THE BIRD-KULTGEN FAMILY
Aaron AndersonOffice Assistant
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9737
Aaron joined our team in 1964 and is our make ready manager. He has been married to his wife Ella since 1964, and they have 4 daughters. Aaron began ministry work in 1985 and has been the pastor of Manasseh Church (COGIC) since 2004.
Janet SchuetzOffice Manager
Janet joined us in 1968 and took over as office manager in 1977. In her free time she and her handsome husband of 42 years, Alfred, like to bowl, spend time with their 4 grandkids, go RVing, and help others through Caritas and other charity work.
Jack PalmerParts Salesman
Jack has been with Bird-Kultgen since 1972. Originally he unloaded our freight truck deliveries, but has spent the rest of his career working the front parts counter taking good care of our customers. If you are looking for a random part, Jack is your man.
Edward KultgenVice President
Edward joined his grandfather's business in 1972. He is involved with Red Cross, United Way, Kids & Company, and other local organizations. He is also active in various church projects. He enjoys politics and studying history, physics, and philosophy.
Melvin ColemanCollision Repair Center Assistant Manager
Melvin joined our team back in 1973. After serving as a technician for 9 years he became our assistant body shop manager.
Peter took the helm from his grandfather in 1986. His passion is community service, and Peter serves on countless boards and projects such as United Way, TSTC, and MHMR. In his free time, Peter and his wife Marge enjoy tinkering with their sailboat.
Richard SolanoParts Salesman
Richard has been on the Bird-Kultgen team for more than 37 years. He enjoys cycling and running in Cameron Park. You can catch him in the evenings, watching the Dallas Cowboys play.
Keith CosbyShop Assistant
Keith joined the Bird-Kultgen team in 1975. His talents and awesome personality make him well known as the friendly face of BK. He enjoys all good conversations, visiting friends, and spending as much time as possible with his adorable granddaughters.
Dennis J. DebbendenerCollision Repair Center Manager
Dennis joined us in August of 1976 and manages our Body Shop. He has been married to his beautiful bride Debbie for 35 years, and they have 3 grown children. In his free time Dennis enjoys hunting and racecars.
Richard GreenService Technician
Richard joined us in 1978. One of our most multi-talented employees, if you need something, you find Richard. He has proudly been married for 49 years, has two grown children, and five grandchildren. In his free time he enjoys farming and catching fish.
Vernon BuschService Technician
Vernon started his Bird-Kultgen career back in 1968 and has become a very skilled technician. He and his wife Freddie have been married for 23 years and have 2 children. Vernon enjoys restoring old cars and trucks and building motorcycles.
Bobby CarrizalesParts Salesman
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9743
Bobby has lived in Waco his entire life. He is married with three lovely children, and is heavily involved in the city’s little league baseball program. He has been with the dealership for over 32 years.
James GravesHeavy Duty Foreman
James joined us in 1980 and works our heavy truck line. An avid musician, James enjoys playing guitar, composing, and recording music in his home studio. He also enjoys racing his '87 Mustang convertible.
Tom LalleyService Manager
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9738
Tom joined us in 1981 after TSTC and has been a technician, heavy truck foreman and service manager, and is now service assistant manager. Married to his wife Paula for 25 years, they have 4 children. In his free time Tom runs and enjoys playing pool.
Cristi GarnerAccounts Receivable
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9724
Cristi joined BK in 1982. One of everyone's favorites, she handles payroll and receivables. She volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Race for the Cure. She and her husband Gary enjoy rock climbing with their Jeep and being outside.
Scott HubbardService Technician
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9737
Scott has been with us since 1986. He specializes in major engine, transmission, and axle repair. Scott enjoys time with his beautiful girlfriend Laura, attending Cornerstone Baptist Church, and restoring and road racing Mustangs across the US.
Wes DawsonService Advisor
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9735
Wes has been a service advisor with us since 1986. He is married, has four children, and one beautiful grandchild.
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9700
The voice of BK, Linda joined us in 1983, her junior year of high school, after being recruited by her friend and neighbor Janet Schuetz. Linda enjoys working for such a family oriented business, and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Steve FloresShop Foreman
Steve has been with us since 1992. Other than cars, coaching select baseball is his biggest passion. He also tries to spend as much of his free time as possible with his four grandchildren.
Bert HernandezGeneral Manager
Bert joined BK in 1992 after the Army and 17 years with John Deere. A self described good man with a horse and a rifle, Bert is proudly involved in many community, police, and veteran activities, and he enjoys time with his wife of 40 years, Janice.
