Over the course of the next few months we are going to let you, the customers know a little bit more about us. In this new blog post series we will be taking one of our staff members and asking them a series of questions. These questions range from everyday questions to professional questions. We hope that along the way that not only you learn something new about our us a company but the types of hard working individuals who make it all possible.
In our second article we sit down with Andrew. Andrew is our go to guy with everything from product design to quality control. If you have bolted on one of our kits and thought to yourself 'That was a lot easier than I thought?' then chances are Andrew is the guy that deserves all the credit. He is always looking for ways to improve our products and we hope that this article will shed a little more light on who he is and what he brings to Master Power Brakes.
So, Where are you from?
Troutman North Carolina. I’ve lived with in a 4 mile radius my entire life.
When did you join MPB?
What is your role with MPB?
Product Design and Quality Control
What do you think is the most challenging part of our industry?
I think the most challenging thing of the brake industry is trying to bring fresh new design characteristics and appeal to things that has always been just about function instead of function and form.
What was your first car?
2000 Ford Ranger Extended Cab. I got it right when I turned 16 years old, and within a month had it lowered with different wheels on it. Which wasn’t low enough for me, so it got replaced with a full air ride suspension a couple years later.
What is your favorite car?
I have too many favorites to list. But I’d say my all-time favorite is a 1940 Ford Coupe. I fell in love with the 1940 Ford that Cal Automotive Creations built and won the Ridler Award in 2013 with.
As you look back on your career what was the most painful lesson you were required to learn?
Experience is knowledge. I am constantly learning new things to help better my career and personal life. The more experience that I can get doing things helps me be a more well-rounded and knowledgeable person.
What is the one quality that best describes you?
Detailed and precise. I try to be very detail oriented and precise on anything I do. Whether that be hanging a picture on the wall to building a custom vehicle. The way I see it, if its worth doing its worth doing right.
Is there any advice you would give to someone just starting out in our industry?
Learn as much as you can, from whom ever you can. You only benefit your self by learning things. No matter if you think it is insignificant at the time or not, learn it. It makes you a more well rounded and valuable person.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
My fiancé and I love to travel. I enjoy welding and fabrication, going to car shows, building anything and everything. But its hard to beat setting on my deck enjoying the evening with my soon to be wife and Pitbull named Gypsy.
Current Car Projects You Are Working On?
1964 Ford F100. I originally built the truck from 2008-2010. In November 2010 it was featured in Street Trucks magazine. Time and life got in the way of enjoying it and in February 2016 I decided to rebuild the truck. It’s a complete frame off build, just the body will be left with all of the 55 years of patina. Powder coated chassis, Accuair E-Level air suspension management system, 4 piston brakes, modern electronic overdrive transmission are just to name a few things on it now.
If you could brag about one thing you have done outside of work what would it be?
I am not one to brag, but my 1964 F100 that I am currently am working on I am very proud of. I have put a lot of my heart into every little aspect of it.
That's it for our second Master Power Brakes Employee profile. We hope that everyone enjoyed learning a little bit more about Andrew. Stay tuned for our next employee profile as we tackle one of the guys in the shop who puts everything together. His profile is one you certainly don't want to miss.