As a child, I obsessed over cars by reading and talking cars
every chance I got. I had several good mentors; one being my auto
shop teacher in high school. His level of professionalism and
passion for the repair business really spoke to me. Even after
all these years, what I learned from him keeps me focused and
excited about the automotive industry.
In fact, he got me my first job at the local auto machine shop
while I was still in high school. Rebuilding cylinder heads and
cleaning various parts beforehand was my main job. There were
also the occasional repairs the other guys there didn’t care for
– like the glorious air brake actuators under the septic tank
Like a lot of techs, I was interested in drag racing, and after
losing my driver’s license, I went to the track. It was a joy
tuning engines and building fast cars but it got too expensive
and my racing days abruptly ended shortly after marriage.
Since then, I’ve worked for 10 years as a Toyota Master
technician and at Mitsubishi for 15 years as one of only two
Master Elite Techs in the region. While working at Mitsubishi, I
worked on many Asian and domestic vehicles and was cross-trained
as a Kia certified tech.
Before coming to ALLDATA, I had the joy of working at an
independent shop with an extensive list of clients who owned
collector cars. I worked on some amazing Ferraris, Aston Martins,
MGs, Allards, Camaros, Vettes, Cobras, Mustangs, and
In my spare time, I work with Weight Watchers as a group leader
and receptionist; giving back to those who helped me with my
weight loss of 200 lbs. I’ve also had the great pleasure of
serving as an associate pastor and preaching once a month at a
small country church. I also like to fish, canoe, bicycle, ride
my Kawasaki Vulcan 1600, read zombie books and attempt amateur
writings in Christian devotions and zombie apocalypse shorts.