MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) Field Level
As a young kid growing up in New Zealand, I was always around
automobiles. My dad and both of my uncles raced cars and, at some
point, owned salvage yards.
My dad stopped racing before I was old enough to remember and
moved to the States, but my uncles raced Saloon cars and dirt
track midgets with great success. Going to the race tracks,
taking in the sights and sounds, and especially smelling race
fuel is one of my fondest memories growing up.
After I finished high school I was a typical teenager that had no
idea what I wanted to do. My dad, who had already moved to Texas,
asked me if I wanted to come here to live. A year and half later.
I came to the US.
My Dad owned a salvage yard, and during the first 2 ½ years here,
I worked for him. Anyone who has worked with family know that is
not an easy thing to do. Additionally, being a teenager who
knows everything and working with your father who knows nothing
was always a source of conflict.
When I decided to venture out on my own I started working at
mostly at independent repair shops. I did not receive any formal
training. Instead, I learned on the job. As my knowledge and
diagnostic skills improved, I eventually went to work at
In 2008, I went to Iraq to work as a contractor. I originally
went as a vehicle A/C technician. Over the following 3
years, I was promoted and ended up overseeing 60 employees. With
the skills I learned, the friends I met and the assistance we
provided the military, I consider it as some of the most
rewarding work I have ever been a part of.
After returning to Texas, I went to an independent Lexus shop.
I started back as a technician, but I decided I wanted out
of “turning wrenches” and moved to a Service advisor position.
This was a great experience, as I learned an interesting
perspective from the customers point of view.
The people I work with at ALLDATA are truly some of the most
knowledgeable, friendly, and professional technicians I have ever
worked with. I am excited to be a part of the Tech-Assist team
and look forward to growing with the team for many years to come.
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