By Sarah Boerkircher


Super Mom Mackenzie Gates is mom to Lottie (6) and Theo (3), and the social media manager for all Gates Auto stores. She handles the marketing and community outreach for the dealerships and also often appears beside her father, Steve Gates, in television advertising campaigns. As Mackenzie explained, if Lottie and Theo choose to go into the car business, they will be the fifth generation to do so.

Mackenzie and her husband Lex Sykes, who runs their Allstate agency-MGM Insurance, encourage lots of outdoor time for their children, but also understand the importance of letting kids be kids. With two very active children, the Gates/Sykes family is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities.

“Our daughter, Lottie, enjoys playing tennis, soccer, gymnastics, dance and participates in art club,” Mackenzie says. “Our son, Theo, enjoys playing wee ball, basketball and gymnastics. Even though it sounds like our children are enrolled in many activities, we also let them ‘be kids.’”

Afternoons are spent at the park, riding bikes or swimming at the club where the family belongs. After a busy day, Mackenzie and Lex make it a priority to read a bedtime story every night.

“Reading truly ignites their imagination and provides us the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company,” she says.

As a working mom, Mackenzie understands that every day isn’t going to be perfect, but that everything will work itself out in the end.

“Lottie and Theo are an endless amount of joy in my life,” she says. “Their enthusiasm for life is a constant motivation for me to achieve not only my goals, but to encourage them in theirs as well.”

Like many moms, Mackenzie finds that with hers and her children’s busy schedules that she often feels rushed, so she worries that Lottie and Theo aren’t receiving quality attention.

“When I see the results of our hard work, I know in my heart that Lex and I are working together to raise kind, happy and well-rounded children,” she says. “As moms, we tend to put a lot of unnecessary pressure on ourselves, but the more we begin to take it easy and do things from the deepest place of love, the more we can enjoy life.”

For Mackenzie, sticking to a schedule is necessary. She also realizes that it truly takes a village. Fortunately, she has a supportive and more than willing family that always is happy to assist in times of need.

“I know when to ask for help, but I do wish that the title of ‘Super Mom’ came with real superpowers,” she says. “At the end of the day, I just hope that I’ve done my best and I remind myself that tomorrow is another day. And if you were to ask Theo, he’d say he’s the only superhero in our family.”