The first thing you'll notice when Audrey Alfano walks in a room is her keen fashion sense, fantastic accessories, and striking features.
As one of the nation's first plus size models, it's clear to see that Audrey has the "it" factor we all hear so much about. Piercing blue eyes, 5'11, perfect blonde hair, and sparkling white teeth. As she says, "I'm not for everyone" and as I'd say, "you're only for those with great taste."
Speaking of someone with great taste...
Charlie is the lucky fella who is married to this stunner. Crazy part is, he has had the pleasure of knowing her since...
THE FOURTH GRADE.
Yes, you read that right. Audrey met Charlie in the fourth grade when he most definitely was not the fashion killer he is today. (Stay tuned for a future post on Charlie's wardrobe...it's INCREDIBLE, to put it mildly)
So wait... Audrey is a model, a badass in business, a mother, AND she married her fourth grade suitor?
All true statements.
Audrey received a psychology degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and knew from an early age, she wanted to work with people.
Instead of pursuing a graduate degree in her field, she pursued another passion: becoming one of the nations first plus size models and her husband. It might not be academic but it sure is admirable.
When Audrey and Charlie were seniors in high school their mothers pushed them together. Audrey hadn't seen Charlie since his charming days in the fourth grade but as fate would have it, this was a match made in the stars. They dated from senior year of high school through college, and wed the May after graduation.
This May marks 32 very successful years of marriage...
100% couple goals - please, teach me your ways! (Except I don't remember anyone from fourth grade so I think I'm out of luck on this one...)
After getting married, Charlie's career took them around the United States... St. Louis, Sacramento, Orange County, Austin, Chicago, Cincinnati, Ventura, and Manhattan Beach. In 2012, Charlie was offered a game changing opportunity to buy the Mercedes Benz dealership in San Luis Obispo, California. The dealership was failing and Mercedes felt that if anyone could resuscitate it, it would be Charlie.
After accepting this opportunity, Charlie asked Audrey to get involved in a business capacity. There was no one he believed would be a better team mate than her.
"There is no way I am working for you!" was Audrey's first response. Luckily, Charlie proved that she wasn't working FOR him, she was working WITH him and the things she was in charge of, were the thing he didn't want anything to do with. It would be a really great balance of power and responsibility. He was right.
Fast forward to 2018 and Audrey is now an owner of two Mercedes Benz dealerships (San Luis Obispo and MB of Gilbert) AND She is the head of Human Resources/Public Relations for MB Gilbert.
As one of the VERY few women in her industry, she had some key advice...
1. 60% of household decisions are made by a woman (remember that)
2. Men need to be retrained to think differently about the role women play (and they can be)
3. Know your worth. Don't be afraid to speak your mind (but remember, you don't have to be a bitch to do so)
4. Do the right thing by people and if you make a mistake, own it, apologize, and move on (you can't be perfect all of the time)
5. Don't take yourself too seriously. Appreciate and respect others (life is not a tit for tat situation)
Coming from a woman brave enough to spear head the American plus size model movement, marry her fourth grade sweetheart, raise three wonderful children, and take on a full-time role in a male dominated industry...I suggest we all listen.
Audrey Alfano is a woman to notice for all the right reasons.
(PS we just bought a car from MB Gilbert and this post is NOT sponsored - however, we strongly suggest you visit them for your new vehicle needs and mention this post when you go)