Meet The Team

Meet The Team

  • J. Bittle J. Bittle J. Bittle Operating Manager

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 1972 in High School…driving my Dad’s Opel Rally Cadet 1900cc 4-speed!

    • Arrived at JBA: 1985 after Joe Drew turned down opening up a department in Drew Ford.

    • Favorite car: 1967 Shelby GT500

  •  John Gerardy John Gerardy John Gerardy CFO

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 1958 - model cars & 1966 - real cars.

    • Arrived at JBA: Helped J get started in 1985.

    • Favorite car: Cobras

  • Vickie Bittle Vickie Bittle Vickie Bittle Controller

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in High school (1973-1976)-always had an interest in cars. At that time I could tell you every car on the road. My dad tinkered in buying, fixing up, and selling used cars for extra cash.  1976, I met J and joined the Texas A&M Sports Car Club, bought a 1969 Mach 1, 428SCJ. Ongoing part of my life ever since.

    • Arrived at JBA: 1985, performance parts mail order business

    • Favorite car: Most every fun car I ever had – ’69 Mach 1, ’65 Shelby, 1990 something Taurus SHO & F150, 2012 Boss 302. I can get to like almost anything I get to drive. Just so it has decent visibility and can be heard – no silent cars.

  • Bruce Tucker Bruce Tucker Bruce Tucker GM

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    Experience:
    • Skateboards…bicycles…go carts…minibikes…and on to cars by the time I was 13 years old.

    • Arrived at JBA: as a customer, I bought an 8.8 rear end assembly from JBA in 1986. Came to work full time at JBA in 2002.

    • Favorite car: The 1959 Austin Healey 100-6 with a small block Chevy I built in high school.

  • Bill McMahon Bill McMahon Bill McMahon Technology Mgr.

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 1967. A Neighbor had  1964 Dodge Dart Big Block Drag car. He used to let me roll around under the car and change out the fluids and then he’d fire it up with open headers in his garage as “payment”. I still remember the sound.

    • Arrived at JBA: 2014 as a consultant with a software company.

    • Favorite car: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 340 Six Pack Manual Transmission

  • Austin Bittle Austin Bittle Austin Bittle Parts Manager

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 2003 in a 1966 Ford Fairlane 500XL with a 390

    • Arrived at JBA: 1987 in a baby seat in the back of a SVO Mustang

    • Favorite car: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 SCJ

  • John Elderhorst John Elderhorst J.Elderhorst Master Engine Builder

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    Experience:
    • Started working on cars around 1970.

    • Arrived at JBA: 1987 when it was on Daggett Street

    • Favorite car: Have a few favorite cars like 1968 Charger or 1967 Buick GS or 1973 SD Trans-Am but the list could be extensive!

  • Brian Strickler Brian Strickler Brian Strickler Parts & Service

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 1991

    • Arrived at JBA: September 5th, 2017

    • Favorite car: 1968 Oldsmobile 442 or 1970 Cougar Eliminator

  • Mike Hill Mike Hill Mike Hill Parts & Service

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    Experience:
    • Started in automotive 1969

    • Arrived at JBA: 2005

    • Favorite car: My 2002 Mustang Convertible

  • Linda Hempsey Linda Hempsey Linda Hempsey Billing Specialist

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in college, keeping by 1971 Chevelle running

    • Arrived at JBA: September 2010

    • Favorite car: 2015 Corvette Stingray

  • Gary Wilkey Gary Wilkey Gary Wilkey Lead Machinist

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 1969, a year before I got my license, it was a 37 Chevy pick up.

    • Arrived at JBA: The day I interviewed for my job, about 3 years ago (2014).

    • 67 Camaro, the best car ever!

