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2021 Techs Rock Awards Category Winners

Congratulations to our five Category Winners, selected by our panel of esteemed celebrity judges! Each Category Winner will receive prizes valued at more than $1,800 from TechForce partners including Ford Motor Company, CRC Industries, Snap-on Tools, Advance Auto Parts, Cengage, WD-40, and AutoZone. Scroll through each of our five Category Winners below and learn why they were nominated.

The public vote for this year's Grand Prize Winner has now concluded. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

The 2021 Grand Prize Winner will receive over $8,000 in additional prizes, including an all-expenses-paid trip to STX 2022 in Orlando, FL courtesy of Advance Auto Parts, along with an additional prize package valued at over $5,000 from TechForce partners CRC Industries, Ford Motor Company, Snap-on Tools, Advance Auto Parts, Shell, WD-40 Company, and AutoZone.

Meet the 2021 Category Winners

TRA 2021_Category Winner_Outstanding Mentor David May@3x

Meet David

Why David was nominated: Shop Foreman David May mentors both professional technicians and students in his shop. He is credited with guiding many technicians into successful careers affording them a high quality of life.

In his own words: “One of the most satisfying rewards is to… see trainees be successful in their work and know that I had a hand in their success.”

TRA 2021_Category Winner_Rookie of the Year Drew Harless@3x

Meet Drew

Why Drew was nominated: Drew Harless was hired as an apprentice tech while still in high school, and has been working in the shop full time since graduation. An Eagle Scout and SkillsUSA State Champion, Drew decided that college wasn’t for him once he discovered his love of cars in high school.

In his own words: “Everyday I go to work with my mind set on learning something new… I want to show that you don’t need to go to college to be successful.”

TRA 2021_Category Winner_Die Hard Jess Anderson@3x

Meet Jess

Why Jess was nominated: World Class certified tech and die-hard Chevy fan Jess Anderson strives to be the best technician in the industry. She specializes in vehicle electrical systems and has a keen knack for explaining her work to fellow technicians and customers alike.

In her own words: “There is ALWAYS something new to learn or a new way to perform a repair… with all the new electric vehicle platforms coming… I’m ready for that challenge.”

TRA 2021_Category Winner_Barrier Buster Gabriel Gaumer@3x

Meet Gabriel

Why Gabriel was nominated: Gabriel Gaumer’s colleagues describe him as a leader, one of the hardest working techs in his shop, and someone always willing to go the extra mile.

In his own words: “I went to tech school, but also have experience in the agricultural [and] construction... industries. I am a left arm amputee and can usually perform any task given to me [but] prefer the weird electrical gremlin jobs.”

TRA 2021_Category Winner_Pay it Forward Donald Ranquist@3x@3x

Meet Donald

Why Donald was nominated: Donald Ranquist makes it a priority to find ways he can positively impact those around him. From serving on the CarMax Cares committee to establishing his own non-profit to heal victims of bullying through Motorsports, Donald shows those new to the industry what can be achieved as a technician.

In his own words: “As an automotive technician I’ve developed skills that can help many people… I try and offer assistance in any way I can.”

Grand Prize Winner to be announced 12/7/2021

The public Grand Prize vote has now concluded. Come back on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 to discover who will be named the 2021 Techs Rock Awards Grand Prize Winner!

The 2021 Grand Prize Winner will receive their Category Winner Prizes, plus $8,000 in additional prizes including an all-expenses-paid trip to STX 2022 in Orlando, FL courtesy of Advance Auto Parts, along with a prize package valued at over $5,000 from TechForce partners CRC Industries, Ford Motor Company, Snap-on Tools, Advance Auto Parts, Shell, WD-40 Company, and AutoZone.

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