Jeannie Warzynski manages eight Automotive Finance Corp. branch offices throughout Texas and New Mexico, maintaining customer service to all dealer customers while growing and managing the company’s floorplan portfolio.
“Most importantly, I am charged with leading a team of managers to exceed all goals laid out for us and ensure their personal career goals are met,” Warzynski said.
“I have been honored to lead and develop several direct reports and peers who have achieved promotions, sometimes several promotions, within the company,” she continued. “To watch those around me grow, not only in their careers, but to have their personal lives changed so positively as a direct result of their continued success is the most rewarding part of my job.
“The only thing that tops that is to watch those that have succeeded continue to lead and develop those around them, as well,” Warzynski went on to say.
Before cultivating careers and dealer floor plans, Warzynski arrived at AFC as — to borrow a dealership phrase — a green pea.
“I came to AFC as a temporary, front-line employee, completely by chance. Once I was in the chair, I never looked back,” Warzynski said.
Jeannie Warzynski, Automotive Finance Corp.
“The used-car industry, and specifically AFC, give us the perfect balance of the challenging finance industry but in a laid-back environment,” she continued. “I truly enjoy the dealers I work with and helping them all achieve their business goals. There is nothing like watching your customers achieve the American dream and being an integral part of it.”
Two AFC executives have impacted Warzynski most during her time with the company. She first mentioned Margot Hanulak, who is vice president of training and people development.
“Margot was one of several AFC leaders that interviewed me for one of my first potential promotions,” Warzynski said. “During our first conversation, she explained how she was able to balance being a mother while managing a successful corporate career. From that day, I have continued to be impressed with Margot’s ability to command a room, always maintain class and drive desired results.
“Being a young woman in a male-dominated industry was very intimidating to me early on in my career so her leadership and drive inspired me and continue to do so today,” she added.
Warzynski also highlighted Don Gottwald, who now is chief operating officer of KAR Auction Services and previously oversaw AFC when “the automotive industry and entire U.S economy were in turmoil.”
Warzynski went on to say, “His leadership took our company to an entirely new level, changing and improving the culture of the organization in what seemed like an overnight transformation. Don’s ability to recognize opportunity, cultivate a culture of accountability and deliver results year over year is something I will always admire and try to replicate in any way I can.”
Jeannie Warzynski, 34, is regional manager at Automotive Finance Corp.