Sparksmith is a custom automotive lighting company. We specialize in performance lighting upgrades, using only the highest quality products. We currently sell and install products from Morimoto, Diode Dynamics, and other select brands. As your specialty automotive lighting store, we strive to provide our customers with the widest possible range of quality products to choose from.
On August 14, 2013 I quit my job and leapt into the world of entrepreneurship. The idea of Sparksmith had been brewing for months and the opportunity to move into my own shop presented itself in the form of a little 800 sq. ft. space just a mile down the road from our home in Sneads Ferry, NC. And so it began, the legend that has become Sparksmith!
My life's story is a bit more varied. I spent my childhood growing up in the mountains of western North Carolina. After high school, I attended NC State University where I squeezed a four year degree into five years (including one semester abroad at Melbourne University in Melbourne, Australia).
As college came to a close, another door opened for me and I joined the US Navy Submarine force. For the next six years, the Navy owned me, pushed me, tested me, and taught me. In particular, I learned a great deal about electrical engineering. A lesson that has proved useful time and again in my life. It was a worthwhile experience. One that I'm glad I did, but one I'm glad to not be doing anymore.
After the Navy, I worked as a pencil pusher for Newport News Shipbuilding. My official title was Submarine Reactor Plant Fluid Systems Engineer... but reality was much less exciting. While it was a unique opportunity to see ships and submarines being constructed from the ground up, it wasn't enough. So I used my G.I. Bill to attend Advanced Technology Institute in Va. Beach.
After 18 months of tech school, I had a much better understanding of how cars worked. Prior to that, I had always known just enough to be dangerous around cars. I found that, during the course of my studies, I was particularly adept at electrical diagnosis and repair. Armed with this new skill set, I landed a job as a technician for a local Ford dealership. It was a good place to get my feet wet. But a mere 6 months later, we found that my wife now had orders to Camp LeJeune. So I followed her down the coast to a sleepy little town called Sneads Ferry. There, after a year of working at a local speed shop, I began my new career as a business owner.
So there you go, Sparksmith in a nutshell. Hope you enjoyed the read.