Leesburg, VA, November 25, 2019 — Gerald “Jerry” Holcom, an ASE Certified automotive professional from Kansas City, Missouri, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the TechNet Professional/ASE Service Consultant of the Year. Fifty-three automotive professionals were recognized on November 13, 2019, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.

The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification tests from among the ranks of the approximately quarter million ASE certified professionals nationwide. Rich Merchant, Sr. Vice President of Professional Sales, and Chris Blanchette, Vice President – Strategic Store Operations, both for TechNet Professional; Tom Trisdale, ASE Board Chair; and Timothy Zilke, ASE President & CEO, presented the award to Holcom.

“Jerry, who has owned S&S Service Center, Inc. in Kansas City for 37 years, is one of the outstanding ASE certified professionals recognized annually by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry. