Photo by Knut Egil Wang, 2015
Teknopet is the brainchild of Dave Sampson and his wife Nathalie, who's a mobile Groomer in the West Los Angeles area. Mobile grooming has consumed their life for the past 5 years, building a new business out of nothing to being fully booked within 6 months, starting with a used van with multiple problems, to buying a new van.
The struggle to get straight answers, competent help and prompt service for van issues has been overwhelming, and it's time to fix that.
Dave has been working hard on developing the Teknopet project for the past few years, building a solid business plan, and not only researching the perfect set-up and possibilities, but also taking the pulse of other mobile groomers in the field, listening to their stories, advising them, helping them to solve their issues.
We are joining forces with a fantastic team of extremely talented people who have decades of experience in the boating/off roading industry. Engineering, designing, manufacturing, servicing, restoring, etc., you name it, they can do it, and do it right. Their work is of the highest quality. Their enthusiasm is contagious. They fully understand the mobile grooming business, the urgency of it and it's environment.
We are a new company, but joining forces with a long time established and very successful team. We are a big family and are looking forward to welcome you into it!
Any group is only as good as its team, and Teknopet delivers. Our team has a diverse background and decades of experience in similarly equipped vehicles. Boats, RVs, trailers, toyhaulers, and pet grooming vehicles all share common subsystems and components. We can create or repair parts in multiple domains, from wood to fiberglass, and even metal.
Here is a brief description of the main players of the Teknopet team:
Dave has extensive experience in corporate, management, sales, software and hardware, and several other business fields. Mechanical hardware wise, Dave grew up half in the city and half on a farm, so he was involved with all types of vehicles. He also has decades of experience with RVs, boats, cars, off road vehicles, and now half a decade of direct hands-on mobile grooming vans; he is very hands-on mechanically.
Dave understands mathematical relations to complex upgrades like inverters, and can convey that information in a straightforward understandable fashion. He also offers solid experience based examples of upgrade return on investments. Dave has been volunteering numerous hours on the grooming forums, assisting groomers new to mobile understand their vehicles and the limitations of inverters, generators and household current, as they relate to running a mobile business.
Dave was unhappy with his wife’s experiences in the grooming field, and he is assisting her in realizing Teknopet. He is a visionaire and the mastermind of Teknopet.
Chris is an engineer, designer, rigger, extremely talented mechanic, and excellent trouble-shooter. Capable of creating complete products from cloth and resin, Chris has built nearly a thousand (yes) boats in his career. Compared to the enormous complexities of multi engine boats, a grooming van presents little challenge to his skill set. Chris is an avid RV’er and spends his time with his family on the water and in the desert with dune buggies, quads and ATV’s.
He will be one of the members greeting you at our Corona facility and is the manager of the facility.
Ron is an artist, designer, fantastic mechanic and makes haute couture out of fiberglass. He is working intensively on the conversion. He hand forms parts that are then made into custom molds. He is an amazing body and paint man, and can repair highly complex paint schemes. Fixing a few dents and scratches on your all white van is easy for him. Ron’s personal vehicles have been winning best of show awards for decades. If we can’t find it and buy it, Ron can probably make it.
Eric & Humberto
They are smart, talented, experienced and very hard workers. They assist Chris in the day to day operations at our facility. Eric may take your call, schedule an appointment and greet you as well.
After working almost two decades in the corporate world, she made a 180 degree career change. The transition started with being tired of office work, as well as being tired of picking up her dogs at the groomer, with the poor little ones having cuts and looking like a Picasso.
She opened a grooming salon/pet store in Quebec, and loved the animals, but not the hassle of managing a staff and dealing with real estate, not to mention the boxes and boxes of abandoned puppies and kittens at her doorstep - she decided that mobile was a better choice.
Funny that Teknopet is starting for similar reasons, when you need something that doesn't exist, you have to do something about it!
Click here to read an article about Nathalie and her mobile business featured in VoyageLA.com magazine.
We are all humble and will never pretend that we know everything. We are a big family and love to please. We are starting this new adventure with the best intentions in mind, and we eagerly anticipate your visit!
The Teknopet Family
To service and maintain independent groomers' equipment, or fleet, with the care and respect for time, as we would our own business.
To provide comprehensive support for the mobile grooming community, and answer our customers' questions in a straightforward and honest fashion.
To offer conversion solutions that will answer your needs and wants, that will give you peace of mind and physical comfort.