Meet Branden Smith, the only one at SunCoast with any real style and swag. Branden was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, where he played football and ran track, in addition to placing at state in weightlifting two years in a row. He once bench pressed 475 using his bare chin.
After high school, he joined the Army and eventually got sent to Korea...after getting into a bar fight and sending two punks to the hospital. How’s that for badass?
After four years yelling “Hooah!" Branden moved to Gainesville for college and afterward ended up at a law firm working in the records department. He then had a brief stint traveling Europe as a crotchless underwear model, which later inspired the Blue Steel look in "Zoolander." Branden eventually came back to his hometown, worked for Toyota for seven years, then was the general manager for Mr. Transmission before ending up at SunCoast. One time while traveling overseas with his boss at Mr. Transmission, Branden ended up in the security detail for boxer Roy Jones Jr. (Don’t believe us? Check this out at the :20 mark: http://tinyurl.com/ycz7mdnx. P.S.: He’s the one with the beautiful beard.) In August 2015, Branden Pa-Panden was brought into the SunCoast family to revamp our parts department. In June of ‘16, he moved on to sales, where he’s been busting ass and taking names ever since.
Branden is happily married to his wife, Sarah, and they have a daughter, Bailee, along with three dogs and five real fish. When he’s not selling transmissions or buying cars off Craigslist to refurbish, you can find Branden out there in the ocean...mmm…motorboatin'. In the south, Branden is known for having the toughest hair and strongest chin this side of Tennessee. Chuck Norris was second cast to Branden for Walker Texas Ranger. One time Chuck Norris punched him in the chin and died, and only a single lock of Branden's hair was able to bring him back to life. His hair is so tough that only a brush made of albino whale bones found south of Egypt can withstand the friction of his curls. He actually uses our own transmission fluid as styling mousse.