A Canadian shop has been named as one of the 11 finalists in the 2002 CARQUEST Excellence Awards. MSJ Automotive Services, located in Windsor, Ont. and owned by John Sawatsky was the lone Canadian repair business selected among other U.S. shops in the North American wide competition. Judging was conducted by automotive trade magazine editors and the Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. “This year was another record year for entries. There were 481 nominees,” says Steve Massarelli, CARQUEST director of professional markets. This year is the 11th year of the CARQUEST Excellence Award and the Technician’s Advisory Council. The award is based on criteria such as industry involvement, number of ASE certifications, community involvement, training, shop appearance, and customer service.
In addition to MSJ Automotive Services in Windsor, Ont., other 2002 CARQUEST Excellence Award Finalists are: Car Pro of San Antonio, Roy Baird, San Antonio, Tex. Rockdale Automotive, Inc., Scott Walsh, Rockdale, Ill. R & M Automotive, Inc., Roman and Miro Pryputniewicz, Newington, Conn. Dakoto-K Auto Repair, Neil Koebernick, Arlington Heights, Ill. Express Auto Service, Daniel K Ritchie, Fredricksburg, Va. Grease Pro Auto Center, Aaron Lovett, Panama City, Fla. Story Bros., Inc, Robert Story, New Britain, Conn. Newtown Car Care, Gary Crisci, Newtown, Conn. Highway Auto Center, Brank Lanza, Chagrin, Ohio Sun Cities Tire & Auto, Wally and Cathy Moreland, Sun City West, Ariz. The winner will be announced October 10, 2002 in Charlotte, N.C.