Advisory Board

Street Rod Foundation Advisory Board

Sandor Laszlo Horvath – Inventor, Developer, Founder and CEO of Brixxon Electric Motorcars Group

He finished his education in Germany and in Hungary in three different areas of specialties. He is a master car builder since 1977. Over the years, established an enterprise connected with the car industry and special constructions, created Hungary’s first car tuning company (B.ON.T.EX.) in 1993, with years of experience working and studying in Germany. By 1994, along with the products of our international business partners, B.ON.T.EX. developed, designed many tuning products such are sporting mufflers, aerodynamic parts, shift gear knobs, aluminium pedal sets and interior decorations. Since 2001, B.ON.T.EX. was the only Hungarian tuning Company with ISO 9001 quality certification, and his B.ON.T.EX. VRS sparkplugs were the first ‘tuning sparkplug’ in the world. He founded the BRIXXON Electric MotorCars Group in 2007. His name is associated the electric car BONTINO, E12 battery and the „Dream of Future“ Solar powered multifunctional charging station – assembly factory. He is a specialist in the following areas: electric vehicles design and product development, energy saving and charging technology, Eco-City planning, development, development of traffic/traffic management system, and project management. Since 201, Sandor has lived in Germany with his family.

Eric Saltrick – Vice President of Marketing, Steele Rubber Products

Eric is Vice President of Marketing for Steele Rubber Products in Denver, North Carolina. Steele is an American manufacturer of restoration weatherstripping and rubber parts for American made cars, trucks and street rods from the 1920’s through 1990’s. During this time, he has also served on the Select Committee of the Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA), a council of SEMA serving the needs of the street rod industry. As a member of HRIA, Eric created the “SEMA Pinewood Builders Challenge”, an annual build competition among the nation’s best hot rod builders to create one-of-a-kind and working pinewood cars to be raced and auctioned for children’s charities. Over the years, Eric has appeared on many television and radio programs to discuss the street rod and classic car industry. In 2014, Eric will be the host of the “Dream Ridez” television program on the MAV Network, focusing on the unique and amazing stories behind some of the country’s best hot rod and custom car builders. He is also a frequent speaker at automotive aftermarket events, providing insights and ideas into latest trends in marketing and promotions for the hot rod and classic car industry. When not attending car shows around the country, Eric lives in North Carolina with his family and tries to find time to finish any of the several project cars in his garage.

Robert Pahlkotter

Robert is a transformational leader with over 20 years of experience in advancing operational performance for companies spanning Fortune 500 to small businesses. Very successful in improving productivity, quality, product yields, efficiency at organizational system at all process levels. He is very skilled in experimental design, process optimization, statistics, and line startups. Talented communicator, with the skills needed to make a positive impact conducting training on Six Sigma and other quality and continuous improvement techniques.

Certifications: ASQ Certified Quality Engineer • Six Sigma Master Black Belt • DFSS Black Belt
Computer Skills: Microsoft Office • SPSS • Mini Tab • MVP Stats • NW Quality Analyst • QFD Capture
Trainer / Instructor:
Understanding Variation • Statistical Process Control • Quality Tools
Measurement Systems Analysis • Probability & Statistics • Strategic Planning
Daily Management • Failure, Mode & Effects Analysis • Asset Utilization
Customer Quality Assurance • Supplier Quality Assurance • Problem Solving
Education
M.S. in Labor & Industrial Relations — MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, Lansing, MI, Dual majors: Labor Relations & Statistics
B.S. in Industrial Engineering — NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, Marquette, MI
Other Training: Lean Manufacturing (64 hrs) • Quality Function Deployment (8 hrs)

Chris Dowdey – Industrial Designer

Chris has over 40 years of experience in the Automotive Design Industry. He has supplied innovative and unique vehicle designs for specialty vehicles and products for the worldwide automotive, heavy truck, aircraft and marine industry working extensively with domestic and global manufacturers. Chris has a BFA in Industrial/Transporation Design that he earned at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.

2014 – ASC, Inc – Industrial Design
2010 – Peterbilt Motors Company – Industrial Design for concept and production heavy- duty trucks
2009 – Gibbs Technologies Limited – Industrial Design for concept and production military and aquatic vehicles
1982- 2009 American Specialty Car – Industrial Design Manager for creative services group specializing in design, prototyping, designed concept builds for specialty cars and heavy-duty trucks and marketing
1981 – 1982 AutoDynamic – Graphic production
1980 – 1981 Modern Engineering – Design production military vehicles for Department of Defense
1968 – 1975 Ford Motor Company – Senior Industrial Design Project Coordinator

Daisie Fairlane – Promotional Advisor / Spokesmodel / Brand Ambassador

Daisie is from California and has been around classic cars her whole life. As a little girl, she watched her dad and uncle’s build, paint, and race hot rods. Currently, Daisie has her own project going on – her 1954 Chevrolet is being restored in her garage, adn it will be a mild custom. When she is not building her car, she is at car shows checking out all the cool rides and working as a spokesmodel. Daisie has had the opportunity to work along side of some of the best customizers around, such as George Barris, Gene Winfield and the late Larry Watson. Daisie believes it is a huge honor to me to be part of the Street Rod Foundation because it is a great cause helping kids learn mechanical skills, build confidence, and prepare them for the future.

Chris Redman – Project Manager & Board Member

Chris Redman Chris is employed as a Facilities Manager for a local construction company, and holds two degrees from Ferris State University (Architecture and Facilities Management). He furthered his education at Lansing Community College by taking several classes in the Auto Body Collision & Repair curriculum. He has been feeding his passion for car restorations for the past 20 years working on several cars. His most arduous task was completing a rotisserie restoration on a 1969 Camaro. The car needed nearly every piece of sheet metal replaced; all of the work was completed in his garage. Since that restoration he has completed several other projects and is working on a 1966 Chevelle currently. He enjoys the challenges of making his cars unique and improving their performance.