Jeffrey Moran is capitalizing on one of the simplest formulas for business success: Pick a product people desperately want, then do a first-class job delivering it to them. Moran owns Drop Top Customs by Convertible Builders, a company that takes hard-top cars for which there aren’t convertible models and turns them into aftermarket ragtops for car owners who love to ride with the top down.
“We’re pretty much the only people doing this,” he says. “It gives [customers] something they can’t get anywhere else.”
The High Springs business is considered one of the premier conversion companies, with clients in the U.S. and overseas. Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders and Dan Aykroyd are just a few of its clients in this country. Moran’s crew also built a four-door Cadillac convertible given to the King of Thailand for his 79th birthday and a white Chrysler 300 conversion that greeted Pope Benedict XVI when he landed in the Republic of Cameroon last year.
The company started as Coach Builders in 1976. Moran’s father, Larry, has worked for the business since 1982 and Moran joined in 2003 after retiring from the Broward Police Department. He bought the business in 2008.