45 Technicians Honored at 2016 ASE Annual Meeting

Release date: 11/28/2016

Leesburg, VA, November 28, 2016 – Forty-five automotive professionals were recognized on November 16, 2016, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Embassy Suites in Concord, North Carolina.

The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests. Thirty-four different companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Collision and Parts categories, along with awards for automotive instructors. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees.

 “ASE has recognized the best of the best in our industry for more than 40 years, and this year we honored forty-five outstanding individuals from all across the nation,” said Tim Zilke, ASE President & CEO. “We couldn’t do this without the support of our many award sponsors, whose ranks include some of the best-known names in the industry. Their commitment to excellence is reflected in the talented individuals receiving these awards each year. The enthusiasm and professionalism displayed by all of our award winners is a testament to the high quality individuals wearing the ASE Blue Seal and we are proud to have them as part of the ASE family,” Zilke concluded.
 
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was established in 1972 as a non-profit organization to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians and parts specialists. Today, there are approximately 300,000 ASE certified professionals at work in dealerships, independent shops, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit the web site at www.ase.com.

2016 ASE Award Winners
AWARD TITLE WINNER CITY STATE EMPLOYER
AutoZone/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Matthew Morrison Hickory NC Clark Tires
Axalta Coating Systems/ASE Refinish Technician of the Year Andrew Perazzo Durant OK S&L Collision Center, Inc.
Big O Tires/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Gary Wilson Louisville KY Big O Tires
BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Eldon Owens Robin ID J&J Autobody
Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Aaron Kaurala Berkley MI Curt's Service
Bridgestone Retail Operations /ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Derek Sorenson Carmichael CA Firestone Tire & Service Center
Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Industry Education Alliance Instructor of the Year Marlo Miranda Cumming GA Forsyth Central High School
Cengage Learning/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Bryan Mitchell Rochester NY First Transit
Chrysler/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Robert Olson Milbank SD Gesswein Motors, Inc.
Chrysler/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Stephan Larose Essex Junction VT Goss Dodge Chrysler
Delco Remy/ASE Master M/H Truck Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician
of the Year
Patrick Dennis Glendale AZ First Transit
Freightliner/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year William Engler Thornton CO Transwest Trucks
Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor  of the Year Daniel Rowland Hesperia CA Victor Valley Community College
GM/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Woodrow Robison Pahrump NV Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza
GM/ASE Parts Consultant of the Year Larry Ellet Howe IN Cole Automotive Group
GM/ASE Service Consultant of the Year Craig Head Sandwich IL Gjovik Chevrolet, Buick, GMC
USAF/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year (Sponsored by GM) TSgt. Nicholas Sevaaetasi Surprise AZ United States Air Force
Honda/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Jaime Pimenta Dartmouth MA Boch Honda
Acura/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Robert Duchmann Santa Clara CA Hopkins Acura
I-CAR Platinum/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Tony Harrison Edmond OK Bob Moore Collision Center
Merchant's Tire & Auto Centers/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Jason Trimble Louisa VA Merchant's Tire & Auto Center
Midas International/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Joshua Kemmerer Telford PA Midas
Mitchell1/ASE Technician of the Future Koda Colbert Wilsonville OR Wilsonville Toyota
Motor Age Training/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year Eric Taffs Helena MT Placer Motors
National Tire and Battery/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Terry Ueckert San Antonio TX National Tire & Battery
Navistar/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Gregory Shimanek Keller TX Southwest International Trucks
Navistar/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year Dennis Gillispie Bradenton FL Sun State International Trucks
Nissan/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Patrick Doyle Riverhead NY Riverhead Automall
Infiniti/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year David Stapinski Bethlehem PA Bennett Infiniti
Pep Boys/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Robert Daigle Londonderry NH Pep Boys
PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year Sean Newman Big Rapids MI M&M Collision
Pronto Smart Choice/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year John Long Round Rock TX Auto-Spec
RepairPal/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Gary Sharits New Port Richey FL Christian Brothers Automotive
Snap-on/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Scott Lawson Oregon City OR 1st Choice Auto Service
Snap-on/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Geoffrey Gwisdala Midland MI Heritage Collision Repairs, Inc.
Snap-on/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Craig Bekkala Calumet MI Bekkala'a Diesel Repair
SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year David Winger Modesto CA SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service
Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year John Johnson Helena MT Placer Motors
TECHNET Professional/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Robert Crawford Sanford NC R&N Motor Company
Tire Kingdom/ASE Master  Automobile Technician of the Year Shawn Lemons Colorado Springs CO Tire Kingdom
Toyota/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Ryan Coberly Lutz FL Stadium Toyota
Toyota/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Anthony Long Eddington ME Downeast Autobody
Lexus/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Joseph Domer Glendale WI Safro Lexus North Shore
Volvo/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Thomas Costantino Budd Lake NJ Kundert Volvo of Hasbrouk Heights
Walmart/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Joseph Calaway Reading MI Walmart Transportation



2016 Award Winner Group Photo:

Front row (L to R): Sean Newman, Jason Trimble, Joe Calaway, Jaime Pimenta, John Johnson, Tony Harrison, Larry Ellet, Bryan Mitchell, David Winger, Ryan Coberly, Rob Daigle.

2nd Row (L to R): Bob Olson, David Stapinski, Steve LaRose, Gary Sharits, Patrick Dennis, Scott Lawson, Derek Sorenson, Shawn Lemons, Rob Crawford, Matt Morrison, Anthony Long, Craig Head.

3rd Row (L to R): Andy Perazzo, Eric Taffs, Woody Robison, Rob Duchmann, Josh Kemmerer, Marlo Miranda, John Long, Bill Engler.

4th Row (L to R): Joe Domer, Craig Bekkala, Dennis Gillispie, TSgt Nicholas "Sev" Sevaaetasi, Tom Costantino, Eldon Owens, Gary Wilson, Terry Ueckert.

Top Row (L to R): Aaron Kaurala, Patrick Doyle, Geoffrey "Norm" Gwisdala, Koda Colbert, Greg Shimanek, Dan Rowland.

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