AAIA-ASE World Class Technicians Honored by Chilton and Delmar

Release date: 9/15/2010

Seventeen technicians who earned ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during 2009 are recognized by AAIA, a trade association, and several allied organizations.

BETHESDA, Md. – September 15, 2010 – The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) today announced that this year’s World Class Technicians will each receive a special reward from Chilton and Delmar in honor of their achievement. Chilton, part of Cengage Learning and an established leader in reference sources for automotive professionals and Do-It-Yourself automotive enthusiasts, and Delmar, also part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of learning solutions for ongoing career development and education, will be awarding each technician with a $100 American Express gift card and a choice of product.

Each technician will be able to select from among the following Chilton and Delmar products:

This year, 17 outstanding individuals qualified for the World Class Technician Award. The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) and National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) work together to recognize these professional technicians who have tested and obtained ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2009 test administrated by ASE. As the new sponsors for this award, Delmar and Chilton will present this year’s winning technicians and future World Class Technicians with prizes in honor of their achievements.

“I sincerely hope that other companies doing business in the automotive aftermarket will follow the most generous lead of Chilton and Delmar in demonstrating their appreciation for the best of the best professional technicians,” said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO.

“We commend Chilton and Delmar for this very generous recognition of these outstanding technicians who really do represent the best of the best,” said Tim Zilke, ASE President & CEO. “All too often those dedicated men and women who provide world-class service and repair each and every day in service bays across the nation are not recognized for the vital role they play in keeping America moving. We encourage doing all we can to acknowledge their contribution and commitment to our industry and the motoring public who depend so much on their skills and professionalism.”

“It is a great privilege for us to be able to provide recognition to each technician in celebration of their exceptional accomplishment and we look forward to the opportunity to present future World Class Technicians with well-deserved honors,” said David Koontz, Publisher, Chilton. “In knowing a World Class Technician recipient personally, I can attest not only to the time, effort and skill required to pass 22 ASE certification tests, but also to the ongoing dedication demonstrated by these individuals which honors the industry, profession and the organizations that support this award.”

The 17 World Class Technicians are:

  1. Douglas C. Bastow, Mount Laurel, N.J.
  2. James C. Hochhalter, Castle Rock, Colo.
  3. David M. Broadwater, Mount Laurel, N.J.
  4. Francis E. McGovern, Mount Laurel, N.J.
  5. Ronald A. Chappell, Gainesville, Fla.
  6. James Mellody, Throop, Pa.
  7. Christopher V. Dalton, Mount Laurel, N.J.
  8. Thomas L. Monroe, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  9. Donald A. Denne, Bountiful, Utah
  10. Liberto Pastor, Elmhurst, N.Y.
  11. James A. Dunlap, Houston, Texas
  12. Harvey J. Redmond, Mount Laurel, N.J.
  13. David K. Ernest, Riverview, Fla.
  14. Lewis J. Turpin, Kingston, Tenn.
  15. Ray E. Garver, Clare, Mich.
  16. Larry W. Wagley, Denton, Texas
  17. Floyd G. Webb, III, Tallahassee, Fla.

“We are excited to recognize and support these leading technicians and their outstanding achievement,” said Kristen Davis, Director, Professional Transportation Industry Training Solutions, Delmar. “Their dedication to their training and their mastery of automotive service and repair is truly inspiring and mirrors our commitment to providing leading training solutions for the automotive industry.”

Since the World Class Technician recognition was established 23 years ago, only 1,793 technicians have been honored. Recipients receive a special certificate signed by the presidents of ASE and AAIA, a toolbox plate and an embroidered shoulder insignia. Additionally, their name is perpetually inscribed in an honor book located in the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich.

About AAIA

AAIA is a Bethesda, Md.-based association whose more than 23,000 member companies and affiliates manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, service, tools, equipment, materials and supplies. Through its membership, AAIA represents more than 100,000 repair shops, parts stores and distribution outlets.

About ASE

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 nearly 400,000 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 website at www.ase.com.

About Chilton, Delmar and Cengage Learning

Chilton is a part of Cengage Learning and is an established leader in reference sources for automotive professionals and do-it-yourself automotive enthusiasts. Delmar is also a part of Cengage Learning and is a leading provider of learning solutions for ongoing career development and education. Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. For more information on Chilton products visit www.chilton.cengage.com. For more information on Delmar products visit www.trainingbay.cengage.com. For more information on Cengage Learning visit www.cengage.com.

For more information:

Rich White: (301) 654-6664 ext. 1030
E-mail: rich.white@aftermarket.org



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