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This profile was last updated on 1/4/13  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Employment History

Education

  • high school diploma
    Lane Community College
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"The premise for the show, that ...
www.kval.com, 4 Jan 2013 [cached]
"The premise for the show, that we bring dead cars back to life, is an engaging idea," said Welby's owner Mark Worman, also the show's star.
Worman told KVAL News the reality show could be best described as "American Choppers meets American Pickers."
"I wanted more of a docudrama," said Worman at his shop on Main Street Friday afternoon. "I wanted one that followed the lives of us four bananas trying to put cars together in our own way."
While the show's characters are seasoned auto restoration professionals, they're also becoming self-proclaimed reality TV production experts and stars: they shoot, edit and package their product for a worldwide audience at the collision center.
"It is a bad economy out there," said Worman. "The actors out there in Hollywood aren't getting the big money that they were getting before, and I think that networks are looking at reality TV as a way to make affordable TV for them so they can make the profits they used to make back in the heyday."
Worman said he was paid $500 an episode for season one of "Graveyard Carz."
"We basically gave it away for free," he said, but added that all the work was worth it.
Worman said season one of "Graveyard Carz" reached 150 million homes in 40 countries. He said he expects season two to do even better.
Welby's Car Care | Professional Body Shop, Painting & Auto Detailing | Springfield, Oregon
www.welbyscarcare.com, 23 Jan 2012 [cached]
When founder and current owner Mark Worman opened his doors on September 15, 1985, he wanted the shop and its staff to be honest and operate in accordance with the highest industry standards. His intense commitment to this vision allowed him to grow his business from a single car garage in 1985 to our current shop with 22 bays and over an acre of parking.
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Our owner, Mark Worman, has repaired cars for the more than 20 years. From the "oldies-but-goodies" to a top-of-the-line sports and luxury cars, Mark takes pride and pleasure in every job. With a goal of 100 percent customer satisfaction, Mark and his staff are sure to accommodate any needs you have.
When Mark was a young man he had the opportunity to work in many different types of repair facilities. Among these were a Lincoln-Mercury dealership and JC Penney Auto Center. These experiences allowed him to see all aspects of the vehicle repair process and the flaws that can come with the process. Mark was determined to improve on the processes and techniques of the other shops.
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Suzanne is married to our owner, Mark Worman, and is our shop pet sitter too.
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Mark has spent countless hours training and helping Will develop his painting skills.
The man standing dead center of ...
www.eugeneweekly.com, 21 Mar 2011 [cached]
The man standing dead center of Graveyard Carz is Mark Worman, CEO of Welby's Car Care. Worman is a lifelong Mopar enthusiast. In layman's terms, this means he's a diehard Chrysler guy - Mopar is the service arm of Chrysler, making hardware for Dodge, Plymouth and, of particular interest to Worman, those elegant Barracudas that embody the American ideal of a whiplash-fast dream machine.
"I grew up on car magazines," Worman says, noting that over the course of his life he's been reading about cars "to the point where all that geekedness pays off."
Born in 1962 at Eugene's Sacred Heart Hospital, Worman says he "was raised in Springfield and never left. He attended Yolanda Elementary and St. Alice School, but then dropped out just halfway through his ninth-grade year at Springfield Jr. High.
"I hated school," Worman tells me. Having lost his father to cancer at 12 and battling serious health issues of his own, young Mark put his mother's trust to the test. "My mom toiled over the idea for weeks," Worman says, "but ultimately decided that if she forced me to go out the door and to school, there was a chance I'd start skipping and get in the wrong crowd."
It was a risky move, but mother's intuition paid off, largely due to Worman's interest in rebuilding small motors of all kinds. "If I was in the carport where she could keep an eye on me," Worman says, "then how bad could it be?"
Through a program at Lane Community College, he earned his high school diploma at 16. "Twenty-two As, one B and one C," Worman says. "Not bad, I reckon. He also worked during his mid-teens at Wonder Bread in Springfield. "When I would be cleaning the shop as a kid," Worman recalls, "I remember thinking how cool of a hot-rod shop this would make."
