Category Winners Announced for Techs Rock Awards

Category Winners Announced for Techs Rock Awards

Five professional transportation/mobility technicians recognized for outstanding contributions as role models in their shops and communities.

TechForce Foundation has announced the category winners in the 2023 Techs Rock Awards and has opened the grand prize public vote.

TechForce created these awards to honor professional technicians who are full of passion and grit, exhibit true excellence in their work and inspire the next generation of techs.

The five category winners were selected from hundreds of nominated technicians by expert celebrity judges including Bogi Lateiner, Bogi’s Garage; Harrison Burton, Wood Brothers Racing; Emily Reeves, Flying Sparks Garage; Pete Meier, Dorman Products; and Camrie Caruso, Camrie Caruso Motorsports. 

More than $18,500 in prizes will be awarded to this year’s honorees:.Each of the five category winners will receive prizes valued over $1,900 from TechForce partners Advance Auto Parts; AutoZone; Cengage Learning; CRC Industries; Ford Motor Company; Nissan; Snap-on Industrial; and WD-40 Company.

The grand prize winner, chosen by popular vote, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to STX 2024 in Nashville, Tenn., valued at $3,000, courtesy of Advance Auto Parts. They will also receive additional prizes valued at $6,000 from AutoZone; CRC Industries; Ford Motor Company; Nissan; Snap-on Industrial; and WD-40 Company.

The five category winners are:

  • Barrier Buster – Riley Schlick-Trask, Riley’s Rebuilds. The Barrier Buster category recognizes technicians for showing heart and passion in overcoming obstacles to succeed.
  • Die Hard – Bryan Kuehni, Advantage Chevrolet Bolingbrook. The Die Hard category recognizes industry superfans who live, breathe, sleep and thrive in their career.
  • Outstanding Mentor – James Jacobsen, Lake Motor Company. The Outstanding Mentor category recognizes technicians for providing support and guidance to the industry’s future techs.
  • Pay it Forward – Bradley Hindman, Mission Auto Repair. The Pay it Forward category recognizes technicians for being community advocates and inspiring the next generation of techs.
  • Rookie of the Year – Jinelee Galindez, Mercedes Benz of South Orlando. The Rookie of the Year category recognizes up-and-coming tech professionals with under two years’ professional experience.

The 2022 grand prize winner and CarMax technician Daniel McCrum was ecstatic about the recognition he received from winning.

“I kind of thought I had a pretty fair chance to win something … but I didn’t think I could win the whole thing,” McCrum said. “This is a national contest … it’s nationwide and I won!”

McCrum will join this year’s grand prize winner at STX 2024 in Nashville. 

Meet the category winners and vote for the grand prize winner at TechForce.org/Vote. Voting is open through 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, June 16, 2023. 

Since 2018, the Techs Rock Awards have awarded more than $46,000 in prizes to 20 professional technicians in recognition of their excellence, passion and commitment to driving the future of the mobility industry. Technicians will shape our future, and the Techs Rock Awards are made possible by TechForce donors who help shape theirs. In addition to providing prizes, Nissan is co-sponsoring the 2023 Techs Rock Awards to help TechForce celebrate all technicians’ contributions throughout the country and the industry. The Techs Rock Awards are part of TechForce’s workforce development campaign to inspire and support tomorrow’s workforce of technicians. TechForce also created the first and only social network designed and gamified for professional technicians and tech students to connect with each other, employers and schools.

For more information on TechForce Foundation, visit techforce.org

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