  • Mike Evans Mike Evans Mike Evans Race Coordinator

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    Experience:
    • Started playing with cars in 1961 building models, first one was a 1961 Ford Falcon, when I was 12 years old. Then in high school took auto shop in 1966 and haven't stopped playing with cars ever since. My first car was a 1960 Corvair that had no 2nd gear so it was a 1st to 3rd driving car that was a hand me down from my older sister. That car leaked oil so fast you never had to change it, only the oil filter every 6K miles. The oil slick is still on the street where I use to park it after 50 years. My first car I bought was a 1965 Chevelle Malibu SS that Susie and I dated in when we were kids, bought it for $1200 and wish I still had it. Loved that car, but my first love was always a 1965.

    • Arrived at JBA: June 2014, J hasn't let go of me yet. Love being part of the team here, a lot of great people to work with.

    • Favorite car: My 2012 Boss 302 or as Carroll Shelby says my next Shelby Mustang.

  • Tim Naylor Tim Naylor Tim Naylor Shop Foreman

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    Experience:
    • Talked my Father into fronting me $300.00 for a 1969 Chevelle with 105,000 miles on it and a flat cam in 1980.

    • Arrived at JBA: 2009… My first day was December 4th

    • Favorite car: Always love your first! 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle…there are about a dozen close seconds.

  • Rick Ball Rick Ball Rick Ball Performance Tech

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    Experience:
    Over 30 years in the high performance automotive industry. This includes turbo experience, nitrous oxide systems and imports.

  • Tim Bouslaugh Tim Bouslaugh T.Bouslaugh Performance Tech

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    Experience:
    • My whole life as far back as I can remember has been about cars. From all shapes and sizes ranging from Hot Wheels and model cars, to Go Karts, tractors and ATVs. I was able to watch my father or anyone who was taking apart a car and when they weren’t able to remember where things went, I was able to assist them. Once I realized that my mind worked mechanically and hands on, I started to challenge myself by buying or trading yard work for random non running tractors and piece of junk I could take apart to better understand the inner workings of engines and then re assembled them to running condition. At 13 I bought a 53 Willys jeep frame, axles, engine and transmission. I would spend the next two summers sanding, wire brushing, wire wheeling and sand blasting the entire project, then primer and painting the rolling chassis. Unfortunately I was never able to find a body for it and ended up selling it. The next summer at 15, I was gifted a Camaro and from there on out I was hooked and before I left for college, I had brought home and built 5 vehicles, selling all but the one I drove across country to attend Wyoming Technical Institute to continue my passion professionally.

    • Arrived at JBA: I started working at JBA in early 2016. After finding out that they were hiring, I went through a week long, multi day interview and decided to leave where I was to come chase my dream of working on Bad Ass cars.

    • I feel like when you are a true car enthusiast you cannot narrow down a favorite. I have love for such a wide variety of vehicles American and foreign, and find beauty in all classics especially from WW2 to Vietnam era cars and trucks. Not so much modern day cars, though I can certainly appreciate the advance in technology, safety and massive amounts of horsepower that is being harvested in today’s cars which was once only dreamed of.

  • Tim Naylor Jr. Tim Naylor Jr. Tim Naylor Jr. Performance Tech

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 2004

    • Arrived at JBA: July 2017

    • Favorite car: 1969 Chevelle SS

  • Alex Conger Alex Conger Alex Conger Performance Plumbing Tech & HP Specialist

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 1979

    • Arrived at JBA: 1999 at JBA Headers & 2016 at JBA Speed Shop

    • Favorite car: Anything fast

  • Rusty Staley Rusty Staley Rusty Staley Performance Tech

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    Experience:
    • Began playing with cars in 1983

    • Arrived at JBA: July 2017

    • Favorite car: Chevy Nova

  • Rob Kulp Jr. Rob Kulp Jr. Rob Kulp Jr. Inventory Specialist

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    Experience:
    • I have always been fascinated with cars but I did not begin to mess with cars until I was about 18.

    • Arrived at JBA: April 2016

    • Favorite car: My 1996 Mustang GT

  • Juli Conde Juli Conde Juli Conde Marketing Specialist

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    Experience:
    • Haven’t played with but always intrigued since 2010

    • Arrived at JBA: August 2017

    • Favorite car: Pontiac GTO