• Currently self employed, September 2000 to present
  • Background - 45 years in the auto industry (last 16 in training auto, insurance & first responder)

Training Seminars: - 1249 classes to date since February 1995, 250 State Approved CE classes – 999 with First Responders, Fire Rescue & Law Enforcement. Total participants – 35,300 (12,336 agents / claims / autobody – 22,964 First Responders) in 44 States, Washington DC & St Thomas US Virgin Islands, Frederickton New Brunswick, Ottawa Ontario & Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. Recent train the trainer classes with MN State Patrol, Charleston, SC Fire, Ft Myers FL Fire, Salem OR Fire, Boulder CO Fire, Tulsa and St Louis Fire Training Academies, Washington & South Dakota State Fire Schools.

Commended by NHTSA and recognized as an expert in Federal District Court in Washington D.C. in 2002 and 2007.

OAIRE State of MN, ND, TX approved CE Insurance Classes:

  • "Advanced Vehicle Safety Technology" Part I&II (4 credits each) MN,ND
  • "New Vehicle Platfoms & Propulsion systems" MN,TX

Training Courses Completed:

  • Extrication.com Advanced Extrication 40 hour course w/Ron Shaw (Olathe, KS)
  • Minnesota State Fire School / 40 hour Advanced Extrication Class (Hennepin Tech College Eden Prairie, MN
  • Structural / Suspension Damage Analysis-Genesis- Chief AutomotiveSystems ('95 & '98)
  • Vehicle Structural Damage Diagnosis and Repair-Kansas Jack National Training
  • Shark Electronic Measuring System-Hein Werner
  • Collision Repair 2000-I-CAR
  • I-CAR Restraint Systems- 2 part course
  • I-CAR Alternative Fuels HEV
  • I-CAR Collision repair- 8 part course
  • I-CAR Finish Matching-3 part course
  • I-CAR Plastic Repair-3 part course
  • I-CAR Collision Repair for Office Personnel
  • I-CAR Glass Replacement course
  • I-CAR Advanced Vehicle System course
  • I-CAR Steering and Suspension course
  • I-CAR Office Personnel Course
  • I-CAR Understanding Collision Repair
  • I-CAR Advanced Training / Executive seminar
  • Minnesota Safety Council Seat Belt Training Courses


OAIRE, Inc. - June 2000 – Present

Current Self employ, training first responders, insurance, automotive, and fleet & safety services on automotive restraint systems & hybrid vehicles & hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Heritage Claims Service Part time employ 2001-2004

Auto damage appraiser

ABRA Auto Body & Glass Corporate Office 1995 - 2000

Manager / Continuing Education & Training / CE certification in 12 States

ABRA Auto Body & Glass-Burnsville MN, 1991 - 1995

General Manager

Gatsby Motor Car Company 1985 - 1991

Antique auto restoration & conversion of street rods & stretching mini-van conversions

Metro Truck & Body Repair 1968 - 1985

Towing/24 hr service with MN State Patrol and Bloomington Police, shop maintenence, paint preparation, body technician, mechanic, refinishing, parts manager, shop foreman, estimator, general manager