Dave Kindig

Owner / Designer

They say car design is an art form with few true masters, but from concept and design to build and finished product, Dave Kindig has led the field with the special skills and vision to craft truly one of a kind customs.

Since 1999 Dave and his wife Charity have built Kindig-It Design together. A one stop, complete custom shop where autos are turned into spectacular works of art. With his engineering degree in Hot Wheels and Legos, Dave and drawing go hand in hand. With Dave at the helm Kindig-It Design continues to turn out some of the most Bitchin’ RIDES on the planet.

Charity Kindig

Vice President/ Owner

Charity’s parents were an enormous influence on her, and began taking her to car shows at just 8 years old. Whether it was in the garage sanding, having an an affinity for her 1967 Chevelle Malibu, or just lending a supportive ear, they helped inspire her passion for cars.

Charity and her husband Dave followed their dream, which began as Kindig-it Design over 12 years ago, and grew it into one of the country’s premiere hot rod restoration shops. As if owning the shop wasn’t enough, Charity turned her love of car show style into another venture, Kindig-it Apparel, offering a wide range of cutting edge, culturally suitable clothing and handbags.

Baylee Kindig

Executive Assistant

Baylee Kindig literally grew up around the shop, and as she puts it, she’s been inhaling exhaust since birth. It was a natural progression that at 16 she began working in the shop as a runner, and is now working in the office as an executive assistant.

Baylee currently owns a 1967 VW Beetle and harbors a real love for Volkswagens. She wants to start following in her dad’s footsteps and is even learning from the same man that taught him—her grandfather Richard. Baylee is also a very talented photographer and artist, and it seems that her father’s gift was passed on to her as well.

Kevin Schiele

Shop Foreman

Kevin Schiele has worked for Kindig-it Design since 2004 and runs the over 27,000 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.

Valerie Gillies

Office Manager

Miss “Vintage Valerie” has been a huge part of the Kindig-It team for over 11 years. Valerie is responsible for the inner workings and fine tuning of Kindig-it Design—everything from collections, customer relations, and managing client builds to keeping the fellas, including Dave, in the right direction.

Valerie has a vibrant personality that matches her love to shoot “Pin-up.” Her laugh is completely infectious, and she’s maintained great relationships with all of Kindig-it Designs customers for over a decade.

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, and he used that training to work on Abrams tanks in the Army during Operation Desert Storm.

Once out of the Army, Will started at HPC in 1992 where he met Dave Kindig. When Dave said he was opening his own shop and needed help getting his drawings off the wall and into reality, he asked Will to come along. Starting with the company in 2003 Will is still excited to push the envelope with each new build.

Lane Sukowaty

Electrical & Mechanical Specialist

Lane is Kindig-it Design’s electronics specialist. He has years of experience in the automotive field, having built competition rock crawlers, installed high end vehicle audio systems, and has fabricated among the highest level hot rods and custom vehicles both personally and professionally.

His interest and passion for this industry was instilled in him from his father who built and raced cars for many years before moving onto building custom fabricated show cars, and led to him earning a diploma from WyoTech in Automotive Maintenance.

Kaden Cornett

Apparel Guru

Brandon Jones

Bodyman

Brandon has worked for Kindig-it Design since 2010 and performs many functions, but primarily focuses on 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 14 years old. Brandon is a low-key guy, with a love of good work—and good beer.

Kris Elmer

FABRICATOR

Kris grew up with a machinist father who was an old “hot rodder,” and instilled in him a passion for the industry. Attending Weber State University and studying Automotive Service Technology, he planned to be a technician, but the love of fast cars was too strong and he participated in NHRA Division 7 and toured the West Coast racing.

After years at Automotive Maintenance Specialists he received a call from Dave to become a member at Kindig-it Design, 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.

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 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 learning so much from the crew at Kindig-It Design, and 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 life one day at a time.

Nick Panos

Electrical Finisher

Nick went to Weber State after high school and then onto the Toyota Training program. He was a mechanic for Lexus, but his goal was always to be in a custom shop. Moving to St. George, Utah he opened his own store, 12 Volt Solutions, with electrical wiring as his main specialty. After 2.5 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 a local Salt Lake valley Toyota dealership, when the opportunity to become a part of the Kindig-it Design team came up, he jumped at the chance.

Josh Moses

Fabricator

Moses learned his father’s trade of carpentry at an early age, both of his parents are very creative and it’s rubbed off on him. He could make anything out of wood and then that switched to tinkering with cars, metal, and fabrication. Soon, women and cars replaced wood and he opened his own Volkswagen Resto shop in Texas. Because he was always interested in off roading, he owned and ran a Land Rover accessories shop until he decided to move to Utah to be near his baby boy. Moses is self-taught, and has even produced animatronic dinosaurs as rolling productions. He has three boys, and is a very proud father. He is enjoying his new home at Kindig-It Design.

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 says the Kindig-it crew are so fun to be around. He hopes to be with the Kindig-It family for a long time. Besides cars, basketball is his main passion. We’re happy to have David as a friend and a member of the Kindig-it Design team!

