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2021 Award Winners: Front row (Left to Right): Issac Fish-Garza, Robert Armstead, Ceasar Sanchez, Patrick Williams, Scott Horst, Steve Naegele, Garret DeZiel, Daniel Myers, Dan Levin. 2nd Row (Left to Right): Nicholas Callahan, Mitchell Palm, David Cameron, Eric Bolton, Karl Eickhoff, Alan Johns, Lynn Austin, Robert Powell, Erich Beer, Robert Olson. 3rd Row (Left to Right): Mike Ford, David Benkert, Bryan Mitchell, Michael Carter, Russell Rhodes, Steve Bernasek, Charles Wren, Michael Cranford, Douglas Haas. 4th Row (Left to Right): Mariano Rubio, Christopher Platzer, Christopher Funk, Gregory Weigart, Patrick Frangos. Top Row (Left to Right): Sam Campbell, Noah Marx, Thomas Baldwin, Kenneth Nesbitt, Ryan Schultz, Timothy Suggs. Not pictured: Jeff Weller, Christopher Timmerman, Andrew Matalis, Jedidiah Gabriel, Jordan Trent, Scott Thatcher, Dennis Tuper, John Gilliam.
2021 Award Winners: Front row (Left to Right): Issac Fish-Garza, Robert Armstead, Ceasar Sanchez, Patrick Williams, Scott Horst, Steve Naegele, Garret DeZiel, Daniel Myers, Dan Levin. 2nd Row (Left to Right): Nicholas Callahan, Mitchell Palm, David Cameron, Eric Bolton, Karl Eickhoff, Alan Johns, Lynn Austin, Robert Powell, Erich Beer, Robert Olson. 3rd Row (Left to Right): Mike Ford, David Benkert, Bryan Mitchell, Michael Carter, Russell Rhodes, Steve Bernasek, Charles Wren, Michael Cranford, Douglas Haas. 4th Row (Left to Right): Mariano Rubio, Christopher Platzer, Christopher Funk, Gregory Weigart, Patrick Frangos. Top Row (Left to Right): Sam Campbell, Noah Marx, Thomas Baldwin, Kenneth Nesbitt, Ryan Schultz, Timothy Suggs. Not pictured: Jeff Weller, Christopher Timmerman, Andrew Matalis, Jedidiah Gabriel, Jordan Trent, Scott Thatcher, Dennis Tuper, John Gilliam.
2021 Award Winners: Front row (Left to Right): Issac Fish-Garza, Robert Armstead, Ceasar Sanchez, Patrick Williams, Scott Horst, Steve Naegele, Garret DeZiel, Daniel Myers, Dan Levin. 2nd Row (Left to Right): Nicholas Callahan, Mitchell Palm, David Cameron, Eric Bolton, Karl Eickhoff, Alan Johns, Lynn Austin, Robert Powell, Erich Beer, Robert Olson. 3rd Row (Left to Right): Mike Ford, David Benkert, Bryan Mitchell, Michael Carter, Russell Rhodes, Steve Bernasek, Charles Wren, Michael Cranford, Douglas Haas. 4th Row (Left to Right): Mariano Rubio, Christopher Platzer, Christopher Funk, Gregory Weigart, Patrick Frangos. Top Row (Left to Right): Sam Campbell, Noah Marx, Thomas Baldwin, Kenneth Nesbitt, Ryan Schultz, Timothy Suggs. Not pictured: Jeff Weller, Christopher Timmerman, Andrew Matalis, Jedidiah Gabriel, Jordan Trent, Scott Thatcher, Dennis Tuper, John Gilliam.
2021 Award Winners: Front row (Left to Right): Issac Fish-Garza, Robert Armstead, Ceasar Sanchez, Patrick Williams, Scott Horst, Steve Naegele, Garret DeZiel, Daniel Myers, Dan Levin. 2nd Row (Left to Right): Nicholas Callahan, Mitchell Palm, David Cameron, Eric Bolton, Karl Eickhoff, Alan Johns, Lynn Austin, Robert Powell, Erich Beer, Robert Olson. 3rd Row (Left to Right): Mike Ford, David Benkert, Bryan Mitchell, Michael Carter, Russell Rhodes, Steve Bernasek, Charles Wren, Michael Cranford, Douglas Haas. 4th Row (Left to Right): Mariano Rubio, Christopher Platzer, Christopher Funk, Gregory Weigart, Patrick Frangos. Top Row (Left to Right): Sam Campbell, Noah Marx, Thomas Baldwin, Kenneth Nesbitt, Ryan Schultz, Timothy Suggs. Not pictured: Jeff Weller, Christopher Timmerman, Andrew Matalis, Jedidiah Gabriel, Jordan Trent, Scott Thatcher, Dennis Tuper, John Gilliam.
2021 Award Winners: Front row (Left to Right): Issac Fish-Garza, Robert Armstead, Ceasar Sanchez, Patrick Williams, Scott Horst, Steve Naegele, Garret DeZiel, Daniel Myers, Dan Levin. 2nd Row (Left to Right): Nicholas Callahan, Mitchell Palm, David Cameron, Eric Bolton, Karl Eickhoff, Alan Johns, Lynn Austin, Robert Powell, Erich Beer, Robert Olson. 3rd Row (Left to Right): Mike Ford, David Benkert, Bryan Mitchell, Michael Carter, Russell Rhodes, Steve Bernasek, Charles Wren, Michael Cranford, Douglas Haas. 4th Row (Left to Right): Mariano Rubio, Christopher Platzer, Christopher Funk, Gregory Weigart, Patrick Frangos. Top Row (Left to Right): Sam Campbell, Noah Marx, Thomas Baldwin, Kenneth Nesbitt, Ryan Schultz, Timothy Suggs. Not pictured: Jeff Weller, Christopher Timmerman, Andrew Matalis, Jedidiah Gabriel, Jordan Trent, Scott Thatcher, Dennis Tuper, John Gilliam.

