Mark Halmi
Mark has taken a circuitous route to co-owning Independent Machine Works. After receiving his degree in mechanical engineering, he worked as a food plant project engineer making everything from cake mix to bagels.He fulfilled a dream of working with a racecar team as their engineer with the highlight of winning the 24-Hours of Daytona and Le Mans in the same season.Most recently, he was COO of an automotive engineering firm before settling at Independent Machine Works, where he is finally not discouraged from working with his hands.He lives in Oakland with his wife, two energetic daughters and two crazy dogs.Email Mark directly at

Patrick has been machining and fabricating since 2005, originally coming to the trade as a way to make his own beer, wine and whiskey brewing equipment. He has also worked on a variety of projects as a freelance metal worker as well as for his previous business, Adventure Metal.

Born and raised in Houston Texas, Patrick moved to Oakland in 2007, where he also works part time in the Machine Technology Department at Laney College.

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