Dave Kindig

Owner / Designer

They say car design is an art form with few real masters, but from concept and design to build and finished product, Dave Kindig has led the field with the unique 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 turn 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 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 18 years ago and grew it into one of the country’s premier 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 broad range of cutting-edge, culturally suitable clothing and accessories.

Baylee Kindig

Apparel, Website & Shipping Girl

Baylee Kindig grew up with and around the shop so it was a natural progression that at 16 she began working in the shop as a runner, then office assistant and she is now working as one of the heads in Apparel, Managing our Websites’ and Shipping department. But she also dabbles in some graphic design and photography at the shop. Overall she is your go to girl and takes on any job we throw her. Baylee harbors a real love for Volkswagens she has a ’67 Beetle project car that is still sitting. She dreams of following in her parent’s footsteps and creating her own successful business someday. Baylee has a 2-year-old furbaby named Hooch, and she is happily engaged with plans to marry her soon-to-be barber fiance in the Summer of 2018.

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 Honey Badger

Kaden grew up in Northern Utah and the Ogden area. Kaden has always appreciated the aesthetics of cars and going to different shows as a kid. His working career started with a company that converted and customized surplus military trucks into custom survival and rescue vehicles for private owners. While Kaden worked there, he helped out with metal work, welding, paint, and assembly. Then when Kaden met his Fiance, he soon moved down to Salt Lake to be closer to her and find a job in the city. Lucky for him she knew a guy, and in August of 2016, he was hired. Kaden works the Showroom, Apparel Store, and Shipping; He also travels to many shows and works at the Kindig-it Booth in the Pacific Northwest. Kaden is currently going to Barbering School has plans to marry his super rad babe of a Fiance in the Summer of 2018.

 

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 real passion lies in mini and sports trucks, having built his own personal 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

Car activity has always been present in Kris’ life. His father Larry is an old “HOT RODDER” and instilled in him a great passion for this industry. An Aerospace Machinist by trade, Larry had a car habit that involved Drag Racing and early Corvettes. Kris is a graduate of Weber State University and has a degree in Automotive Service Technology. His plan was to be an Automotive Technician, but like us all,  things change and paths cross. He met Dave at High-Performance Coatings over 20 years ago, when Dave coated his exhaust system for the Most Wicked 67 Camaro on the Street/Strip. This daily driver car held two street-legal track records; 8.99 @ 154 mph at “Rocky Mountain Raceway!” From time to time, he would deal with Dave Kindig, and a friendship began. As time went on Dave sought Kris out and asked if he would be interested in becoming a Kindig-It Design member….. the answer was obviously yes. Kris has 4 great children with his wonderfully supportive, lovely wife Gaila. They all enjoy “HOTROD” activities as a family…from building to driving.  Kris is the founding member of “The Throttlers”,  of Salt Lake, and loves building Traditional HOTRODS… Kris is well known on The H.A.M.B. as LOUDPEDAL and is an exceptional Foundryman and Pattern Maker. He designs and casts his own period correct aluminum parts that can’t easily be found from the late 40’s time period… from friction shocks to intakes, including Flathead Ford head covers and so on… This talented guy is not only a friend,  he’s a key role in our Team here at Kindig-it Design & Bitchin’RIDES…

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 housed in galleries around the country. 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 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.

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, David 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. David says the crew is so fun to be around and 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.

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 in Fine Arts, Greg started working as a machinist and fabricator in the hot rod industry; Greg believes it is incredibly rewarding to build custom things from scratch using traditional tools and techniques. He’s interested in anything fast! Dave thought Greg 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 specialized in fabrication. He grew up in Kentucky and got his hands on building skills from his father, Jim. Jason has always loved cars and building things and making them unique from the ground up. He modified and constructed a custom supercharged Fiero GT that he had since high school. Jason attended Wyotech and also has a Bachelor Degree in Business.  After graduation, he started working at The Antique Auto Shop in Kentucky shaping metal. Then as a result of chasing a girl, he ended up in here in Utah. (he didn’t get the girl). When Jason isn’t at the shop kicking ass, he loves snowboarding, skijoring with his two adorable Siberian Huskies, Rosko, and Kida, as well as competitive sporting clays shooting.  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, or 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.

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.

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 whenever he can.  He also really likes to play footbag (which is commonly know as hacky sack). Brian is a key member of our body team and helps make our cars curves look sexy.

Todd Cornia

Bodyman

Todd was hired on at Kindig-it in December 2016 working in the body and paint side. He graduated from Utah Valley Community Collge with a degree in Auto Mechanics & Collision Repair; he then went on to own a production Collision shop in Evanston WY for ten years. After that, Todd moved back to Utah in 2015 and attended The Street Rod and Restoration Program at UVU. Todd says he was born with the “M.” chromosome meaning he has to modify everything from snowmobiles, side by sides, race cars, even daily drivers. He loves anything automotive related, and he’s very glad his two boys share the same passion. His boys have a ’80 Trans Am and a ’67 Mustang for their Projects, even though Todd prefers pre-1940 Hot Rods. Todd is a great guy and we enjoy having him on our team.

Houston Small

Bodyman

Houston grew up on the sunny Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. His interest in cars came from many long nights in the shed. After school, he would watch his father and grandfather restore old cars.
Houston says his hot rod passion has been influenced by his grandfather’s heirloom ’29 Harley Davidson and his father’s fabrication creations from working on stunt cars at Movie World.
In October 2014, Houston packed his bags and decided to chase his dream of building custom cars and ended up at The Hot Rod Institute of South Dakota. After gaining knowledge and experience of the custom car world, he put his resume in and then hired at Kindig-it Design in March 2017. In Houston’s spare time he works on many personal projects in his yard. He especially enjoys the rush of drag racing his ’69 Dodge Charger. Houston says that it is a dream come true to become a part of such a great team and we are very happy to have him on our team.