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Meet the Team

Dustin M. Peugeot


Dustin has over 24 years’ experience working with some of the top automotive manufacturers and dealers in the industry in Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis and Cleveland. After rising to the level of Senior Partner with one of the world’s largest automotive marketing firms, he transitioned to the retail auto business and successfully operated dealerships and became a C-Level executive in charge of personnel and operations for over 500 employees and eight franchises for the Liberty Auto Group in Cleveland. He is recognized as a driven leader, specializing in recruiting, team building, organizational development and process efficiency with a proven ability to impact business in a positive way. He's served on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Ohio Ford Dealers Association, a member of the Greater Cleveland Automotive Dealers Association and is a current Board of Directors Member for the Cleveland Boys and Girls Club. Dustin's experience and network provide a unique advantage for MTI students by giving them opportunities to work for the industry's best employers upon graduation. 

Richard A. Blum

Co-Founder, Instructor

Rick’s resume is the model for opportunity and advancement achievable for an automotive technician, with over 25 years’ experience in automotive repair. As a product of a vocational trade school education himself, Rick has performed at the highest level for the industry’s top brands, including Firestone, Buick, GMC, Toyota, Chevrolet and Ford. His efficiency formula has made him a top producer as a Technician, Master Technician, GM Certified Technician, Service Manager and Service Director. Rick’s unique ability to identify efficiencies, passion for improving processes and training technicians catapulted him into management where he consistently improved the productivity of every entry-level and veteran technician under his supervision.  His trademarked M-TIME efficiency formula is proven to make technicians, both in the automotive field and beyond, more effective, which leads to earning more on an hourly, daily, annual and career basis. 

Bridget Fuerst

Director of Admissions

Bridget first realized her love of the industry in high school through the automotive courses she completed at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland. She went on to graduate from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, minoring in Criminal Justice, and later obtained a master’s degree in Psychology through Walden University. Bridget’s resume demonstrates her passion for helping people through her position as working as a researcher for Kent State University’s Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence and to serving as a child protective services social worker for nearly a decade. Never forgetting her love for automotive, Bridget brings enthusiasm when recruiting and working with prospective students and their families. She now heads the Admissions Department at Matrix Trade Institute, where she enjoys helping students get their start in a career with endless job opportunities and security.

Jamie VonSeggern


Cultivating auto mechanics is what Jamie does best. Since 2004, Jamie has taught has an instructor of automotive and diesel technology. With his extensive background in auto mechanics, Jamie is an ASE Master Automotive Technician in Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks and a Daimler Certified Trainer. At Matrix Trade Institute, Jamie brings a sense of humor to the classroom paired with a deep understanding of automotive technology and training that allows him to easily translate the information in a way that all students can understand. Through his hands-on approach to learning, a typical lesson starts with teaching students how to virtually perform repairs using game-style learning technology and then heading to the shop where students get to do the real thing.

Jim Azre


Jim’s wealth of knowledge makes him an incredible addition to Matrix Trade Institute. A product of a trade school himself, his education began with the two-year Automotive Trade School Program from Willoughby-South High School. With 23 years of experience, Jim is certified as an ASE Master Level Automotive Technician and has continued to advance his at every interval of an outstanding career. In addition to his success as a master technician, Jim has excelled as  as a Service Advisor, Team Leader and trainer having trained and instructed with the industry's top brands including Audi, Porsche, Subaru, Ford and General Motors. He says the most rewarding aspect of his career is preparing technicians with efficiency skills required to advance and earn on flat-rate pay plans, so they can reach their full earning potential. At Matrix, you’ll find him working with the students hands-on in the shop educating them daily on how to perform with maximum efficiency.