ASE, Auto Care Association Announce 2018 World Class Technicians

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The Auto Care Association and ASE work together each year to recognize professional technicians who have tested and obtained ASE certification in 22 specialty areas. The World Class Technician recognition was established more than 30 years ago. There are an estimated 879,000 technicans in the U.S., over 300,000 techs are ASE certified and nearly 2,000 driven techs have earned World Class status.

“The recipients of the World Class Technician Award are highly skilled technicians and represent the best in the automotive repair industry,” said Bill Hanvey, Auto Care Association president and CEO. “This is a monumental accomplishment that only the most exceptional individuals will achieve in their careers.”

ASE President and CEO Tim Zilke commended this year’s technicians on their “enthusiasm and professionalism displayed by the number of certifications these individuals hold,” referring to it as a “commitment to excellence in our industry.”

The newest round of World Class Technicians include:

Michael Aubrey – W. Springfield, Mass. Thomas Baunach – Bethlehem, Pa. Bret Beard – Benicia, Calif. Daniel Beerends – Norwalk, Iowa Christopher Bellios – Round Lake, Ill. Kenneth Bridges – Brewer, Maine Andrew Buehler – Anna, Ohio Chad Cassidy – Panama City, Fla. Daniel Clark – New Britain, Conn. Mark Cossitt – Winston-Salem, N.C. Jonathan Couch – Porter, Texas Jonathan Dickerman – Weymouth, Mass. Mark Esser – Longwood, Fla. Daniel Gippert – Centerach, N.Y. Wade Hannah – Adelanto, Calif. John Hayes – Monroe, Wis. Thomas Heintz – Gresham, Ore. Anthony Jackson – Las Vegas, Nev. Othniel Jordan – Newport News, Va. Jeff Kahn – Ripon, Wis. Derek Kershaw – Las Vegas, Nev. Jay Kurtz – Hilton, N.Y. Daniel Lopez – Katy, Texas Christopher Mathus – Reading, Pa. Josh Mathus – Alton, Ill. Richard Meyer – Batavia, Ill. Charles Mielke – Westminster, Md. Stephan Mohr – Sanford, N.C. Cory Nation – Las Vegas, Nev. Steve Navis – Avondale, Ariz. James Patterson – Dalton, Ga. Richard Raposa – Marion, Conn. Steven Schleifer – Rahway, N.J. Paul Seghposs – Fremont, Calif. Brian Thibodeau – Washburn, Maine James Trost – Pleasanton, Calif. Jean Pierre Widmaier – Evanston, Ill. Ryan Woods – Sequim, Wash.

For more information about the Auto Care Association’s World Class Technician certification, visit

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