Richard CraneShuttle Driver
Richard joined the team in 1993 and loves shuttling our customers wherever they need to go. He enjoys spending time with his Bird-Kultgen family and home family, fishing, and watching those Dallas Cowboys play.
Jason ButlerAssistant Service Manager
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9740
Jason has been with us for more than 18 years. No problem is too small or big for Jason to handle. When he is not working, he is spending time with his amazing family. He also enters the occasional BBQ cookoff to test his grilling skills.
Alvin JacksonMake Ready Manager
Alvin is a University High School graduate and joined our team in 1995. He enjoys working here because it's like, "One big happy family." In his free time Alvin can be found fishing and watching the Dallas Cowboys.
James BuckinghamAssistant Parts Manager
James joined us back in 1995, and tells us he loves the family atmosphere at Bird-Kultgen. He's been married for a "very long time," has 2 grown children, and enjoys spending time on his farm taking care of his animals.
Randol LangdaleCollision Repair Center Technician
Randol brings 25 years of experience to our team and has been with us since 1996. His boys are his pride and joy: Ross is a TAMU student, Ethan at UMHB, and Brady at Woodgate intermediate school. An avid runner, Randol also enjoys hunting, fishing, and music.
Becky KrollParts Salesperson
Becky has been with Bird-Kultgen for 17 years. She and her husband, Alton, of 33 years have four children, and four grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves to drag race, go horseback riding, and watching her grandchildren play.
Patrick SimpsonCollision Repair Center Technician Apprentice
Patrick is started in our detail shop, moved to paint and body, and now he works on disassembly and repair in blueprinting. He is a family man and enjoys spending his free time with his family.
Randy MoranService Technician
Randy has been with us since 1998. Randy is very excited about being a newlywed, and in his free time enjoys watching any and all sports, particularly those Baylor Bears, and is a great bowler.
Phillip HowardGeneral Sales Manager
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9707
Phillip joined BK in 1998, and has been a consultant, finance manager, sales manager, and now leads our sales teams. He and his wife Michelle have 4 kids they chase around to various sports. In his free time, Phillip can be found on the golf course.
Arthur ContrerasService Technician
Arthur joined BK in 1999. He loves that his work helps people get everywhere they need to go. Arthur is always with his friends and family, including his wife of 17 years and 3 lovely daughters, and in his free time competitively BBQs and shows trucks.
Tim PietschPre-Owned Sales Manager
Tim's passion for cars began as a child rebuilding projects with his dad. His TSTC degree is in auto body, and Tim worked for Dr Pepper for 11 years before joining BK in 2000. "I love this business, the family that I work for, and I plan on retiring here."
Travis LandrumService Technician
With us since 2001, Travis has mastered many skills and he is a huge asset to the service team. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife of 20 years and 3 children. He enjoys going to the shooting range, BBQing, and restoring his classic truck.
Xavier AlmanzaCollision Repair Center Technician
Xavier is a body shop detail technician. His close attention to detail, reliability, and work ethic make him an awesome addition to our body shop team. In his free time, Xavier enjoys his time with his family.
Kirk LewisSales Consultant
Kirk joined the BK sales team in 2002. He is a family man and loves spending time with his wife, 5 kids, and 3 adorable grandbabies. An avid outdoorsman, Kirk has an extreme passion for bow hunting.
Claire Kultgen McDonaldAssistant General Manager
Claire is a proud 4th generation BK family member. She enjoys volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, various boards, and church. Her hobbies include airplanes, snow skiing, mountain biking, sailing, highpointing, and adventurous things.
Bill BullmanSales Consultant
Bill came to work at BK back in 2003. Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with his wife of 18 years, Karla, their 4 kids, 5 granddaughters, and their grandson. They enjoy working in the yard and remodeling their beautiful old house.
David GagnonService Technician
A GTI graduate, David joined us in 2004 and is a brake, steering, and suspension expert. In his free time he enjoys classic cars, drag racing, spending time with his girlfriend, 2 steps sons (Wesley even works next to him) and beautiful granddaughter.
Stephen LongService Technician
Steve attended school at TSTC and joined BK in 2005. He is a master tech and 2008 employee of the year. His oldest son is in the Air Force and his youngest the WHS band. In his free time he enjoys building and racing cars, motorcycles, and traveling.
Danny CarrizalesParts Assistant
Danny is our third Carrizales family member, and joined us after retiring from the state comptroller for 29 years. Proudly married for 38 years, Danny has one son, and enjoys riding his motorcycle, umpiring, and movies.
