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 employee's 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.
SHOP MANAGER: DWIGHT
Dwight's interest in classic cars started with his first vehicle purchase back in high school. He bought a 1962 Chevy Nova and the addiction began. His entire career has been in the automotive industry and 28 years later he has found himself returning to his roots with the classics. When asked, "What do you like most about the line of work you do?" He responded, "I enjoy helping clients and bringing their dream cars to life." Dwight has a vital roll at the shop. Not only does he run the shops daily operations but he also wrangles 13 people. Can you say, multi-tasker? During his free time he enjoys hanging out with his family and 3 dogs. Dream car? 1957 Chevy Bel-Air two door. (Great pick!)
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.
FABRICATION, BODY, & PAINT: JOHN
"It all started when I received my first Hot Wheels at 2-years old. Then I started to participate in model car shows around 10-12 years old." As a teenager he cruised the iconic Lindbergh Blvd.(St. Louis natives will know) in his '65 VW bug. One of many builds he would go on to complete. As a teenager he used to cut grass to afford his car parts. "I never went to school for this. It was all hands on for me. The kind of learning with your mouth shut and eyes wide open." When asked, "What his favorite part of about working on old cars and working at FHA?" He replied, "Being able to make changes or mods and seeing sentimental clients reactions. FHA has a friendly team, clean shop that is up to date, and strictly works on classics". In his free time...just kidding...he doesn't have free time! Let's just say he's a little bit of a workaholic. His second job is being the co-host of GET OUT n DRIVE podcast!
"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: ROY
Roy's interest in cars started around 8-9 years old and the bug only got worse once he was old enough to drive. The same Uncle's that taught him about cars as a kid gifted him a 1956 Chevy for his first car (Nice guys those Uncles) It was his first official project and didn't take him long before he had it on the road. One summer was all it took. Everything he's learned over the past 47 years in this industry was self-taught. "Back then you had to know how to do everything. It wasn't like today where you specialized in one thing. You had to know mechanical, body work, fabrication, and how to paint." Originally, he starting out as a mechanic then learned body work, paint, and fabrication. When asked, "What is the most difficult part about this line of work?" He responded, "It's just not easy work! It's hard on the body and a lot of chemicals. The only reason I'm still doing this is because it's so rewarding." He's retired twice, but clearly isn't the best at it. "If I'm still healthy then I want to stay busy. Cutting stuff up is what I like to do. Being able to be creative makes me happy." That's why metal fabrication is his favorite. He wanted to come work at FHA because, "You guy's work on cool stuff and no collision! Which is great!" We are extremely grateful to have him on our team. Dream car? (He couldn't pick one.) So the most current side project will have to do. A 1969 Bronco that's headed to SEMA 2021. In his free time, he enjoy: he likes to hang out with his family, dogs, obviously works on his own project builds, and loves going on car cruises.
Jeremiah's love for classic cars started as a kid playing with matchbox cars and tinkering around the garage with his father. "My dad owned Roadrunner's, Impala's, and quite a few other classics back in the day. My first major project was pulling the motor out of my '69 Skylark and putting it into an '81 Camaro." Since then he's acquired over 25 years of experience in the field and his favorite part about the job is, "Being able to say, I fixed that, I built that, I did that. The satisfaction is all I need." When asked why he wanted to work at FHA. He replied, "Because you guys work on the cool cars! The best part about working here is that I get to take the appropriate time to get things done right. Much different than collision shops where they want things rushed out the door and focus on time not quality." In his free time he enjoys: drawing, air brushing pin stripping, hanging out with his family, riding his Harley, and working on his '68 C10. We are really happy he joined the team. Dream car? He loves them all! Fun fact: Jeremiah is the song bird of our shop. You can find him singing his heart out Monday-Thursday.
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.
John's interest in cars started when he was a kid. After graduating high school he acquired a 1980 C10 and spends most of his free time working on the truck or spending time with his son. His dream car is an iconic 1967 GTO.
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: STU
Stu's love for classic cars started as a kid. "I would always help my dad with projects. When I was 16 he bought me a '67 Mustang and said if I fixed it then I could keep it. So I made it run and painted it. The downfall is that I only had it for two years before they took it away from me for street racing." He's acquired over 35 years of experience in the field and is FHA's most recent hire. When asked what he likes most about the shop he replied, "The camaraderie. I genuinely enjoy everyone here which creates a really great atmosphere." In his free time he enjoys cooking, riding his motorcycle, hanging out with his fiance, and 13 year old boxer Fred. Dream car: '34 Ford 5-Window coupe.
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 then please call or stop by the shop to discuss open positions. All positions require a min. of 5-years experience. Pay is based off of experience and very competitive. We offer many benefits to our employees and the atmosphere is much different than a collision shop. Call us today if you'd like to set up an interview. #314-416-1380
1. Auto Upholstery Technician
2. Auto Body Technician
3. Metal Fabrication