Penske Automotive Group is proud to recognize our female leaders at every level of the organization.

A few years ago, we started an initiative called Women in the Driver’s Seat that highlights female leaders from the Penske organization who are helping to revolutionize the automotive industry and pave the way for future generations.

Every Thursday for the next few months, we will feature a new female leader from around the globe, highlighting their career achievements, biggest influences, and the advice they would give to other young women considering a career in the automotive industry.

Meet This Week’s Leader: Heather Ramos, Sales Manager, Honda Danbury

“Pay attention to what motivates people – Motivation drives success.”   

First Automotive Job: Internet Sales Coordinator

PAG Tenure: 1 year, 3 months

What attracted you to the automotive industry? I was attracted by the excitement of being on the front lines of new innovations and technologies and having the ability to offer that knowledge to others. Additionally, I have always been a fan of different brands and the excitement of the drive.

Most satisfying part of your job: Having the opportunity to lead a team with integrity and watching them succeed.

Proudest professional achievement:  Helping several women carve out their paths in the industry and encouraging them to follow their dreams and exceed at their goals.

Who was the biggest influence in your career? My family has been my biggest influence – for sure! My family has always reminded me that ‘You CAN do whatever you set your mind to – Can’t doesn’t exist.’

Looking back on the last decade, how have you seen the automotive industry landscape change and evolve to engage more women? The automotive industry has realized that women play a significant and key role in the success of the dealer body – no matter their position. Women have an innate ability to see things from a different perspective and that perspective is being realized in a big way. There have been many more women in management roles, and dealerships have become more flexible and inclusive. They understand that women are managers their entire lives, within their households, and families. These roles are important and help mold women into the strong leaders they have ultimately become in this industry and in their families.

What hobbies do you enjoy? I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, running, and exploring the world with my husband and kids (including fur).

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? I hope to be a General Manager of a Penske dealership, managing and leading an extraordinary team.

What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in the automotive industry? Be prepared to get hooked! Every day is different, and this industry will challenge you and help you grow in ways you never thought possible.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received? “Pay attention to what motivates people – motivation drives success.”

Any other comments you would like to add? Working for Penske has been instrumental in teaching me that I can be a wife, mother, and manager and still have time to explore other interests. My ideas are heard, and I wouldn’t want to work for any other automotive dealer.