Since growing up in the rural village of Mt. Horeb, WI, I have been fascinated with the automobile as long as I can remember. From being a young child in the company of my Dad's semi trucks, and watching countless hours of Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider, to playing in an old junked out '73 Pontiac Le Mans, I always knew I wanted a career in the automotive industry. As I got older, my interest turned into an obsession. I began to collect Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, die-cast models, building my own models, and tinkering with anything mechanical. By the time I got to high school, I had lost interest in any sports. My focus was entirely on having the baddest muscle car in town!
While in high school, I applied and was accepted into a state-sponsored trades apprenticeship in Automotive Technology. I passed the two-year program with flying colors, and had a certification in Auto Tech along with my high school diploma. My Mentor, Jim Zwolanek, was a great teacher and I owe him more than I can ever repay!
Being in the Automotive Industry since age 16, I have worked in both retail/wholesale parts sales with General Motors (Cadillac/Oldsmobile/Chevrolet) dealerships, service management for a local independent repair facility, and sales for a Wisconsin based automotive parts supplier.
Since 1998, I have recieved the following certifications:
-ASE Certified in GM Parts, Automotive Parts, & Service Management
-2007 GM Parts Consultant "Top Shelf" Award winner (Only 5 awards given per year)
-GM Mark of Excellence Silver Award winner
-GM Parts Consultant Bronze and Silver level awards
-Goodyear/Dunlop/Kelly Tire Expert Product Certification