HRIA has announced that Kris Bluntzer, owner and operator of Empire Garage, has joined the HRIA select committee.

“We are excited to have Kris join us in HRIA’s efforts to ensure the prosperity and longevity of the hot rod industry and promote awareness of the hot rod hobby,” said HRIA Council Director Jim Skelly. “His expertise and knowledge will no doubt be a great asset to the council. We look forward to his ideas and collaboration for providing resources to HRIA members.”

Bluntzer has noted that his most notable achievement of his career has been building and growing his shop, specifically his team of talented techs.

Bluntzer is joined by HRIA Immediate Past Chair Jeff Major, BedWood and Parts LLC; HRIA Chair Danny Agosta, Steele Rubber Products; HRIA Chair-Elect Tim McCarthy, Hushmat & ZyCoat; Josh Mishler, Advanced Plating; Jeff Grantmeyer, Borgeson Universal; Kevin Ford, Lokar; Joel Kokoska, Johnson's Hot Rod Shop; Joe Kubiak, Wilwood Disc Brakes; David Page, Edelbrock Group; and Amy Fitzgerald, Cool Hand Customs.

Kris Bluntzer