Leadership Lessons from a Millennial General Manager - Gabrielle Abinion

By: Michael Cirillo   |   11 Apr 2024
Gabrielle Abinion

Gabrielle (Gabi) Abinion is the General Manager at Fox Valley Volkswagen of St. Charles. With a rich family history in the automotive business, Gabi brings a unique perspective to her role, blending tradition with innovation to drive success. Her dedication to empowering her team and fostering a culture of growth has been instrumental in the dealership's continued prosperity. Buckle up for a conversation about hard work, navigating family businesses, and forging your own path in a rapidly changing industry.

What We Discuss In This Episode:

Gabi isn't your typical dealership GM. The daughter of a Filipino immigrant who came to America to chase the dream, Gabi grew up around cars but knew she had to carve her own path. Despite her family's auto group, she ventured out to learn the ropes at another dealership before returning with a fresh perspective.

Gabi shared her inspiring path into the automotive world, rooted deeply in her family's heritage and the profound impact of her father's journey as an immigrant. From witnessing her father's resilience and determination to carve a path in the industry to her own decision to follow in his footsteps, Gabi's narrative underscores the transformative power of passion and perseverance.

A focal point of our conversation centered on the importance of cultivating a thriving workplace culture as a driver of organizational success. Gabi shared insights into her leadership philosophy, emphasizing the value of clear communication, active listening, and fostering a sense of belonging among team members. By prioritizing collaboration, mentorship, and continuous learning, Gabi has cultivated an environment where employees feel empowered to thrive and contribute their best.

Furthermore, Gabi underscored the significance of community engagement and customer-centricity in building trust and loyalty among clientele. By prioritizing authentic connections and meaningful interactions, Fox Valley Volkswagen has solidified its reputation as a trusted automotive partner, dedicated to serving the needs of its community with integrity and excellence.

Thanks, Gabi Abinion!

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