Ray Evernham, legendary NASCAR pit crew chief and current ESPN analyst, drew upon his own experience in the automotive industry as he spoke with technical students during the 48th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference presented by SkillsUSA.
Evernham was among more than 14,000 technical students, advisors, parents and industry supporters who descended upon the Kansas City Convention Center, in Kansas City, Mo., for the event held June 23-27, 2012.
Evernham started his career as an attendant at his father’s Texaco Service Station in New Jersey. His automotive knowledge led him to NASCAR, where he connected with driver Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 team. Together, they collected three NASCAR Series championships.
Today, Evernham is a spokesperson for Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Evernham was on hand to educate attendees about the Ingersoll Rand student program, which offers current students a 50-60% discount on tools.
“You may not know what you want to do yet, and that’s OK,” said Evernham. “But find something you’re passionate about — and go for it.”
Learn more about Evernham’s relationship with Ingersoll Rand at www.irracing.com.