Leslie McBrideService Advisor
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9739
Leslie joined our service team in 2006. As a professional service advisor, she treasures when customers become friends and her smile is a welcome sight in the service isle. A mom of three grown boys, Leslie enjoys long motorcycle trips with her husband Warner.
Mark YaussiMaster Service Technician
Mark loves helping customers fix their Fords. We've been lucky enough to have him since mid 2007. When not working, he goes Jeeping across the Texas Hill Country with his family.
Jennifer PittsAssistant Office Manager
Jennifer came to us in 2007 and works alongside her mom Janet. She has over 18 years of experience in the industry, and is a 1997 Texas State graduate. She has been married to her husband Kevin for 12 years, and they have two wonderful children.
Wesley LeggettService Technician
Wesley literally started his mechanic career as a boy- as soon as he could pull a starter string. He took mechanic classes in high school and college and now works at BK alongside his stepdad. "I am still amazed at the family-type environment here every day."
Johnny ShamburgerSales Consultant
tel: 254-666-2473 ext 9757
Johnny has been at Bird-Kultgen since 2009. A proud family man, Johnny has been married for 23 years and has three children: one in college, one in high school, and one in elementary school. In his free time he enjoys sports, chess, and poker.
Paul CarrizalesFinance Manager
Always willing to help, Paul is here to meet our customer's finance needs. He enjoys golf, softball, and spending time with his family and friends. He and his beautiful wife Jennifer have three adorable baby girls that mean the world to them.
Stephanie MirageAccounts Payable
Stephanie is our accounts payable expert, and recently moved back home to Waco with her family after spending time in Missouri. She first joined us in 1996 and was with us for 6 years, and we are thrilled to have her back on our team. She has three children that are proud Robinson Rockets. In her free time she enjoys going four wheeling with her husband Tom.
Markus SmithCollision Repair Center Painter
Markus is a car fanatic and has been around them his entire life. After attending TSTC for Collision Repair, he joined the BK team and loves combining his passion and career. He is a proud member of "Waco's best car club" - Texas High Performance.
Cindi joined us in 2010. In her spare time she and her husband enjoy spending time with their family either watching one of their daughters play softball or having hang out time with their other daughter. They also enjoy having friends over for cook outs.
Anthony GeorgeFinance Manager
Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, being involved with his church, mission trips, and summer camp. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hiking, and playing basketball.
Ernesto RamierzSales Consultant
Ernesto has been in the car industry for little over three years. When not helping customers, he spends as much time with his girlfriend and family as possible. He has yet to miss a Dallas Cowboys game, and considers himself their #1 fan.
Vanessa BoundsInternet Sales Manager
Vanessa has been in the car business for 2 years as an internet sales director. She has two daughters that are her pride and joy. She loves going to the lake, being outdoors, and most of all spending time with her family.
Michael J. KnightCommercial and Fleet Sales Manager
Mike brings 36+ years of experience to our team. Mike is from an Air Force family and has traveled all over the world and lived in the US and Spain. He joined the Air Force and completed a tour in Vietnam, and moved to Waco in 1969. Mr. Knight is a a self proclaimed sports fanatic and loves his Baylor Bears.
Diana NarroWarranty Administrator
Diana joined us in late 2012, after spending more than 20 years in the car service industry. She loves to travel with her family. On weekends, she tries to spend as much time as possible with her five children and seven grandkids.
Ralph OchoaCollision Repair Center Technician
Ralph is a family man and loves spending time with his wife, 2 sons, and 3 grand children. A true Wacoan, he graduated from University and then attended TSTI where he started a long career in the automotive industry. He has over 24 years of experience in the collision repair field, and is a expert addition to Waco's best Collision Repair Center.
Dave MorganCollision Repair Center Technician
Dave is married and is the proud father of one son who is 23. He earned his degree from TSTI in auto mechanics and auto body, and has 34 years of experience in the industry. He is certified in chief EZ Liner, Car-O-Liner, and Spies Hecker Refinishing. We are thrilled to add another collision repair expert to our team. In his free time, he loves driving his supercharged Mini Cooper.
Michael KinserSales Consultant
Michael joins us after a career at Alcoa. He loves spending time with his 9 year old son. They enjoy watching and playing baseball, football, soccer, and basketball together, and love cheering on the Baylor Bears and Dallas Cowboys. A TSTC graduate, Michael is excited about a new career in sales. He enjoys talking to people and helping them find the Ford that best meets their family needs.
