Dave Kindig - Owner/Designer
Dave's experience starting from a young child, drawing cars and playing with hot wheels segwayed into the self taught entrepreneur that he is today. Dave's imagination and keen sense of style continually produces some of North America's most beautiful hot rods and customs. Dave always looks for the opportunity to meet new people and build cars, because each new project displays ingenuity, creativity and individuality that is beyond compare.
Charity Kindig - VP/Owner
Charity along with her husband Dave embarked on an incredible journey over 12 years ago, which today is Kindig-it Design and Apparel.
Charity has attended car shows since she was a sweet 8 years old and her parents, Richard and Bonnie, were huge influences, whether it was in the garage sanding, or having an affinity for her 1967 Chevelle Malibu… or just lending a supportive ear, she appreciates and recognizes all of their efforts.
Charity has come a long way since those days of childhood; she and Dave now own and operate one of the countries best Hot Rod and Restoration shops. As if owning the shop wasn't enough, Charity turned her hours of car shows into another venture, which is Kindig-it Apparel, offering a wide range of cutting edge, culturally suitable clothing and handbags.
Charity not only enjoys their accomplishments at the shop but is most proud of their two children, Baylee and Drew, who are incredibly artistic and creative in their own right.
Sherri Candland - Director of Marketing
Sherri joined the Kindig-It Design team this year to fill a much needed space. She is the Director of Marketing, and assists in sponsorship of large, high profile builds as well as marketing the apparel side of the business. Sherri has known both Dave and Charity for over 10 years and is happy to be a part of their professional team. Sherri doesn't like cooked fruit and can't understand why patio furniture is so expensive!
Valerie Gillies - Office Manager Extraordinaire
Valerie has been a huge part of the Kindig-It team for over 9 years. She started managing her first company at the young age of 16. Valerie is responsible for the inner workings of Kindig-it Design, everything from collections, customer relations, managing client builds and beautiful pin-up girl. Valerie has a vibrant personality, her laugh is completely infectious, and she has maintained positive relationships with all of Kindig-it Designs customers over the years. Valerie's passion for her professional life is dwarfed by the passion for her husband and three beautiful daughters. Valerie is a hip hop maniac on the weekends and collects fresh eggs from her chickens every morning.
Kevin Schiele - Shop Foreman
Kevin Schiele has worked for Kindig-it Design for 12 years and runs the over 27,000.00 square foot facility. He has a passion for the industry, and has spent many long hours in the shop making sure that every build is just right. Kevin specializes in air ride suspension, but is truly a jack of all trades. He is a proud member of Severed Ties Truck Club, the Salt Lake Chapter, and has personally built three over the top custom sport trucks. Kevin enjoys long walks on the beach, boating, and sea turtles.
Will Lockwood - Engineer
Will grew up on hot rod magazines and started playing with RC cars at age 11. Will took vocational classes in auto body and mechanics that saved him in high school. The ASVAB test paved the way for Will to work on Abrams tanks in the Army and ultimately being a part in Operation Desert Storm.
Once out of the Army, Will began looking for local businesses in Utah that advertised in the hot rod magazines. He started at HPC in 1992 which is where he met Dave Kindig. He took machining and drafting classes that landed him a machining job. About this time, Dave was opening his own shop and needed someone to help him get his drawings off the wall and into reality. 10 years later Will is still excited to push the envelope with each new build.
Will has a bachelors degree in business administration.
Carlos Delgado - Bodyman
Carlos has been a part of the Kindig-it Design team for over three years and is a lead body man. Carlos began his career in the automotive industry in 1980 in Guadalara, Mexico, working in his dads shop. The family business is what gave Carlos the experience he needed to move forward in the custom hot rod industry.
Carlos loves his professional career with Kindig-it Design almost as much as his wife of 19 years, and his beautiful 5 children. He has spent many long hours in the shop, perfecting the builds that have come in over the years.
Carlos wants to give most of the credit for his success to his father, Miguel… without his influence; Carlos would not be where he is today.
Samuel F. Bernardeau - Custom Paint
Sam has just come to Kindig-it Design this year, with over 27 years experience in the automotive collision and custom/restoration industry. He has been married to his wife Susan, for 14 years, and his hobbies include, restoring Mopar Muscle Cars, cooking, gardening, and most importantly, spending time driving with his wife to places they have never been before!
Lane Sukowaty - Electrical & Mechanical Specialist
Lane is Kindig-it Design's electronics specialist. He has over 15 years experience in the automotive field, including complete vehicle wiring, custom vehicle audio installations, metal fabrication, custom chassis and suspension…
His interest and passion for this industry is a gift from his father who built and raced cars for many years before moving to building custom show cars.
His educational background boasts a diploma in automotive maintenance, diagnostics, air conditioning systems, chassis and suspension repair and automotive transmissions from Wyoming Technical Institute.
