"It's good that we can give back to the industry, especially the young up-and-coming talent. I'm glad we can donate to the cause, the winner and SkillsUSA. We all need talent in this industry, and this is one avenue where we can start."
The event was made possible thanks to many generous sponsors including AASP/NJ, Auto Body Distributing Co. Inc., Bridgewater Collision Repair (Bridgewater), Britland Autobody (Greenbrook), Central Paint (Trenton), J&E Auto Body (Clark) and Ultimate Collision Repair (Edison).
Congratulations to Anibal Sierra (Passaic County Technical Institute) who scored the First Place spot. Matt Brandner (Hunterdon County Polytech) was named the Second Place winner and Nicholas Donnadio (Somerset County Vocational and Technical School) scored in Third Place. Sierra will move on to compete at the 55th Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference this June in Louisville, KY. Sierra took home a fully stocked toolbox, and each competitor received a gift bag courtesy of the event's sponsors.
In addition to McNee, the following volunteered their time to support the SkillsUSA competition as judges: Chuy Barrera (Johnny's Auto Body), Glenn Morello (Bridgewater Collision), Pete Ritter (Ritter Full Service), Berrs Rocha (Bridgewater Collision) and Tyler Tallamy (Port Murray Auto Sales, Auto Body & Classic Restoration). Anthony Thompson served as donation coordinator; for the second year in a row, Charity Ritter (Bridgewater Collision) served as event coordinator.
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