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.
SALES | MARKETING
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.
Customer Experience Representative
Jack Croswell is one of our Technical Support Representatives here at Cutting Edge Automotive Solutions. He was born in Newport News, Virginia and raised in Bon Secour, Alabama. He likes cooking and spending time with his family and friends. In his spare time, he enjoys anything from building computers and gaming to fishing and camping. Upon graduating Foley High School, he immediately entered the work force washing dishes for a local restaurant. After ten years, he found himself managing a kitchen only to find that he wanted more from life. While fire and knives may seem exciting enough, he found that identifying and solving complex problems for people excited him more. So whether you need help with your computer or the software it’s running, you can count on him to get you back to work as soon as possible.
Customer Experience Representative
Jacob Steigerwald is a former automotive technician with a over a decade of diagnostic experience. His skills include drivability and electrical diagnosis as well as a fundamental understanding of the systems and sub-systems installed on today’s heavy-duty trucks. Jacob also has a vast general knowledge of the windows environment and how it applies to the modern heavy-duty truck technician. Whatever your technical needs may be, Jacob will take care of you swiftly and effectively.
Alan E. Petitfils Jr
Customer Experience Representative
Alan Petitfils, born September of 87, is a well-rounded individual with plenty of experience in the automotive and technological fields. Staying current with todays new tech is not only important for his career but a passion of his also. His military background helps ensure that he brings respect and integrity to the table at all times. His knowledge spans a very wide angle from backyard wrench turning to being able to maintain and repair communication/ cable/ fiber optic lines. The desire to learn will always stand strong with him. Although he is new to the Cutting Edge/ Texa Team he will always ensure that you are pleased with your service all the same. At the end of the day the most important thing remains consistent with him, and that would be making sure his work speaks for itself.
Marketing / Customer Experience Representative
I joined Cutting Edge Automotive Solutions. LLC on March 5th as a bilingual tech support, and soon after earned the responsibility of Marketing and Social media management. I was born in Fairfax Virginia, but soon moved to Mexico where I lived for my early childhood and learned to speak Spanish. Soon after finishing 4th grade I moved to Fairhope Alabama where I learned English as my second language. I graduated from Fairhope High School in 2016 and am going to Coastal Alabama Community College for Computer Science and will transfer to the University of South Alabama to finish my bachelors. When I am not working or studying I love to work on cars, play video games and take photography or video.
Customer Experience Representative / Sales Rep
At the young age of 16, I started working Full Time as a flooring and general homebuilding products salesman. After branching out, I became a flooring installer and construction worker for a period of eight years. Later in life, after having my second child. I started my own Flooring company. A few years later I wanted to expand my knowledge to different aspects of the construction industry. I started working for a shipbuilding, repair company as a shop helper. In less than one year, I was promoted several times and ended up as a 1st Class Welder. For 3 years I traveled to various Naval Bases for months at a time to help repair damaged U.S Ships. After the birth of my third child, it was time to stop traveling and spend more time with my family. With my general background as a salesman, backyard mechanic, shipbuilder. With an aggressive work ethic and problem solving skills, I aim to be a valuable asset to the Cutting Edge Team.
Shipping & Receiving
I am a customer experience representative for Cutting Edge Automotive Solutions LLC. I was born in Baltimore Maryland and moved to Fairhope Alabama in 2004. After graduating Fairhope High School in 2013, I joined Army National Guard as Military Police. In 2016 I finished my time in military and went working for Coastal Stone in Fairhope AL, as warehouse Manager and Losch Machinery as a Machinist. I was then asked to join the Cutting Edge team this year to help with the business of customer service. When I’m not at work I love spending time with my son and wife. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games and watching movies. I’m excited to be a part of something as great as Cutting Edge and the people within it.