San Antonio, Texas—Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper has named Mark Calzia of M.C. Tire & Automotive in Moline, Ill., the 2020 Technician of the Year. Calzia achieved the highest score on a custom ASE exam given to U.S. finalists in San Antonio, Texas, March 13, during the Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Technician of the Year finalist trip.
M.C Tire & Automotive is a Bumper to Bumper Certified Service Center and customer of IWI Motor Parts.
“Mark is a great customer, and, better yet, a great person. This is an outstanding achievement by a great individual,” said TJ Faley, president of IWI Motor Parts. “Mark spends endless hours going to training classes and does everything he can to stay at the top of his trade. Mark shows us all what it takes to be a professional. He is a great asset to the Quad Cities. He is always ready to lend a helping hand when somebody is struggling on a complicated repair. The IWI family is excited and proud of Mark’s accomplishment.”
Calzia was one of 18 U.S. finalists. He and the other finalists and their guests traveled to San Antonio, March 12-15, for a weekend of camaraderie and fun to celebrate their accomplishments and crown the winner. The group was also joined by the Canadian Technician of the Year Jason Meilleur of River Park Automotive (a Piston Ring Service Supply CSC) in Winnipeg, Canada, and the Mexican Technician of the Year Luis Alfredo Calles Rivas of Mecatec Express (a customer of Almex Refacciones) in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
“I’m so thankful to Bumper to Bumper for gathering some of the best technicians in the nation together to be recognized, share ideas, and have fun,” Calzia said. “We have all learned new things, shared camaraderie, and met some new lifelong friends. The time we shared will be great memories for the rest of our lives. It’s such an honor to be able to represent Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper.”
His score of 94 out of 100 possible points earned him the title, $2,500, and a trip to the ASE Awards Ceremony in Clearwater, Fla.. this November to represent all of Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Certified Service Center locations and technicians.