The Crew

We are proud to employ a great crew of talented and hard working individuals that each possess the passion and desire to deliver our customers a quality product. Each member of our team is a key asset in every project, from complete restorations to engine swaps and paint jobs.

 

Jim Yocum

Jim Yocum

Jim is our General Manager and is the shop’s lead fabricator and welder. He got started in auto work at a young age through race car fabrication and custom car metal work and now has 20+ years of experience. Jim is well versed in custom car fabrication and his skills include: TIG and MIG welding; machining; sheet metal work; metal shaping. Jim is married and a father to a son and daughter.

 

 

 

Justin Solomon

Justin is the foreman of our paint and body department. His love for cars developed at an early age by helping his father work on his drag cars and spending weekends at the drag strip. He started working in a body shop in 2000 and now has 15+ years of experience in the industry. Originally from Mississippi, Justin moved to the Raleigh area over 7 years ago, earned a Visual Arts degree from NC State and is a PPG certified painter. Justin is married and father to a son and daughter. He is highly experienced in all areas of the paint and body restoration process and specializes in custom taped out designs, airbrushed flames, metal flake, kandy paint, fiberglass work and fabricated body modifications.

 

Eric

Eric Lewis

We are very happy to have Eric as part of out team here at ERC. Eric was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. He began his training in the automotive industry when he was in high school. Eric has over 10 years of experience, is a UTI graduate, and ASE Master Certified. He is married with two little girls.

 

 

 

 

Greg Folino

Greg has been with ERC for many years. He is an all-around technician, highly skilled in electrical, mechanical, fabrication, paint and body work. Greg is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and has been in the Raleigh area for over 10 years.

 

 

 

Karl Smith

We were very happy when Karl came on board with us! His love for cars started in the early 80’s and fueled his passion for fabrication. After custom building his own drag car and trailer Karl kept cars to his weekend activity while he worked on customizing utilities vehicles during the week. When the opportunity to make cars his lively hood, he took the chance and operated his own race car shop. After 7 years it was time to move on and let someone else run the business end of things while Karl focused on his first love – fabricating drag cars. When the business closed he took his skills to a new field and began customizing firetrucks for the next 14 years. His love for cars was revived when he moved to NC from NY. Karl is married and the proud father of a daughter, son and dog.

 

Samantha Hardeman

Sam is our office manager here at the shop and has been with us for over four years. She started helping us in the office while she was still in school. After graduating from N.C. State with a business degree, she came on full time to run the business side of the shop. From customer communications to billing and accounting, she helps keep us running like well oiled machine!