Betheseda, MD — May 19, 2009 — Of the more than 850,000 automotive technicians working in the United States, 17 outstanding individuals have qualified for the AAIA World Class Technician Award, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) announced today. Each of these professional technicians tested and obtained ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2008 test administrated by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
The 17 World Class Technicians are:
John C.Conn, Barrington, N.J.
George C. Day, Jr., Mount Laurel, N.J.
Glenn W. Epolito, The Colony, Texas
Russell A. French II, Gold River, Calif.
Michael J. Geiger, Las Vegas, Nev.
Timothy A. Hays, Baldwin City, Kan.
Christopher A. Isaacs, Lowell, Ind.
Eric Keller, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Peter W. Lehman, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Michael J. Macik, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Paul R. Orwal, Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Steven W. Patterson, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Peter M. Raucci, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Timothy P. Stachelrodt, Phillipsburg, N.J.
Bryan D. Terpstra, Cambria, Wis.
Eric W. Walker, Swiftwater, Pa.
Robert P. Weinand, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Also, for the first time ever, 10 of the 17 World Class Technicians all work at the same service and repair business, Automotive Resources Inc. (ARI), in Mount Laurel, N.J.
"The AAIA World Class Technician Award is for automotive diagnostic and repair professionals what the Super Bowl is for professional football players or the Stanley Cup is for hockey players," said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. "Just imagine the knowledge and skills needed by a technician to pass 22 ASE tests. These folks are truly the best of the best and we are proud to be associated with them through our annual recognition in conjunction with ASE."
Since the World Class recognition was established 22 years ago, just 1,776 technicians have been honored. Recipients receive a special certificate signed by the presidents of ASE and AAIA, an engraved toolbox plate and an embroidered shoulder insignia. Additionally, their name is perpetually inscribed in an honor book located in the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Mich.
AAIA is a Bethesda, Md.-based association whose more than 23,000 member companies and affiliates manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, service, tools, equipment, materials and supplies. Through its membership, AAIA represents more than 100,000 repair shops, parts stores and distribution outlets.
Incorporated on June 12, 1972, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence 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 approximately 400,000 ASE- certified professionals who work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, machine shops, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit www.ase.com.