Archive for the ‘Eastwood Employees- What makes Us Tick’ Category

Nick C., Sr. Content & Engagement Marketing Manager- What Makes Us Tick

A finely tuned machine- Eastwood Employees makes us tick

We want to share the great Eastwood staff with you, our customers! We’ve asked them to fill out the first five questions, and then pick 5 random questions from a “Wildcard” section of questions. We allowed them to answer these however they’d like. You’d be surprised at what some of us have to say!

1. Name and Title at Eastwood?
Nick Capinski – Sr. Content & Engagement Marketing Manager

2. What the heck do you do all day?
The team I work with creates and updates Eastwood’s content (video, tech articles, blogs, Facebook, forums, etc). I also am involved with our online and catalog marketing and overseeing our tech department.

3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood?
Growing up, I had a go kart and a mini-bike, so by fixing them, I picked up a knack for using tools. From there, I started on my first VW when I was 13. My 1974 Super Beetle was actually my older brother’s car in high school and college, but the engine blew and the car sat outside. After sitting for a few years accumulating rust, my parents wanted my brother to get rid of the Bug. My brother and the neighborhood kids all had Bugs, so since I can remember, I’ve always wanted a Bug. I was able to convince my parents and brother to let me fix the Bug, rather than send it to the scrap yard. From reading books, magazines and trial/error, my dad and I were able to get this car on the road by the time I was 16. I actually got my first real job in high school, as a result of my Bug. I stopped at a small used car lot/garage that had a Bug sitting in the weeds and the shop owner ended up offering me a job after he checked out my Bug. I did oil changes, brake jobs, and mount/balance tires at this shop, as well as general tune ups.

4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies?
Outside cars, I enjoy bowling in league, spending time with my family and going to the shore.

5. What’s your favorite Eastwood product? Why?
My favorite Eastwood product is the powder coat system. When I came to Eastwood (I started out by doing my Penn State internship at Eastwood), I worked with the HotCoat Powder Coating Division. After Mark R. showed me the basics and benefits of powder coating, I was hooked. I’ve powder coated everything from hood hinges, carburetors, VW engine tins, to the gas tank for my ’62 Bug.

Eastwood Hot Coat Gun

6. What’s your favorite thing about working for Eastwood?
Being able to share my automotive passion with others. It is very cool to be able to work with a bunch of gearheads, get to see the cool cars that visit our retail store, and to talk to our customers and learn how they’ve transformed their rides using Eastwood products.

7. Where do you find yourself navigating on the web regularly (other than Eastwood.com) ?
My daily hit list of sites are: Craigslist, eBay, Facebook YouTube and TheSamba.com

8. What’s an interesting factoid about you that we wouldn’t know at first glance?
Although I don’t have a mullet, my speakers are generally cranking 80’s hair metal.

9. Other than bills, what do you find yourself spending your money on?
Tools, car parts, new project cars, and my family.

10. Do you have any projects going right now? What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next?
I always have a project going on. We recently wrapped up the majority of the body-off resto of my dad’s ’69 Corvette. I have my ’66 VW Bus that I am currently working on, plus my back-dated ’75 VW Bug. I also have my extra rusty ’78 Super Beetle Convertible and my long-running project ’62 sliding ragtop Bug. My goals for the year are to get the ’75 Bug on the road this summer and hopefully get the Bus in paint.

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Lisa F., Product Marketing Assistant- What Makes Us Tick

A finely tuned machine- Eastwood Employees makes us tick

We want to share the great Eastwood staff with you, our customers! We have asked them to fill out the first five questions, and then pick 5 random questions from a “Wildcard” section of questions. We allowed them to answer these however they’d like. You’d be surprised at what some of us have to say!

1. Name and Title at Eastwood? Lisa F., Product Marketing Assistant

2. What the heck do you do all day? I tinker with tracking reports, operational problem-solving and product presentation on the website.

3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood? As a kid, I helped my dad in the garage a lot. Before college, I was a tool salesperson for a different company. During college, my personal life was always consumed with drag strips, autocross, and motorcycle runs.

4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies? I enjoy spending time with friends and family, art, music, cooking, the outdoors, traveling and just generally learning new things.

5. What’s your favorite Eastwood product? Why? 70289 Eastwood Reversible 29 Piece Ratcheting Bit Set- because it’s super cute and tiny! On a serious note, it easily fits under the rear seat of my motorcycle and made a great stocking stuffer for my riding buddies at Christmas. Paired with an adapter and the sockets most common on my bike, it’s a welcome space saving addition to give me a little extra peace of mind.

Eastwood Ratcheting Bit Set

6. What’s your favorite thing about working for Eastwood? For most of the people here, it’s not as much a job as it is a lifestyle that extends beyond the office walls. This level of enthusiasm and commitment makes for challenging work, a fun atmosphere, unrivaled camaraderie among coworkers and products designed by motor heads for motor heads. I appreciate that I can have so much confidence in our products and how easy it is to proudly stand behind and believe in the brand that I market.

7. 3 things you can’t live without and why? Air, water and a smart phone. Whether it’s knowing how to get back on the interstate, the phone number of a restaurant, who sings that song that just played on the radio or most recently an uncle who needs to know the firing order for his Bronco, I find it to be an indispensable necessity.

8. What’s the first tool you reach for in the garage (what do you use most often?) A laptop. As a beginner DIYer who lacks any formal training, automotive education or decades of hands-on experience, dabbling in any unfamiliar job is always daunting. Having access to blogs, forums, step-by-step instructions, video demonstrations and knowing where to easily find the right tools or parts is a reassuringly powerful resource to reduce learning by trial and error and ensure preparedness.

