Xerbera Automotive Founders and Key Team Members

Laura Rodriguez

Laura Rodriguez

Owner and CEO

Xerbera Automotive Ambassador – “Mother of Defenders”.  A true Millennial visionary and Land Rover Defender enthusiast, Laura became hooked on Defenders since her first encounter with a 1994 Yellow NAS Defender 90 Soft Top which inspired her to become a part of the Defender community, reviving and restoring Defenders to make them better than when they were new, and work hard to own one herself someday.

Being a student at the time, the cost was beyond her budget but that only made her more determined. She approached Andrew and his leading Defender restoration company in Dallas to realize her dream; they partnered to provide the services Xerbera now offers. Laura is currently responsible for overseeing daily shop operations, as well as working with our customers on interior look and feel, which is so important for the Defenders we build.

All her hard work and determination over the years finally paid off, Laura is now a proud owner of a highly collectible, low mileage 1997 NAS Defender 90 Soft Top (Badge #: 614) and a rare Trek Edition Discovery 2 that she loves to take for light off-roading adventures.

Be sure to follow Laura on: 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mother_of_defenders/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xerbera/

Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison

Owner and CFO

Originally hailing from Scotland and growing up in the United Kingdom, Andrew has successfully managed and operated one of the largest classic car restoration businesses in Dallas for over 9 years. No stranger to the Defender – he has owned and enjoyed these vehicles since a young age. Moving onto Defenders was a logical and, more importantly, a personal decision to return to his roots.

“Building custom Land Rovers has always been a passion of mine and now I get the opportunity to be a part of one of the greatest marques in history. “

Be sure to follow Andrew on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xerbera/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xerbera/

Martijn van der Plaat

Martijn van der Plaat

Owner and COO

Injected with a healthy interest in cars from a very young age, it was an easy decision for Martijn to join Laura and Andrew at Xerbera. The chance to be part of a team that builds unique – tangible – products was a welcome change from all the years spent in the intangible wilderness of the IT consultancy world.

Having come across Defenders (and their Series ancestors) operating comfortably in all kinds of environments all across the globe, it is a privilege to continue the legacy of such an iconic vehicle in North America.

Be sure to follow Martijn on:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xerbera/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xerbera/

Gustavo Morales

Gustavo Morales

Paint and Body

No team is complete without a true artist and perfectionist. Gus has been preparing and painting show quality cars in Dallas for over 20 years. Highly experienced in both fiberglass and metal bodies, Gus is responsible for ensuring the paint and finish on the Land Rovers we build is everything you expect and could hope for.

Jorge and Terry

Jorge and Terry

Lead Mechanics

Between Jorge and Terry, our lead mechanics, we have over 60 years of automotive experience. Jorge spent his life in Costa Rica working and restoring old Land Rover Series vehicles and Defenders, whilst Terry spent it here in Texas performing high end car restorations. Terry was also the warranty manager in the past for a premier Engine manufacturing company. He estimated that he has assembled over 2000 engines during his entire career.

Jacob Vayner

Jacob Vayner

Marketing and Business Development Director

 
Jacob’s relationship with Xerbera started as a customer for his Defender restoration projects and he recently joined Xerbera Automotive team as our Marketing and Business Development Director. He comes with a wealth of experience in businesses development, organization and marketing, including businesses in automotive industry, and will also work with various team members on improving the efficiency and pace of our ongoing operations.
 
Jacob shares great passion for Defenders and has always loved the business side of things. He gets great satisfaction from watching Defender enthusiasts’ eyes light up from a finished product. He is excited for the opportunity to spread the word about Xerbera; helping us to grow into new market areas in the process.
Xerbera Automotive is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way connected with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), or any of its subsidiaries, affiliates or dealerships. DEFENDER is a registered trademark of JLR. All DEFENDER vehicle images on this website are for illustratiive, public display and decoration purposes only to convey the concept and vision for the DEFENDER builds with no intent to reproduce or recreate these images.

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