Andy is a lifelong gearhead, starting with his first car at 19, a Triumph Spitfire. He taught himself how to repair and maintain the Triumph, as it broke down frequently, being a British sports car. Fast forward 30 years, after a career in the financial industry, Andy heard that the shop he took his old Porsche to was in danger of closing. He worked out a deal to acquire and expand the shop, Midwest Performance Cars, and to retain all of the skilled staff. 5 years on, and MPC now has a second location in Northbrook Illinois in addition to the original downtown Chicago shop on Lake Street. Andy serves on the editorial board of Ratchet & Wrench magazine, on the board of the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, and is an active PCA member as well as supporter of The 100 Club of Chicago.
Chicago Service Manager
Chris is a devoted customer service rep who started in the industry as a part time porter at an Audi dealership. Chris always says “I learned more in my first 6 months writing service than in a year as a dealer lube tech”. Although he will always deny it, Chris is also an accomplished photographer and many of the shots on our website were taken by him!
Brandon started at MPC in 2011 as a porter straight from Universal Technical Institute. After an apprenticeship under our in-house Master Technician, followed by extensive training from noted Porsche racing and performance sources, Brandon is now our water-cooled Porsche Master Technician. He travels annually to train with Tony Callas of Callas Rennsport.
Emil began as a motorcycle technician in the early 1990’s. He relocated to Chicago in the late 90’s and began working on German cars, gravitating to become an air-cooled Porsche specialist by 2005. Emil has training and extensive experience in metallurgy and fabrication, which he brings to bear on the custom and one-off work he frequently performs. He has worked on everything from Porsche 964 and 993 turbos to a 1963 Westcoaster 3-wheeler. If it runs on spark, fuel & air, Emil can make it run at its best.
BMW and other German Technician
Jimmy started as a lube tech while in trade school. After graduating with honors, he moved on to an independent muscle car shop followed by a large independent general repair shop. He holds several ASE certifications and attends continuing training, particularly for BMW. Jimmy is also an accomplished guitarist and plays out frequently with his band.
Bookkeeping & Administration
Barb is our default “shop mom”, as she looks out for everything and everyone in and out of our shop. She has experience in a multitude of fields, from graphic design, to woodworking to her bailiwick, bookkeeping. We can always count on Barb for her attention to detail and caring disposition.
Parts & Special Services Manager
Tom grew up in the automotive business via his father’s shop. He is a performance automotive and motorcycle enthusiast who excels in turning client wishes into reality. Current PCA member and frequent track denizen, Tom is also a certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor.