Carlos was born in California. The family moved to Mesa, Arizona where he finished high school in 1974. After attending Mesa Community College, he went to work for Mountain Bell now CenturyLink. He retired in 2010 after 34 years and held various positions, retiring as an Engineering Planner co-ordinating fiber optics conversion programs.
While working, Carlos fulfilled his desire to serve others by joining the Thunderbird Council for then QWEST Telecom Pioneers, serving as President from 1998 to 2002. His responsibility included coordinating and developing dozens of “corporate” projects with a volunteer pool of over 5,000 members.
As a young man of 14, he found a passion for engines with wheels when he bought his first motorcycle.
This began a thirst for automotive knowledge that led him to car clubs, car shows, and swap meet associations where he acquired a wealth of automotive hands-on knowledge. This resulted in projects that included 9 motorcycles, 13 trucks and 49 cars of various makes and conditions over the years.
Carlos’ passion for cars and the love of people has given him opportunities over the years to give his skills away; repairing and restoring cars for people who could not afford to do so. His leadership and knowledge will be critical to the success of this endeavor.
Carlos is married, with two children. He is a consultant for Cross Roads Youth Intervention, a non-profit organization that serves youths at-risk in Phoenix. His current projects include re-modeling his house and working on his 1979 Mustang pace car.