AASP/NJ to Award Second Annual Young Technician Grant at NORTHEAST

AASP/NJ to Award Second Annual Young Technician Grant

An up-and-coming auto body technician will walk away from this year’s NORTHEAST Show with $5,000 worth of tools or equipment.

The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) announced that it will be presenting the Second Annual Young Technician Award at NORTHEAST 2022 March 18-20 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (MEC) in Secaucus, N.J.

Thanks to the continuous generosity of the Utica National Group Foundation, a budding auto body technician will walk away from this year’s NORTHEAST Show with $5,000 worth of tools or equipment. AASP/NJ will award an up-and-coming technician who has been working in the industry for five years or less and is currently employed by an AASP/NJ member shop in good standing.

“We are excited to once again be able to help a young technician build their career thanks to this great gift from Utica,” said Ken Miller, member of the AASP/NJ Scholarship Committee. “With the increasing difficulty of finding good workers in this field nowadays, rewarding tomorrow’s technician with resources to help keep them going in this profession is especially important.”

When Utica National Insurance Group first approached AASP/NJ Allied Board Member Joe Amato, Sr. of Amato Insurance Agency (a division of World Insurance Associates, LLC) about donating funds to the association through its charitable foundation, Amato suggested a grant would be a good way for AASP/NJ to provide for those coming into the industry.

“We are glad that we can award this grant to a young technician in need to help keep him or her in this industry,” said Amato. “This is especially important with it being so hard to find good help.”

Last year, AASP/NJ presented the inaugural award to Casey Dombroski of Rico’s Auto Body (Robbinsville Township) at the 2021 NORTHEAST Show. The award presentation was a true highlight of the event as Dombroski received a plaque commemorating the award and $5,000 in Snap-on tools while surrounded by family and colleagues. Upon receiving the award, Dombroski expressed his appreciation: “I’m very grateful to have been given the Young Technician Award. The fact that my employer took the time to enter me in recognition of the hard work I’ve been doing is an honor in itself.”

Miller said AASP/NJ’s Scholarship Committee is exploring ways to expand on what automotive tools or equipment they can award with the grant money.

AASP/NJ members should be on the lookout for Young Technician Award nomination information over the coming weeks.

For more information on AASP/NJ, visit aaspnj.org. For more information and to pre-register to attend the NORTHEAST Automotive Services Show for free, visit aaspnjnortheast.com.

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