This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

From Under The Scope To Under The Hood

MOORESVILLE, N.C., Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When Taryn Parrino was growing up in Baton Rouge, La., a career in racing was not something she considered, making the 26 year-old's current role at JRi Shocks, LLC a surprise even to her.


"I was always into automotive, but the racing aspect came later," said Parrino. "There wasn't a lot of it where I grew up; the only thing that was big was drag racing."

With her one-year anniversary at JRi Shocks approaching, Parrino is continuing to learn every day on the job.

"Because we're a smaller company, employees have the opportunity to touch a lot of different aspects of the design, manufacturing, sales and shipping processes," said Parrino.

Parrino's job duties are very different from what she originally thought she would be doing, not within JRi Shocks, but because a few years ago Parrino had plans of becoming a biologist. 

After high school, Parrino enrolled at Louisiana State University ( LSU) where she pursued a degree in biology.  It's hard to imagine a biologist trading in the lab coat for a racing suit, but that's exactly what happened – eventually.  

It was during her time at LSU that Parrino really started thinking about an alternative career.

"What I liked most were my physics and math classes, and that's when I started leaning toward engineering," Parrino said. "It's the engineering and technology that drew me in and piqued my interest."

By the time Parrino graduated from LSU in 2010 with a biology degree in hand, a career in that field was an afterthought, and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech) was on the horizon.

"If you want a job in the industry, NASCAR Tech is where it's at," said Parrino, describing her reason for choosing NASCAR Tech.

Parrino headed to Mooresville, N.C. – known as "Race City, USA" - to start her new journey. While she was excited for the opportunity, those around her had a hard time understanding her reasoning.

"Everyone was like, 'that's pretty crazy,'" Parrino said. "I wasn't passionate about biology, though, and you only have so much time to figure out what you want to do."

1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,813.39 +1.20 0.01%
S&P 500 2,088.87 -0.27 -0.01%
NASDAQ 5,116.1430 +13.3350 0.26%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs