Mike graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1994. Mike began working for Bickford Vehicles in 1995 as an installation mechanic. It was at this time that he acquired the vast knowledge of the fabrication and installation of hydraulic and pneumatic systems, heating and air conditioning, and sheet metal components on custom command and control vehicles as well as radio and television broadcast platforms. In 1996, he was promoted to the position of Project Manager. His duties included the fabrication and installation of sophisticated and complex communications equipment. In addition to managing over 15 employees and 6-12 active projects on any given day, Mike organized the projects’ flow through the company by notifying purchasing, engineering, fabrication shop, and the production floor of all expectations for completing projects by the projected due date and he constantly monitored quality assurance programs. He also maintained a good working relationship with existing customers, for the purpose of handling service and warranty issues and obtaining new contracts. He also took on the responsibility for writing proposals and specifications for potential customers which includes project scheduling, pricing, and delivery expectations. It was Mike’s goal to insure complete customer satisfaction with each and every custom communications platform delivered by Bickford Vehicles.
Gary arrived in the United States from England in 1986 at which time he took employment with Bickford Vehicles fabricating and installing custom metal work for radio and television broadcast vehicles which included ENG and SNG platforms. Gary was previously employed by a custom limousine fabrication company in England which specialized in modifying premium vehicles such as Rolls Royce, Bentley, and Mercedes Benz. Gary oversaw every facet of every custom metal fabrication project which includes the estimating, engineering, and fabrication. He successfully completed such metal work projects for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Ronald Reagan National Airport, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps to name a few. Gary has also received numerous craftsmanship awards. Gary successfully completed a four year “City & Guilds” Craftsman Apprenticeship in Metal work and related Studies in England.