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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Auto-Wares Group of Companies, a member of the Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance that does business as Auto Value and Bumper to Bumper Part Stores, has selected Joe Stewart as its 2022 Technician of the Year.

Stewart is the shop foreman at the Brighton Garage in Brighton, Mich., an Auto Value Certified Service Center since April 2021.

He will represent the company at an all-expenses paid trip to the National Alliance Technician of the Year competition in Detroit, July 11-14.

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In 2021 the competition brought together 12 individuals from across North America, and 2022 is expected to bring together a similar number.

The finalists will take a live custom ASE Technician of the Year exam, where a winner will be determined based on the highest final test score. The trip also includes visits to the Henry Ford Museum, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and an opportunity to drive on the M1 Concourse track.

Finalists were judged based on a combination of training hours attended, variety of education received, volunteer/extra-curricular activity participation, passion for the industry, along with reference letters and letters of recommendations.

“Tech of the Year brings out the best in our network each year. This year was no exception, and it didn’t take long to realize that Joe’s level of training, experience, and professionalism is exactly what we are looking for,” said Dan Hosler, certified service center program manager for Auto-Wares.

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The Brighton Garage is part of the Detroit Garage Auto Family, a group of automotive repair shops.

Daniel Groen, regional manager for the Detroit Garage, said: “Joe is constantly growing and training as a technician and has been throughout his career. He actively trains our new team members, pushing them to obtain professional success and pride with ASE certifications.

“This persistent pursuit of auto repair knowledge and growth is some of what sets Joe apart from his peers. Hybrid, electrical, and diesel vehicles do not deter Joe from the industry but inspire him to gain the expertise to lead his facility, and someday multiple facilities, to the success this challenging industry can achieve.”

Grand Rapids-based Auto-Wares is an aftermarket automotive distribution company serving the Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin markets.

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