Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Name 18 U.S. Technician of the Year Finalists

by Sarah Chavey Press Room

Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Name 18 U.S. Technician of the Year Finalists

SAN ANTONIO Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper have named 18 technicians across the United States as finalists for their esteemed 2020 Technician of the Year program. These automotive professionals represent the Certified Service Center network of more than 3,800 shops, which employs more than 10,000 techs. Each finalist was selected by their Auto Value or Bumper to Bumper parts distributor.

In addition to achieving ASE certification and being a part of a Certified Service Center, finalists distinguished themselves by completing channel partner trainings, attending live training, and submitting personal bios and letters of recommendation.

“It’s incredible to see the joy and hard work put into this competition by the technicians. They are already winners just by earning a spot on the finalist trip,” said Pat Winters, former chairman of Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper’s Sales & Marketing Committee and vice president of sales and marketing for Warren Distributing, an Auto Value distributor. In 2019, the Warren Distributing finalist was named the technician of the year. “We were very proud to have a technician from our group in Southern California representing all of Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper last year. Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists, and best of luck on the test.”

The 18 finalists will meet in San Antonio March 12-15 for the Technician of the Year finalist competition, a four-day event complete with custom ASE testing, San Antonio tourism, rodeo, and more. The technician who scores highest on the custom 90-minute 100-question ASE test will win $2,500 and will represent Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper this November at the ASE Technician of the Year Award Ceremony.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to compete in the Technician of the Year program again," said Jeremy McDaniel of Brannon Auto Parts in Hartford Alabama, an Auto Value Certified Service Center. He represented Tri-States Automotive Warehouse as a Technician of the Year finalist in 2019, and is returning to compete again in 2020. "It's a tremendous honor to be able to represent my shop and the company in this competition. Everything from the flight in to the hotels and amenities provided during last year's event were beyond my expectations. My first experience was overwhelmingly positive, and I look forward to meeting more of Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper's best technicians."

This training program is supported by the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc., program group headquarters for Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper. The Technician of the Year is also available to members in Canada and Mexico. The Auto Value Technician of the Year for Canada and Mexico will be in attendance in San Antonio this March with the U.S. Technician of the Year finalists. 

2020 U.S. Technician of the Year Finalists

Technician Name

Certified Service Center

City, State

Shareholder Owner

Casey Gray

Gray Matter Garage

Alvarado, TX

4M Parts Warehouse

Rafael Borja

Robertson Automotive

Tyler, TX

ABC Auto Parts

Kim Mertz

Len’s Auto Repair

Overland, MO

Al’s Automotive

Todd Bachler

Clegg Auto American Fork

American Fork, UT

ASAP Automotive Warehouse

Michael Shanley

Exhaust Plus

West Salem, WI

Automotive Parts Headquarters

Ed Kiekover

OK Tire Store East

Zeeland, MI

Auto-Wares Group of Companies

Andrew Rouch


Saint Charles, IL

Auto-Wares Group of Companies

Paul McPherson

McPherson Automotive

Du Quion, IL

Distributors Warehouse, Inc.

Joe Dimino

Spanial’s Service Center

Hatfield, PA

Eastern Warehouse Distributors

A.J. Curtsinger

CC Auto Service

Harrodsburg, KY

Hahn Automotive

Mark Calzia

MC Tire & Automotive

Moline, IL

IWI Motor Parts

Pat Lindell

MVP Auto Center

Milan, IL

The Merrill Company

Phil Clark

American Brake Center

Louisville, KY

Moog Louisville Warehouse

Aaron Lucier

RG Automotive, Inc.

Halifax, MA

Norwood Motor Parts Co.

Chris Broom

Broom Auto

Ruston, LA

Parts Warehouse, Inc.

Ted Curran

Monkey Wrenches, Inc.

Brentwood, CA


Jeremy McDaniel

Brannon Auto Parts

Hartford, AL

Tri-States Automotive Warehouse

Andy Ma

Gustafsons Brothers

Huntington Beach, CA

Warren Distributing

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