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Today’s spotlight: Franki Buckman

Executive vice president

The Molly Project

Background: Buckman, the former CEO of Bondurant High Performance Driving School, shifted gears to work with The Molly Project, a startup focused on providing transitional, safe and sober living for single moms.

Professional advice: “The automotive industry, motorsports specifically, is still primarily dominated by men, especially when it comes to leadership positions. The key to success for a young woman wanting to break into this industry is to diversify your skill set to include not only coordination and execution, but to seek key positions that actively contribute to the bottom line and financial gain of the company.”

Lesson learned in 2020: “I have learned that effective communication and passion for the product will motivate your employees far greater than increase in compensation packages.”

Surprising fact: “I always thought I would be a marine biologist and wanted to spend my career in and on the ocean. Funny thing is,  on my first deep sea fishing trip, I got terribly seasick.  So much so, they put my diving gear on a pulled me behind the boat for a while to give me a break from the nausea.  At the time, I had been in automotive about 2 years and realized it was a good thing I switched gears.”