Of the more than 812,000 automotive
technicians working in the United States, 22 outstanding individuals have
qualified for the prestigious 2014 World Class Technician Award. The Auto Care Association and National Institute for
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) work together
to recognize these professional technicians who have tested and obtained ASE
certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2013 test administrated by ASE.
The 2014 World Class Technicians are:
Nicholas C. Atherton, Council Bluffs,
Jared M. Avent, Lincoln, Calif.
George E. Ayers, II, Mount Laurel,
Freddie L. Castillo, Grapevine, Texas
Mark W. Couvrette, Sacramento, Calif.
Arnold E. Demann, Martin, Mich.
James B. Fields, Winchester, Va.
John S. Furtek, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Franklin W. Harris, Nashville, Tenn.
John R. Hubbard, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Alberto L. Lopez, Lancaster, Calif.
Andrew S. Meyer, West Chester, Ohio
Joe R. Mitchell, Grapevine, Texas
Troy A. Nolan, Houston, Texas
Robert J. Palczewski, Bloomingdale,
Gary L. Perttula, Sun City West, Ariz.
Kenneth J. Placzek, Westmont, Ill.
Kristopher L. Stevens, Haltom City,
James W. Trusley, Jr., Dallas, Ga.
Chad E. Wade, Iowa City, Iowa
Michael Whalen, Dixon, Calif.
Matthew Z. Younger, Irving, Texas
“Recipients of the World Class
Technician Award are truly the best of the best, and the Auto Care Association
is proud to recognize these professionals with ASE,” said Kathleen Schmatz,
president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “Passing 22 ASE tests is a monumental
achievement requiring exceptional knowledge and skills.”
“This recognition partnership between
the Auto Care Association and ASE represents one of the most significant
achievement awards available to our ASE-certified professionals,” said Tim
Zilke, president and CEO, ASE. “ASE is grateful for the support the Auto Care
Association provides to our service professionals in recognizing these outstanding
individuals each year, and we celebrate over a quarter century of this
commitment to excellence with the Auto Care Association.”
Since the World Class Technician
recognition was established 28 years ago, only 1,885 technicians have been
honored. Recipients receive a special certificate signed by the presidents of
ASE and the Auto Care Association, a logo medallion and embroidered shoulder
insignia. Additionally, their name is perpetually inscribed in an honor book
located in the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich.
This year, Cengage Learning, a leading
educational content, software and services company for the academic,
professional and library markets, and home to Chilton automotive repair
information and the award-winning Delmar ASE Test Preparation series, will be
awarding each technician with a gift card and one year of access to ChiltonPRO,
an electronic automotive repair information system.