You have not heard of Jason Mosery, a clay modeler at Ford.
Depending on how his career evolves, it may be years before you do again. Many people in auto design are never visible to the public -- people like Jerry Malinowski. More on him a little later.
Mosery represents a win for a Detroit auto industry struggling to attract top talent. Newer industries with design hubs -- electronics, gaming and others -- are siphoning off the skilled creative types who traditionally came to Detroit.
Detroit's gritty image, California startups such as Tesla and car dabblers such as Google and Apple make it even harder for automakers to fill skilled jobs here.
That doesn't matter to Mosery. He has dreamed of being a car designer since he was 5 years old and was determined to make it happen.
Mosery had luck, some help, a mentor and good timing. But it took hard work, determination and social media savvy to land him a Ford job fresh out of school.
After trying mechanical engineering and graphic arts, Mosery dropped out of school in 2005. He was working at a bank in Monroe, La., when he told a customer what he really wanted to do: design cars.
"I showed a customer some cars I had drawn," Mosery recalled. "She told me: 'They have what you want at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.' I emailed Jerry Malinowski and asked him if I could sit in on classes."
Fifty years ago, Malinowski was on the original Ford Mustang design team and helped create its distinctive red, white and blue galloping horse logo. Today, professor Malinowski, 76, is industrial design coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Mosery enrolled at UL, but some faculty members advised him not to focus only on autos because his general industrial design major opened many doors.
"It was solid advice because this is such a hard industry to get into. But since I was 5, I was fascinated by cars," Mosery said. "I had it in my mind from the get-go that this is what I wanted to do."
Mosery's determination caught Malinowski's attention. "I saw a passion in Jason," he said. "Jason worked and worked and worked" and won the school's Design Merit award.
At 29, Mosery graduated; he is the only one of 12 industrial design classmates in the auto industry. Others chose toy companies, clothing makers or boat manufacturers.
He had reached out earlier via Facebook and other outlets to designers, engineers, auto writers and industry executives for advice on landing a Detroit job.
In May, Mosery and Sophie Gertrude, his miniature dachshund, drove north for a three-month internship.
By August, he was a permanent contractor. Next step: being hired directly by Ford. He is one of 140 clay modelers at Ford's Product Development Center in Dearborn. It's where Malinowski worked 50 years ago.
Mosery shows how Detroit is seeking talent beyond traditional schools such as Detroit's College for Creative Studies and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.
"Talent can come from anywhere. We hire employees for digital and clay sculpting with degrees ranging from industrial design and transportation design to architecture and fine art," said Sheryl Garrett, manager of global creative resources for General Motors Design.
Mosery says Detroit surprised him.
"Everyone thinks it's decrepit and falling apart. But I think it is going through a revival, a rebirth. I could have worked in California, but there's something about Detroit. I felt like people were always rooting against it. I always kind of connected to that."
From 4 p.m. to midnight, he converts digital drawings into clay models using computer numerical control machines.
Mosery doesn't know whether he'll ever design cars. But at this juncture, he isn't concerned about becoming the next Ralph Gilles or Bryan Nesbitt. He's thrilled to be working here. He doesn't mind if no one knows his name.
"I am extremely happy and thankful," Mosery said. "But if I grow, if I become a designer in five years, that's even better."
Malinowski is proud of Mosery, his first UL student in 15 years to land an auto job. "Jason will evolve into a designer at some point," Malinowski said. "This guy is going places."