The Woman Who's Making Sure Everything in Your Car Has Its Place
|Photo: Steve Fecht |
Known around General Motors' Michigan office as the Cup Holder Lady, Chris Shinouskis is in charge of designing a berth for any kind of beverage, along with all pockets, glove compartments, and trunks for all GM vehicles. The position was created after Shinouskis's daughter complained that their car had only one seat-back pocket. Since 2005 Shinouskis has pondered the variables that affect what we bring into our cars (convertible owners need a spot to stash sunblock; people in hot climates carry bigger water bottles; residents of China drink from square boxes of green tea) to deliver smarter storage. "When your arms are full and it's raining, you don't want to wonder, 'Where does my cup go, or my cell phone, or this umbrella?'" she says. "If everything has a place, I've done my job."