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About the TechForce Foundation Techs Rock Awards

When Techs Rock, America Rolls! And here at TechForce, we're proud of the community of professional transportation technicians who are full of passion and grit, exhibit true excellence in their work and drive the future of our industry - ultimately propelling their companies to new growth and success.

That's why we're seeking the best technicians across the country and honoring them with the 2019 TechForce Techs Rock Awards. Winners will receive special prizes and be celebrated during the TechForce Foundation Leadership Summit, taking place on January 17 & 18 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona and be recognized throughout the industry via both digital and print promotion.


Check back December 2, 2019 to meet the finalists and vote for 2019's Grand Prize Winner!

Important Dates to Remember:

Nomination Deadline
Nominations Close on Thursday, November 21, 2019,
at 5:00 PM EST/ 2:00 PM PST

Category Winners Announced and Online Grand Prize Voting Begins
December 2, 2019

Grand Prize Winner Announced
December 10, 2019

TechForce Foundation Leadership Summit
January 17-18, 2020

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Award Categories

Outstanding Mentor Award

Outstanding Mentor

For providing support and guidance to the industry's future techs.
Rookie of the Year Award

Rookie of the Year

For up-and-coming tech professionals with under two years of experience.
Die Hard Award

Die Hard Award

For industry junkies who live, breathe, sleep, and thrive in their career.
Barrier Buster Award

Barrier Buster Award

For showing heart and passion in overcoming obstacles to succeed.
Pay it Forward Award

Pay It Forward Award

For being a community advocate and inspiring the next generation of techs.

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Category Winners

Each of the five (5) Category Winners, as selected by an esteemed panel of judges, will receive a $1,000 Snap-on tools voucher.

Category Winners Snap-on Prize

Grand Prize Winner

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona for the 2020 TechForce Foundation Leadership Summit and receive passes to 2020 Scottsdale Auto Week events.
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Award Judges

Julia Landauer, NASCAR Driver

Julia Landauer

Julia Landauer Racing

Greg Rintala National Sales Manager Snap-On Tools

Greg Rintala

National Sales Manager
Snap-on Tools

Bogi Lateiner, CEO/Master Mechanic Bogi's Garage

Bogi Lateiner

CEO/Master Mechanic
Bogi's Garage

Lyn St James_Portrait_Speaker-Author-Racecar Driver

Lyn St. James

Speaker/ Author/ Racecar Driver/ Automotive Expert

Judge-Headshot-Circle_Tommy and Stephanie Pike

Tommy & Stephanie Pike

Tommy Pike Customs

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Nomination Eligibility and Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: 2019 Nominations closed 11/21/2019. Nominations must be accepted by 5 PM EST/ 2 PM PST 11/22/2019 to be considered.

To nominate a colleague or peer, please offer details on your candidate in the form below. Nominations close on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at 5:00 PM EST/ 2:00 PM PST.

Nominees must be professional technicians, working full-time in the auto, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, marine, aviation, restoration or motorsports industry. Nominees shall exhibit exemplary character and be making a positive impact in their workplace and/or community; be respected for their technical skills and reputation as a qualified tech; and have concrete examples of how they exceed expectations in the category being nominated for.

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must reside within the 50 United States or District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
  • It is highly encouraged to submit nominees that have been with their current organization for at least 12 months, and preferably have achieved workplace accomplishments and milestones from the past 12-18 months.
  • An individual may only be nominated in one category.
  • Only one individual nominee is permitted for your submission. If you wish to submit more than one person from the same organization, you must submit separate nominations for each individual.
  • Each essay question should be answered in complete sentences.
  • The “Additional Contact" field is a great place to list the nominee's supervisor or the nominee organization's Communications or Marketing contact.
  • Nominations must be submitted through this online nomination form.
  • Once nominated, the nominee will receive a confirmation email to confirm and accept the nomination and answer a short survey. The confirmation and survey must be completed by Friday, November 22, 2019, at 5:00 PM EST/ 2:00 PM PST, or the nomination will be disqualified from the program.
  • Chosen honorees must be willing to have their name, photo, and company name and logo published in a digital and print marketing campaign announcing the winners.
  • The grand prize winner is required to attend an awards presentation in January 17-18 2020, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Inability to attend the awards event is an automatic disqualification from the program.
  • Honorees will also be asked to participate in a photo shoot, in addition to a Q&A-style interview, before the awards program with our editorial team; failure to make time to complete these assets will also result in disqualification from the program.


Click here to read the full program terms and conditions.