Richard Kloiber of Tools in Motion Auto Service in Airdrie, Alta. was one of four big winners in the an annual technician competition organized by the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance.
He was named the Auto Value Technician of the Year for Canada at a fun-filled weekend at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, Ariz.
Andrew Langello of Treasure Coast Automotive in Florida was the Auto Value Technician of the Year for the U.S.
Michael Creighton of Creighton’s Auto Repair in Pennsylvania was the Bumper to Bumper (U.S.) Technician of the Year.
And Miguel Solis of Mayasa in Jalisco, Mexico was the Auto Value Technician of the Year for Mexico.
All of the finalists and winners enjoyed two full-throttle days of racing. Kloiber said the experience was a real highlight for him.
“Being able to meet other top technicians from across North America was an amazing experience,” he said. “I really enjoyed being able to talk shop and burn some rubber with my peers!”
He also had nothing but praise for Auto Value, which he called a “great parts supplier that always stands behind their products.”
John Washbish, director of marketing at the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, said, “Each finalist met stringent requirements to be in the running and we are proud to honour them for their achievements. This year’s winners are an accomplished group of technicians with a strong commitment to continuing education, training and superior service.”
All 15 Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper finalists were brought in for the last stage of the competition. The 13 U.S. finalists had to sit for a custom Automotive Service Excellence exam created specifically for the event. The scores, along with other stringent requirements, determined the two U.S. winners.
The winners will be feted again at the 2018 Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Aftermarket Jackpot Convention in Las Vegas, where they will each receive a $2,500 cash prize.
The two U.S. Technicians of the Year will also travel to the ASE Technician of the Year Awards Ceremony in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in November.
The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance – known simply as “The Alliance” – includes five Canadian warehouse-distributors, Auto Electric Service, Ltd. of Regina, Central Auto Parts of Calgary, Maslack Supply of Sudbury, Ont., Piston Ring Service of Winnipeg, and Vast-Auto of Montreal, Que.