9. Do you have any projects going right now? What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next? Pretty much everything parked outside my house is a project! Time, garage space and project finances seem to always be spread thin across a twin turbo dodge stealth, a Mitsubishi Evolution, and a Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R.

10. Domestic, Japanese Import, or European? I love all kinds of cars and motorcycles. Each has their own unique charm and I admire the diehard loyalty associated with each distinct culture. If I had to choose, I think I am hereditarily inclined and genetically wired to have a predilection for Japanese Imports.

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Kevin S., Senior Product Marketing Manager- What Makes Us Tick

A finely tuned machine- Eastwood Employees makes us tick

We want to share the great Eastwood staff with you, our customers! We have asked them to fill out the first five questions, and then pick 5 random questions from a “Wildcard” section of questions. We allowed them to answer these however they’d like. You’d be surprised at what some of us have to say!

1. Name and Title at Eastwood? Senior Product Marketing Manager

2. What the heck do you do all day? Make sure customers can find the product they are looking for on the website.

3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood? Since age 15, I have owned over 30 cars, trucks and motorcycles. I rebuilt my first engine with the help of a 1970’s Chilton manual. After college I worked in industry as a manufacturing engineer and CNC Machinist.

4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies? Riding mountain bike, cooking and getting back into shape.

Eastwood TIG 200 AC/DC

5. What’s your favorite Eastwood product? Why? Eastwood TIG 200 AC/DC welder. Having access to the advanced process of TIG welding at an affordable price is great. I have always wanted a TIG welder in my home shop, but could never justify the expense. The value of the Eastwood TIG 200 AC/DC welder has opened up the door to welding aluminum and stainless for me.

6. What’s your favorite thing about working for Eastwood? I get to share my passion for everything automotive in my work life.

7. What was your first car? 1969 Dodge Charger

8. Other than bills, what do you find yourself spending your money on? Technology gadgets, and bobbing out my V Star 1100 motorcycle.

9. Name a automotive trend that you are happy died or wish would go away? Billet. I respect a well engineering piece of aluminum, but it does not have to be shiny. Having experience in the casting process, I appreciate the classic look of sand-cast parts.

10. Do you have any projects going right now? What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next? 1953 Ford Panel Truck – Going on top of a 1997 Ford Explorer 5.0L AWD chassis.

11. 15. Domestic, Japanese Import, or European? Having owned examples of all, they all break down, they all sucked money from my wallet, and they all put a smile on my face!

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Mike U., Eastwood Tech Advisor- What Makes Us Tick

A finely tuned machine- Eastwood Employees makes us tick

We want to share the great Eastwood staff with you, our customers! We have asked them to fill out the first five questions, and then pick 5 random questions from a “Wildcard” section of questions. We allowed them to answer these however they’d like. You’d be surprised at what some of us have to say!

1. Name and Title at Eastwood? Retail Store Supervisor/Tech Advisor

2. What the heck do you do all day? Supervise.. haha… work with our retail team to help our customers get what they need and make them a Happy Eastwood customer

3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood? Yes 30
years building and restoring classic cars, and street rods

4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies? What else is there besides cars??!!

5. What’s your favorite Eastwood product? Why? That is a tough one… all are products are great, but I would say the welders are my favorite

Eastwood Welders

6. What’s your favorite thing about working for Eastwood? Meeting new people and helping them with their projects.

7. What was your first car? 55 chevy

8. What’s the worst car you ever seen or driven? Why? Corvair. Why? No power! I have need for speed thing..lol

9. Other than bills, what do you find yourself spending your money on? My 32 Roadster

10. Do have any prize possessions? What are they? My 3 daughters, because they’re mine.

11. Do you have any projects going right now? What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next? my 32 Ford High boy. It’s currently in Eastwood Gray Urethane Primer that I sprayed with the Eastwood Concours Paint Gun and the interior is covered in Eastwood Thermo-coustic.

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Ed O., Eastwood Tech Advisor- What Makes Us Tick

A finely tuned machine- Eastwood Employees makes us tick

We want to share the great Eastwood staff with you, our customers! We have asked them to fill out the first five questions, and then pick 5 random questions from a “Wildcard” section of questions. We allowed them to answer these however they’d like. You’d be surprised at what some of us have to say!

1. Name and Title at Eastwood? Ed O. – Tech Advisor

2. What the heck do you do all day? Help customers with problems, answer emails, assist in product information, and assist customers in the Eastwood Retail Outlet

3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood? Yes since high school. Before Eastwood I drove a tractor trailer for a lumber company and ran the lumber yard.

4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies? NASCAR(living at Dover International Speedway, I have season passes), bowling, golf, football, baseball, ice hockey and spending time with my wife and two children.

5. What’s your favorite Eastwood product? Why? The Original HotCoat Powder Gun because it flows out of the gun easiest and you get great coverage on your piece, it’s the simplest to use for a beginner.

6.What’s an interesting factoid about you that we wouldn’t know at first glance? I’m a major head banger, who use to have long hair and I can’t live without my daily dose of Ozzy Osbourne on the way to work each morning.

7.3 things you can’t live without and why? My Mt. Dew, Marlboro’s and my wife. The Mt. Dew is a Dale Jr. #88 thing (its complicated), My smokes to keep me calm when stressed, and my wife for too many reasons I can’t go into detail about to keep it PG (Just Kidding!!!!!), because she completes me and I would be lost without her by my side.

8. Name an automotive trend that you’re happy died or wish would go away? I wish the cars that sound like a dying lawnmower would just go away!!!!!!!

9.You have one wish, what is it? To move to NASCAR country in North Carolina

10.If you could own any car on the earth, what would it be? 1991 Lamborghini Diablo

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