46 Technicians Honored at ASE Annual Meeting

Release date: 12/3/2015

ASE honors forty-six automotive professionals at its annual awards banquet.

Leesburg, VA, December 3, 2015 – Forty-six automotive professionals were recognized on November 18, 2015, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests. Thirty-six 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 instructors, students, service and parts consultants, and managers. 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-six 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 more than 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.

2015 ASE Award Winners

Award/Company

Winner

City

State

Employer

AutoZone/ASE Manager of the Year

Patrick Gondi

McKinney

TX

City Garage

Axalta Coating Systems/ASE Refinish Technician of the Year

Chad Jensen

New Ulm

MN

Mike's Collision

Big O Tires/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year

Shaun Schmuckie

Louisville

KY

Big O Tires

BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish

Technician of the Year

Jason Hauboldt

Neenah

WI

Bergstrom Automotive

Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Rafael Garcia

Austin

TX

Hill Country European Autoworks

Bridgestone Retail Operations-North Division/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Ivan Arvizo

Evans

CO

Firestone Complete Auto Care

Bridgestone Retail Operations-South Division/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Hutch Hutchins

New Castle

OK

Firestone Complete Auto Care

Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Industry Education Alliance

Instructor of the Year

Randy Baker

Chandler

AZ

East Valley Institute of Technology

Cengage Learning/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Mac McDonald

Kansas City

MO

Perfection Connection

Chrysler/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

David Gardner

Colorado Springs

CO

Colorado Springs Dodge

Chrysler/ASE Master

Collision Repair & Refinish

Technician of the Year

Will Bodnar

Easton Park

FL

Lakeland Motors, LLC

Delco Remy/ASE Master M/H Truck Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician of the Year

David Wager

Shullsburg

WI

Truck Country

Freightliner/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year

Justin Sitzmann

Ceresco

NE

Truck Center Companies

Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year

David Goar

Anoka

MN

Midwest Diesel Service

Gates/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year

Scott Miller

Osceola

WI

Miller Brothers Auto Repair

GM/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Kerry Erwin

Crown Point

IN

Schepel Cadillac

GM/ASE Parts Consultant of the Year

Richard Joyce

Brooklyn

WI

Bergstrom Cadillac of Madison

GM/ASE Service Consultant of the Year

Mark Johnson

Minneapolis

MN

McCarthy Auto World

USAF/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year (Sponsored by GM)

SSgt. Richard Seyler

Spangdahlem Air Base

Germany

United States Air Force

Identifix/ASE Aftermarket Drivability Technician of the Year

Dennis Turner

Fortuna

CA

Franklin's Service

Mazda/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Mark Wilhelm

Cocoa

FL

Boniface-Hiers Mazda

Merchant's Tire & Auto Centers/ASE Master Automobile

Technician of the Year

Jack Jaeger

Waynesboro

VA

Merchant's Tire & Auto Center

Midas International/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year

Bruce McAllister

Cheyenne

WY

Midas

Mitchell1/ASE

Technician of the Future

Abdul Ibrahim

Wiggins

CO

Student: Northeastern Junior College

Motor Age Training/ASE Master Automobile & L1

Technician of the Year

David Wolf

Roseburg

OR

Umpqua Community College

National Tire and Battery/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Adam Walters

Mesquite

TX

National Tire & Battery

Navistar/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year

Gabe Gabrielle

Wyckoff

NJ

Truck King International

Navistar/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year

Ronnie King

Kensington

CT

Dattco Sales & Service

Nissan/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Denny Corson

Detroit

ME

Charlie's Motor Mall

Infiniti/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Fred Schaft

Abington

PA

Infiniti of Ardmore

Pep Boys/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

John Forsythe

San Antonio

TX

Pep Boys

Peterbilt/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year

Karl Teschler

Sterling Heights

MI

Reefer Peterbilt

PPG/ASE Master Refinish

Technician of the Year

Chris Wirgau

Kent City

MI

Alpine Collision Center

Pronto Smart Choice/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Randy Matthews

Fyffe

AL

Danny Matthews Garage

RepairPal/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

John Bridgwater

Castro Valley

CA

Wrights Automotive Service

Snap-on/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Andrew Gibson

Provo

UT

DJ Auto

Snap-on/ASE Master

Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year

Jerry Swanson

Riverdale

NJ

Mountain View Auto Body

Snap-on/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year

Jeff Nesheim

Carol Stream

IL

Ryder

SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service/ASE Automobile

Technician of the Year

Bobby Whiteside

Charlotte

NC

SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service

Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Adam Conrad

Oshkosh

WI

Bergstrom Subaru

TECHNET Professional/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Todd Heiberger

Edgewood

NM

The Auto Angel

Tire Kingdom/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Robert Guttliep

Dunnellon

FL

Tire Kingdom

Toyota/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Richard Currier

Raymond

NH

Ira Toyota Danvers

Toyota/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year

Kevin Sasser

Canton

GA

Nalley Toyota of Roswell

Lexus/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

David Benkert

Cincinnati

OH

Performance Lexus

Volvo/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year

Troy Wilbanks

Lake Worth

FL

Margate Volvo



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Front row (L to R): Rafael Garcia, Troy Wilbanks, Ronnie King, Kerry Erwin, Dave Benkert, Dave Gardner, Hutch Hutchins, Dave Goar, Mac MacDonald, Richard Currier, Chad Jensen, Justin Sitzmann, Adam Conrad, Robert Guttliep

2nd Row (L to R): Dave Wager, Fred Schaft, Ivan Arvizo, Richard Joyce, Jason Hauboldt, Denny Corson, Scott Miller, Bruce McAllister, Dennis Turner, Chris Wirgau, John Bridgwater

3rd Row (L to R): Karl Teschler, Randy Baker, Bobby Whiteside, SSgt Richard Seyler, Jerry Swanson, Mark Wilhelm, Mark Johnson, Jeff Nesheim

4th Row (L to R): Patrick Gondi, Shaun Schmuckie, Gabe Gabrielle, Kevin Sasser, Jack Jaeger

5th Row (L to R): Will Bodnar, John Forsythe, Andrew Gibson, Todd Heiberger, Adam Walters

Top Row (L to R): Abdul Ibrahim, Randy Matthews, Dave Wolf


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