Skull Hill started its journey back in 2005 when Brandon and his father, Phil, were a big fan of the American Chopper’s show, which inspired them to custom build bikes alike the Teutuls’. Brandon believed with the help of his dad, he could design and fabricate a bike that would be just as enticing and lofty as theirs were. It didn’t take any time at all for Brandon to act on this mission. He headed straight to the barn in his backyard and immediately began bending and cutting steel. Within six months his hard work assuredly paid off. His first bike became known as the “Old School Cat” which made its first appearance in the Christmas parade that year. After a night of oohs and aahs it was clear that Brandon had acquired a talent.
A couple weeks later as 2006 unfolded, Brandon was asked to enter a mini-bike build-off that would ultimately end up in Laughlin, Nevada for the final 5 entries to compete. Brandon was anxiously waiting for a response when he got the phone call at last. Out of 125 entries total he had made it! Laughlin, Nevada was an experience he would never forget. He only placed 4th in the competition, although that day he met his most favored bike builder at the time, Joe Martin, whom inspired him to build another bike, this time in Joe’s honor. He named this one the “Tribute”. Russ Mitchell was also there and surprisingly asked if Brandon would build a bike in reverence to him as well. Brandon was vastly privileged. He decided to call this one the “Silver Bullet”. Once both of these bikes were finally completed he was invited to yet another mini-bike build-off, this time in Louisville, Kentucky. The “Tribute” took 1st Place and the “Silver Bullet” tied for 3rd. This recognition solidified the drive he already had instilled in him to establish a career in the bike industry.
The same year he then entered the “Tribute” into one of the most prestigious bike shows in the nation which was held in Daytona, Florida. It was there where he would compete against the finest bike builders in the US. Brandon walked away a winner placing 1st in the Rat’s Hole competition and placing 3rd in the Boardwalk competition.
By the following year, in 2007, he returned to Daytona this time entering a bike he built that was requested by Beef O’ Brady’s to use as a display inside of their restaurant and for advertising purposes. This bike won 1st place in both the Rat’s Hole and Boardwalk competitions making it clear that Brandon could put up a challenge against other well established bike builders. This exposure only boosted the motivation he needed to pursue his career.
Brandon graduated from Okeechobee High School in June of 2007 and by July of 2008 he had also graduated from MMI (Motorcycle Mechanics Institute) with a 4.0 GPA and a Harley Davidson certification. Three months later he married his high school sweetheart, and as soon as they returned from their honeymoon he was ready to jump start his passion by officially opening the doors to Skull Hill Steel, Inc. on the 1st of November.
In 2010 Brandon and Phil both worked together on completely restoring a 1917 Harley Davidson, which in its entirety took a full 6 months to accomplish. With the rarity of the motorcycle and the quality in which the job was done, it ended up winning 4 trophies in Daytona at the Boardwalk Competition that year. It won 1st Place in Judges Trophy, 1st Place in Stock Vintage, 2nd Place for Best of Show, and 3rd Place in People’s Choice.
Since then, Brandon has worked on several different customization projects and servicing and repairing bikes of all makes and models. Along with the substantial growth of his business Brandon hired on Kiefer Lecrenier in September of 2013, a motorcycle mechanic, who also attended MMI and graduated with a 3.9 GPA. He is also Harley Davidson Certified and has altogether exceeded four years of experience in the field. He is now the service and accessory specialist and works on anything ranging from basic service and repair work, accessories, and motor building while Brandon oversees both the motorcycle and archery businesses. Phil maintains his loyal support by filling in wherever he is needed and helping out as much as he can. Skull Hill Steel, Inc. is fully trained, highly capable, and graciously willing to take care of all of your motorcycle needs!