I got started in automotives when I was very young, because my dad's family from the Blue Hill area is very big into the demolition derby scene. I went to Hastings High School and took their automotive program and joined the drag racing team. I got hooked on drag racing and if anybody knows anything about races; it's not if it breaks, it's when it breaks, so I had to learn to fix my own stuff. I worked briefly at a couple quick-lube shops until I started my automotive career in June of 2006 at Paul Spady Buick in Hastings. I started off as a service advisor then after some time, a position opened up, and I told my boss that I was bored sitting in the office, and wanted to try my hand at the lube technician position. I worked as a lube technician and lightline technician for a few years until they brought in a Polaris dealership in 2008. I continued to work as lube and lightline tech doing maintenance work and small repairs until 2015 when they moved me to service manager. After going through several technicians trying to replace me in the Polaris shop, they decided to put me back into the shop and in June of 2018, I completed my Polaris ORV certifications. In August of 2018 I began working for Jacobs Ford and began Ford's STARS (Standardized Training and Resource System) training in December of 2018. My Ford training hit an accelerated path in February of 2019, sending me out of state as many as 3 weeks per month over the next 13 months until Covid put the brakes on life. I have completed over 130 classes online/in person and as of January 22nd, 2021, I completed my final course. I am now fully Ford certified and in about 2.5 years time in service I'll achieve Ford Senior Master Technician after 5 years total of Ford employment.
I grew up in the small town of Dannebrog. When I was young, I followed my dad around while working on the family cars, learning as many things from him as possible. After I finished high school, I went to Central Community College in Hastings, and studied Automotive technology for two years. During that time I worked at a uBreakIfix, and my friends' vehicles and my own to keep learning. Eventually I moved on to working at a Niewohner feedlot in Albion, where I worked on tractors and four wheelers. Finally, after leaving there, I moved to Jacobs Ford. I plan to keep working here to better my skills to work with Ford, and finish my training to become a master technician.