Richard Knepprath Sr.
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Few people have as intimate a knowledge of the upholstery industy as Richard Knepprath Sr. It has been his life, and his broad experience has made him a master as his craft. Richard began his career in the upholstery / restoration business for most of his adult life, having started in 1969 restoring classic cars and customizing muscle cars and street rods in Wisconsin.
From there he moved to Orlando and worked in the upholstery and decorating department at Walt Disney World. He maintained his side business while at Disney, doing custom van conversions and I.S.C.A. Championship show cars.
After Florida is was back north to Columbia, MD to do design and development for E&G Classics, producing convertible tops, simulated convertible tops and he also introduced an aftermarket leather seat cover department. As a pioneer of aftermarket upholstery Richard quickly earned the nickname of "The Guru of Leather" which many in the industry still know him by today. He also managed the production department tasked with manufacturing and shipping these products nation wide.
Heading back south to Austin, TX Richard was asked to be designer and quality control engineer in charge of design and development for Classic Soft Trim at their new corporate headquarters. While there he created many new pattern concepts, nation wide training and standardizing tools and procedures for the industry at large. Richard designed the interior for the Rousch and Saleen Mustang for Ford and several packages for Ford like the " no boundaries package." He also developed " TRD " packages for Toyota port projects, setting up and training installers at ports of entry for Mitsubishi, Mazda, Toyota and Subaru.
He has also set up and taught training classes for the after market auto trim industry, created training manuals and turn key start up packages to cross train and set up candidates in similar fields to add to their business model.
Richard prides himself on years of meticulous attention to detail, creating designs and unique concepts for the auto industry, motorcycles, golf carts and furniture.