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PURPOSE | CAREER DEVELOPMENT

CAREERS SPOTLIGHT

Naomi doesn’t let the grass grow under her feet. It began when she and her stepfather went to an Advance store in Maryland to buy sparkplugs, and as the team member rang up the order he mentioned they were hiring. Naomi had just graduated high school and wanted a job, so they arranged for an interview. She was nervous since she had zero experience with cars, but the interview went well, and she was hired as a part time sales associate. She kept her night job at a local convenience store until another position opened at another Advance store. That’s when she went full time. “I never thought it would turn out to be a career,” she recalled, “but I’m sure glad it did.” In short order she became an assistant manager, then a commercial parts pro, and eventually the General Manager. But when her daughter was born, Naomi wanted to devote more time with her, so she stepped down from her GM position. “It was an awesome decision,” she said, “because I could never have that time with her again.” She accepted a Commercial Parts Pro position at a super hub in Tacoma Park and remained there until she opened a new store in Landover. In 2015, she opened another store in Landover and ran it until 2017 when she managed a super hub in Prince George’s County. Then in August of 2021, she became District Manager in Training. Then, two days before this writing, Naomi was appointed District Manager. “It was important that my daughter saw me—a single mother—as a good parent, who excelled at my job as a woman.” When asked about what she loves best at Advance, she doesn’t hesitate. “It’s the overwhelming amount of support from my peers and managers, and Advance’s diversity keeps getting better and better....That’s pretty much why I’m here twenty years later.”

NAOMI VARIAS DISTRICT MANAGER YEARS AT ADVANCE : 22 LOCATION: PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND

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