I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. Shortly after high school, in 1994, I joined the United States Coast Guard. My time in the service taught me a good lesson about hard work, attention to detail, and dedication to duty! After serving 4 years in the USCG and an honorable discharge as a Damage Controlman 3rd Class, I went to work for my fathers company, Southwood Corporation (www.southwoodcorp.com), an architectural signage and graphics firm, in 1998. One of the first things I was involved in at Southwood was bringing some structure and order to the paint department. We invested in some new equipment, and sent some of our employees to a few PPG refinishing/paint seminars. I accompanied these employees, and this is how I began my painting career.
I had always been involved with motorcycles, and as I learned more about the painting process through various seminars and training classes, opportunities presented themselves to “practice” paint jobs on friend’s accident damaged motorcycles. This eventually led me to start my own business buying, repairing, parting out, and re-selling motorcycles in 2001. Performing minor paint jobs and touch ups on these motorcycles was all part of what needed to occur in preparing them for re-sale. This eventually led me to start doing paint-related insurance jobs for local dealerships.
Shortly thereafter, my business focus shifted to providing a broad range of paint and body work related services. I'm regularly involved in doing antique motorcycle restorations, OEM color matching, full custom paint jobs, some custom sheet metal and fiberglass fabrication, LED lens installations, pin-striping and airbrushing . For years now we have had a “tins in stock” program for most of the late model metric cruisers, as well as some Harley Davidson models. I primarily use House of Kolor, PPG and DuPont products. I’ve been to several of HOK’s technical/training seminars, and appreciate and enjoy the versatility, quality, and durability of today's high quality paint products.
Like many of you, I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was about 12 years old. As a motorcyclist myself, I can relate to my customers. My current bikes are a 2003 Honda ST1300 and a 2002 Suzuki SV650. My girlfriend (Kandy) has a 13 year old named William, and I have two boys, Matthew (15) and Michael (14). I’m blessed and fortunate to have a great family, and they are often involved behind the scenes in more ways than you can imagine! I’m glad you’re taking the time to visit our website, and if you have any questions, please let me know!
1593 Mcilwain Road
Lancaster SC 29720