Citlali Reyes, 23, has been a Mercedes-Benz service technician at Park Place Motorcars Arlington for four years. But if you were to see her outside of her uniform, you would never guess her profession.
“I’m extra girly,” she proclaims. “I’ve always loved working on cars. I find it amusing how I love makeup, nails, heels, all the typical girly things so much. On the same note though, I’m a high flagging, efficient technician that has put in hours, blood, sweat, and tears to get where I am currently.”
Citlali was born in Denver but moved to Texas with her parents in 2012. She graduated from Irving’s MacArthur High School in 2017, then completed Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Dallas in 2018.
“My first impression when I came to Park Place was definitely the luxury design in all departments, from sales and service to parts, the client waiting area and our shop.”
When not at work, Citlali manages a small apparel business and is co-owner of a small business in the custom truck scene. “We design shirts, hoodies, caps, stickers and decals. We set up at truck shows in DFW and Houston. We’ve even traveled to Georgia, Colorado and New Mexico.”
She’s also currently in the process of becoming a licensed nail technician.
When asked what advice she would give someone just starting out, she responded, “Advancement is simple. Just keep your long-term goal in clear sight and make small steps towards the big picture.”
Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 and employs more than 1,400 members. Park Place Dealership operates two collision centers, an auto auction, and eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover and Sprinter Vans. In 2020, Park Place was acquired by Asbury Automotive Group, Inc., a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA. Asbury is one of the largest automotive retailers in the U.S. For more information, visit parkplace.com.