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. While I was in apprenticeship, I worked part-time as a technician apprentice at Ahrens Cadillac-Oldsmobile in Madison, WI. While there I learned a lot, ranging from maintenance and repair to OBD II diagnostics. My Mentor, Jim Zwolanek, was a great teacher and I owe him more than I can ever repay!
During my senior year of High School, I was offered an after school position in the Parts Department at Symdon Motors in Mt. Horeb, WI. Having the urge to learn how another vital dealership department worked, I quickly signed on and learned the business end of parts sales, both wholesale and retail. After graduation, I was offered a full-time position, and had a great 12+ year career with the company. In 2011, I joined the team at Helwig Auto Clinic in Mt. Horeb as a Service Advisor for collector, exotic, muscle, and everyday cars and trucks. The owner, Steve Helwig, has been a customer, colleauge, and good friend in the Automotive Industry for many years. I'm thrilled at the oppurtunity offered to me by Steve, and the pleasant work environment. I am not lying when I say that I really do have the greatest job and the greatest co-workers anyone could ever ask for!
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
Since 2008, I have offered services such as appraisals and detailing for collector vehicles in a small, intimate setting. This gives me the chance to work one-on-one with antique, muscle, and exotic cars & trucks. It's now my pleasure to assist anyone with keeping there investment vehicle ahead of the competition!
Along with being an avid attendee at various automotive related events throughout the summer, I decided that 2012 would be the year I fulfilled another passion of mine - music. I do not hide the fact that Heavy Metal, 80's Hair Metal, and Classic Hard Rock are my favorite genre's of sound. After years of idolizing such great bands such as KISS, Metallica, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Zakk Wylde, Whitesnake, Poison, Bon Jovi, Ratt, Dokken, AC/DC, LA Guns, Journey, and Boston, it was time to learn how to play bass guitar. I've been blessed to know and meet so many musically talented people who have been a tremendous help in my desire to play well.