BETHESDA, Md. – March 2, 2020 – The Auto Care Association today announced the latest recipients of the prestigious World Class Technician award, in partnership with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The two organizations provide this annual recognition to professional technicians who have achieved the extraordinary accomplishment of attaining ASE certification in 22 specific areas during the previous calendar year.
There are an
estimated 879,000 technicians in the United States, with approximately 250,000 holding
ASE certification. More than 2,000 technicians have earned the respected status
of “World Class Technician” since its inception over 30 years ago.
newest round of World Class Technicians includes:
- James K Adair Jr. — Phoenixville, Pa.
- Jason A Arst — Signal Hill, Calif.
- Brian Atwood — Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Clifford Beisler — Conover, N.C.
- Rodney B Bennett III — Beaufort, S.C.
- Jason P Branch Sr. — Castle Rock, Colo.
- Timothy R Burnley — Lewisville, Texas
- Brian P. Caycho —
- Scott B Dickson — Jacksonville, Fla.
- Chris J Elkins — Adrian, Mich.
- Travis C Elliott — Windham, Maine
- Mike A Evans — Mesa, Ariz.
- Lucas A Ewald — Naples, Maine
- Thomas M Flentie — Oak View, Calif.
- David J Frank — Flint, Mich.
- Hayden E Frazier — Halifax, Mass.
- Reuben G Gosewisch — Saint Michael, Minn.
- Brian C Grabsky — Lombard, Ill.
- Brian S Haskell Jr. — Naples, Maine
- Joshua E Hassing — Augusta, Mich.
- Robert A Heintz — Hopatcong, N.J.
- Matthew E Heller — Park Ridge, Ill.
- Dennis L Higdon — Lawrenceville, Ga.
- Brandon S Homan — Saint Louis , Mo.
- Raymond B Jackson Jr. — Elkridge, Md.
- Randall A Kang — Fountain, Colo.
- Keith W Kelly — Tipp City, Ohio
- Kenneth D Kerbaugh — Needville, Texas
- Basil A Konnaris — Oakville, Ontario, Canada
- William D Krones — Mason City, Iowa
- Shane E Lally — Brookfield, Conn.
- Cody A Lana — Riverside, Iowa
- Marty J Leach — Imlay City, Mich.
- Kevin S Lockhart — Beaverdam, Va.
- David R Luka II — Grand Island, N.Y.
- Eric J Mattice — Bakersfield, Calif.
- Alejandro F Mayorga — Lompoc, Calif.
- Jason A Montini — Madison, Tenn.
- Angel Morales Jr. — Marana, Ariz.
- Ryan E Moraux — Fairhaven, Mass.
- Kevin Myers — Weymouth, Mass.
- Ryan L Oblak — Saltsburg, Pa.
- Fadi E Oweis — Jacksonville, Fla.
- John V Paolino Jr. — Pollock Pine, Calif.
- Kevin Paradis — Westford, Mass.
- Michael J Pritulsky — Mesa, Ariz.
- James M Przybylski — Batavia, Ill.
- Andrew R Ramirez — Lompoc, Calif.
- Mike J Ream — Defiance, Ohio
- Michael J Rodriguez — Mansfield Ctr, Conn.
- Shannon P Saili — Waipahu, Hawaii
- Michael L Sanders — Doyle, Calif.
- Michael R Sandmeier — Bel Air, Md.
- Michael P Schultz — Torrance, Calif.
- Richard Sena Jr. — Youngtown, Ariz.
- Gregory S Shelby — Canal Fulton, Ohio
- Patrick D Shine — Saint Charles, Mo.
- Stuart N. Simmons —
- Kevin M Speaks — Duncanville, Texas
- Meredith D Spencer — Milford, Maine
- Daniel J Symeon — Tallahassee, Fla.
- Jeffrey W Tinsley — Dickson, Tenn.
- Erik C Ulintz — Grove City, Ohio
- Angel M Velazquez — Gurnee, Ill.
- Nelson Velazquez
Jr. — Winfield, Ill.
- Steven M Vezensky — Lakemoor, Ill.
- John A Warrington — Tolland, Conn.
- Cleidus Shawn White — Imperial, Mo.
- Jeffrey J Wood — Saint Charles, Mo.
- William J Woods — Delta, Pa.
The Auto Care
Association surveyed this year’s World Class Technician award recipients to learn
about their career journeys, what motivated them to pursue the goal of ASE
World Class Technician and what achieving this status means to them in their
“I believe that earning ‘World Class’
status will allow me to show that there is so much more to being a technician
than changing parts on a vehicle,” said Angel Morales, 2020 World Class
Technician award recipient. “There is so much technology and engineering that
goes into today's vehicles, technicians now have to have the knowledge and
skill to make the proper diagnosis and repair. Becoming ASE Certified has
opened many doors for me in my life and has made me more marketable when
looking for that next step in my career. I believe that I can use this status
to show up-and-coming technicians that ASE Certifications are not just ‘a piece
of paper,’ but an important tool of the trade.”
“To achieve world class status shows
great commitment to the automotive trade,” said John Warrington, 2020 World
Class Technician award recipient. “I wanted to show upcoming techs like my son,
the importance of staying relevant and to keep pursuing knowledge to stay top
of your field.”
“I believe all professionals should
strive to achieve the highest level of certification and training required to
be fit at their profession,” said Fadi "Eddie" Oweis, 2020 World
Class Technician award recipient. “World class does just that and sets a goal
for which all techs should strive.”
“I feel that World Class represents
the zenith of qualification for technicians,” said David Frank, 2020 World
Class Technician award recipient. “It displays commitment, talent, discipline
and a well-rounded knowledge base.”
“In this industry, certification is
everything,” said Jason Montini, 2020 World Class Technician award recipient.
“Never settle for bare minimum. It feels awesome being a part of an elite group
of skilled individuals.”
For more information
about the Auto Care Association’s World Class Technician certification qualifications,
timing and recognition, visit autocare.org/worldclass.