In his career, Lane has built competition rock crawlers, installed high end vehicle audio systems and built the highest level hot rods and custom vehicles. He is also proud to have lived through the 1970's… well at least one month of the 70's, having been born in November of 1979!
Manuel Bellazetin - Master Craftsman
Manuel has worked for Kindig-It Design for over two years as their custom painter, and body work specialist. Manuel wears many hats and oversees the body side of the 27,000.00 square foot facility.
Manuel started in the automotive industry when he was sixteen years old and has over thirty years of experience. His passion has always been for vintage cars and the restoration of them to a high quality level that goes beyond compare.
Manuel's work ethic is strong, and it spills out into his personal life with his two children and wife of 19 years.
His commitment to excellence makes him an integral part of the Kindig-it Design team.
Brandon Jones - Body Man
Brandon has worked for Kindig-it Design for over a year and performs many functions in the 27,000.00 square foot facility. His main job would be extensive body work to the custom builds, including cutting and polishing.
Brandon has always been interested in restoring cars and bikes but his true passion lies in mini and sport trucks, having built his own trucks and helped on numerous friends projects since he was fourteen years old.
Brandon is a low key, quiet individual, who has a strong commitment to his work and likes beer.
Kris Elmer - Fabricator
Kris’s father was an old “hot rodder” and instilled in him a great passion for this industry. Car activity has always been present in his childhood-he blames this “illness” on his Dad, who was a machinist by trade-constantly making parts for people.
Kris attended Weber State University and studied Automotive Service Technology. His plan was to be a technician his entire life, but it became redundant and old. Kris worked at a couple of cardealerships and for Kevin Brown, owner of Classic Restorations. Participated in NHRA Division 7, touring the West Coast racing and burned through all his vacation time, he was literally never home.
For the last 4 years, Kris has been at Automotive Maintenance Specialists, when he received a call from Dave. Would he be interested in becoming a Kindig-It Design member-and the answer was yes.
Kris is the founding member of the Throttlers, SLC chapter, and loves fixing first generation camaros and held two track racing records at Rocky Mountain Raceway.
Kris has 4 children with only one wife! He and his wife Gaila enjoy all activities as long as it is done as a family.
Kris feels confident that he can do just about anything, he wears many hats and is admittedly not an expert, but knows just enough to be dangerous.
Ryan Decol - Futurliner Project Manager
Ryan has been a mechanic all of his life…he began metal work in 2007 and that is where his passion lies. Ryan served in the marine corps but garnered most of his skill from hands on experience. Ryan has been an integral part of the Kindig-It team since 2010 and has been given the challenging task of Project Manager for the 1939 GM Futurliner. The Futurliner is a massive restoration, and Ryan is responsible for not only managing his team of specialists on this project, but also the extensive research necessary to bring this girl back to her original glory. Ryan is up for the challenge and is proud to be heading this great build! Ryan is happy to have been chosen as Project Manager for the Futurliner and looks forward to more projects after this one is completed. His focus has moved into all aspects of car building and restoration, excluding body and paint!
Ryan has two beautiful children and when not working tirelessly at the shop, enjoys spending time with them. Ryan has a strong work ethic and attributes that to the school of hard knocks.
Terry "Pooh" Sommer - Shop Go To Guy
Pooh, as he is so lovingly called, because he was his Mom’s Pooh Bear, has been with Kindig-it Design for over 12 and a half years he is one of the very first Kindig-it employees. Pooh is responsible for running parts, maintenance, detailing vehicles, and taking care of anything that needs to be done.
Pooh is the shop sweetheart, always willing to do anything for anyone at anytime. He loves his position at Kindig-It Design and loves his wife of 7 years, Andy and their three beautiful children.
If you need it done right and right now, Pooh is your man.
Jordan Brown - Fabricator
After attending Dixie College, Jordan got his degree in Physics at the University of Utah, and began work in the semi-conductor manufacturing business. Machining is his specialty, and even had a job building aluminum containers. What he enjoys building the most though is his Diablo Lamborghini, which he has just recently completed. He knew his true desire was to be involved in the custom automotive world, and in February of 2013, he took a sick day and came to Kindig-It Design to apply for the open position. He enjoys his position amongst the Kindig-It team of specialists and considers it an honor.
Eric Larsen - Fabricator
Welding has always been a passion of Eric’s. Originally from St. George, Utah, Eric made many art pieces that were housed in galleries. He did side jobs to keep his dream alive, and ended up in Salt Lake City, as a result of chasing a girl. He is a crew member on the massive and historic 1939 GM Futurliner project and considers this a truly unbelievable opportunity. He is learning so much from the crew at Kindig-It Design, a lot of useful information that will hopefully land him in his own fabrication shop one day. Eric has always loved everything with wheels and motors, from skateboarding to motorcycles and enjoys taking his life one day at a time!
