Trendsetter Automotive was born out of a deep passion for cars and the uptmost level of craftsmanship. Beginning as a concept to be run out of a garage, Jeff Theisen now operates his premium autobody and restoration shop out of a 7 bay shop in hills of Ellison near Kelowna BC. The shop has stations for every stage of the restoration and modification. Complete with an automotive paint booth and all the equipment necessary to create your custom vehicle.
Trendsetter Automotive is different than most any shop in the Okanagan. Jeff and his crew want you to be a part of the process. Whether it is in the design consultation or whether you want to roll up your sleeves and be part of the process. The choice is yours at Trendsetter!
"For me, a large part of my satisfaction comes from helping my clients see their vision come to reality."
Jeff moved to Kelowna with my new little family in 2000 from Terrace B.C. to and pursue the automotive collision repair course at O.U.C. and turn his love for custom cars into a trade that would provide for his family. Jeff achieved great success in the program and really solidified his love for making things new again. His success and good practical grades actually allowed him to challenge the exams early and was hired into the trade by a large collision shop prior to the course completing.
Jeff spent some time in the collision world, just a couple short years before really coming to grips with the fact that it wasn’t all he had dreamt it would be. Jeff longed for more gratifying projects. Something to challenge his skills and push him farther Jeff began taking on restoration work on the side in his garage at home and soon signed on as an apprentice under a skilled craftsman at Macaw Autobody in Kelowna. Jeff spent several years there learning how to get through increasingly larger and more in depth builds with higher and higher levels of customization and expectation. Jeff's “can do” attitude got into some overwhelming situations over the years.
As time went by and Macaw Autobody veered more into collision repair during some slow times, he took his restoration work back to his home shop where he got a little more hands on with the business side of things. Jeff found that he really enjoyed building these relationships and began inviting clients to work along side him on their projects when they had an interest in learning things for themselves. Some say that it is bad business to teach someone to do what you do, but it has really taken off for Jeff. His customers achieve a much greater level of satisfaction with there project and have a much fuller understanding of what had to go into it to get it to a finished product. TV tends to edit a lot of the tedious hours out.
In the Spring of 2016, Jeff was able to lease the old Macaw Autobody building and invest some money into taking his passion to new levels. He opened Trendsetter Automotive as a way to grow outside the confines of my homebased business and take on more projects, build more relationships and provide a new type of quality service experience in the custom car world. Jeff truly enjoys building beautiful classics and restomods, but for him a large part of his satisfaction comes from helping my clients see their vision come to reality.