River City Six – Darcie Dingman
Meet Darcie Dingman, director of marketing and human resources at Dingman’s Collision Center (www.dingmans.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Dingman’s Collision Center is a family owned and operated business that has been serving customers in the Omaha metropolitan area for the past 21 years. Both my parents and brothers are involved in the business and our collective focus is on building relationships with our customers and working on their behalf to perform proper and safe repairs. We also recently expanded with the addition of a new division, Dingman’s Mechanical Repair.
How did you get started in the business?
I joined the family business over 12 years ago after finishing my degree in Human Resource Management. We were beginning to expand and I wanted to be a part of what my parents had worked so hard to build. It is exciting to see our expansion just in the time that I have been on board!
Tell us a little bit more about your family.
My husband Rod and I have a daughter Olivia (2) and are expecting another little girl in August.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Becoming a mother was my biggest turning point; it put everything in perspective.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Spending time with my family. Whether that be going to brunch and then running the errands that we don’t have time for during the week or going to the zoo, I just love spending the day with my husband and daughter.
What are you the most proud of?
I feel like there is a theme going here, it’s definitely my family. The family I work with that works so hard to be the best in our field and then my family that I go home to every night. They bring me joy and keep me balanced.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t ignore your inner voice. I believe that if we listen to our inner voice, it will often point us in the right direction in all aspects of life.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To be in multiple places at once. Balancing home and work life can be tough and I wish I were able to do more at each place.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Commercial real estate agent. I think it would be rewarding to be part of a city’s growth and development, and so interesting to always know what is happening all over the city.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
Dingman’s is involved with Open Door Mission in many ways throughout the year trying to help in any way that we can. I also have a heart for organizations like Community Alliance. Organizations that truly change people’s lives are amazing to me. For our business and personally, when we have the opportunity to be a small part of that work, we’re honored to show our support.
What is your favorite movie?
Sixteen Candles. It hasn’t changed for the last 25 years!
What is your favorite local restaurant?
This is a tough one; there are so many great restaurants in Omaha. My two go-to’s are Pitch Pizzeria and Marks in Dundee.
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