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How I Made It: Derek Jenkins, design director at Mazda North America
How I Made It: Derek Jenkins, design director at Mazda North America

The gig: As director for design at Mazda North America in Irvine, Derek Jenkins leads the design direction of Mazda's current and future vehicle lineup. Jenkins, 44, has shaped the look of the brand's top-selling models and is the pen behind the upcoming refresh of the MX-5 Miata. Riding the wave: Jenkins grew up in Huntington Beach, surrounded by the surf and car cultures. "I was one of those grom kids who surfed as much as humanly possible," Jenkins recalled. When he wasn't in the water, he was soaking up the world of cars."I consider growing up in that area pretty influential, especially in the 1980s but even so today," Jenkins said. "There's...

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