38 Technicians Honored at ASE Annual Meeting

Release date: 12/10/2010

Top technicians gain national recognition an industry event.

38 Technicians Honored at ASE Event

Leesburg, VA., December 10, 2010 - Thirty-eight automotive professionals were recognized on November 17, 2010, at the Fall board meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Cottonwoods Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests. Thirty-one different companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Collision and Parts categories, along with three instructor awards. 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 been honoring the best of the best in our industry for more than 30 years, and this year we recognized 38 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 we recognize each year.”

ASE 2010 Award Winners
Award / Company Award Winner
ASCCA/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Gregory Lipp Certified Automotive Specialists — Calif.
AYES/ASE Instructor of the Year Michael McGhee Arlington Career Center — Fairfax, Va.
BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Joseph Raschke Valley Buick GMC — Apple Valley, Minn.
Bridgestone Retail Operations/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Steven Nessman Lakeside Firestone Complete Auto Care — Oklahoma City, Okla.
TECH-NET Professional/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Shawn Petry Petry's White Bear Automotive — Saint Paul, Minn.
Chrysler/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Robb SchenckBZ Motors — Lewisburg, Penn.
Chrysler/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Nathan Peckham Peter Koch Chrysler — Seneca Falls, N.Y.
Delco Remy/ASE M/H Truck Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician of the Year Jonathan Schuessler Con-way Freight — Ann Arbor, Mich.
Delmar Cengage Learning/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year Samuel Bell The Lusty Wrench — Cleveland Heights, Ohio
DuPont/ASE Refinish Technician of the Year Bruce Lessner Precision Auto Body — Arlington, Texas
Freightliner/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Jason Britton FYDA Freightliner — Columbus, Ohio
Sterling/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Steven Mitchell La Crosse Truck Center — La Crosse, Wisc.
Gates/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year Adam Ketterl Dave's Oil Service — Atwood, Kan.
GM/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Richard Starnes Bob King Buick — GMC-Wilmington, N.C.
Honda/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Keith Schaeg Stephen Vince Honda — Wildwood, Mo.
Acura/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Douglas MochAcura of Salem — Salem, Ore.
Identifix/ASE Aftermarket Drivability Technician of the Year Stephen Shelton Japanese Auto Service — Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Midas International/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year Daniel Gagnon Midas — Cohoes, N.Y.
Mitchell 1/ASE Technician of the Future Simon Ward Preferred Fleet Services — Dayton, Ohio
Motor Age Training/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year Charlie Fuller Kalamazoo Valley Community College — Kalamazoo, Mich.
NATEF/ASE Instructor of the Year Ben Upham Ferris State University — Big Rapids, Mich.
Navistar/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Robert Ball Maudlin International Trucks — Orlando, Fla.
Navistar/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year Drew Matalis Chicago International Trucks — Carol Stream, Ill.
Navistar/ASE Parts Specialist of the Year Gary McMains O'Halloran International — Altoona, Iowa
Navistar/ASE Truck Paint & Refinish Technician of the Year Brian Troxel O'Halloran International — Altoona, Iowa
Nissan/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Dennis Corson Charlie's Motor Mall — Augusta, Maine
Infiniti/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Thomas Thompson Sewell Infiniti of Houston — Houston, Texas
Peterbilt/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Michael Willoughby Rush Truck Center of Oklahoma City — Oklahoma City, Okla.
PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year John Boyer Weber Chevrolet — St.Louis, Mo.
Snap-on/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Ronald Hartzler RNS Service — Orrville, Ohio
Snap-on/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year. Wayne Gould POW Collision Carstar — Newfane, N.Y.
Snap-on/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Nick Folkers Folkers Bros. Garage — Hartington, Neb.
Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Steven Pittman Dewey Griffin Buick Pontiac — Bellingham, Wash.
Toyota/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year& Marlin Burns Joel Confer Toyota — Warriors Mark, Penn.
Toyota/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Mark Bjordahl Atlanta Toyota — Duluth, Ga.
Lexus/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Alex Himes Lexus of Albuquerque — Albuquerque, N.M.
Valvoline Vo-Tech/ASE Instructor of the Year Michael Elder Pittsburg High School — Pittsburg, Kan.
Volvo/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year John Stuckey Powell Volvo — Scottsdale, Ariz.

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.

For more information:

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



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