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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.

David Pufahl

Shop Runner

David is an Idaho native and has been around cars his entire life. He started coming to the shop when he was 10 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. David has been with us since October 2012. We’re happy to have David as a friend and a member of the Kindig-it Design team!

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.

Jason Lynch

Metal Shop Manager

Jason has been a part of Kindig-it Design since January 2015 and specializes in everything custom. Growing up in Kentucky, he got his hands-on building skills from his father, Jim. Jason has always loved cars, building things, and making them unique from the ground up. He started as a dealer technician turning wrenches and soon after, a master tech at multiple repair shops, but he got bored with the repair industry and crossed over to the custom world. Jason was the body man and painter at the Antique Auto Shop in KY, and electrical tech assembling the cars. Soon chasing his dreams moved him to Utah and to another custom shop in Logan, UT, where he was the lead fabricator, metal shaper, and started doing the custom interiors for the cars that were built. After meeting Dave and showing him what he might be able to do, Dave said he’d love to have Jason on his team, which brought him to Kindig-it Design in SLC. When Jason isn’t kicking ass in the shop, he loves snowboarding and skijoring with his Huskies. We are glad to have such a jack of all trades on our team who is willing to help wherever he can whether it’s interior, body, metal, or assembly, you name it he’s got it.

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!

Mike Wilkins

Body Man

Mike is from Cheyenne WY, his passion for cars came at a young age, he used to help his dad and grandpa working on cars. As he got older his passion for cars became a way of life. His love for drawing naturally merged with his fascination with cars and motorcycles. He is proudly a self-taught airbrush artist. Painting and airbrushing his and his friends’ motorcycles became a pretty good paying hobby. He and his son enjoyed watching Bitchin’ Rides together, he would always tell his son and wife that if he could ever work in a shop like Kindig-it Design it would be a dream come true. One day as he was leaving work a friend tagged him in a Facebook post stating that Kindig-it Design was looking for a body tech. After talking it over with his supportive wife they submitted his resume. Mike started officially in March 2018 and all he can say now is that dreams really do come true.

Matthew Wolfe

Body Man

Matt the oldest of 4 raised in Kansas. As a kid, Matt always loved messing with things to find out how they worked, from taking apart old CD players to building his own Light Bright out of some wire, blinker bulbs, and using a jump box to power it. He had always wanted to follow in his Dad’s footsteps, by fixing and racing cars. He started out his automotive career as a lube tech, he quickly realized he would much rather be on the body side of things. When his Dad had an opening in the body shop for a helper he jumped at the opportunity to further his automotive knowledge, 7-years later he became the Lead Body Tech for his father, another job opportunity arose at a custom shop. Matt knew it was time to move on to bigger things, he never dreamed it would lead him out of Kansas and west to SLC, UT to work at Kindig-it Design.  In his spare time, Matt likes getting out and exploring nature and has a lot of fun building custom/replica hot wheels or just modifying anything with wheels.

Daniel Lujan

Metal Fabricator

Daniel was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM In his early days his dad introduced him into the custom car and truck scene through uncountable car shows and helping his dad in the garage most nights customizing cars. He is a 100% self-taught welder/fabricator, focusing on his love for mini trucks and anything lying flat on the ground. He has built many custom air suspension setups, one of them being his best friend Abe Silva who is president of a car club he belongs to called Baliztik. One of Daniel’s biggest accomplishments is a truck he built outside his dad’s house under a pop-up canopy with minimal tools and a welder and in the end getting featured in multiple magazines including Truckin, Street Trucks, and even getting featured in the 2017 SEMA show. Currently, he is building an ‘85 c10 that he proudly built 95% of the truck on his own. Daniel sent in his application for fun and didn’t expect to get a call back the next day! With support from his amazing girlfriend Jamie who backs him up on anything, they moved themselves and their 2 dogs to Salt Lake when Daniel was hired in July 2018. He couldn’t ask for a better place or better people to work with every day.

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.

