Staff

Coty Van Lannen – Owner & Operator
Coty is the owner of VL Performance and opened his business in June of 2014. He is a Test Systems Engineer at Mercury Marine during the day, and at night he owns and operates a fully functioning Performance Shop. Some of the services here include but are not limited to: diagnostics, engine rebuilds, machining, maintenance, repair, and ECU tuning. In just a short amount of time, his company has blown up due to great management and economic decisions. Coty runs a Facebook page, an Instagram, and a bunch of stickers in order to advertise. However, his main form of marketing is the outcome of a car that a customer brings into the shop and leaves feeling more than satisfied with the work. He holds all of his employees to a very high standard and takes his own time to check their work to assure perfection. What better form of marketing than a friend of a friend recommending a performance shop with adequate pricing and high quality work? Coty takes his employees to events to get out and participate in local and not so local events. VL Performance has participated in drag racing in Kaukana, boasting that shiny VL sticker on the side of the Del Sol shop car. Coty and his team even traveled to Houghton, MI several weeks ago to watch a dirt rally. Here, he met and befriended Travis Pastrana and many other big names in the rally world. These people are racing Subaru, Mitsubishi, Ford, and other leading companies. In December 2016, they were headed to Indianapolis, Indiana for Performance Racing Industry, which is widely recognized as “The Voice of the Racing Marketplace.” From its inception in 1986, PERFORMANCE RACING INDUSTRY has served tens of thousands of racing entrepreneurs as their key source for industry trends, merchandising ideas, new products, business strategies and much, much more. He has turned Appleton’s car, drag, and truck community into a competitive and fun hobby to be in. He treats his employees well by keeping them busy with work, and when things slow down, he uses that time to clean, organize, and expand his shop space. You can read all about our team below!
Aaron Saltsman – Performance Quality Project Manager
Aaron has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in turbocharger system development and has over 8 years of experience in the field. Aaron has a broad range of experience, holding several positions at Cummins in various departments in, as well as being the lead systems engineer for diesel engine development at Mercury Marine. Aaron is proud to have spent most of the time paralell to his career working in the automotive aftermarket industry. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He currently works at Mercury Marine during the day in High Speed Diesel Development. Some other qualities that Aaron offers at VL Performance are root cause problem solving, data analysis, failure analysis, metal fabrication, welding, powertrain, component design, performance engine development. Aaron has a strong work ethic and desire to deliver the customer a product that is above and beyond their expectations. After every job is done, Aaron checks our technicians work to ensure 100% top quality, that no corners have been cut, and full effort was put forth into the repair of the customer’s vehicle. Outside of work Aaron enjoys “braaaaping” also known as dirt biking, riding his motorcycle, snowboarding, and said “he loves the outdoors so much that he even enjoys mowing his yard and blowing snow because it means that he his indeed outside.”
Dillon Wanner
Dillon is the Lead Welder and Fabricator at VL Performance. He has 8+ years of experience behind a large number of welding and fabricating techniques. You can often find him under a car, truck, or motorcycle shooting sparks and creating some of the best custom exhaust jobs in the Fox Valley and surrounding cities. His expertise lies in machining, TIG/MIG welding, stainless steel, aluminum, and custom fabrication, but he is always open to ideas to ensure your car looks and sounds the way you want it. He is from Waupaca, WI and found his love for welding in his dad’s shop when he was 14 years old. Dillon often works late hours to perfect a job, whether he is getting paid or not. Because he will not let anything out of VL Performance’s garage unless the customer is 100% satisfied with his craft. In his free time, he enoys… Welding.

Ethan Shenkenberger
Ethan graduated from Fox Valley Technical College with a degree in Automotive Technology. He is certified in Engine Repair and specializes in automatic and manual transmission rebuilds/repair/performance, welding, and heavy duty diesel. You can always find Ethan waist deep in an engine doing what he does best! He is from Poy Sippi, WI and found his love for cars and trucks on his family farm. He is currently renovating a 1947 Diamond T by putting it on a different frame and doing a full-cab restoration. On his own 1999 VW Jetta, he has put ARP head studs in it, a larger Turbo, race injectors, LSD in the transmission, and a short shift kit.

Sean Dennis
Sean has 8+ years of automotive and mechanic experience; he is also a graduate of Fox Valley Technical College. He plays an important role here at VL Performance and contributes quality work for our customers. His specialties include: tuning, performance, suspension, along with many other qualities. He is certified in 609 HVAC training, engine performance and repair, and is ASE certified. Sean drives an Audi with a stock turbo, coil overs, a custom exhaust, and tuned it himself. He grew up in the small town of Three Lakes, WI, which sparked his love for snowmobiling which eventually led to his love for cars. Sean owns 4 snowmobiles all equipped with performance exhaust systems, and occasionally races his Enticer when he has spare time.

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