In the automotive industry, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and forget about the individuals who make it all possible.

Today, we want to shine a spotlight on one of our most dedicated and talented team members: Amy Smith (Smela), our Automotive Recruiter extraordinaire.

From Novice to Top Producer

Amy has been an integral part of our company for the past six years, and her journey is nothing short of inspiring.

When she first joined our team, Amy had no prior experience in recruiting or working in a dealership. However, her 20 years of experience as a VP of Operations for an Industry Consultant, coupled with her incredible work ethic and determination, quickly set her on the path to success.

Fast forward to 2023, and Amy had already become our leading producer. Her patience, genuine nature, and ability to listen to clients’ needs have made her an invaluable asset to our team. Amy’s caring personality shines through in all her communications, making her a favorite among colleagues and clients alike.

Balancing Work and Play

Amy’s dedication extends far beyond the office. In her free time, she enjoys cruising the California coast in her 79 Dodge van with her husband and their Great Dane. Amy is also passionate about maintaining an active lifestyle, engaging in activities such as working out, hiking, and bowling. When she’s not on the move, you can find her relaxing at the beach or hunting for vintage treasures.

A Commitment to Community

What truly sets Amy apart is her commitment to giving back to her community. Every week, she donates her time to a local rescue mission, making a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Additionally, Amy is a fiercely devoted family member, taking care of her family and parents with the same level of dedication she brings to her work.


At Autopeople, we are incredibly grateful for all that Amy does. Her hard work, compassion, and unwavering commitment to excellence inspire us all to be better every day. Thank you, Amy, for being an essential part of our team and for making a difference in the lives of so many.

Want to reach out to Amy? Contact her at 1-800-659-9501 or visit our website at