We have been chided by a handful of our customers over the past few years for not having a profiles page. We do have an unusual combination of individuals; each that enjoys our work, our customers, the hobby and each other's working company.
The Novak Team is:
Dewey’s connection with machines knows no bounds. With an innate understanding of machining, metals and naturally, Jeeps, we rely on him for some of our trickiest tasks. With experience in strategic, aerospace, tool-making and production machining, Dewey was instrumental in the setup of Novak as we know it today. His Jeeping experience extends to the Sixties, doing swaps and upgrades first as a necessity, then hobby, and finally a career. His alternative career could have been as a stand-in for Kevin Costner.
Jeeps Owned: 1954 Willys Truck, 1968 Wagoneer, 1969 C101 Commando, 1970 J-4000 Pickup, 1988 MJ Commanche, 1989 YJ Wrangler, 1990 XJ Cherokee, 1999 XJ Cherokee
Jeep Aspirations: To manage a few from the above list
Favorite Task: Setting, building, wiring, initiating and programming a new machine
A Hobby: Jeep dreaming
With a preference towards the technical, Eric fills a role in the areas of mechanical and manufacturing design, programming and technical advising. Eric’s long standing penchant for the computer puts him in the path of 3D mechanical modeling, graphics and networking. Eric has interests in linguistics, logic, writing, economics, etc. In the end, it is mostly a pure passion for Jeeps and the best ways to get power through them. His BA was from Utah State University. He has been called MacGyver by more than a few people. Quotes Star Wars characters in company meetings.
Jeeps Owned: 1969 CJ5, 1989 XJ Cherokee, 1985 SJ Wagoneer, 1997 TJ Wrangler
Jeep Aspirations: 2004 LJ Unlimited (with a 5.3 Vortec & 4L60E), 1949 VJ Jeepster, 1944 Willys MB, 1974 SJ Wagoneer, 1960 Willys Truck,... I'll just take one of each, please.
Favorite Task: Only one? Product dreaming, designing, production, banter with customers
A Hobby: Thinking about work. Reading History and Economics. Marksmanship
Preferred Films: North by Northwest. Episode V. Rear Window. World's Fastest Indian
A natural accountant and organizational wizard, Krista was instrumental in designing and assembling the business side of the business. Good sense and accuracy are her hallmarks. Her advice is always welcome and always beneficial. Her default Jeep troubleshooting, however, invariably involves some kind of antifreeze diagnosis.
Favorite Task: Monthly ledger reconciliations during strange hours
A Hobby: Photography
Preferred Films: To Catch a Thief, Notting Hill
Ken is our own in-house researcher and someone to who we look. If he doesn't have the answer, he finds it. Ken’s experience in the automotive world predates most of us here, and his collection of helpful knowledge bears this out handily. Locally a virtual legend, his knowledge and ideas run deep and wide. We were pleased to ask Ken to join us in 2003. He practices skill in managing our purchasing of finished goods and exercises valuable exactness in the management of inventory and fulfillment.
Jeeps Owned: 1986 CJ7, 1989 MJ Commanche "Eliminator"
Jeep Aspirations: 1986 CJ7 with a GM 4.8L Vortec
Favorite Task: Clearing the fulfillment & shipping tables
A Hobby: Anything involving a Trail 90. Also, mixing household cleaners
Preferred Films: Westerns
Matt came to us from the world of medical machining, fabrication, production CNC operation and setup. Nearly a decade as a machinist, we were pleased that he would come join us. He brings fresh views to machining challenges with solid common sense. Matt has quickly advancing through CNC programming and finds it to be more appealing than expected. He takes very great care of the equipment, keeping machines precise and reliable. He appreciates a good laugh and always has one in return to offer.
Favorite Task: Exercising machining ingenuity. Buying really cool, new tools
A Hobby: Hare & Hound Desert Racing, riding the sand dunes, power sports, snow boarding, etc.
Multi-talented, spatially aware and a craftsman, Steve joined us after a couple years of our coaxing him. He comes to assist us in the construction of our parts and our company. He has a knack for all things mechanical and a drive for doing beautiful work. He is naturally attuned to organization and logistics. His lightning wit nearly puts him into the realm of precognition, and he's our official T-shirt model.
Jeeps Owned: 1976 CJ5, 1980 CJ7 Renegade
Jeep Aspirations: Scrambler
Favorite Task: Burrowing his brain into a mechanical challenge
A Hobby: Biking (motorized & non), Art, Jewelry
Preferred Films: Casino Royale, Tommy Boy
Mr. Nine Lives is a key man in our Machine Shop. Definitely a Jeep guy, he's also mechanically experienced in motorcycles. He is known to have purchased a motorbike a couple of states away, disassembling it on the spot for its return trip home in an economy car. He's highly resilient to wrecks and reassembles well. He's one of those really cool guys that can completely counteract the influences of a total geek (see Eric, above) and bring balance back to the company. Likes food, almost inordinately. He's a graduate of Utah State University.
