As early as pre-school, I exhibited an affinity for automobiles and automotive design. It was then that I explained to my parents my desire to become a scientist so I could “make new cars”. This childhood innocence and imagination ignited my future passion for the automotive industry. This affinity carried over into high school, and was the catalyst for the changes I made to my first car, a 1966 Mustang. Initially, my car did not have any paint, and was a straight-six model with the basic interior. In a few months I had installed a 289 cubic inch V8, converted the interior to a “Deluxe edition” trim level, and had painted it Ford Blue.
After graduating college I received my Officer’s Commission in the US Army in Military Intelligence. My first duty station was in Panama City, Panama. Several crushing disappointments at the Post Exchange (PX) in receiving incorrect automotive parts led me to search for a means of obtaining aftermarket parts through an intranet. I dubbed the online program Projekt Cars. This virtual storefront alleviated the hassle of ordering through the PX and provided an avenue for modifying vehicles to overseas soldiers. Years later, I would use the name to acquire sponsorship parts for SEMA builds. When I returned from another overseas assignment in Italy during 2000, I anxiously awaited my new BMW to compete in the Hot Import Nights shows I kept seeing on the “Internet“. After a $4000 investment in an upgraded Audio/Video system, body kit, and 19-inch two-piece wheels, I drove eight hundred miles to Del Mar, California. Even with my changes, which I felt complimented lines of my BMW 323i, it did not stand a chance against the wild vehicles at the show. I quickly learned about vehicle sponsorship programs and began developing my first string of proposals.
These proposals helped me acquire an extensive list of modifications and opened the doors to SEMA representation. The BMW e46 was first introduced to a SEMA booth in 2002 and was welcomed back four subsequent years. Since then, I have managed over sixty different SEMA platforms, now under Rollin’Art. At one time, while employed as a Production Manager for DaimlerChrysler , I managed thirteen builds for the company. All on my own budget, and with two of the vehicles belonging to me.
Modifying vehicles has been a part of my life since the first episodes of Happy Days that I watched as a toddler. Although my past career in the military and my current career in engineering did not cross paths with the automotive industry, I have made every effort to be involved with the aftermarket scene. The cars I have completed were on my dime, marketed on my own time, and ensured an impressive return on investment to my sponsors. I exhibit a relentless passion for my builds on a daily basis and strive to always present the best possible final product. I am confident in my ability to provide positive attention to all affiliate brands, and will go beyond expectations in capitalizing on every opportunity.
– Built over 70 cars for SEMA, prior to 2012
– Built & Placed over 20 vehicles at SEMA 2012
– Launched Marketing initiative for PAS magazine in the US
– Built vehicles which have appeared in numerous publications worldwide
– Spokesperson for several aftermarket companies for last 10 years
– 14 year military veteran recipient of the Soldier’s Medal
– OEM experience as Production Manager & Warehouse Manager; DCX, Expert in lean manufacturing
– Led (Kaizen) continuous improvement workshops in manufacturing and logistics
– Holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Project Management
– Project Management experience in projects ranging from 25K to 5.5M