Eastwood Employees- What makes Us Tick

A spotlight on the staff that keeps Eastwood running smoothly each day!

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

    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.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Tim P., Circulation & Analytics 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?
    Tim P., Circulation & Analytics Manager

    2. What the heck do you do all day?
    I figure out how our marketing programs are performing and plan how many catalogs we need, when to mail them and who to mail them to.

    3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood?

    Well, not really. I’ve always loved cars and tinkering around with them. I’ve owned a few beauties like a ’92 Monte Carlo and a ’72 Olds Cutlass Supreme. Prior to joining the Eastwood family, I forecasting and cost accounting for a large office supply chain.

    4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies?

    I like spending time with my family, watching high school and college sports and cooking.

    5. What's your favorite Eastwood product? Why?

    It’s actually a family of products for me: The Eastwood line of welders is my favorite. Our line of welders is really helping a lot of our guys do more and be even more creative at home in their own garages and saving them a lot of money.

    6. What's your favorite thing about working for Eastwood?

    Wow, that’s a tough one. I guess I’d have to say seeing some of the work our guys do or have done! Matt’s Pile House project has been really interesting to me. I really want to be more hands-on than I have in the past!

    7. Where do you find yourself navigating on the web regularly (other than Eastwood.com)

    Since I’m a Volvo guy, I find myself most often at www.volvospeed.com , www.swedespeed.com and www.matthewsvolvosite.com most often looking for fixes and modifications I can make .

    Ford Fairlane

    8. What was your first car? A.1966 Ford Fairlane Convertible with no rear floorboards and a 3-speed on the floor. That car was in sad shape….but it was fun when it ran

    9. What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next?
    Found myself a ’98 Volvo V70 T5 that’s in pretty good shape for the 185K on its clock.

    AMC Rambler Marlin

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

    A Rambler Marlin

     

    *Stock car photos courtesy of Wikipedia

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  • Evan S., Eastwood Product Engineer- 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?

    Evan S. – Product Engineer

    2. What the heck do you do all day?

    I have a multitude of tasks at Eastwood mostly involving bringing new products to market including ideation, development, testing, and finally making the product available to our customers. The job doesn’t stop there though as I also strive to control quality of all of our products.

    3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood?

    I have always been involved with motorsports as I started riding and racing ATV’s and dirt bikes at a young age, worked at power sports dealerships throughout high school and college, and then graduated college with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and came to work for Eastwood.

    4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies?

    I love the outdoors more than anything, well maybe not more than motorsports, but I always make time for hiking, camping, and just enjoying seeing new things in the outdoors.

    5. What's your favorite Eastwood product? Why?

    I’m not sure I have a favorite since I use many of them and have never had any bad experiences, but if I had to choose one it would be the Eastwood TIG200 Welder. I had some brief experience in TIG welding in my past but was never good at it. I was able to afford a MIG welder when I was younger so I had a lot of experience in MIG welding but could never afford my own TIG welder till now. After a lot of practice I was able to lay down some amazing looking welds and now I am nearly unlimited in my possibilities in welding due to the versatility of the TIG welding process.

    6. What's your favorite thing about working for Eastwood?

    My favorite thing about working for Eastwood is being able to talk ‘cars’ with your coworkers. It’s great to come in Monday morning and talk about all the hard work you completed on your latest project over the weekend.

    7. What's the first tool you reach for in the garage (what do you use most often?)
    The tools I reach for most often when working in the garage is a set of 3/8” drive metric sockets and a ratchet. There aren’t many general mechanical tasks you can perform without a set of sockets and a ratchet.

    8. Do have any prize possessions? What are they?

    My prize possessions are my family, friends, girl friend, and go fast toys. Life just wouldn’t be as great if it were missing any of these.

    9. Do you have any projects going right now? What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next?

    I always have ongoing projects that actually never seem to end. I am currently working on a 1990 Nissan 240sx in which I swapped the motor to an inline 6 with a larger turbo. The car was a rust bucket when I got it so I had to do a lot of rust repair and body work and then finished it all off with our Moonlight Drive Metallic Blue paint. My other project which is almost done is a Honda 450r ATV, which I have owned since 2005 but it needed a complete overhaul so over the past few months I rebuilt the entire motor and blasted and powder coated nearly every part on the chassis.

    10. You have one wish, what is it?

    I would like to win the lottery as it would help me fulfill many wishes but realistically I want to race in the Baja 1000. I view this as being one of the most physical, mental, and mechanical demanding races there is.

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  • Brian H., Director of Marketing- 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? 
Brian H., Director of Marketing

    2. What the heck do you do all day? Figure out how to get Eastwood’s unique products and content in front of as many qualified customers as possible.

    3. Did you come from an automotive background before Eastwood? What did you do before Eastwood? I’ve been fascinated with cars forever, especially older ones pre 1960, but have never had the opportunity to do a ton of work on them. Really love learning more and experimenting in small ways with our products. Before Eastwood I worked in various direct-to-consumer and retail marketing roles in a handful of industries.

    4. When not talking cars, tools, and restorations all day, what are a few of your hobbies? Spending as much time with my kids as possible, hiking and anything outside.

    5. What's your favorite Eastwood product? Why? Rust Encapsulator, because of its countless number of uses both in automotive applications and others. I use it around my house for all kinds of stuff, so the versatility is great.

    6.What's your favorite thing about working for Eastwood? Seeing the cool car pics customers send us. Also, the opportunity to see the impact our customers’ projects can have on them and their families. The husband/wife and father/son stories Eastwood is lucky enough to be associated with are truly unbelievable.

    7. What was your first car?
    1987 Volkswagen Fox. I don’t have an actual picture, but it looked something like below…not in quite as good of shape.

    VW Fox

    8. What's the first tool you reach for in the garage (what do you use most often?)
 Reciprocating saw – great multipurpose tool I use for almost anything.

    9. Name an automotive trend that you are happy died or wish would go away? While I appreciate them, I’ve never been a big fan of the El Camino.

    10. Do you have any projects going right now? What are you building, restoring, or a job you are tackling next? I absolutely need to get my peddle car done this spring. After that, on to my Agway lawn tractor. Plan to do a lot of learning and experimenting on this over the summer. Ultimately want to get it running, keep it running, and then paint it Candy Apple Red with an Eastwood Evolution Gun.

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