OC METRO CALENDAR

  • December 2014
    SuMoTuWeThFrSa
    30123456
    78910111213
    14151617181920
    21222324252627
    28293031123
    45678910
Add an event

YOUNG SUCCESS STORIES
Untitled Page
Published: May 01, 2009

40 Under 40 Web extra



HEIDI STEELE
Professional race-car driver and vice president of human resources for AccentCare

Heidi Steele handles it all: vice president of AccentCare’s Human Resources Department and a champion off-road racer. This blond, sassy, adrenaline- seeking executive began racing professionally five years ago and has since become the first female to win three titles in the rugged terrain of Baja California, taking First Place in the 2005 Baja 1000 and First in the 2005 and 2008 Baja 500 races. Steele has also won two SCORE (Southern California Off-Road Enthusiasts) Championships, one Best in Desert Championship, and she was named Driver of the Year by Dirt Sports magazine.

Most important lesson learned: Being a woman doesn’t limit my ability to succeed, even in a highly competitive, male-dominated race class.

Next big step:
I’m advancing this year into a more unlimited race truck. My objective is to increase my race skills and race in the elite Trophy Truck class within the next couple of years and compete against my husband.

Advice for other young professionals:
Never give up. You have control of your destiny. If you think positively and work toward your goals, you can achieve them. If you think you are going to fail, you will. Follow your dreams. Decide what you are truly passionate about, then pursue it as your goal. Even if your vision might be unusual, go for it! 

What you do for fun: Outside of off road racing?
Take my dog to the beach, bike ride (mountain bike and cycling), interior design, shopping and cooking with family and friends.

If you could have dinner with anyone – alive or dead – who would it be and why?
Jesus Christ – he had the most tremendous impact on people ever. I’d like to hear his word directly from him.



OC METRO'S 40 UNDER 40

Anthony Ferry & Tim Marshall  |  Albert Ko  |  Sarina Jain
Ryan Rasmussen  & Matthew Marsh  |  Laynie Newsome
Jeremy Yamaguchi  |  Rib Hillis  |  Allyson Ames
Steve West  |  Zach Lyons  |  Darlynn Morgan  |  Ryan Farrelly
Ben Byassee  |  Heather Shelton  |  Jerry Mason
Brandon Hall, Tom Leahy & Jake Kloberdanz  |  Nichole Carroll
Taite Bergin Michael Carroll  |  Ryan Steelberg  |  Scott Graham
Heidi Steele  |  Robert Pagliarini  |  Ari Benowitz  |  Scott Nguyen
Jennifer Backhaus  |  Jason Koch & Newt Morris IV
Steve Economos  |  Michael Avenatti  |  Anthony Dever
Wendy Hicks & Stephanie Pollaro  |  Martin Pupil  |  Timothy Young
Jennifer Sinclair  |  Terence Nelson  |  Autumn Strier  |  Scott Cross
Todd Henderson  |  Jesse Ohayon  |  Tim Timmons

BACK TO MAIN PAGE