grew up on a small family farm in northwestern Illinois. He started
tinkering with cars early on and purchased his first, a '59 T-Bird,
at age 15. He also played guitar and trumpet in a variety of rock,
folk and school bands.
graduation from high school, he went to North Central College in
Naperville, Illinois where he majored in both chemistry and physics.
His undergraduate research in quantum physics received an American
Chemical Society award. He continued his automotive interest and,
through the course of his college years, owned a number of muscle
and sports cars. He also kept up his music, playing in local coffee
houses. After receiving his degree, Dennis took up the pedal steel
guitar and started playing in country-rock bands in the Chicago
area. He has opened for acts such as Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings
and Dr. Hook. However, after two years, Dennis decided to retire
from the music scene and go to graduate school.
attended the University of Idaho, from which he received a Ph.D.
in chemistry. While there, Dennis became an avid climber and winter
mountaineer. He also finally married his high school sweetheart,
accepted position as a product development scientist at The Procter
& Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he either worked on,
or created, most of P&G's food products in the 80's, including Pringles,
with which he bears a striking resemblance to the handlebar mustachioed
character on the can. Dennis holds a number of patents on P&G products.
Once again having some disposable income, Dennis got back to playing
with classic cars. This is also where he and Ellen had their three
10 years at P&G, Dennis took a position as Director of Product Development
at a Bristol-Myers Squibb company in Evansville, Indiana where he
led the development of Boost Nutritional Energy Drink, among other
products. This is where he met Brad Kimmel, founder of Bradley David
Productions, Inc. and creator of My Classic Car.
Dennis had no formal training in television, he had a good knowledge
of classic cars, an outgoing personality and a memorable mustache.
Together, Brad and Dennis developed a pilot series which received
strong ratings when it aired on The Nashville Network in early 1996.
Based on this success, TNN signed the show as a weekly series which
premiered in January, 1997. After only 6 months on the air, Dennis
was selected by The Cable Guide and Total Television as one of the
"Hot Faces of Cable" for 1997. In 2000, the show moved
to Speed Channel and reaches over 65 million households in the US.
in its ninth season, My Classic Car is one of the highest rated
motorsports programs on the network. Dennis is also the creator
and Executive Producer of the weekly motorcycle program, Corbin's
Ride On, which premiered on Speed Channel in 2002. Brad and
Dennis received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award
for Indiana in 2000. Dennis also serves on the Board of Directors
of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) as well as
a number of academic and industry advisory boards and councils.
co-owner of Bradley David Productions, Inc. and with his own lifelong
love of cars and motorcycles, Dennis states, "This has got
to be the ultimate job!"