This year's Best Young Tech Award recipient, Derek Mohart, accepted the prestigious award at the AAPEX show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Presented by Motor Age and PTEN, the annual Best Young Tech award honors technicians aged 35 and younger who are moving the service repair industry forward, excel in their current role, and are passionate about their work.
From rebuilding transmissions and doing custom engine work to working as a remote diagnostic technician to now, his current role, as a continuous process improvement manager, Mohart has learned a great deal throughout his journey as a technician — and he's just getting started.
"It was awesome to get the nomination from my boss, Chris, and to hear that I won out of all the nominees was a pretty cool feeling," notes Mohart.
Mohart advises other young techs to "never settle" and to "always strive to be better."
As the grand prize winner of the Best Young Tech Award, Mohart received travel and admission to AAPEX 2023, a trip for two to the STX Supplier and Training Expo in Nashville in March 2024, and prize packs from the program sponsors that include tools and equipment.
Read the full-length article on Mohart's journey here.