This is a site built by a buddy of mine (StudioRhoad.com) to document the progress of my project 620 build that Iím doing. I hope I have the patience to continue adding and updating as I move further along with the project. I will also be blogging about general stuff in my life as I experience them. Feel free to check out my About page for more info and background.

Posted by Chad on June 30, 2008

About

This is a site built by a buddy of mine (StudioRhoad.com) to document the progress of my project 620 build that I’m doing. I hope I have the patience to continue adding and updating as I move further along with the project. I will also be blogging about general stuff in my life as I experience them.

A little background about me:

I’m originally from Pace, FL. It’s a little town outside of Pensacola, FL. I graduated high school in 1990, at which point I owned a 1979 Datsun 620 truck that was lowered with 15×8’s all the way around with a 0mm offset. This is the vehicle that started me on all this venture to build a 620 race/drift truck. I went into the Air Force and did 4 years traveling around to the Middle East and different parts of the country for training as Law Enforcement and Security. During this time I was into sports cars and four wheel drive trucks. I had a couple of trucks that I had taken out into the woods and played around in by sliding them sideways and trying to hold it through the turns (later to be called “Drifting”). I got out in 1995 and started College (which I would never finish) while doing little jobs from Target, Gas Stations, Flora-Bama Bar, to finally landing a good paying job with a Naval Contractor involved with the BRAC move. After being laid-off from there 6 months later I moved to St. Johns USVI. My girlfriend at the time broke us of all our funds by refusing to get a solid job and we had to come back. I got a job with the local Cable Company in Milton, FL and picked it up fairly easy. I then started with BellSouth in Atlanta, GA. While working at BellSouth in 1999 I purchased my first Sports car, a 1994 Twin Turbo Toyota Supra. That was where all the mayhem started. I had always like Sports cars but had never had one. I continued my employment with BellSouth for almost 4 years and left at the end of 2002 where I sold the Supra and started my employment with my cousins in-laws company, Document Technologies Inc. After wasting 3 years of my life “hoping” for the reverse-nepotism to stop and hoping that the rest of the Family that worked for the company could actually make a decent paycheck, I left to venture off into self employment as a contractor of technology. While I was employed with DTI (previous employer) myself along with 5 other persons started a company called South East Drift Association (SEDA) for the upcoming sport of Drifting. I also became very good friends with my roommate Chris Rhoad. With all the great work he was doing for SEDA on a pro-bono status we decided to bring him on full-time. As I bounced around on a few contract jobs in my professional life, I took over the Presidency of SEDA along with making Chris the Vice President. 6 months into our term we got tired of other people with in the company taking credit for our hard work and claiming to have a say in things that they weren’t involved in. So we left SEDA and took up two positions with Drift411.com as event organizers, safety stewards and insurance providers. During this time I had started working at Andretti’s Indoor Karting and Games as the Track Manager.

I then moved back to FL for a change of scenery in Aug 2006. I spent 14 months trying to find a good job but always came up WAYYY short. I ended up getting a call from my buddy in Atlanta telling me that BellSouth was hiring again, so I got re-hired and moved back to Atlanta where I moved to Alpharetta and moved into a house that my parents bought that I’m trying to purchase from them.

I currently still work at at&t, previously BellSouth, live in Alpharetta and love cars. I have a really great girlfriend named Kathy. She is By Far the coolest chick I’ve ever gone out with! Mostly because she puts up with my shit. :) 7/7/08

*UPDATE*

8/10/10

Ok, it’s been two years and things have definitely changed. I’ve had and lost two different roommates, finished the Datsun, gotten another cat, bought a house in Woodstock- GA, married my lovely girlfriend Kathy and am now currently unemployed with no real job prospects in the near future. But it does look like I’m going to be helping some friends do some sales for their magazine. www.s3mag.com. It will be strictly commission based so I better pull out the big guns if I ever plan to make any money.

I also have noticed that there isn’t any kind of contact info on my site here so if anyone has any comments or questions about anything just email me at ChadMK4@gmail.com