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Bryan J. | Elance
 
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Bryan J.

I drive. I ride. I write.
   United States
  |   Oswego, IL
  |  7:01 am Local Time

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Overview

I was that kid who could sit on the front porch and call out the names of passing cars - when I was four years old. In grade school, my bedroom always smelled of Testors spray paint and model cement, side effects of building my dream cars in 1/25th scale. When I was 10, I submitted a design to General Motors (which they very politely declined). By 12 I was joyriding around the block in Mom's car (she still doesn't know). By high school I was fully committed to a career in the automotive business, figuring I'd end up either a designer or...

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Portfolio

At the wheel of the Bugatti Veyron in Molsheim, France
Confirming leather quality at the Ferrari booth in Frankfurt
I found myself in Los Angeles with a day to kill and the keys to a Porsche Cayman R in...
http://www.kilometermagazine.com/features/viewpoint/mcqueen-for-a-day/
At the yoke of the Cirrus SR22 for a story for MotiveMag.com
http://www.motivemag.com/pub/feature/ulterior_motive/Ulterior_Motive.shtml
On the 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster for a story on KilometerMagazine.com
http://kilometermagazine.com/garage/passing-lane/2010-triumph-rocket-iii-roadster/
Driving Range Rovers on the off-road course at Biltmore Estate
http://kilometermagazine.com/features/grand-touring/over-the-river-and-through-the-woods-to-land-rover-school-we-go/
Driving the 2008 Subaru STi at Laguna Seca
http://www.motivemag.com/pub/feature/first_steer/Motive_First_Drive_2008_Subaru_WRX_STI.shtml
Riding shotgun (briefly) in the Mwerks.com BMW 318i project car, from Huntington Beach...
http://www.mwerks.com/artman2/publish/project_318is/
Installing brakes and suspension on VW's new Beetle Turbo for VWvortex.com
http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/publish/vortex_news/article_2929.shtml
Drifting the 318i in the snow
http://www.mwerks.com/artman2/publish/technical/Project_318_Part_3.shtml
Here I am pulling the old, dead lump from my 2001 Land Rover in preparation for its...
http://kilometermagazine.com/garage/project/the-english-patient-goes-under-the-knife/

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Tested
Technical Writing
Online Writing
Adobe Photoshop
Content Writing
English Proofreading
WordPress
English Punctuation
Marketing
Photography
Publishing Fundamentals

Service Description

I have a lifetime of automotive experience on which I can draw to generate written content. I have experience with car dealerships, the automotive aftermarket, performance driving, off-road driving, and various automotive projects.

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Employment

Vortex Media Group
Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Editorial Direct
2004 - 2012
Content creator and manager for Vortex Media Group, a company that specializes in online automotive enthusiast publications and communities, primarily focused on European vehicles (VW, Audi, BMW,...
Moto Persona, Inc
President, Director of Retail Operations
2000 - 2004
Co-founder and co-owner of Moto Persona, Inc., a retail automotive accessory business that specialized in performance upgrades and accessories for European cars. I managed the retail operation...
Emmons Coachworks, Ltd.
Retail Manager
1995 - 2000
Emmons Coachworks was an upscale automotive accessory retail store specializing in car care products, general automotive accessories and automotive-themed apparel. In addition to its retail...
West Suburban Imports
Volkswagen Service Manager, Salesperson
1994 - 1997
I first came to West Suburban Imports, a Volkswagen/Saab/Alfa Romeo dealership outside of Chicago, as a salesperson, but when the position of Volkswagen Service Manager became available I pursued...

Education

Waubonsee Community College
Industrial Design
1989 - 1991
University of Illinois
Industrial Design
1989 - 1989
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cars
motorcycles
driving
off-road
technical
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