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Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper name 18 U.S. Technician of the Year finalists

San Antonio, TexasAuto Value and Bumper to Bumper have named 18 technicians across the United States as finalists for its 2020 Technician of the Year program. The 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 in San Antonio, March 12-15, for the Technician of the Year finalist competition, a four-day event complete with custom ASE testing, San Antonio tourism, 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 is also 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. 

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2020 U.S. Technician of the Year Finalists

Technician Name

Certified Service Center City, State Shareholder Owner
Casey Gray Gray Matter Garage Alvarado, TX 4M Parts Warehouse
Rafael Borja Robertson Automotive Tyler, TX ABC Auto Parts
Kim Mertz Len’s Auto Repair Overland, MO Al’s Automotive
Todd Bachler Clegg Auto American Fork American Fork, UT ASAP Automotive Warehouse
Michael Shanley Exhaust Plus Holmen, WI Automotive Parts Headquarters
Ed Kiekover OK Tire Store East Zeeland, MI Auto-Wares Group of Companies
Andrew Rouch Mastertek Saint Charles, IL Auto-Wares Group of Companies
Paul McPherson McPherson Automotive Du Quion, IL Distributors Warehouse, Inc.
Joe Dimino Spanial’s Service Center Hatfield, PA Eastern Warehouse Distributors
A.J. Curtsinger CC Auto Service Harrodsburg, KY Hahn Automotive
Mark Calzia MC Tire & Automotive Moline, IL IWI Motor Parts
Pat Lindell MVP Auto Center Milan, IL The Merrill Company
Phil Clark American Brake Center Louisville, KY Moog Louisville Warehouse
Aaron Lucier RG Automotive, Inc. Halifax, MA Norwood Motor Parts Co.
Chris Broom Broom Auto Ruston, LA Parts Warehouse, Inc.
Ted Curran Monkey Wrenches, Inc. Brentwood, CA Trimon
Jeremy McDaniel Brannon Auto Parts Hartford, AL Tri-States Automotive Warehouse

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