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Local Motive Instructor Receives National Award



Leesburg, VA, December 1, 2016 – Dan Rowland, an automotive instructor who holds ASE Master certification in Automobile, Medium/Heavy Truck, and School Bus, from Hesperia, California, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year.

Forty-five automotive professionals were recognized on November 16, 2016, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Embassy Suites in Concord, North Carolina.

The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests from among the ranks of the approximately 300,000 ASE certified professionals nationwide. Gates’ representatives Bobby Bassett, Manager of Training Automotive Aftermarket/North America and Mark Osterman, Product Group Manager; Mike Durkin, Chairman of the ASE Board of Directors; and Timothy Zilke, ASE President & CEO, presented the award to Rowland.

“Dan is one of the outstanding ASE certified professionals recognized annually by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry. Each of these elite technicians is presented with an industry-specific award recognizing their achievement,” said Zilke.

Rowland is employed as an automotive instructor at Victor Valley Community College in Victorville. He has worked in the automotive field for 36 years.

“ASE has been honoring outstanding automotive professionals in our industry for more than 40 years, and we are proud to once again recognize forty-five outstanding individuals from across the nation,” said Zilke.

“This is all made possible by the support of our many award sponsors, whose ranks include some of the best-known names in the industry. We are proud to partner with Gates to recognize Dan’s commitment to excellence in providing the very best in automotive technology education to his students. This dedication is reflected in the talented professionals we recognize each year and Dan represents the best of the best.”

Thirty-five different companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Collision and Parts categories, along with awards for instructors. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals. Approximately 300,000 ASE certified automobile, truck, and collision repair technicians, and parts specialists work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, auto parts stores, fleets, schools, and colleges across the nation.

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