ASE honors 48 technicians at annual meeting

Dec. 8, 2021
Repair professionals were recognized at the Fall Board of Governors meeting, spotlighting the top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests in the Auto, Truck, Collision, Bus, Parts, and Service categories, along with awards for instructors.

Forty-eight automotive professionals were recognized on November 18 at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Scottsdale Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. The annual awards banquet spotlights top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests.

Forty-one companies from both OEM and aftermarket segments sponsored individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Collision, Bus, Parts, and Service categories, along with awards for instructors. In addition to top scores on the ASE tests, award sponsors look for on-the-job excellence and community service when selecting honorees.

"ASE has recognized the best of the best in our industry for more than 40 years, and this year we honored 48 outstanding individuals from across the nation," said Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO. "We couldn’t do this without the support of our award sponsors, who include some of the best-known names in the industry. Their commitment to excellence is reflected in the talented individuals receiving these awards. The enthusiasm and professionalism displayed by our award winners testifies to the high-quality of ASE Certified technicians and specialists. We are proud to have them as part of the ASE family."

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was established in 1972 as a non-profit organization to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians and parts specialists. Today, there are approximately a quarter of a million ASE Certified professionals at work in dealerships, independent shops, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools, and colleges throughout the country.

2021 ASE Award Winners

  • Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Jeff Weller, Henning, Minnesota; AutoFix LLC.
  • Axalta Coating Systems/ASE Refinish Technician of the Year: Christopher Timmerman, Mobile, Alabama; BMW of Mobile
  • Big O Tires/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Sam Campbell, Republic, Missouri; Big O Tires
  • BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year: Ryan Schultz, St. Cloud, Minnesota; Peter's Body Shop
  • Bosch/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Patrick Williams, Vista, California; Star Motors Corp.
  • Bridgestone Retail Operations/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Russell Rhodes, Temple, Texas; Firestone Complete Auto Care
  • Byrl Shoemaker/ASE Education Foundation Instructor of the Year: Steven Bernasek, Mesa, Arizona; East Valley Institute of Technology
  • Car-O-Liner/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year: Howard Johns, Lebanon, Indiana; Protech Automotive Solutions
  • Cengage/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Mariano Rubio, Covina, California; Citrus College
  • Delco Remy/ASE M/H Truck Electrical/ Electronic Systems Technician of the Year: Andrew Matalis, Addison, Illinois; Rush Truck Centers
  • First Student/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year: Jedidiah Gabriel, Clarence, New York; First Student
  • First Transit/ASE Master Transit Bus Technician of the Year: Bryan Mitchell, Pittsford, New York; First Transit
  • First Student Canada/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year: Jordan Trent, Kenora, Ontario; First Student Canada
  • Freightliner/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year: Charles Wren, Niangia, Missouri; Premier Truck Group
  • Gates/ASE Master Automobile + L1 Technician of the Year: Jonathan Ciero, Careywood, Idaho; Silverlake Automotive
  • Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year: Karl Eickhoff, Milford, Nebraska; Southeast Community College
