you decide to volunteer for PRO?  

NM: I provided products for the Subaru Crosstrek that was in the PRO Cup Challenge, and I knew that the organization was something that can help me reach even more restylers and customers. I know that this will impact my business and get it out to more eyes and individuals. 

SN: What advice do you have for someone pursuing a career in the automotive aftermarket?  

NM: Research the market and what is out there. Just because there is a similar company doesn't mean that you can't do yours and make it special to you and your potential customers. 

SN: What is your dream vehicle?  

NM: My dream vehicle is probably so different than everyone else. I would say that I don't have one, but three. The first would be a Subaru Outback. The year isn't too specific, just basically the newest one. This is due to all of their safety features, which I have regrettably personally tested, that I know will protect myself, my husband and my two daughters.  

The second would be a '97-'99 Jeep Cherokee XJ. It would need to be restyled with a lift, bigger wheels and tires, rock sliders, and front and back bumper guards. This is so that my family can take off to the mountains, get to faraway places, and explore nature and what is out there for us.  

Lastly, would be a '06 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, or "Evo," as it is more commonly known, in the color of electric blue pearl. This would need to have the motor built up to push the most amount of boost so that it can hit the racetrack and go as fast as possible.  

SN: What is the best advice you have ever received?  

NM: No matter what, do what you love. If you love it then you will put more into it and the possibilities are endless. 

SN: What keeps you in the industry?  

NM: The support of fellow restylers and customers is what keeps me in the industry. 

SN: Where can you be found on a Saturday?  

NM: Hanging out with my daughters, watching movies, playing games or doing crafts. 

Fill out a PRO member spotlight form to highlight how you or your company are contributing to the automotive restyling industry. Selected candidates are eligible to be featured on PRO's social media, SEMA News and future PRO-member updates.