I went to a specialized art high school in New York City. It’s the same one Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs attended. I traded having to study subjects like trigonometry for painting, drawing and being a part of the first ever Industrial Design high school class in the United States. But that is not what made the school important for a kid with gas in his veins. The most important aspect of this amazing high school experience was the fact that Luigi Chinetti’s dealership was across the street. From the first moment I walked in there I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
I didn’t know at the time that becoming a professional transportation designer was harder than becoming a professional athlete. A person has better odds of playing in the National Football League than they do of getting hired to create the next Corvette or F-150. I just knew that I had the passion and the grit to develop the skills. Never once in the years spent riding the subways back and forth to school did I ever dream I would design the Car of the Year, an iconic vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler or the interior for an aircraft like the Gulfstream G5.