  • GM/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Michael Carter, Highland, Michigan; Champion Chevrolet
  • GM/ASE Parts Consultant of the Year: Eric Bolton, Ravenswood, West Virginia; Mark Porter Chevrolet Buick GMC
  • GM/ASE Service Consultant of the Year: Kenneth Nesbitt, Smyrna, Tennessee; Freeland Chevrolet
  • Honda/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Scott Thatcher, Lake Odessa, Michigan; Fox Honda
  • Acura/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Steven Naegele, Coon Rapids, Minnesota; Luther Bloomington Acura-Subaru
  • I-CAR Platinum/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year: Mike Ford, Overland Park, Kansas; State Farm Insurance
  • Midas International/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Thomas Baldwin, St. Peters, Missouri; Midas
  • Mitchell1/ASE Technician of the Future: Christopher Funk, Monticello, Iowa; Holmes Transmission & Auto Repair
  • Motor Age Training/ASE Master Automobile + L1 Technician of the Year: Dennis Tuper, Norwood , New York; SUNY Canton
  • NAPA/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Lynn Austin, Mankato, Minnesota; Austin's Auto Repair
  • Navistar/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year: Daniel Myers, Edgewood, New Mexico; Roberts Truck Center
  • Navistar/ASE Master School Bus Technician of the Year: Douglas Haas, Mt. Jackson, Virginia; Highway Motors Inc.
  • NEXIQ/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year: John Gilliam, Mooresville, Indiana; US Xpress
  • Nissan/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Patrick Frangos, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Coastal Nissan
  • Infiniti/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Mitchell Palm, Lawrence, Massachusetts; Infiniti of Nashua
  • Pep Boys/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Robert DeAngelo Armstead, Marietta, Georgia; Pep Boys
  • Pronto Smart Choice/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Timothy Suggs, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Turbo Tim's Anything Automotive
  • Snap-on/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Erich Beer, Prospect Heights, Illinois; Formula Automotive
  • SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Nicholas Callahan, Modesto, California; SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service
  • Stellantis/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Robert Olson, Milbank, South Dakota; AutoMAXX
  • Stellantis/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year: Robert Powell, Waterford, Pennsylvania; Humes Chrysler Jeep Dodge
  • Subaru/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Christopher Platzer, North Smithfield, Rhode Island; Anchor Subaru
  • Subaru University/ASE Automobile Technician of the Year: Isaac Fish-Garza, Portland, Oregon; Gresham Subaru
  • TBC Retail/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Scott Horst, Parkville, Maryland; National Tire & Battery
  • TECHNET Professional/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Matthew Cranford, Zebulon, North Carolina; Autohaus Import Service
  • TECHNET Professional/ASE Service Consultant of the Year: Dan Levin, Erie, Colorado; Pellman's Automotive Inc.
  • Toyota/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Noah Marx, Goleta, California; Toyota of Santa Barbara
  • Toyota/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year: Ceasar Sanchez, Margate, Florida; JM Lexus
  • Lexus/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: David Benkert, Cincinnati, Ohio; Performance Lexus
  • TravelCenters of America/ASE Master M/H Truck Technician of the Year: Garret DeZiel, Ontario, California; Travel Centers-Petro
  • USAF/GM/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year: David Cameron, Bowie, Maryland; Dept of Defense Air Force
  • ZF/ASE Aftermarket Master Automobile Technician of the Year: Gregory Weigart, Savannah, Missouri; Kruse's Auto Center