Luhrel LeggettParts Salesman
Luhrel brings 20+ years of experience to our team, with a background in both parts sales and automotive repair. He graduated from TSTI with a degree in automotive tech and continues to serve on their automotive advisory committee. He is married to Janice, and they have 2 sons, of whom works with him here at Bird-Kultgen- Wesley Leggett! His hobbies include fishing and gardening.
Chadwick JohnsonSales Consultant
Chad was raised in College Station, but recently moved to Waco to be near his mom. He is a single father raising twin daghters and has a son. He has over 13 years of sales experience and worked for 5 years with his family in the cabinet business. In his free time he loves watching college football and is a big Longhorns fan.
Patrick BellEstimator, Collision Repair Center
Pat was born in Alaska, but fell in love with a Waco girl and moved here in 1983. He is a proud "Texan by choice." He and his wife have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. If you're looking for an expert estimator, you found him. Pat has been in Waco's collision repair business since 1983. He is an active member at First Baptist Church of Elm Mott and has served as a Lacy Lakeview city councilman since 2000.
Bobby JohnsonQuick Service Technician
Bobby was born and raised in Waco. If you're quick you can see him running around the shop, always working to get folks in and out quickly. In his free time you can find him at the drag strop where he races two Mustangs and his Crown Victoria.
Hoss SimonsService Master Technician
Hoss is a family man and loves spending time with his wife Jamie and their children. After graduating from TSTCs automotive technology program, Hoss worked to earn Ford's highest certification of Senior Master Technician. In his free time he enjoys heading to the lake, hanging with his friends, and working on his beautiful '65 Mustang.
Miguel AyalaMake Ready Technician
Miguel is originally from Long Beach California and at work he helps make all of our cars and trucks shine for our customers. In his free time, he loves watching the Dallas Mavericks, all football, and the local Waco High teams.
David BakludaCollision Repair Center Technician
David has over twelve years of experience doing body repair work. He is a graduate of TSTC. In his free time he enjoys watching movies and sports, particularly NASCAR. On Sunday's, David can be found cheering on the Dallas Cowboys.
Wayne BaumgardnerSales Consultant
Wayne loves taking care of customers and making sure they get thevehicle they want. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, particularly golfing. Wayne was in the construction business previously for 30 years, so he enjoys tackling projects at home, trying out new places to eat, and exploring all around the Waco area.
Jack AndersonSales Consultant
Jack is a proud veteran of the United States Navy and Coast Guard and spend 7 years serving our country. In his free time he enjoys spending his time with his wife and 4 children at their various sport activities. He has a degree in business management and marketing.
Paul StanleyMake Ready Technician
Paul joined our team in 2014 and helps keep our vehicles sparkling clean. When he's not "working or sleeping" he enjoys swimming, exercising, watching movies, and just relaxing. He also enjoys playing MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role playing games)! Paul was born in South Korea and moved to Waco in 1996.
Amanda Allen-BrewerSales Secretary
Amanda is our sales secretary and handles the paperwork for both our new and pre-owned sales department (which is a lot of paperwork)! She was born in Houston and moved to Waco when she was two. Amanda and her husband Troy have two children and they spend their time with them at various sports and outdoor activities. In her free time she enjoys painting and cooking. When they have free weekends, Amanda loves going out of town for mini getaways.
Hailey FitzhughService Advisor
Hailey grew up around the automotive industry and has been in the service field since 2011. She aspires to one day manage her own service department. When she isn't working, Hailey and her husband chase around their one year old some and 11 year old daughter. She loves spending time with her family, having fun outdoors, and running tow calls with her husband, who is also an automotive technician.
Jack AaronQuick Lane Manager
Mary AndradeQuick Lane Advisor
Mary joined our team to help open our Quick Lane in 2015. She has been in the service field since 2012. She loves spending time with her two beautiful daughters, and when it's pretty they like to be outside at the park, feeding ducks, and doing garden work. Mary likes working at Bird Kultgen because of the family environment and enjoys treating our customers like family and helping them keep their vehicles in tip top shape.
Michael SittonQuick Lane Advisor
Michael is a proud graduate from West HS, and brings many years of service experience to our Quick Lane team. He makes sure to great every customer with a smile, and Michael's positive attitude is instantly contagious. Michael is very passionate about cars and he enjoys sharing his knowledge with our customers. When he has free time, he cane me found fishing or watching races of all sorts.
Dave ThomasSales Consultant
Dave joined our team in 2015 as a sales consultant. He has been married to his wife Carla since 1987 and they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. They are very active in their church and youth ministry. Dave has taught high school student Sunday school since 2000. In his free time he enjoys fishing and family time.
And that's the Bird-Kultgen Family! We look forward to seeing you soon!