In her role as director of operations for Zimmerman’s Tire Service in Mechanicsburg, Jacqueline Hower is well aware that she works in a male-dominated industry. She devotes her time outside the office being an advocate for young women.
“I live my life by this [Pablo Picasso] quote, “The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to give it away,’” she says. “I enjoy mentoring other women to help them feel included and become the best version of themselves.”
To that end, she co-chairs the scholarship committee for Women in Auto Care, which awards over $100,000 in scholarships of money and tools to help women to succeed in their chosen career path in the automotive aftermarket.
That’s just one example of Hower’s community advocacy. She’s also active in the Upper Allen Fire Department, along with co-chairing the public issues committee of the Upper Allen Women’s Club and sitting on the board of directors of the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, among others.
“Jacquie is a very forward-thinking person with a passion to always [help] others before she thinks of taking care of herself,” Zimmerman’s Tire Service Owner Judith Walter says in her nomination letter. “She deserves this recognition because she never once asks ‘What’s in it for me?’ and she is always willing to jump in where she is needed.”