Our People

Dane Young: Performance Consultant

Dane is our fantastic Performance Consultant armed with remarkable all-over-the-place experience and a “big teddy bear” personality that everyone loves. His Gearhead grit started at age 5 when he started riding motocross, where he learned engine and suspension dynamics, and eventually became a team rider for Suzuki. While studying Sociology at UNCW, Dane also served as President of the UNCW Car Club, became a DeltaChi brother, and was also UNCW’s 2014 Power Lifting Heavy Weight Champion. Even that hectic schedule didn’t keep Dane from building (and rebuilding) his Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-X, and teaching himself to rebuild turbochargers (he’s rebuilt over 100!). Dane’s diverse personal fleet includes a modified Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, BMW E36, and his heavily modified Buell S1W. When he’s not helping our customer’s realize their dreams, Dane can be found working on his toys, working out, or hanging out with sharks 100ft underwater (yes, he’s also a professional diver).

Adam Kennedy: General Manager

Adam joins us from Colorado Springs, where he owned and operated a speed shop for over 10 years, and worked with an array of diverse cars. Stepping in with experience, Adam managed all aspects of the shop, and even carried out tuning, as well! All kinds of street and racing cars came through his shop, from bolt-on Subarus, to Sebastien Loeb’s Pike’s Peak Hillclimb Peugeot 208 T16, and everything in between. When asked why Adam left it all, his answer is simple, “I want to do something big. I believe in National Speed.” A testament to appreciation for diverse performance, Adam’s personal fleet includes a 450whp 2013 Subaru BRZ, a 1964 Cadillac DeVille, and some more interesting additions to come! It goes without saying, Adam joins the team with serious experience. We’re proud to have him leading the team!

Jeremy Hamill: Performance Technician

After serving our country in the United States Marine Corps, Jeremy came onboard with National Speed to pursue his passion for high-performance. Jeremy joins the team with an extremely diverse skill set, derived from a vast experience with both domestic and import models, and an array of specialties including custom fabrication. This diverse knowledge and experience is also present in his choice of personal vehicles, his daily driven modified 2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost, and his fun car, his heavily modified 2004 Subaru WRX.

Kevin Thackston: Performance Technician

Kevin joined the National Speed team with over 10 years of experience of not only building a wide variety of high-performance cars, but also tuning them! This combination of mechanical and tuning experience gives Kevin a unique perspective to confidently handle whatever project is on his lift. From installing a supercharger on a Shelby GT350, to wiring a Toyota Supra for a stand-alone ECU, Kevin’s got the knowledge and experience to confidently deliver. A testament to his high-performance (and turbocharged) addiction, Kevin’s personal fleet includes a modified 2016 Ford Focus ST, and a J32 V6 swapped and turbocharged 1995 Honda Civic.

John Faldzinski: Senior Performance Technician

John is the “old school” guy in the bunch: he is all about the drag roots from the 1960’s and the early days of big block power. He loves the rewarding feeling of finishing every build and getting each customer closer to their performance dreams. Known for his incredible attention-to-detail, work quality and fabrication abilities, John loves to put his creativity and expertise in to every build to make each project unique for the customer. As Senior Performance Technician, John is a continued mentor and trainer for our Performance Technicians, teaching them the advanced methods and skills to ensure our customers receive the best quality possible. In his spare time, John likes to take his family to the dirt track for ATV and two wheel racing, as well as restoring his Ford Fairlane.

Tim Pfeiffer: Efficiency Manager

Before joining the team at National Speed in 2012, Tim served our country in the United States Marine Corps, and with that chapter closing, Tim started a new chapter in following his passion for high-performance. A diehard enthusiast, Tim is certainly no stranger to high performance with 3 high-performance cars in his fleet (a Momentum Performance turbocharged/StopTech/NISMO equipped 2003 Nissan 350Z, a modified 2014 Ford Focus ST, and a 1974 Datsun 240Z). Tim applies the structure he learned as a Marine to our essential efficiency processes at National Speed, and contributes heavily to the shop running like a well-tuned engine.

Vlad Yevtushenko: Senior Performance Calibrator

No matter the quality of hardware that goes into a high-performance build, it’s nothing without a proper calibration, and that’s where Vlad comes into play at National Speed. Vlad joined the National Speed team armed with work experience with Texas big-power speed shops, certifications from EFI University, a Bachelors in Automotive Engineering Technology from Ferris State University, and a ton of industry experience building and tuning high horsepower street performers. With the specialized know-how, systems, and tools, Vlad ensures that our customer’s vehicles achieve the best performance and efficiency possible. Whether it’s a nasty all motor Chevrolet Camaro SS on HP Tuners, or a big single-turbo Toyota Supra on AEM Infinity, or a bolt-on Subaru WRX STi on COBB Tuning’s AccessPORT, Vlad’s got it under control. Channeling his expertise in making reliable horsepower (and a lot of it), Vlad built his ultimate daily driver, his 1,034whp Quicksilver 1998 Toyota Supra 6-speed