Cooperation and teamwork are necessary when developing a new vehicle. Hoy says he can serve as a sounding board, or intermediary, between different departments during the process. Like any job, Hoy said this occupation can have its challenges and can get frustrating.
Inspiration for entering this line of work can be traced back to TCHS. Hoy remembers shop teacher Jim Severe was a Mustang enthusiast. He also credits inspiration from all science, shop and ag teachers at TCHS.
Hoy calls himself a “truck guy,” and remembers having three in his lifetime. The 2013 Shelby Mustang is about as close to Hoy’s dream car as he can imagine.
“It would be cool to have one of the Shelbys,” Hoy said. For those thinking about buying one, he said the car will never be cheaper than what it is priced at when brand new.
When not working, Hoy enjoys camping with his family. The drive from their home in South Lyon, Mich., to Attica, takes about 10 hours. He still tries to get back four to five times each year.
Hoy is living his dream, doing what he has always loved to do. He does not take the credit for his success.
“God gave me the desire to work on cars,” Hoy said. He added that God’s grace and plan are the only ways he has been able to achieve what he has. Developing cars for Ford, he adds, is a total team effort, and he is one piece of a large puzzle that makes new vehicles a reality.