Name: Missy Perez
Company: Topline Automobile
Address: 1028 Carolan Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010
What does your company do?
We do full-service automotive repair catered specifically to higher-end customer needs. Topline can repair, modify and rebuild anything from a ’20s Buick to a ’14 Ferrari FF, and we use our in-house showroom to showcase our customers’ cars and our hard work. Our efforts are world renowned, with customer builds having been featured in multiple magazines and multiple trophies in concourse class exhibitions. Bodywork, maintenance, warranty development and sales—Topline is equipped to handle it all.
What is your position?
What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Solving problems and making people happy.
Nothing makes my day more satisfying than knowing someone gets to go home worry-free.
How long have you been involved in the aftermarket industry?
I have been involved for almost four years. I started by winning a few SEMA scholarships, but I wasn’t able to actually join the aftermarket industry until last year.
What brought you to the industry?
My father got me into cars was I was a baby, and my love and passion for cars kept me in the industry.
What are some of your major professional accomplishments?
Participating in the YEN Power Tour, and doing an all-female Mustang build.
Are you a member of any other professional organizations?
SEMA’s Young Executives Network.
Who is your industry mentor?
JoAnn Bortles and Marla Moore.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
I’d rather shoot for the moon and land on a star, than shoot for the corner and never leave the couch.
What would someone meeting you for the first time be surprised to learn?
I graduated from two automotive schools and built my ’67 mustang myself with help from my father.
What is your dream car?
A ’70 Cuda Coupe with a 4440 six pack.
What is your favorite pastime?
Working on my ’67 Mustang, going to car shows and riding my dirt bike.