Winners announced in annual Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo

  Rush Truck Centers, the largest commercial vehicle dealer group in North America, held its 7th annual Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo last week in San Antonio, TX. The event is an intense competition wherein Rush Truck Centers technicians test...

In his remarks at the awards ceremony, W. M. “Rusty” Rush, president and CEO of Rush Enterprises, of which Rush Truck Centers is a subsidiary, emphasized just how important technicians are to the continuing growth and success the dealerships.

“Thank you for being a part of our family,” said Rush. “We don’t have a chance to say thank you often enough.

“The heartbeat of our dealerships is all that you technicians do. You take care of the customer and support the dealership.

“We’re the best because of people like you.”

“The skills and knowledge of high level technicians is a key to Marten Transport’s success,” Randy Marten, CEO of Marten Transport, a premier supplier of time and temperature sensitive transportation services to all 48 states, Canada and Mexico, said in his remarks at the Tech Skills Rodeo awards banquet. “You understand the importance of getting trucks back up and running quickly.”

The company is a long-time customer of Rush Truck Centers.


The winners

The Medium Duty Grand Champion for the 2012 Rush Truck Centers Tech Skills Rodeo was John Dobberpuhl, Denver; total winnings $19,500.

Heavy Duty Grand Champion was Jason Swann, Dallas; $20,000 in winnings. He also earned the title of Heavy Duty Grand Champion in the 2006 and 2008 Tech Skills Rodeo.

Each Grand Champion also received a large trophy for display in their dealership. The trophy is inscribed with their names, along with the names of the previous Grand Champions.

Taking second place in medium duty was Steve Brain, Dallas, $10,000; heavy duty, Mike Jones, Tucson, $11,000.

The top finalist in the medium duty competition was Pieter Dezwart, Doraville, $6,500; heavy duty, Randy Hughes, Texarkana, $8,500.

Taking the top spots in the Go Green competition were Gonzalo Uribe, Fontana, $5,000, and Adam Hillard, Charlotte, $4,000.




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