Justin Munk

Assembly Shop Manager

Justin is from Lyman, WY he is married to his wife Amber and they have 2 beautiful daughters. Justin got started in the industry before he could walk, he helped his dad build and maintain all his and his friends’ cars. His father taught him a love for the mechanical advantage making your average vehicles run and drive much better. Justin also liked to build custom high-end motorcycles, mainly low wide tire, slammed, choppers and pro-street Harley’s. Justin is a GM World Class Technician, ASE Master Technician. He also has a bachelor’s degree in business finance. Before Justin came here he worked for General Motors as a Technician. Justin decided he wanted a change of pace and sent his resume over, he was asked to come out to SLC and do a trial week, he totally killed it with his trial and after bringing Dave a case of beer and his wife’s killer cookies for Kevin, he was hired in July 2018. Justin says he loves his job and is happy to say he is living his dream.

Collin Chipping

Assembly Technician

Originally from Fuquay- Varina, North Carolina; Collin has loved anything that has gone fast and made loud noises since he was little. At just two years old, Collin was able to memorize and distinguish numerous makes and models of cars he saw and heard. He found himself loving to race and build RC cars which later progressed to his passion for drag racing and performance builds. Collin started working in the industry while still in High School, working as a quick lube tech at a Dodge dealership and working his way through the FCA Academy and SRT training; becoming a mainline technician. Collin then moved onto American classic cars for a small amount of time. Soon after he found himself working on imports while attending  High Performance Academy to grow his tuning abilities. Collin met Kevin and Dave on a shop tour on vacation and two weeks later was trying out at the shop. Collin and his beautiful fiancé, Hailey, moved from North Carolina to Salt Lake City when Collin was officially hired in September of 2018. Collin continues to take courses with High Performance Academy and familiarize himself with EFI systems while also being active with drag racing his ’06 GTO, and building his big turbo Mustang. Collin is happy to call Utah home and Kindig-it Family.

Dave Givens

Metal Fabrication

Dave was born in Kirkland, Washington. He has always had a love for cars. But when his Dad bought him a 1986 GMC Sierra Classic; his love turned into a passion. After earning a degree in auto body and a certificate in auto paint, he worked in the auto body business for 6 years. Dave then joined the Army and deployed to Afghanistan. After 3 years of providing his service for our country he got out and decided to go back to school for truck driving. But something was missing, he went back to school for manual machining and CNC. During that time, he worked at “Godspeed Fab” in Kent, Washington. After graduation, he continued working for “Godspeed Fab” until an opportunity came up at Kindig-it Design. And, with his wife’s support and love he moved his wife, Jessica, and son, Ozzy, out to Utah. Dave has been with Kindig-it Design since July 2019 and has loved every minute of it since.

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.

Izzy Pullings

Metal Fabrication

Ezekiel “Izzy” Pullings was born and raised in California. Naturally, Izzy was attracted to the low riders, customs, and motorcycle scene. Eventually, he moved up to the Southern Oregon coast to a city named North Bend. After a few years he opened up a small fabrication shop by the name of “Izzy’s Rod Shop”. After 13 successful years he closed up shop and headed east to Boise Idaho for a change of pace in life; where learned to operate heavy equipment, which was awesome — I mean, who doesn’t like man-sized Tonka toys?! One night while scrolling on Instagram a post for Kindig-it Design needing a welder/fabricator came across his phone. Knowing it was an opportunity most would never get to experience, Izzy used a week of vacation and headed to SLC for a trial week. Never expecting to walk out of the shop with an opportunity to actually join the incredibly talented team, Izzy is now happily employed and extremely grateful to be a part of the Kindig-it family! Needless to say, Salt Lake City is now home to Izzy and his gorgeous girlfriend, Emily. Together they have a beautiful new home that they enjoy with their two dog children, Presley and Tig. When not at work building bitchin rides, you can catch Izzy traveling the west coast spending time with loved ones, hanging out on the beach, or at shows with our Bitchin’ rides, and hanging with the Severed Ties Truck Club.

