PHILADELPHIA — Icahn Enterprises L.P.'s Pep Boys brand has singled out five of its automotive technicians for recognition in conjunction with Automotive Service Professionals Month.
"Pep Boys' promise to our customers is, 'We go further to help you go farther,' and our top techs are the ones who truly deliver on this promise day in and day out," Pep Boys CEO Brian Kaner said.
"As we celebrate our centennial this year, we're especially proud of our top techs for demonstrating the same values on which our business was founded 100 years ago."
Pep Boys selected auto techs in its five business regions for the honor. They were chosen based on multiple factors, including ASE certifications, strong productivity and performance metrics, mentorship and living the company's values.
The respective stores of each top tech now have the distinction of being home to the country's most outstanding technicians, Pep Boys said.
The 2021 Top Tech award winners are: Loy Chour, Anaheim, Calif.; John Morin, St. Augustine, Fla.; Dan Stone, Fairless Hills, Pa.; David Wade, Lone Tree, Colo.; and Jose Massanet, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.
Automotive Service Professionals Month is an initiative of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the independent non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals, to recognize vehicle service professionals who are proficient, credentialed and committed to excellence.
Pep Boys has stepped up its support of technical training in recent years by sponsoring employees' certifications and providing paid time for testing.
One specific initiative, the firm's "Race to 2026," is designed to recruit talented technicians in the automotive industry and close America's skills gap.
The program includes initiatives to attract workers to the skilled trades, while supporting its own employee network through top tech and similar recognition, as well as a scholarship program, tuition assistance, apprenticeships and additional company-sponsored training and certifications.