ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The top heavy-duty truck technicians from Ryder System gathered recently in Allentown, Pennsylvania for the 2015 Ryder Top Technician Recognition Program.
The program rewards and recognizes the best and brightest maintenance technicians. This year, four of the eight top performers were Canadians from Ryder’s team of more than 5,000 U.S.- and Canada-based technicians.
“We were honoured to host the Ryder Top Tech Recognition Program at the Mack Customer Center,” said John Walsh, Mack Trucks vice-president of marketing. “Like Mack, Ryder understands the value of investing in and recognizing their people, and the critical role their technicians play in their customers’ success.”
The competition begins with three rounds of challenging written and hands-on tests that measure technical training qualifications, outstanding customer service performance and quality workmanship. Eight finalists are then selected to travel to the Mack Customer Center for the final series of 10 rigorous hands-on skill tests, covering everything from vehicle electronics to preventive maintenance and air conditioning.
After all was said and done, Stephen Radford of Charlotte, North Carolina earned the title of 2015 Top Technician. The award came with a cash prize and the keys to a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette. Darek Mowinski, of Windsor, Ont. and Christopher Barnett were named the second and third place winners respectively, with each receiving a cash prize. The other finalists were:
• David Berdovich of Harvey, Illinois
• Kenneth Bilyea of London, Ontario, Canada
• Trevor Cox of Bensenville, Illinois
• Derick Hebert of London, Ontario, Canada
• Francis Smerek of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
All of the finalists will join 2014’s Top Tech winner Frederick Morra to represent Team Ryder at the 2015 TMC SuperTech National Technician Skills Competition, beginning September 21 in Orlando, Florida.