Auto Value, Bumper To Bumper Name Tech Of The Year Finalists

Auto Value, Bumper To Bumper Tech Of The Year Finalists

Eighteen U.S. technicians have been selected as finalists for this esteemed 2020 Technician of the Year program.

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper have named 18 technicians across the United States as finalists for their esteemed 2020 Technician of the Year program. These automotive professionals represent the Certified Service Center network of more than 3,800 shops, which employs more than 10,000 techs. Each finalist was selected by their Auto Value or Bumper to Bumper parts distributor.

In addition to achieving ASE certification and being a part of a Certified Service Center, finalists distinguished themselves by completing channel partner trainings, attending live training, and submitting personal bios and letters of recommendation. 

“It’s incredible to see the joy and hard work put into this competition by the technicians. They are already winners just by earning a spot on the finalist trip,” said Pat Winters, former chairman of Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper’s Sales & Marketing Committee and vice president of sales and marketing for Warren Distributing, an Auto Value distributor. In 2019, the Warren Distributing finalist was named the technician of the year. “We were very proud to have a technician from our group in Southern California representing all of Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper last year. Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists, and best of luck on the test.”

The 18 finalists will meet March 12-15 in San Antonio for the Technician of the Year finalist competition, a four-day event complete with custom ASE testing, San Antonio tourism, a rodeo, and more. The technician who scores highest on the custom 90-minute, 100-question ASE test will win $2,500 and will represent Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper this November at the ASE Technician of the Year Award Ceremony. 

This training program is supported by the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Inc., program group headquarters for Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper. The Technician of the Year also is available to members in Canada and Mexico. The Auto Value Technician of the Year for Canada and Mexico will be in attendance in San Antonio this March with the U.S. Technician of the Year finalists.  

2020 U.S. Technician of the Year Finalists

Technician Name

Certified Service CenterCity, StateShareholder Owner
Casey GrayGray Matter GarageAlvarado, TX4M Parts Warehouse
Rafael BorjaRobertson AutomotiveTyler, TXABC Auto Parts
Kim MertzLen’s Auto RepairOverland, MOAl’s Automotive
Todd BachlerClegg Auto American ForkAmerican Fork, UTASAP Automotive Warehouse
Michael ShanleyExhaust PlusWest Salem, WIAutomotive Parts Headquarters
Ed KiekoverOK Tire Store EastZeeland, MIAuto-Wares Group of Companies
Andrew RouchMastertekSaint Charles, ILAuto-Wares Group of Companies
Paul McPhersonMcPherson AutomotiveDu Quion, ILDistributors Warehouse, Inc.
Joe DiminoSpanial’s Service CenterHatfield, PAEastern Warehouse Distributors
A.J. CurtsingerCC Auto ServiceHarrodsburg, KYHahn Automotive
Mark CalziaMC Tire & AutomotiveMoline, ILIWI Motor Parts
Pat LindellMVP Auto CenterMilan, ILThe Merrill Company
Phil ClarkAmerican Brake CenterLouisville, KYMoog Louisville Warehouse
Aaron LucierRG Automotive, Inc.Halifax, MANorwood Motor Parts Co.
Chris BroomBroom AutoRuston, LAParts Warehouse, Inc.
Ted CurranMonkey Wrenches, Inc.Brentwood, CATrimon
Jeremy McDanielBrannon Auto PartsHartford, ALTri-States Automotive Warehouse
Andy MaGustafsons BrothersHuntington Beach, CAWarren Distributing

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