President / Marketing / Founding Partner
My story begins when I was about 2 or 3 years old being pushed around car shows and at the racetrack to watch my father and grandfather. I have always had the passion for classic, and muscle cars. The design and ideas of the past are what shaped our future and restoring these vehicles back to their prime is not a job; it’s a hobby for me. My father, my brother and I founded this company for classic car restoration and creating family-like relationships along the way. I am third generation in the restoration field and I hope to have my fourth generation continue it. One of my favorite parts of my job is traveling to all the shows and events meeting all the great car crazy people. Thanks everyone!
New Client Manager / Consultant
Hello, my name is Russ, but everyone calls me 'Big Russ' at the shop. My love of cars stretches back to when you could buy 69 Camaros all-day-long for practically nothing! What a change now-a-day... The things i enjoy in my free time are camping, motorcycle riding, and enjoying my 49 Chevy Truck. If you call to speak to someone about your project being started you will be speaking with me. I will spend as much time necessary to let you know just who we are at R&M! We look forward to talking with you.
Hey my name is Zach and i'm 20 years old. I graduated high school a year early as a Junior being a member of the National Honors and Technical Honors Society. I made some guidance counselors not so happy when I said I want to work on classic cars for a living when they suggested I take advance courses and I said no. I had placed 3rd in Skills USA for Collision Repair and had received numerous scholarships to a trade school. Now I've graduated and i'm home, I get to come to work everyday, build beautiful cars, and learn more everyday I cant ask for more being this young and working with the people I do here at R and M Performance. "If you do what you love everyday, you will never work another day in your life."
Lead Assembly Technician
I've been in the automotive business for 40 years and I've always had a passion for the auto industry. I've done all forms of auto repairs over my 40 year experience and have worked at several Auto Dealerships over the years including Chevrolet, Ford, Buick, Toyota, and UD Trucks. Years ago I did a complete off frame restoration on my own '67 Camaro convertible, including painting it myself with a three-stage paint. Seeing the before and after of the restoration gave the most rewarding feeling. From that experience, I developed a passion in the restoration portion of the auto repair. Because of that, I sought out a career in the auto restoration business which brought me to R & M. I enjoy working at R & M Performance because they're a great group of people who are very knowledgeable in their field. They have the proper equipment and a very large facility which makes working on the vehicles safer and easier.
James "Ole Man"
Hi, my name is Jim Baynum but everyone calls me "Jim". I graduated from Ceasar Rodney in Delaware. I met my wife Susan in 1993, and was married in June 1995.
I received my passion for classic cars in my early childhood days from both of my grandparents. My grandparents were dirt track drivers, and my grandfather Josh owned a service station, as I spent many weekends there with him. As I got older I still had the passion for automotive, so I majored in automotive at my high school, tech school, and many night courses for automotive and continued to tinker with cars. In 1991, I landed a job in Harrington working for a printing company, which I thought was only going to be temporary, but ended up being 22 years. In 2013 I was looking for my dream job, and that was where I found R & M Performance. I feel life has a way of different directions, but always leads to your heart. In the past 3 years I have grown in many aspects in the automotive field. I am excited about what the future holds for me in automotive. My wife and I currently reside with our youngest son Josh, and our 5 dogs in Greenwood, Delaware.
Metal Fabricator / Body Technician
Hello, my name is Kyle Shockley. I was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and continue to enjoy all it has to offer. I was raised "right" by my loving parents Gary and Sophia Shockley to love God and respect others. I attended Wesleyan Christian School through the third grade and then Countryside Christian School through the eighth grade. Cambridge South Dorchester was home for my four years of High school where I enjoyed playing multiple sports including baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse. After graduating high school in 2009 I decided to enter the hiring process for Maryland State Police. After some time I decided that it wasn't for me so I enrolled in Wyotech at the Blairsville PA campus. I attended Wyotech for 18 months taking advantage of the classes I was in and learning everything I could. The classes I took were; Trim and Upholstery, Collision, Refinishing, Street Rod, and Chassis Fab. I graduated Wyotech with honors in early 2011 and immediately began working in the industry gaining irreplaceable real world experience and striving towards perfection in everything I would do. I now have over six year of experience including my time in Wyotech and am continuing to take my quality of workmanship to the next level. Besides my passion for all things automotive I also enjoy snowboarding, softball, off-roading, car shows, and good times with good friends.
Metal Fabrication Tech
I am 19 years old, born and was raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I am an off-road enthusiast and a car lover. I attended Cambridge South Dorchester High School where I enrolled in the collision and refinishing program for two years. After graduating high school I continued to improve myself and my skills by attending Wyotech of Blairsville, PA. I spent fifteen months there going through the motor sports and chassis fabrication course as well as collision refinishing, street rod and trim upholstery. Immediately following my Wyotech graduation I began working at R & M Performance. I stride to improve my skills everyday, and push my craftsmanship to the next level.