From a very young age, Ken was making go-karts out of used lawn mowers and customizing mini bikes. It was always his priority that whatever he was working on was the best it could be. At 15, while still in high school, he started working full time at Elmers Service station in Des Plaines, to ensure he could buy a car as soon as he could legally drive. His first car was a 1968 396 Camaro convertible, which was the beginning of his love for fast cars. When he wasn’t working on cars, he was building custom motorcycles and painting them. Immediately after high school he went to technical school to become an auto body painter. After a few years of learning the trade in a family body shop in Des Plaines, he moved to Laurel Mercedes, becoming their head painter for many years. It was there he learned there is a big difference between getting the job done and true quality work.
In 1985 he felt the time was right to go out on his own. His vision was to always provide quality collision repair. This was back in the day when there were many shops doing sub standard work. People noticed, and through word of mouth Boyce Body Werks grew year after year. The company expanded three times in the original location before building a new state of the art shop in Batavia in 2001. Many customers came from great distances, so a few years later a 2nd location in Naperville was opened.
For many years Ken did everything at Boyce Body Werks, estimating, painting, buffing and washing cars. He eventually quit painting and moved into the office full time, but always preferred working on the cars to office work! After 42 years in the industry, 30 with Boyce Body Werks, Ken semi retired in 2015, although he continues to oversee both shops and provide advice when needed.