Jeeps Owned: YJ Wrangler, XJ Cherokee, 1986 CJ7, TJ Wrangler, CJ8 Scrambler
Jeep Aspirations: A garage large enough to hold them all
Favorite Task: Taking copious notes and filling his head with the answers to hard questions
A Hobby: Motorbikes
Preferred Films: Walk the Line
We originally met Jeff as an outsource of great excellence. He was a master of his skillset, and we asked him to join us in 2011. He rapidly rose in skill and experience as a gearbox builder and turned our transmission shop from good to great. No grass grows under his feet and he instinctively just improves the world around him as he goes. He's a dyed-in-the-wool Chevy guy, owning an early Blazer, early Camaro and a pretty cool MG that may or may not be collecting dust as of this writing.
Jeeps Owned: None
Jeep Aspirations: 1972 Chevy Blazer ("It's just a full sized Jeep with a Chevy powertrain")
Favorite Task: Building the T19 transmission
A Hobby: Renovating old homes and snowboard when time permits
Favorite Film: The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction
A major part of our success building automatic transmissions is Jason. Nicknamed "The Machine", he's pretty much unstoppable. We snagged him from the HVAC industry and trained him directly under seasoned auto transmission builders. His mind, work and strengths are of the highest order.
Jeeps Owned: None
Jeep Aspirations: Its a Jeep Thing, and I don't understand.
Favorite Task: Wasting time in a duck blind
A Hobby: Hunting, Fishing
Favorite Film: Full Metal Jacket
Tim is a well regarded mechanic, having grown up in the California hot-rod scene before moving to Utah and getting a lot of tickets. He's worked with and managed large retail operations and is comfortable with large parts databases and inventory systems. He joined Novak as a very capable logistics and inventory guru, and performs admirably as a General Manager. Most of the cops in town know and respect him, even if from the wrong side of the ticket book.
Jeeps Owned: Do Suburbans count?
Jeep Aspirations: M715 with 8.1L and Dana 60's locked up, rolling on 42's
Favorite Task: Anything that makes a customer say "wow"
A Hobby: Wheeling & hunting. It's the thrill of the stalk, baby
Favorite Film: Grown Ups... and anything with Kate Beckinsale
A financial guru of the 10th circle, mother of 5, and multitasker extraordianaire! When she's not managing our fiances, she enjoys time with family and kids. She brings great business sense to the business and is very well respected by all who work with her.
Jeeps Owned: None yet, but open to the possibility
Jeep Aspirations: None yet
Favorite Task: Finding solutions
A Hobby: Planning vacations, even those which she may actually take
Favorite Film: Far and Away
I have a love for cars and jeeps and anything mechanical really! I love working on jeeps, talking about them and daydreaming about how cool they can be. I love being busy and working hard. I am a workaholic but when I get out to play I play hard.
Jeeps Ive owned: 2000 Jeep Cherokee, 1980 CJ7
Jeep projects I aspire to: CJ stretched to LJ length LS3, 4L60E, Atlas. Dana 60 Axles 40" Tires. Long travel coilover suspension.
Favorite Task: R&D and talking to customers on the phone about there projects!
Hobby: Shooting Guns, Driving my Jeep, Training my Dog.
Favorite film: Gone in 60 Seconds
Jeff Brown joined the NOVAK team in 2014 and brought with him over 25 years of automotive aftermarket experience. Jeff enjoys working with each member of the Novak sales team. He's a real scare at a local "Haunted Hollow" and enjoys a good laugh also.
Jeeps owned: 1995 YJ
Jeep Aspirations: 1995 YJ, FC170
Favorite Task: Helping others to achieve solutions and projects.
Hobbies: Leather tooling, Dutch oven cooking, camping and spending time with family.
Preferred Films: Salems' Lot, Stand By Me
I'm a caffeine fueled, outdoor enthusiast who loves to adventure! Its not procrastinating if you’re drinking coffee, it’s “procaffinating”
Jeeps Owned: 2000 Jeep Cherokee(x2), 1966 Ford Bronco
Jeep Aspirations: I would love to build a tasteful LS, LCOG XJ, or LJ
Favorite Task: Daydreaming about an LS XJ with coilovers on full widths, and 37s. Sending Powertrain crates to customers.
Hobby: Love to slip & slide down the frozen water on steep hills on my board!
Favorite Film: Austin Powers 1, 2, & 3