This week’s International Women’s Day spotlights the achievements of women around the world. Today, PPFMag honors Allison Parker, sales specialist at paint protection film (PPF) supplier Maxpro and co-owner of Suntamers Window Tinting in Burlington and Oak Island, N.C.
Parker operates Suntamers Window Tinting with her husband Ricky Parker and holds more than a decade of experience in the film industry.
PPF: What is it like working at a supplier and managing operations at a dealer?
Parker: When I’m talking to film shops and selling film, I understand their struggles and what they have going on because I’m going through it at my shop. It helps to be a rep because I see both sides of the industry.
PPF: You’ve worked in the industry for more than a decade. Why have you stuck around?
Parker: I love the people; I love my customers. Over time, they become your friends. This industry is so tightly knit. We all know each other and have developed great friendships over the years. I also worked in the veterinary field, and I loved it. I’d say my two loves are animals and window film.
PPF: What is your proudest industry accomplishment?
Parker: We started Maxpro from the ground up, and I’ve grown so much. We’ve developed so much business. I always say that Maxpro is my baby because we grew from nothing to what we are now. It’s exciting. My best accomplishment is helping grow Maxpro.
PPF: What was it like seeing Maxpro president/CEO Joe Cobbe inducted into the Window Film Hall of Fame?
Parker: I nominated him because people don’t realize who he is and the experience he has. Joe is amazing to work for. He has so much knowledge; you can call him, and he just pulls numbers out of his head. You can call him at the drop of a hat, and he has an answer. It was awesome to see him honored. He deserved it.
PPF: Can you speak to the growth of PPF?
Parker: At our shop, we didn’t used to offer PPF. Now, window tinting, PPF and ceramic coatings go hand-in-hand. The profit margin is huge, and it’s a great product and a huge market for dealers.
PPF: Shifting to International Women’s Day, where does our industry stand regarding diversity and female inclusion?
Parker: This industry has always been male-driven. I love to see women grow in this industry. I love to see more women shop owners, and I love that there is a day focused on women. We can do great things in this world, too.