Chad grew up with a love for cars and motorcycles; everything from drawing them to racing go-karts and motorcycles. He painted his first car at age 14, learning the basics from his dad. In high school, he enrolled in vocational training at East Valley Institute ofTechnology in Mesa, AZ. This led Chad to work on friends’ cars and his own cars throughout high school. He quickly realized the custom side of the automotive world is what he was most interested in.
In 2003, he opened up his first shop and operated under the name Metal Asylum Kustom Finishes. In 2013, the shop evolved and he changed the name to Catalyst Customs which is located in Maricopa, AZ. Chad specializes in custom paint and fabrication resulting in over 20 magazine featured vehicles and numerous awards in the last 16 years. Not wanting to be put into a box, he enjoys constructing anything custom, from flamed hot rods to kandied lowriders and everything in between. Chad’s mission and mantra is “Injecting art and soul into machine” as he loves integrating new life into old metal.