Auto Care Association and National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Announce 2019 World Class Technicians

March 18, 2019
By Camille Sheehan

BETHESDA, Md. – March 18, 2019 – The Auto Care Association today announced the latest recipients of the 2019 World Class Technician award. In partnership with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the two organizations provide this annual designation to recognize professional technicians who have achieved the extraordinary accomplishment of ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2018 certification test administration. The tests include: A1-A8 (automotive), T1-T8 (medium/heavy truck), B2-B5 (collision repair) and L1, L2 (advanced).

There are an estimated 879,000 technicians in the United States, with more than 250,000 of them holding ASE certification. Over 2,000 technicians have earned the respected status of “World Class Technician” since its inception more than 30 years ago.

The newest round of World Class Technicians includes 45 recipients:

  • Carlos Acevedo Ramos – Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • John Adams IV – Euless, Texas
  • Brian Beauchemin – Cumberland, R.I.
  • Richard Benson – Houston, Texas
  • David Boyce – Westport, Mass.
  • Kevin Brown – Leander, Texas
  • Michael Campbell – Chicago, Ill.
  • William Childers – Lizella, Ga.
  • Roberto De La Torre – San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • John Dibartolomeo Jr. – Atco, N.J.
  • Amos Eaton – Pevely, Mo.
  • Ryan Egleston – Saint Louis, Mo.
  • Leroy Fleming – Bel Air, Md.
  • Luke Franta – Santa Margarita, Calif.
  • Robert Gouveia – Everett, Mass.
  • William Gray – Metairie, La.
  • Travis Guenzler – Catawissa, Mo.
  • James Hahn – Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Brad Harder – Emporia, Kan.
  • Jason Hodge – Saint Charles, Mo.
  • Tyler Hurt – Debary, Fla.
  • Scott Jensen – Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • Steven Johansson – Troy, Mich.
  • Raymond Johnson – Holly Springs, N.C.
  • John Jones – Gahanna, Ohio
  • Steven Kuhr – Moore, Okla.
  • Brian Lacroix – Medley, Fla.
  • Kit Mak – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Steven McAtee – Milton, Ky.
  • Jeramiah Mihelich – Waltham, Mass.
  • Michael Mizzi – Willow Spring, N.C.
  • Frank Naelitz – Lorain, Ohio
  • Bruno Nicoletti – Portland, Ore.
  • Matthew Olsen – Burlington, Mass.
  • William Onessimo Jr. – Rockland, Mass.
  • David Piper – McKinney, Texas
  • Kenneth Ratliff – Bethel, Ohio
  • Robert Reiss – Carnegie, Pa.
  • Mark Robinson – Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Steven Sears – East Bridgewater, Mass.
  • Jacob Shuter – Manchester, N.H.
  • Michael Springman – Pensacola, Fla.
  • John Stacey – Whitesboro, Texas
  • Curtis Walker – Woodland, Calif.
  • Ryan Weaver – East Falmouth, Mass.
  • Thomas Wheeler – Lincoln, Maine

ASE testing is offered at Prometric centers nationwide. Once qualified, the World Class distinction is valid for life. For more information about the World Class Technician certification qualifications, timing and recognition, visit the association's World Class Technician webpage.

About the Auto Care Association
Based in Bethesda, Md., the Auto Care Association has more than 3,000 member companies that represent some 150,000 independent automotive businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service and repair. For more information, please visit

About ASE
Incorporated in 1972, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established 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 more than 250,000 ASE Certified professionals working in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit