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Dave Kindig

President / Owner / Designer

Dave has led the field with his unique skills and vision to craft truly one-of-a-kind customs.They say car design is an art form with few real masters, but from concept and design to build and the finished product, what Dave Kindig does isn’t just restoring these rides. With his concepts and vision, keeping to the classic lines, and the help of his Kindig-it design team; these rides are built, improved, and modernized to reflect the best version that these rides can be.
When asked what Dave’s favorite build is, his answer is: “The next one”. To Dave, each component of Kindig-it design, these rides, the process, and getting to know the clients and attachment they have behind these works of art allows him to approach each facet of Kindig-it with fresh eyes. To him, this isn’t just work. He feels fortunate to be able to wake up every day, pursue his dream and do what he loves with those he loves.  Beside him in pursuing this dream of his is his wife Charity, Daughter, Baylee, and Son, Drew – making this truly a family business. More than that, the team beside him at Kindig-it design contributes to that family dynamic.
So, grab the ‘Oh Shit’ Handle, and put on your seatbelt as Dave and the crew continue to turn out some of the most Bitchin’ Rides out there.

Charity Kindig

Vice President/ Owner

Whether it’s behind the scenes or in plain view, co-founder of the acclaimed business, wife of Dave Kindig, and mother of the two, Charity Kindig is the glue holding everything together. Oh, and did we mention she’s a die-hard car girl too? Well, we figured that was a given. A star in her own right, Charity has been interested in cars since she was a little girl. With a father who was a hot rodder and car club member and a mother who was certainly a fan of classic cars herself, Charity grew up knowing all about the hot rodder passion. Charity’s first car was her beloved ’67 Chevelle Malibu that her and her father built together. With the coolest car in the parking lot, Charity and her friends enjoyed cruising State Street in the Chevelle and frequenting dance clubs. It was at one of these clubs that she met the love of her life, Dave Kindig. As a young car enthusiast, Charity delved into the automotive hobby on the work front as well, claiming a parts-runner job at a local automotive shop. Once there, she worked her way up the ranks, eventually becoming a manager and overseeing the warehouse. After the aftermarket shop, her next automotive job was as co-owner of Kindig-It Design. For years, the thought of opening a custom shop was deeply seeded in Dave Kindig’s mind. He had been working out of the couple’s garage on various projects for family and friends, and wanted to take his passion for building and turn it into a full-time job. Charity was all for it, telling Dave that once their youngest child was born, he could quit his job and build a business of his own. It was just six weeks after the couple’s youngest child, Drew, was born that Dave quit his job, ready for the next adventure. Charity has taken her role in the company to great heights. Not only is she co-owner of the company, but she’s also the vice president, overseeing just about every part of the company.

Baylee Kindig

Marketing, Apparel, Website

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 parts runner. She then worked her way to the front office receptionist. Nowadays she works upstairs with the big girls managing our Websites, Marketing, and Apparel. She and Charity also trade off on managing the shops Social Media. She literally had no previous experience but has bullshitted her way to the top and created a position nobody knew we needed but now cannot live without. She may have winged it but she does a killer job! She has dabbled in graphic design, photography, and the wonderful world of Microsoft & Adobe Programs. Overall she is your go-to girl and takes on any job we throw her. Baylee harbors a real love for Volkswagens fueled by her parent’s passion, 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 4-year-old furbaby named Hooch and she is happily married to her husband Kaden, finally! You can also bet your ass Baylee wrote this bio, told you I manage the website.

Kevin Schiele

Shop Foreman

Kevin Schiele has worked for Kindig-it Design since 2004 and runs our 27,000 sq ft shop. He has an unparalleled passion for the industry and has spent many long hours in the shop making sure that every build is just right. From the start to the finish of each build – he is there.
Kevin specializes in chassis and suspension but is truly a jack of all trades. He is also Kindig-it Design’s Mother Trucker and can be seen on the highways of America; cruising around in the Kindig-it Rig heading to and from the next big show. He is a proud member of Severed Ties Truck Club, the Salt Lake Chapter, and has personally built four over-the-top custom sports trucks, and working on number five!
Kevin is 6’2”, enjoys long walks on the beach, boating, and sea turtles.

Valerie Gillies

Business Office Manager

Miss “Vintage Valerie” has been a huge part of the Kindig-It team since 2003 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 well 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.

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 Wife, Baylee, 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. Even though Kaden has worked on cars and trucks and is quite knowledgeable on engines, suspension, and paint he enjoys the slower pace working the Showroom, Apparel Store, and Shipping Department. He also occasionally travels to shows and works at the Kindig-it Booth. Kaden is happy to have the experience of running an apparel shop and the ins and outs, as someday he wishes to run a Business of his own with his wife. Kaden enjoys Craft Brews, Local Concerts, and a good horror movie.

 

Brandon Jones

Body Shop Manager

Brandon is originally from West Valley Utah chills up north in Ogden now. His laid-back wife, kick-ass son, beautiful daughter and two awesome Pitbulls make up the rest of the family. Brandon’s passion in the auto industry started at a young age. He has been customizing and building rides for many years. Joining the Kindig-it crew back in 2010 as a Body Man gave him a chance to work with longtime friends KevDogg and Dave. Brandon’s focus is still on bodywork, but he will also regularly step into other roles of the business as needed to keep the builds on track. Every build he has been a part of offers something new and is revered as another accomplishment. Brandon feels that this is the best shop to work for and there is no other place he would rather be. In his spare time, you can spot him on his custom Harley or in the garage spending quality time with his rides. Brandon is a low-key guy, with a love of good work—and good beer.

Eric Larsen

Fabricator

Eric grew up in St. George, UT then moved to SLC in 2006 for a change of pace and to explore new opportunities. He began his metal fabrication career in various ornamental iron shops and customizing motorcycles from home, he has made many art pieces housed in galleries around the country and city. In 2013 an opportunity arose to join the Kindig-it team as part of the GM Futurliner crew. He specializes in metal shaping, precision welding, and fiberglass. After work, you will find him working late on his vintage vans and motorcycles with the help of his two dogs and a wonderful girlfriend. Eric loves spending time with the team at Kindig-it both in and out of the shop.

Jason Pringle

Parts Manager

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

Digital Fabrication Specialist

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.

Brian Gull

Assistant Body Shop Manager

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 18 years and has two sons that are 12 and 9 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 known as hacky sack). Brian is a key member of our body team and helps make our cars curves look sexy.

Javier Lopez

Body Man

Javier was born and raised in Mexico and as soon as he moved to the United States, he started working on cars mainly working as a body man for the last 25+ years. He has been happily married to his wife Marybelle, they have 2 beautiful daughters and 2 wonderful grandkids. Javier was introduced to Dave through a mutual friend and began helping them part-time until he was able to join the Kindig-it family full time in May 2016. Javier is responsible for the amazing cutting and polishing of our slick paint jobs. He has loved working at Kindig-it where everyone treats each other like family. Javier hopes to stay here for many years to come building badass cars!

Brad Tippetts

Head Tour Guide

Brad is from Grantsville, UT he grew up a car-loving guy. Spending most of his life enlisted in the Air Force Reserves and retiring as Chief Master Sargent after 26 years of service, Brad started working at Kindig-it in October 2014 while continuing to work at the Tooele Army Depot as an assistant Fire Chief. As the Head Tour Guide, he is able to interact with people from all over the world and enjoys getting to know everyone who comes to the shop. His interests are focused on classic cars, attending car shows, and constantly growing and changing his personal collection of cars. Brad has been married to his wife Holly for 27 years. They have two daughters; Sidney married to Derrick, and Madison, married to Jordan. They also have one granddaughter, Kendall.

Howard Coliflower

Metal Fabrication

Fabrication specialist, Howard “Mandel” Coliflower, grew up in Harrison, Ohio and accredits his automotive obsession to his childhood pals. Introduced to the Lowrider and Mini-Truckin’ scenes as a teen, Howard began honing his skills through personal and customer projects, finding his love of all things custom (especially suspensions). Ultimately deciding to diversify his skill-set, he attended Wyotech to learn all facets of the trade and spent the next decade in sunny Florida sharpening his skills in metal fabrication, bodywork, and interior construction. In August of 2018, Howard was invited to give Kindig-it Design a try by his former Wyotech classmate, Jason Lynch. Mandel officially joined the team as a metal fabricator in January of 2019. Mandel enjoys martial arts, hiking, weaponry, frisbee golf, hanging out with his wife and children…and of course, checkin’ out a car show or two.

Kyler Bench

Door Handle Whisperer

Kyler is originally from St. George, Utah and moved to Salt Lake City in 2015. After graduating High School Kyler developed his passion for fabrication, cars, and motorcycles. In April of 2019, Kyler started at Kindig-it Design making our Door Handles. When not slinging out our signature door handles; Kyler enjoys building and customizing motorcycles.  Currently, he’s working on rebuilding his ’79 Ford Bronco. Kyler loves his job, the team, and is excited about his future here at Kindig-it Design.

Pooh Sommer

Professional Detailer & Walking Sunshine

Pooh is our supreme master detailer and all-around walking sunshine! Pooh was one of Kindig-it Design’s first employees before we really had paychecks. He would help Dave out in Dave’s home garage and was there when Dave moved to his first Shop. Kindig-it Design is family to Pooh and we can’t imagine not having him on the crew! Pooh is originally from Utah and has lived here his entire life. Prior to working for Kindig-it Design, he worked in Auto Body and Construction.
When not detailing our Bitchin’Rides, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Andi, and three kids.

Hallie Watkins

Dave's Personal Assistant

Hallie is originally from Tehachapi, California where she moved from her sleepy little town in 2015 to follow her husband, Pete, out to Salt Lake City for him to chase his dreams. Prior to working for Kindig-it Design, she worked in the Veterinary industry as a Hospital Manager for 5 years. Hallie would always help at the shop, at shows, and on the road in her spare time.
Hallie was officially hired on at Kindig-it Design in January of 2020. She has been friends with Dave, Charity, Baylee, and pretty much the entire shop since 2015. With Dave’s schedule getting busier, we figured it was about time to bring on this badass, organized, and efficient ninja of an assistant. Hallie now gets to combine her passion for cars and education in business to provide a certain type of skill set to the team. Hallie is happily married to her stud of a husband, Pete Watkins. Together they have their fur-child, Melly the pitbull. When not working, Hallie is drinking wine, red wine, red red wine.

Mark “Legend” Lavery

Door Handle Legend

Locally born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah; Mark started at Kindig-it Design in February of 2021. Prior to killing it at making our Door Handles, Mark was laying tile for his cousin’s business. He always had a passion for the artistic side of the automotive industry and fell in love with it at a young age. Teaching himself about cars and welding, he branched out and became a part of our team. When not making our door handles, Mark enjoys building custom motorcycles and playing the guitar.

Brax Youd

Mechatronics & Assembly

Growing up in Portland Oregon, Brax fell in love with the industry when he started working on a broken-down WWII Willys Jeep when he was a kid. That Jeep taught him how to drive a stick, and use a fire extinguisher; probably at the same time. Brax originally came to visit us back when we filmed the “UnMellow Yellow” Ranchero and fell in love with our shop, he vowed to apply for an open position when he was available. Fast forward to March 2021, he came, he applied, he conquered! Studying Mechatronics Engineering at UVU, Brax makes a great addition to our Kindig-it Design team. When not being a Mechatronics and Assembly guru at Kindig-it Design, Brax enjoys boating, drawing, robotics, building bikes, and traveling. In fact, he toured the country of Myanmar on a dirt bike alongside his brother! Brax is excited to create some awe-inspiring builds and share in the passion for automotive perfection with the rest of the Kindig-it Design team.

Roy Hamblin

Assembly Technician

Originally from Hollywood, California, Roy used to own his own Hot Rod Shop and was a mechanic for LAPD tow yard. On a whim, Roy and his family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah looking to relocate. He applied to Kindig-it Design and was hired in December of 2020. Roy started in the industry in 1973 going to a trade school and fell in love with the dynamic and culture of the industry. When not being a “jack of all trades” at Kindig-it, he loves going to car shows and spending quality time with his wife, Elvia, and son, Vance.

Chris Anderton

Dave’s Agent/Manager

Originally from West Valley City, Utah, Chris is a devoted husband, a father of three, an entrepreneur, and business owner – Owning and operating the Frontier Motel & Grill in Roosevelt, Utah.
Chris started working with Dave and Charity in 2015 as Dave’s Agent and Manager.
Being a client and a friend of the Kindig’s for over 20 years, he has been around the shop since it opened.
He has had multiple builds done by the team at Kindig-It Design including his 1953 Chevy pickup, 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge, and his wife’s 1969 Ford Bronco to name a few. Chris’s most favorite build was a special golf cart that was done primarily by Dave Kindig himself. You can say he has a huge passion for everything automotive.
Having over 24 years of management, retail, and business experience; Chris incorporates his expertise and skills to help Dave and the Kindig-It team with contracts, PSA’s, appearance requests, and everything else business-related.
Chris’s main passion is his Non-profit foundation, “You Got This”, a foundation that focuses on
suicide prevention for youth. He donates a lot of his time and resources to support communities
wanting to build protective assets in youth.

Drew Kindig

Door Handle Ninja

Being a Kindig, Drew was pretty much born and raised at the shop. So, it was only a matter of time and a right of passage before Drew joined the team.

From an early age, Drew has been interested in all things metal fabrication. Prior to busting out some Bitchin’ door handles, Drew worked at Boeing building the 787-10 tail wings. How badass is that?! But, when he got the chance to work here at the shop, he jumped.

When not slinging out some of our iconic door handles; Drew enjoys spending time and going on adventures with his wife Kara.

Chris Cormican

Body Man

Originally from Madison Wisconsin, Chris moved to Salt Lake City for a change of scenery. A friend mentioned we were hiring, and well, the stars aligned! Chris has been with Kindig-it Design since April of 2021 and has loved it ever since.

Before coming to work at Kindig-it, Chris was the Body Shop Manager for a rather large transportation company in Madison. He got his start in the industry when he waa just four years old — going to work with his Dad, who worked in a Body Shop.

Chris is proud to be a part of the team here at Kindig-it. But, more proud of his accomplishment of being a father to his daughter Marley.

When not sanding, primering, and painting some beautiful rides here; Chris enjoys camping, hiking, off-roading, fishing, and pretty much all the great outdoors has to offer.

Harlan Smith

Body Man

Born in Loudon, Tennessee the foothills to the Great Smoky Mountains , Harlan moved to the Nashville area before making the trek out to Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to ending up in our shop, Harlan worked for Concours Restoration working on ’20’s and ’30’s era cars welding and fabricating door bottoms, quarter patches, window channels, etc. He fell in love with the Paint and Prep side of things early on in age when he used to tear apart Hot Wheels to paint them. and build diecast Cars.

When not working, Harlan enjoys playing in bands, which actually landed him here at Kindig-it Design in April of 2021. He moved out to Salt Lake City for a band revival. The bass player of that band told him to apply here. And well, the rest is history!

Harlan enjoys what he does and it shows. He loves the family atmosphere, how we encourage him in his work, and make him feel proud to come to work every day!

Jerrod Faunce

Body Man

Originally from Abilene, Kansas; Jerrod has always been fascinated with anything on four wheels and a motor. He learned and acquired a passion for the automotive industry from his father. Jerrod came to us in April of 2021 after working for the U.S Government in Ft. Riley Kansas and tried his luck with applying. His luck paid off! Jerrod has four beautiful children, Austin, Chevy, Ethan, and Gracelyn.

Jerrod is a huge asset to our team and we couldn’t be more excited to bring him, his attention to detail, and passion for the industry to our team!