G. Lee Locklear
Cutting Edge Automotive Solutions, LLC was founded in 2009 by Lee Locklear. With over 25 years of experience in the Automotive and Heavy-Duty Truck industry; holding positions including Technician, Service Manager, Shop Owner, Diagnostic Equipment Specialist, Regional Diagnostic Trainer, Snap-on Tools Franchise Owner, and Director of Sales and Marketing for a large international diagnostic company Lee possesses a unique insight into the needs of the customer. In 2012 Lee began working with TEXA S.p.A. assisting with product and market development for North America. In 2013 while serving as the North American Operations Manager for TEXA S.p.A. Lee launched the TEXA diagnostic product line.
In April of 2015 Cutting Edge became the importer for the TEXA Diagnostic line, and remains the largest distributor and only direct importer of TEXA products and services in North America. In May of 2017 Cutting Edge, in cooperation with the education and training division of TEXA S.p.A. aka TEXA EDU, began offering in depth training for HD Diesel Diagnostics, Off Highway Diesel Diagnostics, Marine Diagnostics, and Power Sports Diagnostics thus completing what Lee refers to as the “circle of sales, service, and training.” Lee remains a hands-on leader assisting in all aspects of the business and currently conducts all training classes himself. You never know he may even answer the phone when you call in for tech support, or reach out to you personally to see to it that your concerns are met.
Jesse L. Matthews
Jesse Matthews serves as the Gerneral Manager for Cutting Edge Automotive Solutions, LLC. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Farihope, AL in 2004. Upon graduation of high school in 2009, Jesse joined the United States Army where he served as an Airborne Combat Medic at Fort Bragg, NC for 6 years. In 2011, he deployed to Iraq with the 20th Engineer Brigade in support of Operation New Dawn. During his first tour of duty Jesse was awarded for the strategic planning and execution of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for base Mass Casualty Situations. Also during his first tour Jesse was awarded for competing in, and winning, the Iraq Combatives Tournament Lightweight Division Championship.
In 2013, Jesse deployed again, this time to Afghanistan with the 57th Sapper Compnay in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During his second tour of duty he worked as a combat medic for a Route Clearance Patrol (RCP) responsible for the detection and disposal of roadside bombs as well as the health and welfare of over 90 paratroopers. Jesse started working for Cutting Edge in 2015 and has been instrumental in the continuation of the already longstanding tradition of unparalleled excellence that Cutting Edge is known for.
First and foremost I'm a father to two amazing kids who are the reason behind why I work so hard, and choose to get out of bed in the morning. I started working in Customer Service at the age of 19 shortly after high school at Hoods Discount Home Center dealing face to face with customers on a daily basis for a little over 6 years. Then I started as an assistant, installing granite counter tops at Coastal Stone in Fairhope, AL. In less than a year I was promoted to the position of project installation foreman. I was then asked to join the Cutting Edge to help with the business of customer service where I have been ever since. When I'm not working I love to film and make silly videos with my kids. I love music and anything that has to do with it that includes playing it, watching it, and recording it. Being a huge movie nerd is an understatement.
SHIPPING MANAGER | TECH SUPPORT
Preston Prevatte serves as the shipping manager and level one tech support for Cutting Edge Automotive Solutions, LLC. He was born in Pensacola, Florida and grew up in Lillian, Alabama. From a very young age Preston became fascinated with cars so when he turned 15, and was old enough to enter as a driver at Five Flags Speedway, Preston and his father bought a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme and made it into a race car. Since then he has built, owned, and driven many race cars and street rods.
In addition to racing cars he also likes to fish, hunt and do home improvement projects. In 2016 Preston graduated from Foley High School and went to work for Steigerwald's Garage as a mechanic. After the closing of Steigerwald's, Preston was selected for his new role as Cutting Edge Automotive Solutions, LLC. Preston offers a unique skill set as he has the mechanical and technological background to help any customer in need.
BOOKKEEPER | ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Ute McPherson is the bookkeeper/administrative assistant at Cutting Edge. She was born and raised in Schweinfurt, Germany. After graduating from Olympia Morata High School, she attended the University of Bamberg, Germany, majoring in German with a minor in political science. Ute moved to the United States in 1982 and became a U.S. citizen in 1995. Prior to joining the team at Cutting Edge in November of 2016, Ute was the bookkeeper/office manager of an engineering company in Mobile, AL for 32 years until the owner retired and the company closed in the fall of 2016.
In her free time Ute enjoys playing guitar, singing, and performing with her family bluegrass gospel band, The McPherson Family. She also serves as a volunteer at a local assisted living facility.