We recently caught up with our online marketing manager, Amanda Zmolek, to learn about her background and experience as an auto recycler.
Here’s Amanda’s story:
I had the good fortune to be offered a job with an auto recycler as my first full-time gig after college. When a dear friend offered me that job, I was just excited to get out the part-time retail shoe sales position I took to pay the rent when I moved to Texas. Wow, a job with insurance, vacation time and weekends off? Sign me up!! It also helped that I loved cars since I was a kid. I remember watching my dad fix our old, dilapidated Fords and Buicks, patching the rust from Iowa winters with bondo when he felt extra industrious. When I turned 16, I bought a 1987 Pontiac Firebird. It was a piece of junk, but it was my piece of junk that I bought with my own money from working in the farm fields and at a local cafe.
Working in auto recycling after college, I learned a lot about marketing and about auto parts. I worked at the company’s headquarters, and we had about 20 yards across the south and east. I learned about collision repair and about dismantling. I learned about safety and environmental standards. But mostly I learned about the auto recycling culture. Ten years later, I count many of those coworkers as my closest friends. To me, being an auto recycler doesn’t just mean you know a lot about cars. It means you’re a hard-working, down-to-earth person who knows the value of relationships and a job well done.
I left auto recycling in 2011 to work for a professional football team. It sounds like a dream job, but something was missing. I remember looking out into the parking lot at work one day at an odd, tiny rental car one of my coworkers was driving….and realized I didn’t even know the model. Then I went to an event with a vendor and spent the whole afternoon talking classic cars. I knew something had to be done.
Copart brought me on board in April of 2015 as their online marketing manager. What I like best about my job is being able to help all the people who helped me when I was just getting started in my career. I get feedback about our website and see what I can do to make things better and easier for our customers. I also love working at the auto recycler tradeshows and talking to old friends. Yes, it’s true, each day I work with total loss vehicles instead of working for a glamourous pro-sports team. But I wouldn’t change a thing!