American Woman Succeeds in the Automobile Market
Jauana "Janet" Romero came to Pensacola two years ago, lured by the beaches and the promise of construction work in the area. The construction work has slowed now and she is finding her niche in auto recycling and used car sales.
"I'm originally from Oklahoma City where my father brought me up in the home construction business doing drywall installation and finishing. I've worked since I was 14. Twenty seven years ago I moved to Riverside, California and did construction work there. Then in 2005 I decided to move to Pensacola."
Romero is living the single life here as she and her husband are separated. She has five children who live in Oklahoma City.
She worked in Gulf Breeze doing drywall finishing and yard landscaping until eight months ago when she discovered the used auto parts business and went to work for Butler's Auto Recycling in Pensacola.
"This is a different environment for me," she said, "but I really like it. I get to meet so many different types of people and being bilingual has really helped."
Jack Butler, owner of the business, has taught Romero to operate as a sales person and has now moved her to his used car lot, Butler Auto at 9551 Pensacola Boulevard, where she is flourishing in the retail sale of automobiles.
"I am well pleased with her work," Butler said. "She is doing a great job for us and we have high hopes for her future."
Romero is also pleased with her new career. "I am enjoying the new job," she said. "I learn from life's experiences and being 45 years-old, I've learned that regardless of your age you can learn something new. Change is good.
"I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life, but that has not changed who I am.
My lifetime dream was to be a police officer; I thought it would be an exciting career, helping children, adults and the elderly. I am a people-person and I would have liked that type of work.
"Unfortunately I did not finish my education. But I figure it is never too late, if I have the opportunity. I think you must believe in yourself and help others."
When not working, Romero likes to go to the malls and people watch. She loves the beach and walks to observe nature.
The nation is changing, Romero said. "I like the 1960s and 1970s; life was better then. I feel job opportunities have gotten worse and the pay is less than it should be."
But Romero's optimism is still going strong and she sees her future as bright and rewarding.