After spending years working in various local garages and rising from pump jockey to mechanic to a position in management, Worman in 1985 started his own business, opening Welby's Car Care Center. "It was a small, three-bay shop that ultimately launched my business to where I am today," he says.
Where Worman is today is like déjà vu all over again. Just a few years back, he relocated - or returned, perhaps - to the stomping grounds of his first job.
"It was just a big open shell," Worman says of the former Wonder Bread building. "When we tore it down, we had enough lumber to build a house. By installing, among other amenities, "ten big doors, drains in the floor, a truck loading dock," Worman finally brought to fruition, 35 years later, the cool garage he'd dreamed about as a teenager. "And here I am," Worman says, "full circle."
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"The dumb leading the dumb" is how Worman describes his crew. As both real-life and TV boss, Worman's role is a cross between Ahab and Moe Howard - the beleaguered boss and top Stooge. He also produces the series and is involved every step of the way, from storyboarding to directing and editing, to making sure everything revs along at a good pace.
Only the coldest shiver of professional envy could prevent a person from feeling profound admiration - if not awe - for Worman's accomplishments. This not-so-average mechanic has become a cinematic autodidact, creating his own crash course on the filmmaking process.
Worman says he's at the point where restoring a car to original manufacturer condition is "fairly simple" compared to producing television. "Making a reality series is far more challenging to me," he says, noting that with restoration, "it's done when I say it's done. Every episode of the show, on the other hand, "has to be viewed by everyone here, and is at risk of constant input and change."
To learn this new trade, Worman immersed himself in reality TV, "watching as many shows as I could to gain a feel for pacing, content, timing. He paid particular attention to Discovery's American Chopper, mostly to absorb and analyze the style of the program's executive producer, Craig Paligian.
"Probably the single most valuable knowledge I walked away with from that series is the importance of character interaction, conflict and drama," Worman says. He adds that a lot of early character conflict in American Chopper was inorganic and had to be extracted by Paligian.
"In GYC," Worman says, "Daren and I, as you saw, have a natural bicker-conflict going on, and I think it comes across more realistically."
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At the lead is Worman, who might be described, paradoxically, as an ethical bully - the faux-grumpy boss with heart-valves of gold who can take it as well as dish it out.
As much as anybody is in charge, Worman is.
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Rose, who often parrots his father-in-law's sentences back at him in a constipated, high-pitched cartoon voice, refers to Worman as "vertically challenged" and then observes, à la that old Randy Newman song, that short people always seem to be untalented and unattractive.
When founder and current owner Mark ...
www.welbyscarcare.com, 19 Nov 2010 [cached]
When founder and current owner Mark Worman opened his doors on September 15, 1985, he wanted the shop and its staff to be honest and operate in accordance with the highest industry standards. His intense commitment to this vision allowed him to grow his business from a single car garage in 1985 to our current shop with 18 bays!
STRANGE BUT TRUE: Repairer Hopes to Bring 'Graveyard Carz' to Life: BodyShop Business - The Body Shop Reference
www.bodyshopbusiness.com, 16 Jan 2010 [cached]
Mark Worman, owner of Welbys Car Care in Springfield, Ore., spent $25,000 filming a pilot episode of his show Graveyard Carz, which documents his six-man crews painstaking, months-long restoration of a 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda.
The show is a cross between American Chopper – with Worman as the gruff ringleader – and the PBS program History Detectives, the Register-Guard reported. In an online clip, Worman is showed arguing on the phone with a stubborn employee who doesnt want to come to work because hes mad at Worman. The pilot of Graveyard Carz also documents Worman tracking down the 'Cudas original owners and scouring the junkyard he resurrected the car from for original parts.
The newspaper says 47-year-old Worman – who never graduated high school and has been working on cars since he was a teenager – has a big enough ego to believe Graveyard Carz could be television gold, but an Oregon producer told the newspaper that its very difficult to move from pilot episode to full-time series.
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