“It's getting closer and closer.”

That was what Pamela Roberson, now “future independent sales director” for Mary Kay, used to say to Rick Newton of Bruner Auto Group, almost every time they would see each other. They both go to Coggin Ave. Baptist Church.

“She's worked really hard for this,” Newton said.

On Monday, Newton presented Roberson her first Mary Kay career car, a 2012 Chevy Malibu sedan in fresh white, worth $24,500, at Bruner Auto. Seven of her 14 team members were present, as well as her director Leann Zondag, and her mother Bobbie Long and son Jeremy.

Roberson earned her first car by “recruiting 14 personal team members and doing $20,000 in wholesale production in over four months.”

“My team just worked really hard,” Roberson said. “We have goals and dreams, and we're pursuing them together.”

Roberson considers her Mary Kay business a full-time career. She has been with the company for nine years.

“We're so proud of her,” Zondag said. “She'll be driving free for years to come.”

In photo are: Pamela Roberson and Leann Zondag, Mary Kay senior sales director, with Roberson's brand new 2012 Chevy Malibu from Mary Kay.