Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Name 13 Technician of the Year Finalists

by Sarah Chavey Press Room

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Name 13 Technician of the Year Finalists

SAN ANTONIO Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper have selected 13 technicians from across the United States as finalists for their esteemed Technician of the Year award. These professionals earned this designation by staying up to date on certifications, furthering their education and training, and maintaining superior automotive knowledge.

In addition to being a part of a Certified Service Center, each finalist had to meet several requirements including 10 channel partner trainings, six hours of live training, and current ASE certification. Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper parts suppliers selected one finalist from their lists of eligible candidates to participate in the national competition.

“Our affiliated Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Certified Service Centers employ technicians of the highest caliber you'll find anywhere, and this year's Technician of the Year finalists have proven themselves as the best of the best,” said Elizabeth Estes, education liaison for the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance’s Sales & Marketing Committee. “This program gives us the opportunity to recognize the commitment each of them have made to training and certification in the automotive industry, and we are delighted to have them together to celebrate their accomplishments.”

The 13 finalists will travel to Detroit this July for a 90-minute 100-question custom ASE test to determine the winner. Following the exam, the technicians will enjoy three days of camaraderie, racing, and a banquet to crown the champion.

The winner will receive $2,500 and another exciting trip this November to Phoenix, where he will be honored at the ASE Technician of the Year Award Ceremony as the Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Technician of the Year.

U.S. Technician of the Year Finalists

Technician Name

Certified Service Center Name

City, State

Shareholder Member

Nate Brindley

Shoemaker’s Garage

Kalamazoo, MI

Auto-Wares Group of Companies

Brandon Burton

Mastertek Auto Repair

McHenry, IL

Auto-Wares Group of Companies

Michael Cibelli

Auto Repair Pros

Mansfield, MA

Norwood Motor Parts Co.

Robert Demarest

Military Brake & Alignment

West Palm Beach, FL

The Parts House

Johnnie Ferrel

Quad City Tech Inc.

Moline, IL

The Merrill Company

Richard Gehring

Hunt’s Auto Service

Ithaca, NY

Hahn Automotive

Jason Jackson

Automotive Excellence

Seal Beach, CA

Warren Distributing

Mike Jones

Joe’s Garage

North Little Rock, AR

Parts Warehouse, Inc.

Justin Leauschen

Four Corners Union 76

Concord, CA


Jeremy McDaniel

Brannon Auto Parts and Service Center

Hartford, AL

Tri-States Automotive Warehouse

Larry Mehr

Willmar Auto Sales & Service

Willmar, MN

Automotive Parts Headquarters

John Parker

Shields Service

Louisville, KY

Moog Louisville Warehouse

Maclane Reeser

Maclane’s Automotive

Dowingtown, PA

Eastern Warehouse Distributors

This training program is supported by the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance and is also available to members in Canada and Mexico. The Auto Value Technician of the Year for Canada and Mexico will also be in attendance in Detroit this summer with the U.S. Technician of the Year finalists. 

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Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance
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