Mr. Harris said receiving the award "really speaks volumes about the team we have in place in Louisville. They're hardworking, dedicated and committed to being better every day."
- Greg Hulce from Cottman of Louisville was recognized as "Manager of the Year," which goes to the individual with the highest standards in professionalism, dedication and sales, Cottman said.
- Cindy and Bob Cowie, owners of Cottman of Norfolk, Va., were honored with the "Person of the Year Award," which goes to franchisees who demonstrate a desire to be the best through their actions, always representing Cottman in a positive light and consistently acting as a shoulder to rely on for others in the Cottman system.
- Scott Stillwell, owner of Cottman of Lancaster, Pa., won the "Transmission Physician Award" for his industry knowledge and dedication to promoting the work of women in the automotive repair industry.
- Rob Kress, owner of Cottman of Flint, Mich., received the "Founders Award," given to an individual who has overcome adversity. Mr. Kress has overcome his share of trials throughout his career and has never turned away an opportunity presented to him, the company said.
- Fred Bowen, owner of Cottman of Winston-Salem, N.C., received the Top National Account Development Award," presented to proactive and dedicated owners who work hard to acquire and retain national accounts.
This year, two franchisee employees — Darby Devine, a technician at Cottman stores in Durham, Greensboro, South Charlotte and Winston-Salem, N.C., and Ricky Wilcox, a technician at Cottman of Cincinnati — received the "Technical Proficiency Award" for demonstrating exceptional technical knowledge of the automotive industry.
Cottman also recognized six million-dollar centers — in Denver; Greensboro, N.C.; Louisville; New Orleans; Norfolk, Va.; and Waldorf, Md.
In addition, 34 Cottman centers were honored with a "Customer Service Award" for providing excellent service to its respective communities.
Those centers are in: Beaverton, Ore.; Brandon and Fern Park, Fla.; Cincinnati; Columbia and Spartanburg, S.C.; Denver; Des Moines, Iowa; Durham, Raleigh, South Charlotte and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Gladstone, Independence, Kansas City and St. Peters,, Mo.; Greensboro; Kenner, La Place and New Orleans, La.; Lancaster, Stroudsburg and West Mifflin, Pa.; Louisville; Maple Shade, Trenton and Wilmington, Del; Marietta, Ga.; Norfolk, Va.; Racine, Wis.; South Austin and The Woodlands, Texas; Vancouver, Wash.; and Wheat Ridge, Colo.
There are 51 Cottman Transmission locations across the U.S. in 20 states.