52 Technicians Honored at ASE Annual Meeting

Release date: 11/20/2018

Leesburg, VA, November 20, 2018 – Fifty-two automotive professionals were recognized on November 14, 2018, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests. Forty-one companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Collision, Parts and Service 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 52 outstanding individuals from 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. The enthusiasm and professionalism displayed by all our award winners is a testament to the high-quality of ASE Certified technicians and specialists. We are proud to have them as part of the ASE family,” Zilke concluded.
  

2018 ASE Award Winners
AWARD TITLE WINNER CITY STATE EMPLOYER
Auto Value/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Andrew Langello Vero Beach FL Treasure Coast Automotive
Axalta Coating Systems/ASE Refinish Technician of the Year Robert Warren Bensenville IL O'Hare Auto Body
Big O Tires/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year Mario Corral Las Cruces NM Big O Tires
BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year David Rogers New York Mills MN Nyhus Chevrolet-Buick
Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Christopher Bornemann Manitowoc WI Satori's Auto Service
Bridgestone Retail Operations/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Erik Craddock Neenah WI Firestone Complete Auto Care
Bumper to Bumper/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Mike Creighton Perkasie PA Creighton's Auto Repair
Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Education Foundation Instructor of the Year Brian LaCroix Shaftsbury VT Capital Region BOCES Career & Tech (Albany, NY)
Cengage Learning/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Mark Lutz Roslindale, MA Newton North High School
Chrysler/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Mark Shankroff Myerstown PA Outten Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
Chrysler/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Steve Martindale Fowlerville MI Dick Scott Motor Mall
Delco Remy/ASE Master M/H Truck Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician
of the Year
Jon Keasler Longview TX City of Longview Fleet Services
First Student/ASE Technician of the Year Shane Lally Brookfield CT First Student
First Transit Pat Erickson Star Prairie WI First Transit (Roseville, MN)
Freightliner/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Jonathan Cecil Evans CO Transwest Truck Trailer RV
Gates/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year John Gengel Bellevue NE Bellevue Tires & Auto Service; Metropolitan Community College
GM/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Lewis Walther III Rockaway NJ Schumacher Chevrolet
GM/ASE Parts Consultant of the Year John Schwartzmann Downers Grove IL Castle Chevrolet of Villa Park
GM/ASE Service Consultant of the Year Dave Harnak Plymouth Meeting PA A & T Chevrolet
USAF/ASE Technician of the Year (Sponsored by GM) SrA Justin Vigil Spangdah-lem Air Base Germany United States Air Force
Honda/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Joey Och Cortland OH Apostolakis Honda Cars
Acura/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Devin Conne Homer Glen IL McGrath Acura of Westmont
I-CAR Platinum/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Christopher Shepherd Shreveport LA Caddo Career and Technology Center
Merchant's Tire & Auto Centers/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year Ryan Bretschneider Richardsville VA Merchant's Tire & Auto Center
Midas International/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Jonathan Dawsey Palm Bay FL Midas of Melbourne
Mitchell1/ASE Technician of the Future Matthew Wolfe Rebersburg PA Rebersburg Inspection & Auto Repair
Motor Age Training/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year Jimmy Brigance Stigler OK Kiamichi Technology Center
NAPA/ASE Master Technician of the Year Ronald King Kensington CT Dattco Sales & Service
National Tire & Battery Southeast/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year John Hughes Jr. Midlothian VA National Tire & Battery
National Tire & Battery West/ASE
Automobile Technician of the Year
Aaron Burton League City TX National Tire & Battery
Navistar/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Thomas Marty Plover WI Mid-State Truck Service Inc.
Navistar/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year David Gabrielle Wyckoff NJ Truck King International (Bronx, NY)
Navistar/ASE Parts Specialist of the Year Timothy Ehrhart Corsica PA Zacherl Motor Truck Sales
Nissan/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Chris Beasley Salisbury NC Ben Mynatt Nissan
Infiniti/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Ken Winders Lubbock TX Infiniti of Lubbock
Pep Boys/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Bledi Cela Bolingbrook IL Pep Boys
PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year Tom Dagenais Oak Forest IL Continental Toyota
Pronto Smart Choice/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Troy Herlyn Freeman SD Specialty Automotive Inc.
RepairPal/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Andrew Gibson Provo UT DJ Auto; CARQUEST Technical Institute
Snap-on/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Joseph Mason III Enfield CT Raffia Road/Spring Street Service Centers
Snap-on/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year Kevan Short Oak Park MI Suburban Collision
Snap-on/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year Adrian Russ Beavercreek OH J & J Transportation Specialists Inc.
SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Scott Spanbauer Modesto CA SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service
Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Dan Nelson Boise ID Larry Miller Subaru
Subaru University/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Abraham Giles Aurora CO Shortline Subaru
TECHNET Professional/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Bret Lamoreaux Mesa AZ Kelly Automotive
Tire Kingdom/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year Nick Wesner Orlando FL Tire Kingdom
Toyota/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Chet Wallace Hastings MN Inver Grove Toyota
Toyota/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year William Cahill Webster NY Dorschel Automotive Group
Lexus/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Julian Benzaia Clay AL Lexus of Birmingham
Volvo/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year Neal Krenzke Houston TX Momentum Volvo
ZF/ASE Aftermarket Master Automobile Technician of the Year Mark Verdi Tampa FL Dakota Truck Sales and Service


 
2018 Award Winner Group Photo:
Front row (L to R): Bill Cahill, Ronnie King, Chris Shepherd, Lew Walther, Tom Marty, Jimmy Brigance, Joey Och, Neal Krenzke, Brian LaCroix, Steve Martindale, Mark Verdi, Mark Lutz
2nd Row (L to R): Jon Keasler, Chris Beasley, Abraham Giles, Bret Lamoreaux,, Adrian Russ, Mario Corral, SrA Justin Vigil, Chris Bornemann, John Gengel, Scott Spanbauer, Shane Lally, Chet Wallace
3rd Row (L to R): Pat Erickson, Andrew Gibson, Jonathan Dawsey, Mike Creighton, Andrew Langello, Rob Warren, Devin Conne, John Schwartzmann, Mark Shankroff, Ryan Bretschneider, Tom Dagenais
4th Row (L to R): Aaron Burton, Gabe Gabrielle, Dave Rogers, Tim Ehrhart, Jon Cecil, Troy Herlyn, Benny Benzaia, Ken Winders, Kevan Short
Top Row (L to R): Matt Wolfe, Dan Nelson, Erik Craddock, Nick Wesner, Dave Harnak, John Hughes
*Not pictured: Ed Cela, Clark Mason
 
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 a quarter of a million 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.

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