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62 THE SHOP AUGUST 2017 for SEMA LTAA (Light Truck Accessory Alliance). What's a typical day like for you? TC : Since I have multiple jobs here, it all depends on where I'm at. I typically work at LGE-CTS one to three days a week. For LGE-CTS, if I'm working from home, it's usually to work on graphic design, from designing clothing to vehicle renderings. I also spend time on typical stuff, like accounting and organizing my schedule. If I am painting during the SEMA Show, then I will be overseeing project builds during the day, and painting them by night. I paint at night, so no one bothers me. If I'm going to AXC, the Alex Xydias & Pete Chapouris Center for Automotive Arts, where I am the automotive program specialist, then I go into the Fairplex office to oversee the garage, curriculum, relation- ships with donors, or designing as well. If I'm going to Real Deal, a business that my business partner, Jessi Combs, and I started to empower more women to get into the automotive and industrial arts industry, Jessi and I might be doing a work- shop, or working on a project, or planning our next venture. I was in Baja this spring pre-running for an off-road run coming up, then in Detroit working on a Ford project, then in Austin with Real Deal promoting our BMW RnineT that BMW gave us to build. So, I definitely keep it interesting! One of my biggest passions now is to work with others on projects, and that could take me anywhere in the world. We only get one life on earth, and I really do want to do it all! SM : I get to work every morning and start off with our morning meetings to go over the day. Then from there I answer emails and return phone calls. By then our day is usually in full swing and I have a plan for what needs to be done every day and by what time. But, like any business owner, your day is pretty unpredictable. Basically, I'm the one who looks over everything to make sure TALKIN' SHOP Theresa with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. At the races with Jessi Combs. The shop builds 10 to 20 vehicles each year for top industry manufacturers, with the understanding that the aftermarket helps guide OEM trends.

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