INSTRUCTOR PROFILES

Jeff Leary - Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Academy - Program Coordinator / Lead Instructor

Jeff

Jeff Leary has always had a passion for cars. A graduate of Land O' Lakes High School, Jeff became eligible to work in the collision repair industry while attending classes through an on-the-job program promoting workforce training, solidifying a job as a painter by the age of 18. Employed in a local Tampa repair shop,  Jeff gained a tremendous amount of experience in the collsion repair and refinishing industry, from restoration work to major body collsion repairs, and soon earned his ASE Master Certification.  Jeff brings over 20 years of experience to this, his dream job, teaching the trade he loves at Hillsborough Community College.


Darrell Kincaid - Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Academy - Instructor

 Darrell Kincaid

Darrell grew up in the collision repair industry, learning the tools of the trade from childhood in his father's collision repair shop. After graduating high school, he joined the industry professionally, becoming both an ASE Master Certified Collision Repair Technician and Platinum I-CAR Certified Technician, In all, Darrell brings over 20 years of experience to the HCC Collision Repair Academy and finds his most interesting challenge in the ever-changing world of vehicle technology. A race car enthusiast with a passion for cars, Darrell believes that the industry needs well-trained techs who strive to deliver quality and precision to the clients they serve. He finds teaching an opportunity to give back to the industry and says its greatest reward is working with students and training the collision repair industry leaders of tomorrow.    


Andrew Lattanzi - Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Academy - Instructor

 

  Andrew Lattanzi

Andrew Lattanzi is a graduate of HCC's Auto Collision Academy, class of 2012. After graduating from HCC, he went to work in the industry and became an I-CAR Platinum Certified Technician while on the job. In addition, he is one certification area shy of becoming an ASE certified Master Tech. Andrew discovered he had a passion for teaching while still a student, and when the opportunity arose to apply as an instructor here, he jumped at the chance to apply. His hope is to instill into students a love of precision and correct technique so that they may meet the needs of a rapidly-changing and progressing collision repair industry.