Thursday, 26 January 2012 17:43

40 Technicians Honored at ASE 2011 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC

Forty automotive professionals were recognized on November 16, 2011, at the Fall board meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Marriott City Center in Charlotte, NC.

The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests. Thirty 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.

This year’s celebration in Charlotte was enhanced by a visit from five former Team ASE drivers, who volunteered their time to sign autographs and meet the award winners in person. NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne, Jason Leffler and Mike Bliss were joined by Ted Musgrave and Jimmy Spencer to help make the reception a memorable affair. In addition, there were two new award sponsors this year, one being the first ever from the military, representing the US Air Force.

“ASE has been honoring the best of the best in our industry for more than 30 years, and this year we recognized forty 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.”

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 360,000 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.

ASE 2011 Award Winners
ASCCA/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Patrick Nicoll, Pat’s Automotive, Santa Maria, Calif.
AYES/ASE Instructor of the Year: David White, Parkside High School, Willards, Md.
BodyShop Business/ASE Master Coll. Repair & Refinish Tech of the Year: Michael Baker, Pro-Tech Collision, Pacific, Mo.
Bridgestone Retail Operations/ASE Master Automobile Tech of the Year: Noel Barnhart, Firestone Complete Auto Care, Delmar, Iowa.
Chrysler/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Scott Rosencrantz, Garber Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Flushing, Mich.
Chrysler/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year: Mike Hunkler, Larry Hillis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Delco Remy/ASE M/H Truck Electrical/Electronic Sys Tech of the Year: Joseph DeLap, Ryder, Dakota, Ill.
Delmar Cengage Learning/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year: William Davis, JD Byrider, N. Baltimore, Ohio.
Freightliner/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year: Robert McNees, Jr., Truck Centers, Inc., Middle Brook, Mo.
Sterling/Western Star/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year: Kevin Treichel, Don’s Truck Sales, Greene, Iowa.
Gates/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Technician of the Year: Andreas Miller, Stonum Automotive, Longmont, Colo.
GM/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Jeffrey Heinz, Hendrick Auto Mall, Apex, N.C.
Honda/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Joseph Londo, Bianchi Honda, Erie, Penna.
Acura/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Sandro Giordano, Acura of Turnersville, Blackwood, N.J.
Identifix/ASE Aftermarket Drivability Technician of the Year: Andy Olson, Courtesy Car Care, Holmen, Wisc.
Midas International/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year: John Gillies III, Midas Auto Service Experts, Ludington, Mich.
Mitchell 1/ASE Technician of the Future: Steven Ray, The Automaster BMW, Essex Junction, Vt.
Motor Age Training/ASE Master Automobile & L1 Tech of the Year: Joseph Young, San Diego Miramar College, San Diego, Calif.
NATEF/ASE Instructor of the Year: Bradley Dressen, Butte College, Orland, Calif.
Navistar/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year: Shawn Lehman, Tri County Motor Sales, Stoystown, Penna.
Navistar/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year: Kenneth Passmore, Midwest Transit Equipment, Indianapolis, Ind.
Navistar/ASE Parts Specialist of the Year: Adam Russell, Sr., Goodman Truck & Tractor, Amelia, Va.
Navistar/ASE Truck Paint & Refinish Technician of the Year: Collin Harris, Int'l Truck Sales of Richmond, Manquin, Va.
Nissan/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Glenn Ferrer, Nissan of St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Fla.
Infiniti/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: John Roderich, Fields Infiniti of Glencoe, Phillips, Wisc.
Pep Boys/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Mark Regan, Pep Boys, Walpole, Mass.
Peterbilt/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year: John Wood, Interstate Truck Center, Oakdale, Calif.
PPG/ASE Master Refinish Technician of the Year: Robert Bender, Bender Auto Repair, Saltsburg, Penna.
Snap-on/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Jack Harlan III, Harlan’s Auto Care, Canfield, Ohio
Snap-on/ASE Master Coll. Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year: Neal Nuce, Precision Collision Repair Center, Wake Forest, NC
Snap-on/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year: Steven Sass, Sr., A.N.D. Service, Inc., Carlstadt, NJ
Standox/ASE Refinish Technician of the Year: Daniel Walsh, Boch Collision Center, West Bridgewater, Mass.
Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Daniel Pratt, Flatirons Subaru, Firestone, Colo.
TECH-NET Professional/ASE Master Automobile Tech of the Year: Michael Byer, Mike Byer Auto & Truck Repair, Asheville, NC.
Toyota/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Warren Butrim, Koons Toyota of Annapolis, Arnold, Md.
Toyota/ASE Master Coll. Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year: Leonel Dufault, Toyota of North Dartmouth, Westport, Mass.
Lexus/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Anthony Bausano, Lexus of Smithtown, Huntington, N.Y.
USAF/ASE Technician of the Year: Msgt. Andrew Slater, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, US Air Force.
Valvoline Career Tech/ASE Instructor of the Year: John Kasper, Millington High School, Memphis, Tenn.
Volvo/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Jesse Berryman III,Koons Volvo, Westminster, Md.

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