West Palm Beach, Florida
By: Karen Vielkind & Vicki Rae
Kimberly Gulley is formerly from Detroit, Michigan or “The Motor City” which might explain why she loves cars so much. Throughout her life, Kim has faced some very difficult obstacles which nearly crippled herself, and her dreams of owning her own repair shop. Her love and passion for the industry helped her as she battled through recovery to once again get on the path of achieving her lifelong dream. This dream, that at one time, she believed was no more. Learn about Kim and how she overcame her obstacles and by believing in herself, was able to come out on top.
What are your interests within the auto industry?
I would like to have my own custom automotive shop named, G. G. Inc. in the future. You can find some of the vehicles I have been working on, and worked on, on my Facebook page Gulley Gulley Inc. As it says there, Gulley Gulley Inc is a female automotive shop for custom cars, as well as simple maintenance repair and for women who want to learn how to turn a wrench.
How did your interests come to be?
My interest in the automotive industry began when I was 18. I found myself not knowing a lot about cars and felt like I did not know what was going on when I went to automotive shops to have work done. At that time the internet was just coming about so I went to the library and pulled every book I could on that vehicle.
What are your goals within the industry?
My goals within the industry are to be known for my quality work and craftsmanship. I don’t just want to make a buck off my customers. I want to genuinely help them. I want my clients to know I am passionate about giving whatever build comes my way everything I has. “I give 100% at anything I do .... Tho every car or truck is different I still like a challenge. So come see me and let my work speak for itself !
What would you like to see in regards to women's involvement in the industry?
I would love to see more women taking chances in the automotive industry.
What obstacles have you encountered in your path to success and how did you make it through?
In the beginning of 2012 I was in a car accident. The accident permanently damaged my back and left me unable to work or make any progress on my project vehicle I was working on at that point, a ’74 VW Super Beetle. I had been working steadily on restoring the Beetle since 2011 but I couldn’t do anything for a year and a half. I became angry and depressed but I was still determined to find a way. I took a lot of pain pills and pushed through, I was so close to finishing. I used my determination and will to never give up to get the VW just about done. I take pride in what I do and my work speaks for itself, being from the city that builds cars every day. I’m proud to represent not only my city but women too.
What tip do you have for women who want to become a part of the automotive industry?
Never underestimate your talents and skills. It’s the lack of will that sets others apart from you. If you have the determination to enter the automotive industry do it! Take a chance ladies and follow your dreams, you never know where it might take you. Organizations like The International Women’s Automotive Society will help cultivate this, and help more women become a part of the automotive industry!
Believing in yourself can go a long way. It's not always going to be easy but with determination and your ability to believe in yourself, your opportunities for greatness are endless. No matter your hardships, keep your eye on your goal and believe in yourself that you CAN do it!
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