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2023 Techs Rock Awards recognizes category winners, opens grand prize voting

June 14, 2023
Vote for the non-profit's grand prize winner of the Techs Rock Award through Friday, June 16, out of five selected category winners.

TechForce Foundation, a non-profit that promotes the trade and fund technical students, announced the category winners of the 2023 Techs Rock Awards and opened the Grand Prize Public Vote. TechForce created the awards to honor technicians who excel in their work and guide the next generation.

Meet the category winners and vote for the Grand Prize Winner here. Voting is open through 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, June 16, 2023.

Each of the five category winners receives prizes valued over $1,900 from TechForce partners Advance Auto Parts, AutoZone, Cengage Learning, CRC Industries, Ford Motor Company, Nissan, Snap-on Industrial, and WD-40 Company.

Read more: TechForce showcases real technicians' stories to attract new recruits

In addition to their category winner prizes, the grand prize winner, chosen by popular vote, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to STX 2024 in Nashville, Tenn., valued at $3,000, courtesy of Advance Auto Parts; and additional prizes valued at $6,000 from AutoZone, CRC Industries, Ford Motor Company, Nissan, Snap-on Industrial and WD-40 Company.

The category winners include:

  • Barrier Buster - Riley Schlick-Trask, Riley’s Builds. The Barrier Buster category recognizes technicians for showing heart and passion in overcoming obstacles to succeed.
  • Die Hard - Bryan Kuehni, Advantage Chevrolet Bolingbrook. The Die Hard category recognizes industry superfans who live, breathe, sleep, and thrive in their career.
  • Outstanding Mentor - James Jacobsen, Lake Motor Company. The Outstanding Mentor category recognizes technicians for providing support and guidance to the industry's future techs.
  • Pay it Forward - Bradley Hindman, Mission Auto Repair. The Pay it Forward category recognizes technicians for being a community advocate and inspiring the next generation of techs.
  • Rookie of the Year - Jinelee Galindez, Mercedes Benz of South Orlando. The Rookie of the Year category recognizes up-and-coming tech professionals with under two years’ professional experience.

The five category winners were selected by judges including Bogi Lateiner, Bogi’s Garage; Harrison Burton, Wood Brothers Racing; Emily Reeves, Flying Sparks Garage; Pete Meier, Dorman Products; and Camrie Caruso, Camrie Caruso Motorsports.

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