MEET THE FHA TEAM
Curious as to who works at our shop? When I asked the owner, "How would you describe the team?" All he could do was shake his head and laugh. "Everyone has their own funny personality and respectable set of skills that makes this company work. Every day is always interesting and it's definitely never boring I'll say that. To anyone who's worked with us or plans to in the future. Thank you for supporting small business."
THE OWNER: CHRIS DORIA
Chris's love for cars started at a very young age. He was only 7 years old when he put together his first model car, at 12 he rebuilt his first go kart, and by 14 he had his first project car. A beautiful, dirt brown, Toyota Corolla which ended up being his first car. It was given to him under the pretense that he would fix it and use it. During High School, he started to do side work on other people's vehicles. After graduation, he went to Ranken Technical College in St. Louis for Automotive Maintenance.
At 19, Chris was working full time at a dealership while spending his free time at FHA. "When I was young all I wanted to do was work in a dealership. I knew I could turn time and become successful but I realized one day that the atmosphere in the dealership wasn't for me. So, that day I quit and went to work for FHA full time. I turned all of my attention to classic car restoration and I couldn't have made a better decision."
When I asked Chris, "What kind of work place do you want to provide as an employer?" He replied, "I'd like to provide an establishment where my employees feel like they're on a team or part of a tight knit family. I want everyone to be independent and enjoy what they're doing. It's each member of the team's passion and enthusiasm that produces quality work. I want every one of them to grow, be successful, and enjoy their careers. I want my employees to make their mark on Frisco Hill Auto."
When Chris isn't busy running the shop he enjoys spending time with his wife Julie and their two dogs, hanging out with family/friends, working on his project car (Daryl 88), going to car shows, and driving anything with a motor way too fast.
CLIENT RELATIONS SPECIALIST: LIZ
Liz has loved being around cars since her late teens. Her first car was a 1988 Volvo 240 station wagon. She had dreams of eventually making it a race car just because it would be different! (It never happened) Her dream car is a 1969 Chevy Camaro and her favorite car she every owned was a 1994 Mazda Miata. She says, "Working here is great! It's clean, the people are fun, and we get to preserve history everyday we're here." When she's not at work, she's going to car shows, working on a 1967 Ford Mustang coupe with her husband, reading, or camping. She has three dogs at home that keep her busy, as well.
SHOP MANAGER: CHARLIE
Charlie's first truck was a '63 Ford that fostered his intrigue in classic cars. His neighbor was into Mopar Muscle Cars and welcomed him into the world of vintage vehicles. He said with a chuckle, "Hanging around him got me into it." Charlie's fascination with old cars started at only 13 years old! When asked what his favorite car restoration was that he's been a part of, Charlie said it would have to be the '64 Ford Falcon, which he still owns. He also owns a '68 Mercury Cyclone. In his free time, he does not stray far from his line of work: he spends most of this time drag racing vehicles! "With me, it's all about speed," confirmed Charlie.
"I had the typical classic car upbringing. Played with hot wheels as a kid. Model cars." His first mechanical job came after he blew the engine in his first car. "I was street racing in my '73 Nova and had to rebuild it. I kept it for a few years after." Shawn attended Ranken Technical College for auto body but always had the mind for the mechanical side of things. When asked, "What do you like most about working at FHA?" He replied, "The variety of cars always keeps me on my toes. I am never bored and love the challenges that some of them bring. You never learn if you don't get out of your comfort zone." (Wise words) In his free time, he likes to hang out with his family and work on his own collection of cars. Which consists of: '65 Chevelle, '68 C-1-, '52 Willy's AeroLark, and a few others that aren't "as cool". Dream car: '55 Chevy (the words couldn't leave his mouth fast enough) Google Two Lane Black Top and you'll get the picture. Fun fact: He's also the other half/co-host of GET OUT n DRIVE podcast!
James started his automotive career journey working for import dealerships. His first car was a 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo and his favorite car is his current project, a 1964 Chevy Impala 2 door hardtop. He loves the challenge of every vehicle he works on. "Every car is a challenge, and every challenge is different," he says. His hobbies include low riding, BBQing, and spending time with his daughters.
Matt's love of cars started out when he was just a kid and built cars with his father. His career started in fleet services and then he moved to doing what he loves to do, building custom cars, trucks, and bikes. His mechanical background includes working on steam engines, diesel engines, and gas engines. He has also done high performance builds with diesel and gas engines. His first car was a 1948 Chevy 1 ton panel truck, his favorite car that he's owned was a 1966 Fairlane Wagon, and his dream car is a 1948 Tucker Torpedo! In his time away from work he enjoys studying science, business, stock markets, and electric vehicles.
FABRICATION & BODY: BRIAN
Brian's interest in classic cars started at the Nauvoo Grape Festival when he was 16 years old. "I was in marching band at the time and in the parade were classic cars. Immediately, I thought they were really cool and took interest. Once I graduated from high school I went to Quincy Technicial College to learn body work and I've been at it ever since." Brian has gained over 30 years of experience doing what he loves. When asked why he chose to work at FHA he replied, "I like restorations more than collision repair. Restorations allow you to take pride in your work and think to yourself, I did that!" When asked what he likes most about the shop, "The cleanliness is great, the team is very inviting, and it's just cool ya know." In his free time he enjoys wood working, hanging out with his wife, kids, and three dogs.
FABRICATION & BODY: ERIC
Eric's love for cars comes from playing with Hot Wheels as a young boy and working on cars with his friends when he was a teen. He went to trade school for fabrication and started body work at his first body shop job when he was 18 years old. His first car was a 1968 Ford Mustang, but his favorite car he's ever owned was a 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass. He says, "I love working on classic cars. They're just different that the new stuff." Outside of work he enjoys camping, traveling, working on his project car (a 1967 Ford Mustang), and fishing.
Sorie says he can't remember life without a car to work on. His first car was a 1967 Oldsmobile 442 convertible and he still has it. This is also where his love for upholstery came in. The 442 needed a new interior and Sorie figured it out and reupholstered the entire vehicle. He moved on to working on making seats for Ford and then did upholstery in aviation. His hobbies include working on anything that needs fixing, paintball with his family, and watching his son play baseball.
SECURITY: LILY & GRACE
Okay, so maybe they're not really security. More like cute couch potatoes. (Lily left, Grace right)
The FHA team is always looking to expand and grow our team. If you have experience with any of fields listed below, please call or stop by the shop to discuss open positions. All positions require a min. of 5 years' experience. Pay is competitive and based off of experience. We offer many benefits to our employees, and the atmosphere is much different than a collision shop. If you'd like to set up an interview, call us today: #314-416-1380
2. Body Technician