Meet Our Team
Vincent and Rebecca Vierck: Vince opened Re-Born Automotive in a small two bay gas station in Vancouver in 1983 when he was 19. In 1988 he opened and continues the operation of Re-Born in SE Portland. Then and to this day passionate about cars and anything mechanical. He enjoys working on his multitude of vintage British and German Sports cars, camper bus and motorcycles. Another passion is crafting Arts and Crafts era furniture in his woodshop and brewing beer. Becky is the always optimistic smiley face of Re-Born whose interests include gardening, sewing beautiful clothes for their six grandchildren, planning gatherings and being the best Nana, mother and wife possible. Together they enjoy working their property, involvement in their church, traveling the world and camping in the beautiful NW. After 36 years in the business, they both are stepping back some, enjoying the fruits of their labors as they turn the helm over to the trusty grips of Hans. How fortunate and blessed they are.
Hans Vierck: Hans is the manager of Re-Born and as you can guess, has grown up in the business and has a true zeal for cars and the industry. Hans was just five when he disassembled and assembled a VW carburetor at the shop. He has a true gift of the mechanical mind with impeccable diagnostic strategies and he brings that same gift into the office taking care of our customers and work family. Hans is married to Amy and they have three beautiful children, Alexa, Hannah and Carter and they live and enjoy the country life on five acres in Hockinson, WA. They enjoy spending valuable time with their kids, dogs and all family and get out camping and off-roading in their Land Rover whenever possible. Hans is working hard learning and absorbing the complexities of running an auto repair service facility in the 2020’s and like everything he does, he does it with flair and compassion! Well done Hans.
Dave Klug: Dave has been with Re-Born for over 15 years and brings extensive knowledge, experience, work ethic and old-world craftsmanship to our team. Dave has mentored some of our younger techs in their earlier years including Hans, Saimir and Chris. He is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced Vintage British technicians in Portland, and dare we say anywhere. He is a true craftsman. Dave is semi-retired working three days a week on project cars and restorations including complete nut and bolt restorations of both a rare 1954 Swallow Doretti, one of 275 built and approximately 140 remaining in the world, and a gorgeous 1956 Ford Thunderbird. When he’s not crafting on vintage cars, he and his wife Ella enjoy gardening and visiting historical lodges.
Nelson Heimsoth: Nelson joined Re-Born Automotive in 2014 as a shop helper/aspiring mechanic. Being a European car fanatic, he naturally learned quickly and has even become one of our lead technicians. Nelson grew up in Portland, loves fishing, hockey, and enjoys the occasional Winterhawks game! He also has his sidekick, Lady, who you can find by his side everyday at work. (Shop dog) We look forward to the future with Nelson on our team!
Jesse St Jules: Jesse joined Re-Born in 2021 and we are so thankful to have him on our team! Canadian born, he has a passion for cars, which ignited when he started working on his own cars in high school. Jesse was the top of his class in the automotive program at Portland Community College. Besides working at the shop you can find Jesse doing simulator car racing, working on his own vehicles, and spending time with his German Shepherd Oakly.
David Street: Surfer Dave has many years of experience fixing all things cars. He’s got a special knack for suspension and heavy type work. He’s quick, clean and efficient always paying close attention to quality and detail. Always a smile on his face a quick with a witty remark. Dave gets along well with everyone and is a real team guy. Dave’s home is in SE Portland which makes the commute to the shop quite painless. When not working on cars, Dave enjoys time with his dog, trips to the beach and the constant search for that perfect wave. Dave rounds out the perfect work family here at Re-Born!
Garrett Watson: Garrett recently joined our team in September of 2022. His interest in cars started in high school when he started to drive. Growing up in the PNW, he naturally chose the automotive program at Clackamas Community College and graduated in 2017. Since then he has stayed in the automotive field. When not at the shop he loves to draw, specifically portraits and abstracts, mountain biking, and weight training. Not to mention a martial arts black belt. Happy to have you on our team Garrett!
Jake Bennett: Jake’s love for cars started when he was a kid. His interest has grown over the years and decided this year, 2022, was the year to try something new! Previously Jake worked as an ICU nurse at OHSU. When not at the shop you can find him spending time with his girlfriend Liza and dog Astrid. At home he enjoys working on his 1993 Eurovan and has dreams of making it a potential racer. Looking forward to seeing him grow in the automotive field and for his future here at Re-Born.