Bryce Green

Bodyman

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 himself.

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 Sacramento, 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’s part of the team.

Jason Pringle

Assembly

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 of the Kindig-it Design Team. Jason is passionate about everything custom and says he just wants to build cool stuff.

Tom Shelby

Fabricator

Tommy has loved cars from a very young age—his first job was grabbing tools for his father while working on projects in the garage. Tom is distantly related to Carroll Shelby who was his grandfather’s 3rd cousin. So maybe the love of the automotive industry was always in his blood.

Tommy is a self-taught car guy and has worked in some of the top custom shops in the San Diego area. Tommy came by Kindig-it Design while on vacation, and after a great meeting with Dave, he decided to trade the ocean for the mountains. We’re glad he did!

Greg Hebard

Fabricator

Greg grew up in Motor City, Detroit Michigan, where he first acquired an interest in cars. After moving to Utah in 2005, he began attending the University of Utah and building motorcycles in his free time. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts, Greg started working as a machinist and fabricator in the hot rod industry; he believes it is extremely rewarding to build custom things from scratch using traditional tools and techniques. He’s interested in anything fast! Dave thought he had a killer attitude and some bitchin’ skills. He started working in November of 2014 and has been an awesome fit with the rest of the crew.

Jason Lynch

Fabricator

Jason has been a part of the Kindig-it Team since January 2015 and specializes in fabrication. Jason graduated with honors at Wyotech in Blairsville Pennsylvania and also has a Bachelor Degree in Business. He has always loved cars and building things. After graduation he started working at Antique Auto Shop, and the result of chasing a girl he ended up in Utah (he didn’t get the girl), and worked in another custom shop in Logan. When Jason isn’t at the shop kicking ass he does competitive skijoring with his two adorable Siberian Huskies, Rosko and Kida. We are lucky to have such a skilled and humble employee who is willing to help out wherever he can whether it is upholstery, metal, and even bodywork.

Arthur Burton

Parts Manager

Arthur has always had a passion for anything with a motor. He has always enjoyed working with his hands and has been in the automotive body repair and custom fabrication industry for over 12 years as not only a hobby, but a profession.

He has many passions from riding motocross and now he and his family spend most of their free time out at the Sand Dunes in their custom built RzR’s.

He has a wife and beautiful 2 year old girl!

He likes Vodka. A lot.

Pete Watkins

Fabricator

Pete joined the Kindig-it Team in January 2015, and after Dave offered him a job he and his wife moved to Salt Lake City from Tehachapi California. Pete had grown up watching build shows and was heavily influenced by the near by So-Cal culture where he was introduced to the philosophy of Indian Larry of “Turning a machine into art, every working mechanism is a part of that art.” He specializes in metal shaping whether it is by machine or even hand shaping. Pete wants to prove that he can be one of the best, and provide for his wife doing what he loves.

Brian Gull

Bodyman

Brian joined the Kindig-It Design team in July 2014 and specializes in body work.  Brian spent 16 years before Kindig-It Design working as a collision repair technician with various companies.  He is what you call a bodywork guru.  He loves what he does and has no desire to change his career. He has been married for 14 years and has two sons that are 8 and 5 years old.  He loves to spend time with his family and likes to go fishing when ever he can.  He also really likes to play foot bag (which is commonly know as hackey sack). Brian is a key member of our body team and helps make our cars curves look sexy.

Enrique Villegas

Bodyman/Painter

Enrique has worked part time for Kindig-it Design since 2012.  He usually helped when we were slammed and over the holiday seasons.  Enrique joined the team full time in June 2015.  Enrique specializes in body work and paint.  He spent the previous 15 years working as a collision specialist for Precision Auto body and Paint and a couple other companies.  He has been married for 18 years and has two girls that are 17 and 10 years old.  He was born in Mexico and used to come to the states for vacation and liked it so much he moved to California in 1982.  He loves to work on his classic trucks in his spare time.  He has a 1955 Ford F100, 1957 Chevy pickup and 1970 Chevy pickup that he is restoring.  When he is not working at Kindig-it Design or working on his own vehicles he is hiking and spending time in the mountains.  He loves to hike and enjoy the beautiful nature.  We are glad to have Enrique on our team because he is skilled in both body and paint and that make him very versatile for our team.

Javier Lopez

Bodyman

Javier is one of the newest members to our Kindig-It Family.  He joined our team in May 2016.  However he has no shortage of experience, he has been working as a body man for the last 22 years.  Most recently he was at Alpine Auto Body and paint.  He has been happily married to his wife Marybelle for 26 years.  He has two beautiful girls that are 23 and 20.  He is very proud to be a grandpa to two wonderful grand kids.  Javier likes to work out and exercise in his spare time; he also loves to go camping.  His favorite place to go is Lava Hot Springs. Javier has lots of experience and we are glad to have him as part of our team and look forward to him being part of our Kindig-it family for many years to come.