National Association of Professional Women Inducts Rose Quintana, Accounts Manager at Abels Body & Paint Shop, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Rose Quintana is selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

I have taken seminars, made a lot of mistakes, and was very timid to work in an environment that predominately men work in and especially taking the role of being their boss.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Rose Quintana as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in entrepreneurship. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women.

“I’m pleased to welcome Rose into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

Rose Quintana is a survivor. A single mother at the age of 21, she has battled through drug addiction and a debilitating accident. “I cleaned myself up by myself because I had nobody and I knew I had to do it for me and my children,” she said. “After my accident, I spent four months in a neck brace. That is when I decided to go to school.” Ms. Quintana went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Texas A&M University, proudly becoming the first among her siblings to graduate from college.

Ms. Quintana became involved in Abels Body & Paint Shop, the auto body shop business her husband owns in San Antonio, TX, quite by accident. Her husband purchased the shop in 2009, and she often went there in the evenings after her college classes to help him organize the business. During the last semester of her senior year, Ms. Quintana became pregnant with their youngest child. “When I had my son, I stayed home for two years and then I was ready to put my degree to use,” she recalled. “But then my husband came up with the great idea of, “Hey why don’t you come work for me?” At first, she balked at the idea, “I told him I barely passed statistics in school,” she said.

Nevertheless, with his encouragement, she soon began her new career as the company’s Accounts Manager. Today, Ms. Quintana oversees all of the day-to-day financial transactions of the company, including managing QuickBooks, invoices, vendor payments, contracts, employee payroll and taxes, etc. She also attends monthly meetings with the CPA and maintains the shop’s impeccable appearance.

“I knew nothing about accounting, running a business, profits or losses, payroll, or taxes,” Ms. Quintana said. “So I basically was thrown into the ocean to swim with the sharks.” She credits her success to her husband’s mentorship and guidance—and her perseverance. “I have taken seminars, made a lot of mistakes, and was very timid to work in an environment that predominately men work in and especially taking the role of being their boss,” she recalled.

Together, Ms. Quintana and her husband work to ensure Abels Body & Paint Shop remains an industry leader in the Five Points area of San Antonio. “We handle insurance claims and are one of the few body shops in San Antonio that does custom and fabrication work,” said Ms. Quintana. “We have sent cars we’ve fabricated and customized to Sema, a huge car show in Las Vegas.” The company has also been featured in industry magazines, including Dub, Rides and Texas Finest and the television show, Optima Racing.

Bachelor of Applied Science & Art., Texas A&M University, major: Sociology major; minor: Psychology; area of research: Mexican American Culture; Registered Massage Therapist; Certified in Microsoft Excel I & II; member of Who’s Who of Professional Women

About NAPW
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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