OWNER & OPERATOR
My love affair with Harleys started in 1999 with a 1200 Sportser I bought from a Marina Del Ray dealership in Los Angeles. Within 30 days, I’d replaced it with a brand new 2000 Fat Boy. From those early days, I knew I had joined a family that would be mine forever.
It wasn’t long before I decided to make Harleys my career and, in 2002, I moved to Phoenix to attend the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Harley Davidson Division. As school began, I was lucky to be hired on at Chandler Harley Davidson where I worked as a lot tech and assistant to a fleet of seasoned veteran mechanics.
I graduated from MMI a year and a half later in the top tier of my class and went right to work at Chosa’s Harley Davidson in Mesa, a large and ever-busy dealership that would later become Chester’s after an ownership change.
In 2008, after receiving my Master’s, I was fortunate to be recruited to Cascade Harley Davidson in Bend to become the lead technician of the dealership’s service department. When Cascade became Wildhorse, I stayed on for another three years bringing me to more than 12 consecutive years in dealership service departments.
In 2013, I left dealership and spent three years in operations management with Webfoot Painting, the 2015 Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Large Business of the Year, while I continued to work on bikes and put the pieces together to open my own shop.
That moment finally arrived and Red Wrench Cycles opened its doors in February 2018 with the support of an incredible team. Together we aim to provide the highest degree of quality service in Central Oregon as we build a company based on hard work, integrity and love for the family of American V-Twin riders.
When I started, I was literally the twelfth mechanic in line to receive work because of my rookie status. My main responsibilities were changing tires and repairing crash bikes. Within 10 months, I had completed so many “frame offs” that my crash bike resume was second only to the shop foreman.
During my second and third years, it was my knack for diagnosis that turned heads. Within three years, I’d moved up to Stall #2 and become the right hand man of the shop foreman.
During this time, the dealership supported my continued education and I become a Master Mechanic in my fifth year of work, with expert and master-level certifications in vehicle maintenance, V-Rod, service procedures, chassis service, air-cooled powertrain, electronic control systems and trikes.