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.

Ira Myrick

Metal Fabrication

Ira grew up in Central Valley California, in the rural town of Patterson. Growing up in a small town during the ’80s/’90s; classic cars were life! Especially because Patterson was where George Lucas’ iconic movie “American Graffiti” was based on.  As a child, Ira would listen to stories his father would tell of the ‘60s custom car scene in Southern California — where his dad had an auto upholstery shop.
Ira served our country as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Baghdad Iraq during Iraqi Freedom III. After completing his service Ira threw himself into his welding and fabrication, as well as his ultimate passion — Mustangs! Ira has had many cars come and go but his most prized project was a rusty barn find, a ‘67 Fastback that he restored into a sleek beauty. In 2019 Ira’s wife surprised him with a birthday gift of attending Kindig-It Designs “Painting with the Pros” class. That’s when Ira decided to test for our fabrication department.
Ira was hired officially in February 2020 and is excited to be a part of this amazing crew and being able to make the most Bitchin’ cars. Joining Ira on this new journey is his wife, Janell, and three sons; Anthony, Andrew, and Lucas

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.

Frank Fanelli

Metal Fabricator

Frank grew up on Long Island, New York. Always drawing cars and building models, he was fascinated with them. Frank is a self-taught car builder and all-around car addict; Some say he was born with a matchbox car in his hand. His uncle, Joe, taught him the foundation of Auto Mechanics and let him tinker in his garage at a young age. After commissioning as an active duty Army office in 2012, Frank bought his first project car; a 1978 Camaro Z28, and used that as his platform to hone his skills. Teaching himself metal fabrication, bodywork, paint, interior, wiring, mechanical and engine building; his goal was to build cars on his own. He has completely restored 4 cars and is currently working on number 5 — he is a true muscle car addict! Frank began to share his car passion on social media and then auditioned for Season 1 of “ Bitchin’ Bootcamp”. Frank’s entire life changed when he beat the odds and won! Finally, working in the automotive industry Frank was officially hired at Kindig-it Design in June of 2020. He absolutely loves the atmosphere, challenges, learning and growing in the trade, and the family environment at Kindig-it Design.
Frank has served in the army for 8 years – 4 years active and 4 years reserve. He has special interests in carpentry, photography, racing, and also harvests and jars his own maple syrup.

Rick Tate

Body Man

Rick is from Murray, Utah. His interest and desire to be in the industry started many years ago when a friend of his started building Model A’s. It peaked Rick’s interest and the rest is history.
Rick has worked all over the Salt Lake Valley doing bodywork, including Salt Lake Auto Auction and most recently, D.K. Watson Collision Repair. When the owner of D.K. Watson Collision Repair decided to retire and close up shop, Rick applied to Kindig-it Design and officially started in August of 2020. Restoring 3 cars of his own; Rick enjoys the process it takes to make these cars into the Art that we see them as. Now working for Kindig-it Design, Rick enjoys the team we have here and the comradery that is Kindig-it Design.

Jorge Dimas

Metal Fabricator

Jorge is originally from San Salvador, El Salvador. Growing up Jorge would watch his Dad work on cars. Between that and watching shows like Mr. T, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, and Smokey & The Bandit; Jorge quickly realized his passion for cars.
In 1989 Jorge moved from El Salvador to Los Angeles, and then eventually landed in Atlanta, Georgia. In late 2019 Jorge actually signed up for Bitchin’ Bootcamp – Sadly, he wasn’t picked as a contestant. However, to Jorge’s great luck, he saw an ad on our Instagram that we were looking for talented fabricators to join our team. He applied, and the rest is history.
In July of 2020, Jorge moved his Wife, Christina, and three kids, Sophia, Benji, and Katya, to Salt Lake City, Utah, and has been a great addition to our team ever since.
When not showing us and the world his adept fabrication skills, Jorge enjoys hiking with his family, cruising in his lowriders, airbrushing, drawing, and listening to music.