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Alfa Romeo of Morris County

Meet Alfa Romeo of Morris County’s Women Executive Team

On this Mother’s Day weekend, #HipNJ introduces you to a group of powerhouse women making waves in a world that was once considered “Men Only.”

Alfa Romeo of Morris County, part of the Celebrity Motor Car Company, has formed an all-female executive team. Play the video above to meet Lara Blanar, General Sales Manager; Amanda Silva, Finance Director; Nancy Cirelli, BDC Manager; Melanie Borden, Vice President of Marketing and Alexandra Kurpiel, Service Manager.

For Alfa Romeo of Morris County’s founder and owner, Tom Maoli, taking this groundbreaking approach to his dealership has paid dividends.

“At Alfa Romeo, we have a general manager that is a woman, we have salespeople that are women, we have people that our working our service department that are women,” explains Maoli. “I have to tell you, productivity has gone through the roof.”

The type of culture that Tom and his executive staff have created at Alfa Romeo of Morris County breeds success not only professionally, but personally.

“Work/life balance is definitely challenging every day. Not only am I mother to two girls [ages 4 and 5], I am also a single mom,” reveals Borden. “One piece that drew me to [Alfa Romeo of Morris County] was the fact that they are so family oriented.”

“We have longtime loyalty to our employees which is key in this industry because customers that come in want to see the same faces; they want to go to someone that they trust. Our team here has created an environment that breeds that kind of comfort,” says Maoli.

While working in a male-dominated industry can come with its obstacles, it’s a welcome challenge to these fearless females.

“As women, we have to conquer the [car] industry and conquer any industry that might be prominently male,” says Cirelli. “We can do anything that a male can do so it’s definitely nice to be part of that revolution.”

Alfa Romeo has always had a passion for driving and technology “to the top.” With this new approach, the luxury Italian carmaker’s “hip” quotient just went through the roof!

For more on Alfa Romeo of Morris County, visit AlfaRomeoOfMorrisCounty.com or stop by to see them at 110 Route 10 West, Whippany, NJ 07981.

Fabulous Females: Parker Sanchez

There’s a meme I see often – “Real Queens Fix Each Other’s Crowns.” This month’s Fabulous Female very appropriately has a real crown! Parker Sanchez, from Hardwick, is the reigning Mrs. Universal. On top of that she’s a part time SAHM of two active toddlers and works part time at The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. Parker recently changed careers after teaching ballroom dancing for over a decade. Prior to teaching dance, Parker attended Fordham University, where she obtained a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in History. Beauty and brains!

Parker has been involved in pageantry for ten years, and once she entered her first pageant she was hooked. For her it was a way to network with incredibly passionate, driven women who were doing serious volunteerism and using their titles to promote causes dear to their hearts. Parker is an ambassador and advisor for The Unmentionables, a nonprofit organization that provides forcibly displaced individuals and communities around the world with safe and consistent access to sexual and reproductive health education, services, and protection and empowerment programs.

Parker manages to single handedly run a household with two toddlers and a husband who’s in law enforcement (with a crazy schedule), volunteer for The Unmentionables and use her title as a megaphone to promote other causes she cares about. It’s exhaustive, but she has the support of her husband Pablo, or as she calls him, “Mr. Universal.” She told me that Pablo isn’t the type of guy to ask “why?”, but instead says “why not?” to any crazy idea or plan she has. There’s nothing more empowering for a woman than a husband who’s supporting and understanding (oh yeah and he’s my cousin!).

When I asked Parker how she’s able to juggle everything, she said she multitasks like a boss! For her the drive is that she wants her children see a mom who’s passionate about bettering the world, and to demonstrate to them that you can do anything you set your mind to … and of course Starbucks helps!! Give me that red eye stat!

Katie Roberts

Fabulous Females: Katie Roberts

By Maria G. Fernandez
Instagram: @mz_maria_g

What do you do when it’s 18 degrees and you are trudging through Manhattan with 30 lbs of cargo on your back, en route to one of your major distributors? When you’re fingers are so frozen you can’t operate your cell phone? When you’re sick and tired of taking multiple modes of transportation to get to work? You go home and write your letter of resignation! Several years ago, Rutherford native Katie Roberts made the brave move to resign from her corporate job and become a momtrepeneur.

Katie Roberts

Katie left the corporate world behind and decided to follow her passion. What is her passion? Her desire is to “supply women with the tools and support they need to feel like the virtuous women they are intended to be, exposing that power to the world and in doing so, becoming a movement that shapes the world.” Such a powerful and moving statement! Her vision, and passion, where the catalyst for her to start World Momination. As a stay at home single mom (to two boys!), Katie tackles the daily challenges that come along with that in order to have a successful business. She makes it look easy, but it requires a lot of discipline and will power. Katie explained to me that she had to be very regimented in her application of time managements skills, and it was the hardest work she’s ever known. She’s reaping the rewards however, with a successful business, and by being an example to her children and other moms.

Katie has helped hundreds of women through her Bikini Model Mom challenge, Fitmergency (including yours truly, who lost 10 lbs in 10 days with this program!) and recently Juicy Bubbles. She’s also a motivational speaker, and you can catch her on her Instagram or Facebook live with her in your face real talk or tips, tricks for weight management. Her trademark “Goooooodddd morning!” and smile will put a pep in your step. Katie has taken it a step further and recently started a dating blog. There’s nothing that Katie won’t tackle, with vigor and spunk, to fulfill her life’s purpose.

Katie is an inspiration to many in that you can take big chances, work hard and make your dreams a reality. You can find out more about Katie here or check her out on her social media in case you need a kick in the pants!