Lady mechanic tunes up our Chamber

A couple of years back, I met Hope Peterson, owner and certified mechanic at New Hope Auto and Truck Services.

Hope Peterson (left) explains what's happening under the hood at her Car Care Clinic for Women and Teens.

Hope Peterson (left) explains what’s happening under the hood at her Car Care Clinic for Women and Teens.

Did you know that there are only a handful of female mechanics in Florida? Fewer than 20! And nationally, women represent only about 2% of the auto mechanic labor pool.

When I was asked to write a profile about her for the Chamber, she’d just been named the organization’s Business Woman of the Year. She was a volunteer for a local senior-help group called People Helping People, a member of the local Rotary Club, and would soon start moving up the ranks of the Chamber Board of Directors.

Today, she’s the President of the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce, and her Rotary Club recently (maybe a day or two ago!) recognized her for her outstanding contributions to the club and the community.

In March, I wrote about Hope for an online magazine, The Pinellas Reader, and her story is a great inspiration to women who are looking for a role model and a non-traditional work niche to fill.

I hope you’ll read the article, published in March, and comment!

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One Response to Lady mechanic tunes up our Chamber

  1. Nicely done profile. I really like the way you weave in her past struggles with her success in business and the way she’s helping improve local civic organizations. Good portrait and of an interesting personality.

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