Key Staff

Dave ClintonPresident & CEO
Founded Darton 1978, M.B.A., Lifelong Professional Aviator, Former Corporate Pilot, Former Drag Racer

Length of service: 42 years

Brian BakerVP of Manufacturing
Business Administration Degree, Drives Mopar / Rides Kz1000

Length of service: 30 years

John CatapangGeneral Manager
Nissan Enthusiasts, Got into Import Drag Racing in 1991, First automotive position Trak Auto, SFWD Drag Team – NoLuck Racing

Length of service: 18 years

Karen MessnerOffice Manager
BS industrial Distribution – Texas A&M

Length of service: 12 years

Dusty FrakesCustomer Service Manager
Multifaceted in all departments. Experience in shipping and receiving, 4 years CNC operator, 4 years customer service and sleeve design. Certified in Auto CAD and Solidworks

Length of service: 8 years

Thang PhamShop Supervisor
Graduated H.S. abroad 1990, Moved to US 1993, Owned and Operated a Dry Cleaner and Chinese Restaurant, Holder of California Real Estate License

Length of service: 19 years

Ron LawsonShift Leader
Mechanic switched to CNC Machining and Mastercam programming in 2008.

Length of service: 5 years

Kelly HelmingArt Director & Marketing
Marketing, presentations, brochures, ads, catalogs, logos, packaging, web site and electronic media.

Length of service: 31 years

C.J.StifflerIT Specialist
Technology consultant.

Length of service: 8 years

Steve DemirjianEngine Shop Manager
Sleeving of engine blocks for street and race applications using Darton dry and MID wet liners of which I am one of the patent holders. Custom sleeve design.

Length of service: 20 years