Technicians at TBC Earn ASE's Top Honor

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Technicians at TBC Earn ASE's Top Honor

Several TBC Corp. technicians have received 2016 ASE Technician of the Year honors.

Every year the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recognizes technicians who achieve top scores on certification exams, total commitment to customer satisfaction and community involvement.

The winning technicians from TBC Corp. represent each of its  three company-owned and operated retail brands: Tire Kingdom Service Centers, Merchant’s Tire & Auto Centers, and NTB Tire & Service Centers and each of its three franchise brands: Midas, Big O Tires, and SpeeDee Oil Change & Auto Service.

“We’re honored to recognize the ASE Technicians of the Year representing TBC Corp. and independent franchise owners,” said Erik Olsen, TBC president, CEO and chairman of the board.  “These technicians truly are the best of the best in the industry and, on behalf of all of TBC Corp., I would like to applaud them for continuing to advance their skill sets and for their dedication to continuous improvement.”

To become ASE Certified, technicians must pass a rigorous exam and work in the industry for at least two years. To remain certified, technicians must retake and pass the exam every five years.

TBC’s 2016 recipients of ASE’s Technician of the Year Award are:

  • Shawn Lemmons, of Daytona Beach, Fla., Tire Kingdom Service Centers
  • Jason Trimble, of Louisa, Va., Merchant’s Tire & Auto Centers
  • Terry Ueckart, of Kirby, Texas, NTB Tire & Service Centers
  • Josh Kemmerer, of Telford, Pa., Midas
  • Gary Wilson, of Louisville, Ky., Big O Tires
  • David Winger, of Modesto, Calif., SpeeDee oil Chang & Auto Service

All recipients were invited to attend the at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Embassy Suites in Concord, N.C., in mid-November.

TBC Corp. serves wholesale customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico through TBC Brands, Carroll Tire Company, TBC International, and TBC de Mexico. Additionally, TBC has more than 3,200 franchised and company-operated tire and automotive service centers under the brands Tire Kingdom Service Centers, Merchant's Tire & Auto Service Centers, NTB Tire & Service Centers, Big O Tires, Midas, and SpeeDee Oil Change and Auto Service. For more information, visit

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.  For more information, visit

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