Robert "Red" Wahl - Body Man
Robert, or “Red” as he is called, has been in the automotive industry since 1998. Growing up, Red would build motorcycles with his Dad and soon realized he preferred working on cars. He has been a body man for many shops, including working for himself, and jumped at the opportunity to work at Kindig-It Design. Red joined the Kindig-It Team in 2012 and loves the atmosphere, the quick and exciting pace, and the people who treat him like family! His wife Christy is the absolute love of his life and his hobbies besides cars, include yardwork-but he would much rather work on cars than in the yard!
Nick Panos - Electrical Finisher
Nick went to Weber State after high school and then onto the Toyota Training program after that. He was a mechanic for Lexus, but his goal was always to be involved in a custom shop. He moved to St. George, Utah and opened his own store, 12 Volt solutions with wiring as his specialty. After 2 ½ years in that business, Nick felt he wanted to be closer to his family and moved back to Salt Lake City. He was selling cars at Mark Miller, when the opportunity to become a part of the Kindig-it crew came about. He jumped at the chance and is very happy to be a part of the Kindig-It family. The family atmosphere, and challenging work keeps him excited to come to work everyday.
David Pufahl - Shop Runner
Young David is a Utah native and has been around cars his entire life. He started coming to the shop when he was 12 or 13 years old and Dave would give him a tour. After his high school graduation, he stopped by the shop one more time and Dave needed a runner and gave him the job. David loves working at the shop, he enjoys all of the side jobs he does and the people are so fun to be around. He hopes to be with the Kindig-It family for a long time and is excited to be starting a mechanics program at The Salt Lake Community College in the fall. Besides cars, basketball is his main passion.
Bryce Green - Body Man
Bryce Green is a huge Mustang fan and has been since he was young. He had a 1968 beater Mustang which he wrecked when he was 16 years old, and his Dad told him to fix it. That is exactly what Bryce did-doing a full restoration, the body work, fabrication and paint.
He spent his summer painting airplanes at the Ogden airport and winning shows with his restored Mustang. He went on an LDS mission to Hong Kong, and then attended Wyotech in Sacremento, California. While working at a shop in California, he learned of the 1968 fastback, The Boss, built by Kindig-it Design and the idea of being a part of that team was always on his radar. He sent his resume to Kindig-it Design, just to be able to say he had sent Dave Kindig his resume. And now, he is part of the team.
Bryce is very proud to be a part of the Kindig-it Crew and he and his wife Sydney are expecting their first child.
Donnie Hall - Fabricator
Donnie’s father had his hot rod shop at their home and he had a crib literally in the shop. So Donnie has been around hot rods his entire life. He is self-taught, and is skilled in bodywork, paint as well as fabrication.
Donnie has worked on a military base, destroying chemical agents and even had a brief stint with us at Kindig-it Design from 2003-2006.
Donnie is a Utah native, and lives here with his wife and three children. His hobbies include working on cars and he is very happy to be back with us at Kindig-it Design.
Jason Pringle - Futurliner Team
Jason Pringle has been in the automotive industry for over 20 years. He grew up around hot rods and is completely self-taught. Jason started his career in the car audio industry and eventually gravitated to custom shop work.
Jason loves working with his hands and has a passion for mini trucks even building his own. He had worked with Kindig-it Design previously as a subcontractor and is very excited to be back as a full time member on the Futurliner team!
Jason and his wife Kim have two children, Logan and Madison. Jason is passionate about everything custom and says he just wants to build cool stuff.
Baylee Kindig - Receptionist
Baylee Kindig, first born of Dave and Charity Kindig has been around the shop literally her whole life. As Baylee puts it, she has been inhaling exhaust since birth. She remembers at 5, rolling around in fiberglass and masking tape and causing all sorts of trouble. It was a natural transition then at 16 for Baylee to begin working at the shop as a runner.
She has moved on from that position, and is working in the office as a receptionist. Baylee loves hot rods and her favorite is the 1968 Fastback, The Boss, built by her Dad. She loves her hot rod family and spending time with them. She has traveled to many car shows with her parents and younger brother Drew. Baylee is also a very talented photographer and artist; it seems as if her father’s gift was passed on to her as well. She has a great sense of humor and is going for total Kindig domination!!
Tommy Shelby - Fabricator
Tommy loved cars from a very young age, and his first job was grabbing tools for his father, while working on projects in the garage. He is distantly related to Carroll Shelby, with Shelby being his Grandfathers 3rd cousin-so maybe the love of the industry was actually in his blood.
He is self-taught on many things and has worked in some of the top custom shops in San Diego for the last 8 years. Tommy came to Kindig-it Design while on vacation, and after a great meeting with Dave, he decided to trade the ocean for the mountains.
Most important to Tommy is his wife of 8 years and son Cole, who is already in love with anything that has wheels. Tommy is looking forward to being a long time team member at Kindig-it Design.