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Repaint Reporter (v76 n2)

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" My parents used PPG paint. I remember going to the paint store with them when I was five and seeing a DITZLER ® sign on the wall. That's when it started." —Theresa Contreras Today, Theresa and her family—still happily devoted to PPG paint—own and manage LGE-CTS Motorsports constructing custom cars and trucks. She's also co-owner of Real Deal with Jessi Combs—they were part of an all-women's SEMA Mustang Build team. Together they build cars, trucks and cycles, but their real mission is empowering women to overcome challenges and enter the automotive industry, helping them develop self- confidence through hands-on training and demonstrating what women can accomplish. For that, Theresa leads by example. Her well-respected résumé also includes being the first female team captain on the SPEED channel's Car Warriors (beating the host team in rebuilding a 1970 Chevy C10) and painting an El Camino lowrider for ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Not one to sit still, she's also hooked on off-road racing where Theresa and Jessi won their class in the Ultra 4 Off Road racing series in 2014. For Theresa, a can-do attitude is the norm. She's moving ahead, setting an example for others to follow. 34

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