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 Carolla 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.
OPERATIONS MANAGER: DENNIS
When questioned about his dream car, Dennis's first words were, "Holy cow." He said that it was a '65 Chevy Wagon. According to Dennis that was the very first vehicle he had to turn wrenches on. He continued to say, "I've been working on cars since I was a kid." Not only that but his background in restoring military vehicles, such as tanks, provided him with the knowledge to excel in the automotive industry. His choice leisurely activities are as follows: racing RC cars that he designs and crafts himself, hunting deer from high in the treetops, and avidly reading a wide variety of book series. If he's not listening to an audio book, he's reading the eBook version on his phone.
CLIENT RELATIONS SPECIALIST: BRITTANY
Brittany has always been interested in photography and social media. She graduated from Missouri State University in 2018, where she took numerous classes based on social media, film, and web design, with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media. Her dream car is a Lamborghini Aventador, but she loves snapping photographs of vintage vehicles! In her free time, you will either find her drawn to the comfort of a captivating mystery-thriller novel or writing her own, The House of Starling, which is set in early 1900s London and follows the lives of supernatural beings who all live together in a castle. When she is not reading or writing, Brittany takes care of her yellow lab puppy, Hercules.
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.
He was born into the world of classic cars. His dad and uncle began working on them first, and his affinity for the classics came from them. At home, he works in his very own shop and has worked on building not only cars but also boats! Allen's free time is best spent shooting guns. He wishes to one day purchase a fully operational tank. Working on cars since he was young, it's something he's been doing his whole life thus far.
"I had the typically 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!
FABRICATION, BODY, & PAINT: CHRIS
Chris's interest in classic cars began when he was 14 years old. As a teenager, his grandfather helped him work on an assortment of project cars. His first assignment was to rebuild a transmission and engine for a 1970 Chevy Malibu. That was only the first of many restorations Chris would take part in. He then continued his education at South Technical College for Welding and Sheet Metal. After graduating, he went to work for a local shop and gained 18 years of experience. “I’ve worked on just about everything.” Chris joined the FHA team January 1st, 2017. When asked, "What are you looking forward to at FHA?" He replied, "The variation of projects. I enjoy looking around the shop and seeing such a wide variety of cars. I'm also excited to work at a shop that is growing and motivated. Quality work is what’s most important to me so this shop is where I belong." In his free time, he enjoys being a dad, working out, playing with his two dogs, and working on his personal collection of classics.
Mike's introduction to the car scene started around age 5-6. "I grew up around cars. My dad and his friends were always working on stuff. The first car I really remember was a '57 Chevy." When he was finally old enough to drive his first car was a '76 Camaro and then switched rather quickly to a '74 Nova. Naturally, he went to school and honed in on his skills. First at South Technical College and then to Ranken Technical College. "I've been at this for over 20 years and it's still something I enjoy." When asked what he likes most about working at FHA, "I like the different variety of vehicles. It's a broad range of classics, never the same, and never boring. It's really great to bring something that's been sitting for years back to life." In his free time he enjoys, "Doing car stuff!" Whether that means going to the drag strip, car shows, drag racing, etc. He also loves hockey, hunting, and hanging out with family/friends.
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.
"No two seats are identical," said Christine. This is why she adores working on cars! What matters most to her is "seeing a seat that is really rough and making it look gorgeous." The uniqueness of each project is what draws her interest in them! According to Christine the most rewarding upholstery project she's done was a vinyl top for a '74 Bonneville. Ten years from now, she still envisions herself working on upholstery. Other than that her hobbies are riding her motorcycle, reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, drawing, riding roller coasters at Six Flags, swimming, fishing, and camping. She loves spending time in the outdoors!
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