MEET THE TEAM
CARL’S 4 WHEEL DRIVE
Meet Our Team
Carl realized at a very young age that half the fun of going somewhere was “how you get there.”
That was when his love for motorsport fun was born and currently at 67 that thought is still engraved in his business philosophy today.
Over 44 years he has been able to share his love of motorsports with others by establishing his business back in 1977, not with the goal of being the biggest, but being one of the best!
Carl has been married to his wife Geri for 43 years and they have five daughters along with a growing family. He enjoys spending time with his family and helping others, along with attending many motorsport activities as a participant, promoter or a fan.
I always had a niche to turn a wrench growing up. Always wanting to take items apart and put them back together. If it had an engine I wanted to operate it, 4 wheeler, tractor, trucks and turning into motorsports with demo cars and pulling tractors. Carl’s 4wd just happened to be a mile from my house and I had the ability to start working at Carl’s 4wd in the early years of grade school and continued through college, I went from cleaning the place to installing lift kits. But Bennan stated “I would be lying if I said growing up he would be in the Automotive repair and parts industry for a long term career.”
I also liked the electrical field, with a dad being an electrician and helping him growing up. I went to Ranken to earn an Electrical Degree in 2010 and would plan to be an electrician. Shortly after graduating college, I had a vehicle accident that left me paralized from the waist down. I was blessed and God had other plans. Carl knew right away and believed in me that I had the ability to adjust and make my own career no matter what cards I got dealt. Having the ability and understanding on how parts went on, made sense for me to start selling them.
So from there I kept focusing on company growth, not just in part sales but asking for more responsibilities to help manage the Company. With working with Carl as a mentor, we both seemed to be on the same page with me earning a spot at becoming a business partner. In 2017 I was blessed to be able to buy into Carl’s 4wd. Which is a great success and honor, but my views on the company, respect for my staff and customers will never change from the start of the beginning.
Master tech, Supervisor of Quality & Production
Service & Operations Manager
Sales, Quality & Production Advisor
Product Specialist / Sales Advisor
General Operations & Parts Coordinator
Bob Strotheide – Master Tech
Specialty of Driveline & General Maintenance
Austin Gathard – Tech
Speciality of OE Maintenance, Steering, Suspension & Lift installer
Ruben Lamers – Tech
Specializing in Alignment, Lift installation & Drivelines
Dustin Alvis – Tech
Diesel Performance & Engine Specialist
John Clements – Tech
Specialties of Classic Restoration & Performance Modifications
Chase Hilmes – Tech
Diesel Repair & Performance, General Repair & Modifications Specialist
Facility Maintenance Controller
Trailer Sales Manager