Rick Davis, lead technician, Hogan Truck Leasing Inc., a NationaLease member, was named Top Tech at the 8th Annual NationaLease Tech Challenge. The event was hosted by Advantage Truck Leasing, a NationaLease member, in Charlotte, N.C., during the organization’s annual maintenance managers meeting, held May 16-18.
From a field of 225 Tech Challenge participants, representing NationaLease’s full service truck leasing companies from the U.S. and Canada, nine qualifying technicians earned their spots in the final competition after finishing first in their region on an earlier written knowledge exam. At the Advantage Truck Leasing location, they competed in the hands-on portion of the event, exhibiting their expertise in stations that included starting and charging, electrical, brakes, suspension, wheel ends, drive train, DEF, tires and engine diagnostics.
Joining 2018 NationaLease Tech Challenge Top Tech recipient Davis on the winning team were first runner-up Bob Mrzyglod, Aim NationaLease, and second runner-up, John Norwood, also from Aim NationaLease. They will represent the NationaLease organization at the TMC Annual SuperTech Competition to be held later this year. The winners were presented with their awards at the NationaLease Winners Circle Awards Dinner May 17th.
The remaining Tech Challenge finalists included:
- Jason Stiles, VEL NationaLease
- Jason Johnson, Bentley Truck Services Inc., a NationaLease member
- Justin Torgerson, Aim NationaLease
- Ray Evans, Aim NationaLease
- Dan Penkert, Harrison Rental & Leasing, a NationaLease member
- Stephen Vought, Aim NationaLease
“We congratulate all of our Tech Challenge participants and winners. A special thank you goes out to our gracious hosts, Ken Adkins, Frank Rich and all the folks at Advantage Truck Leasing for hosting this year’s challenge, and to the crew at Salem NationaLease and Advantage Truck Leasing for the use of their trucks. We will be in the front row cheering on our team at the TMC SuperTech Competition this fall,” says Joe Puff, NationaLease vice president of truck technology and maintenance.