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.



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.




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.






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!