33 Technicians Honored at ASE Annual Meeting

Release date: 12/21/2009

Thirty-three automotive pros recognized at ASE’s Fall 2009 board meeting in New Orleans, La.

Leesburg, VA., December 21, 2009 - Thirty-three automotive professionals were recognized on November 19, 2009, at the Fall board meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE certification tests. Twenty-seven different companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck and Collision categories. 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.

"For more than 25 years, ASE has been honoring the best of the best in our industry, and this year we recognized 33 outstanding individuals from all around the nation," said Tim Zilke, ASE President & CEO. "ASE is grateful for 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 we recognize each year."

Incorporated on June 12, 1972, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was established 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 400,000 ASE-certified professionals who work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, machine shops, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit the website at www.ase.com.

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Award/Company Award Winner
BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Alan Byer Collision- Syracuse, N.Y. Eric Rice
Bridgestone Retail Operations/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Firestone Complete Auto Care- E. Chicago, Ind. Manuel Rodriguez
TECH-NET Professional/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Auto Tech & Body- Roselle, Ill. Rollin Hansen
Cengage Learning/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Harlan’s Auto Repair- Silver Lake, Minn. Harlan Wawrzyniak
Chrysler/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Mills Ford Jeep Willmar- Willmar, Minn. Timothy Johnson
Chrysler/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Brickner Chrysler Center of Wausau- Wausau, Wis. Robert Krueger
Delco Remy/ASE M/H Truck Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician of the Year Schneider National- Seville, Ohio Kirk Kabel
Freightliner/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Kansas Truck Center- Salina, Kan. ADavid Relph
Sterling/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Boyer Trucks- Savage, Minn. Joel Fogarty
Sterling/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Boyer Trucks- Savage, Minn. Joel Fogarty
Gates/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year MB Automotive, Inc.- Des Plaines, Ill. Scot Manna
GM/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Delehanty Pontiac- Flushing, Mich. Bryon Vamos
Honda/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Route 23 Honda- Pompton Plaines, N.J. Louis Gede
Acura/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year David McDavid Acura- Plano, Texas Carl Cornelius
Identifix/ASE Aftermarket Drivability Technician of the Year Eichelberger Service, Inc.- Shickley, Neb. Raymond Reichert
Midas International/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year Midas- Maple Grove, Minn. Daryl Emholtz
Mitchell 1/ASE Technician of the Future Cache Valley Advantage Automotive- Logan, UTtah Rick Ballard
Motor Age Training/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year Clark College- Vancouver, Wash. Michael Godson
NATEF/ASE Instructor of the Year MCC- Longview- Lee’s Summit, Mo. Rory Perrodin
Navistar/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Mid-State Truck Service- Marshfield, Wis. Douglas Bernitt
Navistar/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year Lake City International Trucks- Boise, Idaho Bob McDonald
Navistar/ASE Parts Specialist of the Year Central Maryland International Trucks- Frederick, Md. Sarah Herbst
Nissan/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Desert Nissan- Las Vegas, Nev. Gary Willett
Infiniti/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Brewbaker Motors- Montgomery, Ala. David Martin
PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year North Dakota State College of Science- Wahpeton, N.D. James Erdahl
Snap-On/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Tri-County Motors- Rudyard, Mich. Thomas Piippo
Snap-On/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Five Star Autobody- St. Johnsbury, Vt. George Mudge
Snap-On/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year DPC Emergency Equipment- Marydel, Del. Michael Richard
Spies Hecker/ ASE Refinish Technician of the Year Dent Devil’s Collision Center- Merrimack, N.H. Walter Andrews, Jr
Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Maita Hyundai Subaru- Sacramento, Calif. Toby Costa
Toyota/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Galaxy Toyota- Eatontown, N.J. Edward LaFontaine
Toyota/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Toyota Carlsbad- Carlsbad, Calif. Ralph Melitz
Lexus/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Lexus of Tulsa- Tulsa, Okla. Bryan Ledbetter
Volvo/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Volvo Spokane- Spokane, Wash. Paul Van Doren

For more information:

Tony Molla: (703) 669-6614
E-mail: tmolla@ase.com



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