Back in June, NationaLease held the first leg of its annual Tech Challenge. This event pits technicians from 140 independent businesses against each other in a series of knowledge- and skills-based truck maintenance challenges to determine who’s worthy of the designation of Top Tech. Then we reported Aim had three technicians take first place in three of the nine competing regions. Those were John Norwood, out of Elmhurst, IL; Matt Dove, Buffalo, NY; and Dave Trader, Elkhart, IN.
Aim Technician John Norwood holds his award on the TMCSuperTech stage after taking first place in the Engines and Aftertreatment station.
Mr. Norwood not only placed first in his region (an accomplishment he’s achieved more than once), but he earned one of the top three scores across all the competing regions. This impressive feat secured him a spot to compete in the Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) SuperTech challenge. Anyone in the industry knows the weight and prestige attached to this two-day, multi-round competition. For those who don’t: This is where the best of the best go to prove the mastery of their craft. Call it the Olympics of commercial truck and equipment maintenance and repair.
John Norwood, who came up through Aim’s apprenticeship program, which trains and certifies new diesel technicians, took his talents to Cleveland, OH, the stage for the TMCSuperTech, and went to work demonstrating his skills. We’re pleased and honored to announce that he took the gold in the Engines and Aftertreatment station.
Aim Technician John Norwood (right), after his first-place finish, stands next to Chris Disantis, Aim's senior director of maintenance and TMC board member.
“John is a multi-time regional winner of the NationaLease Tech Challenge, and to see him excel on an even grander stage is truly extraordinary,” said Chris Disantis, Aim’s senior director of maintenance. “I know I speak on behalf of everyone at Aim when I say how proud I am of all of John’s hard work and accomplishments.”
Winning this event is especially notable with the increasing complexity of engines and aftertreatment systems. Being able to diagnose and treat this intricate area with precision and skill is vital to the mechanical fitness of your fleet. In the case of early diagnoses, it also means the difference between paying the price of routine maintenance and the steep price of a major mechanical breakdown. With Aim services, like an Aim full-service lease, you, of course, enjoy the peace of mind knowing our skilled and experienced techs are trained to prevent these types of breakdowns (and others), increasing the uptime of your fleet and, in turn, your customers’ satisfaction.
“We at Aim are fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated team of techs, like Mr. Norwood, turning wrenches for us and our valued customers,” Disantis added. “Our company operates on the motto ‘service is our only product,’ which wouldn’t be possible without the vital work these individuals perform day in and day out.”