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November 13, 2015

SEMA and AAPEX Goes Female Friendlier in 2015

SEMA-AAPEX-LV-563There were many more women oriented leadership events for those attending AAPEX and SEMA 2015 than any prior year. Standing ovation to the convention planners on making this happen. Was so refreshing to see the growing support and highlighting of so many amazingly talented women!

Here are some highlights:

AutoTexPinkBcamCause-Marketing panel during AAPEX  hosted by Wexco Industries / AutoTex Pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation

​Jody DeVere, CEO of moderated the panel on Cause Marketing during AAPEX in Las Vegas hosted by Paula Lombard and AutoTex Pink wiper blades. Executives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation participated as well AutoTexPink CEO Paula Lombard, Quick Chadwick of Tire Pros, Amy Mattinat current President of the Car Care Council Women's Board and more.

The AutoTexPink Wiper Blade program raised $270,000 in support of breast cancer research and program to date.

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network’s mission is to provide networking, education, and recognition opportunities for professional women in the specialty-equipment industry, which will enhance their careers and positively impact the growth of the entire automotive aftermarket.

The SBN Women Driven Education Program—Newly created for 2015, this program captures networking, education and community in one event at the SEMA Show.

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June 19, 2015

Guide for Gearheads makes a Great Father's Day Gift

100_things_for_gearheads-book_coverWe know the truth: If you're reading this at AskPatty, you’re either a gearhead, or you know one. With Father's Day this weekend, we thought to share this great guide by Jason Fogelson as a terrific gift idea for the gearhead in your life.

Whether it's your dad, brother, husband, boyfriend, or son, if he's fascinated by cars, trucks, and motorcycles -- or even planes, trains, or tractors -- "100 Things For Every Gearhead To Do Before They Die" has something just for him. 

Available now from Reedy Press for $18.00 (plus shipping and handling),  this fun and easy-to-read book explores 100 experiences, journeys, and challenges that will feed and nurture your favorite gearhead. Part travel guide, part inspiration, part meditation, and part fun, this book is perfect for gearheads and those who love them. After having read the book, I'm pleased to say that I've already done more than a dozen of these activities myself, and look forward to many others!

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January 23, 2015

10 Tips for Women Traveling Alone

Woman-driver-thinkstock-169280608_sBy Jamie Zunick

Long road trips are the best part of my life.  I have traveled cross-country through America many times. 

As a single woman traveling alone, I've learned how to take care of myself so that the journey can be pleasant and enjoyable. 

This list contains my suggestions for anyone who enjoys solitary journeys.

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December 18, 2014

AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Great Automotive Gifts for Guys

Christmas_gift_man_car-thinkstock-100118082In this installment of our holiday shopping guides, we're focusing on great gifts for the car-loving guy in your life. Father, son, brother, husband, boyfriend, or buddy: no matter whether he wants to drive them or wrench on them -- if your guy loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for him.

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August 15, 2014

Breastfeeding Moms: Have You Ever Pumped in the Car?

Baby oh baby the places ive pumpedAugust is National Breastfeeding Month, and AskPatty recently interviewed Y.N. Farkus to discuss her humorous book “Baby Oh Baby The Places I’ve Pumped.”

You knew that once you had a child nothing would ever be the same. But in your wildest dreams, did you ever imagine strapping on a breast pump in a car or trying to sneak bottles of pumped milk through airport security? I did!

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December 13, 2013

AskPatty Takes a Look at “50 Shades of Gray” -- in Automotive Paint Shades!

2014 Audi Allroad in Monsoon Gray

In the “Fifty Shades of Grey,” book trilogy written by E L James, the number fifty describes Christian Grey, a man of many moods, talents, personalities, and vehicles (including jets and yachts).

With all the buzz in the media about the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie adaptation, I thought it would be fun to list 25 shades of grays for 25 of my favorite cars. To be sure, most cars do look super sexy in certain shades of silver.

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December 03, 2013

Sleek Lotus Evoras Co-Star in “The Host”

Lotus_Evora-The-Host-2The movie adaptation of “The Host” written by Stephanie Meyer, author of "The Twilight Saga” was released to theatres in March 2013, and is on video now. I watched my fair share of movies on Netflix over Thanksgiving weekend, including this one.

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August 23, 2013

"Naked Paddock" Book Review: Drawing from life as a race car driver's wife

Naked-Paddock-Book-CoverArt mimics life in Kristin (MK) Ducote’s newly released book "Naked Paddock." In this novel Ducote’s main character and the events surrounding the lead's life are very similar to what Ducote herself has experienced. Throughout "Naked Paddock" there are many ‘true tales’ regarding a woman’s insights (and juicy behind-the-scenes drama) that occur within the fast and flashy world of motorsports, and nobody can tell it better than the wife of Le Mans driver Chapman Ducote.

Although Kristin Ducote grew up riding horses on a little farm in Florida, her humble (and very grounded) childhood and later adulthood helped to train and prepare her to be the amazingly successful 30-year-old she is today.

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May 22, 2013

Blind Curves: a Woman's Journey from C-Suite to Bike Seat

Blind_curves-341x500Just in time for May Motorcycle Awareness month is a book that includes a Harley road trip about a baby boomer’s unusual journey to reinvent herself and answer, “What now?”

Beautiful, fit, happily married, and successful, former Citigroup executive and motivational speaker Linda Crill was – and saw herself – as the kind of woman who could make things happen. But after losing her husband at 57, the identity Crill held closely no longer seemed to fit. Like many of us, she found herself asking, “What now?"

Desperate for change – and in a fit of rebellion – Crill signed up for a 2,500-mile road trip down America’s Pacific Northwest coast with a group of experienced motorcycle riders. At the time, Crill had never ridden anything more powerful than a bike.

"When the unexpected occurs, the answers we are searching for are often found around 'blind curves'—the unknown,” Crill says. “This trip opened my eyes to a new way of being and became the catalyst for recreating my life.”

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March 25, 2013

Brandy Schaffels, formerly Senior Editor of, Takes New Post as AskPatty Chief Editor Inc., a website, blog, and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to connect with Certified Female Friendly® automotive retailers, today announced that's former Senior Editor, Brandy Schaffels, would be stepping into the role of Chief Editor for the website and blog. A true car girl at heart, Brandy Schaffels has spent more than 25 years as a journalist supporting the automotive industry. 

In her new role as Chief Editor of the Automotive Advice for Women website and blog, she will create a variety of informational woman-focused content on all subjects from car care and maintenance, to lifestyle-related features, vehicle reviews, and news.

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