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RK Motors Management

Rob Kauffman


Rob Kauffman is the Owner & Chairman of RK Motors, LLC. Additionally, Rob is also a founding principal of Fortress Investment Group, a NYSE listed global fund manager, and is responsible for their European operations. However, he has always had a significant interest in all things automotive, motorcycling and racing related. In 2006, he decided to create what would become RK Collection LLC with the goal of creating an enterprise which would produce some of the nation’s best restored and most sought after muscle and collectible cars. In addition to RK Motors, LLC, Rob also has a significant interest in the world of NASCAR as the co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Larry Johns



Tony Klein

Acquisitions Manager

Tony knew from a very young age that he wanted to be involved in the Classic car industry. Fresh from the family dairy farm in Iowa, Tony set off for Laramie, WY to acquire specialized training from WyoTech. Directly out of school, he began restoring investment grade muscle cars in a two man shop, gaining knowledge of all aspects of restoration. Since his recent move to Charlotte, Tony has been enjoying doing exactly what he set out to do: work with classic cars and others that love them as well.

Vicki Cornett

Director of Office Services


Anthony Batton

Finance Director


James Helms

Marketing Director

From an early age in Texas and later Charlotte, North Carolina, a heavy diet of comics, science fiction along with an intense passion for cars, planted a seed that began to fuel an interest in visual media. Picking up a camera as a teenager and later studying graphic design at UNC Charlotte, laid the groundwork for James to combine his passions.

William Morris
William Morris

IT Manager

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Juliian Heitz
Julian Heitz

Service Manager


Sales Department

Kevin Arias

Director of Sales

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Adam Jackson

Internet Sales Manager

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Production & Marketing

Matt Stephens
Matt Stephens

Sales and Inventory Advisor

Born in Germany, and raised in Greenville, North Carolina, Matt has been a car enthusiast ever since he was in diapers. Growing up in Europe, German sports cars and Italian exotics caught his eye at an early age. By the time he was 3, his mother says he was able to spell 'Lamborghini' backwards, as well as ID cars by their emblems. His passion for cars and performance brought him to Charlotte in 2002 to pursue a college degree in Motorsports Management. Since then, Matt has also obtained a B.S. in Media Production at East Carolina University and has been fortunate to combine his two degrees in his professional career. From Z cars, BMW M cars, and sport bikes, Matt seeks to experience performance anyway he can.

Josh Leatherwood

Content Specialist

Born into a family of gearheads that participated in early NASCAR racing, Josh was always very close to cool cars and the fond memories that accompanied them. Not surprisingly, he bought his first muscle car, a notorious 1973 Camaro Z28/RS, one day before he passed his North Carolina driver’s test; and his second muscle car, a 1968 Camaro SS, right after he turned 18. In 2006, the Appalachian country boy relocated to a restored textile mill in Charlotte’s historic arts district to complete his degrees in Sociology and Psychology. Today, Josh is very passionate about anything that’s old, made of metal or has a motor. And he spends most of his free time at car shows, air shows, railroad exhibits, motorsports events and expanding his industrial photography portfolio.

Joshua Chang

Photography Specialist

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Performance Center Staff

Mike Miller
Mike Miller

Shop Foreman

Mike’s first car was a 1968 GTO, which he still owns today. He has been working on cars since high school, where he graduated from his Auto Tech class with a “Star Tech” award. Mike received his ASE Master Tech certification in 1990 and also has his Chrysler Gold Tech certification. Additionally, Mike is factory trained in GM, Mercedes, and BMW, but classics are his true passion. Mike is very attentive to detail and knows how to treat the cars with the care and respect they now deserve. Says Mike, “working at RK Motors is truly a dream job.”

Wes Smith
Wes Smith


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Kyle Arias
Kyle Arias

QC Technician

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Greg Smith
Gregory Smith

Transport Manager

Greg Smith is a North Carolina native who has 15 years of experience in the detailing business and 10 years in the body shop. Even his hobbies have ties to the automotive industry, including 1/8 scale RC racing and being a car stereo enthusiast. Greg raced go karts in the late ‘80s and sport bikes in ‘90s. His first car was an ’84 Ford Escort EXP, which he painted, lowered, and installed a custom stereo.

Jon McCarn
Jon McCarn

QC Tech

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Jose Otero


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