Owner, Collision Works, Oklahoma City, Okla.
We hear you like to go fast in boats.
We’re big into boats and dune buggies and any sport that gives you an adrenaline rush. Adrenaline sports fit really well with the body shop business, where you’re constantly meeting time crunches and cycle time and keeping up with the fast pace of the industry we’ve built. Quality is expected, and any more we’re managing minutes, not days. The one thing with the boats is when the weekend hits in summer, you can get there on a Friday night, jump in, fire them up and outrun the stress of the previous week.
Are boats something you grew up with?
Yes. We went water skiing all the time. My dad worked for GM, and any time they were doing a model change for summer, we always spent a couple weeks at the lake.
Where do you go boating today?
We do poker runs all over the U.S. We go to Lake Havasu for the Desert Storm Poker Run. We also boat at Lake Eufala in Oklahoma. We tube, wake surf and wake board and go non-stop with my four kids. They love it. We all sit around and count the days till summer. The fast boat is Dad’s toy.
Where do you take the dune buggies?
We ride our Polaris Razors at Little Sahara State Park. It’s a lot of fun. Anything outside de-stresses you from the body shop business.
Do you ever worry about getting hurt?
I’ve been hurt. I have a titanium plate in my arm. You can get hurt, but you can get hurt walking down the street. You have to respect riding dune buggies, like any other sport.
If you could have any boat in the world, what would it be?
A Mystic. It goes 200 miles per hour. You could outrun any stress that way.
Do you collect cars?
No, I’m not a big car guy anymore. I guess I work on so many cars and see so many that, at the end of the week, I just don’t care if I see another one. Boats and dune buggies and time spent with the kids is where it’s at.
What’s the next frontier for you adrenaline-wise?
Maybe skydiving. That would be pretty fun.