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Thirty-Eight Technicians Honored at ASE Annual Meeting

Thirty-one different companies from both the OEM and aftermarket segments of the automotive industry 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.

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LEESBURG, Va. — Thirty-eight automotive professionals were recognized at the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Fall Meeting, held Nov. 17 at the Cottonwoods Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests.

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Thirty-one different companies from both the OEM and aftermarket segments of the automotive industry 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 and 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 ASE 2010 Award Winners are:

ASCCA/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year
Gregory Lipp
Certified Automotive Specialists – Glendora, 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 Schenck
BZ 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, Wis.

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 Moch
Acura 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.

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