Who is Chris Chavez? I was born in Washington DC, and have been in the automotive industry since I received my driver’s license at the age of 16. Like many 16 year olds receiving their license, this newfound freedom became a pass to venture out. I try to think back about what really directed me to join the automotive filed. Before I received my license, I worked as a caddy, mowed neighbors’ yards, distributed newspapers, and worked at a catering business. Even after receiving my license, I continued to caddy for a few more years, picked up a waiter job at Pizza Hut, and worked in sales at FootAction USA. None of those jobs really had anything to do with cars.
My only thought is what was my first car? A 1986 Nissan Stanza station wagon. Yeah you know the big goofy looking van with the two back doors that slid open. Being in high school, an active school athlete and class representative, I was really in communication with everyone. When it came to go to lunch, friends would pile up in my van and we were off. Being a new driver, all I knew how to do was to put gas in and check the tires. Routine maintenance? What’s that? Long story short, the motor locked up and it was time to say our goodbyes.
What happened next is what brought me into the automotive industry. All money I saved up by not changing the oil in the Nissan allowed me to buy a Mazda RX-7. Yeah buddy. You know the car that had no pistons, and was a really fast two door sports car. Yup this was it. I was so into this car that I spent the next several years adding things to it. From wheels, to racing seats, power adders, the list goes on and on. I had moved up to a manager position at FootAction USA, so I had even more cash to spend on this car. I spent all of my paychecks at a local shop, and when they offered me a job, that was it. Tom & Sherry Bostic from Car Toyz Inc offered me a sales job in the late 90’s, I think mainly because they felt bad taking all my money. I also spoke fluent Spanish, which allowed them to more easily interact with their Hispanic customers. This job hooked me and reeled me in to not only love cars, but to also love and own various motorcycles.
Since then, I have worked at a distributer for aftermarket performance, as a sales and training rep at an audio manufacturer, and as audio/helmet sales rep in the Midwest. I've bounced around a bit and gained vast knowledge in all areas of the automotive field. I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many big names, and to also pick their brains. Now I am a happily married man with a 2 year old living in Chicago, IL. I am a freelance photographer who, to no one’s surprise, specializes in automotive photography, but also does all types of sessions from weddings, birthdays, newborns, etc.
My wife Stacy is very supportive and has helped me continue my work in the automotive industry. I now attend many shows from Tudor, NAIAS, SEMA, CES and local area shows. I've had several of my photos published in various magazines and online sites. I have added to my portfolio doing manufacturer car reviews. Oh boy… I get to take out a brand new car and see what it does? Yup, tough job but someone has to do it. Stacy, who also loves cars, also contributes and shares her thoughts from time to time.
Thank you all and enjoy.
Chris & Stacy Chavez
What I Achieved
- Published work in several magazines and online sites
- Worked with the Pimp My Ride staff.
- Several honorable mentions on events covered.
- Worked in helping promote the new 2014 Chicago Blackhawks Camaro with Chevy Drive Chicago
- Helped NOS Energy group with various promotions in the Mid West.
- Help design and won Best Sport Compact Car for 2006 SEMA.
- Traveled the whole country attending various automotive events.
- Opportunity to work with the best of the best in the automotive field.