Growing up, Jerry was often seen helping his dad and uncles in the garage. Tinkering and fixing things gave him a passion for working with his hands, something he constantly sought out going forward. With high school graduation quickly approaching, he was facing a dilemma that most teenagers face: What to do with my life? His father suggested a trade school in Minnesota that had a good reputation for automotive education.
After graduating from trade school, Jerry worked for the family business. Working in a shop alongside his father, he got a better sense for what made him happy. He moved out West and bounced around in the trades. Working in construction, mechanics, and various other trades, he was never quite satisfied. He missed the daily interaction with family, and the laid-back atmosphere that a small business can offer. Thus, in 1998, A Touch of Class opened their doors.
When Jerry is not working on cars, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife of 24 years, Alice, and there seven children. Family is incredibly important to the Daniels. Together, Jerry and Alice have five grandchildren. They enjoy trips to the beach and spending time together.
Sarah has been working in the automotive industry since 2017. She got her start answering phones for a large shop and quickly worked her way up. She enjoyed the fast-paced environment, and the new relationships she was making.
Joining our team in 2019, Sarah initially took on the role as office manager. From processing invoices, to all thing’s human resources, to tracking all the accounts; Sarah did it all. She can answer most any question you may have and is our go to in the office.
In her personal time, Sarah enjoys spending time with friends, working out, and going to the coast. She is a certified diver and loves anything water related. Her long-term goal is to complete her dive certifications and join the Clark County search and rescue team. She is also a part time student, finishing her bachelor’s in human services.
Even at a young age, I had an interest in cars. Growing up as a military brat my world was constantly changing. My family and the trucks we owned were the only constant thing in her life. Car shows, road trips and staying up late watching shows, like Top Gear, is what my childhood consisted of. Those vehicles became family memories on wheels, they had names, celebrations for milestones and yes, I did cry when my parents would sell one. As a young woman, I bought my first car which was a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D. After I had satisfied my need for a classic car, I decided to dip my toes into the off-roading world. I got a 1996 Toyota T100, which is the grandfather V6 of the Tundra. Because the bed was long, I cut about a foot and a half off to prevent getting stuck. Once the body work was done, a new paint job and bigger tires shortly followed suit. Getting ready for a Dana 60 front and rear is my next big project.
My career in the automotive industry did not officially start until 2018 when I was offered a job at a local German repair shop. I started as a parts manager, then service advisor, and now I am a collision estimator at A Touch of Class. Before moving to Washington, I went to school for welding. I am looking forward to working with Jerry on expanding my skills and becoming an auto body technician.
I love anything from a 1964 Pontiac GTO to a beat up 1985 Toyota Hilux to a 2021 Mercedes-AMG E63. My passion for automobiles is why I love what I do, and I love working for a small business that shares the same mindset as I do.
Victor Gonzalez Ruelas
Like most young boys, Justin has always had a love for cars. He started dabbling in diesel mechanics in high school before enlisting in the Army. During his time served, Justin received further training in diesel mechanics. He continued with mechanics along with electrical work before he joined us.
Justin enjoys hunting, shooting, dirt bikes and everything automotive. He spends his free time chasing around his three children and spending time with his wife. Justin always has a smile on his face and eager to learn new things!