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For me it all started when I was 14 and my Dad let me use his tools to rebuild the top end on a Honda 500 in our family’s living room—it was the first thing you’d see when you walked in the front door. I got my first street bike a year later.

For the next 15 years, I rode everything: Enduros, dirt bikes, street bikes, sport bikes. I’d had 11 different motorcycles of other brands before I found Harley in my mid-thirties. I’ve never looked back.

For work, I’ve done a bunch of different jobs, but when I moved to Bend in 2002 I honed in on bikes as the place to put my time and energy.

Parts have been my main thing since I began EBaying merchandise for BMC Choppers, a Bend-based custom motorcycle shop, in 2003.

Over the past decade, I’ve built up a pretty large American V-Twin parts inventory and launched my own successful EBay store.

I’ve sold thousands of parts, shipped worldwide, earned a 100 percent rating from customers, and learned more about Harley parts than I ever thought possible. But I’ve been ready to delve more into working on bikes for awhile now.

Not long ago, when Doug called me to say he was opening Red Wrench I was working on my custom Softail—this time on the floor of my dining room—and I knew it was the chance I was looking for to grow in my career.

At Red Wrench I’m proud to combine my strong experience in parts acquisition and sales with my technician skills to be a critical backbone of support for this fun and growing company.

My dad opened Central Oregon Cycles about then and over time I would sell a small fortune worth of inventory for the company online.

By 2008, I’d found my way to the dealership and went to work for Frank Costa at Cascade Harley Davidson in the parts department just a few months before a new lead technician, Doug Morgan, would arrive. We would soon become good friends.

I stayed with the dealership through its transition to Wildhorse and had many wonderful years with the company, buying and selling parts, and getting on-the-ground experience in the service department where I worked side-by-side with talented mechanics who discovered my aptitude and put me to work on bikes of all kinds.

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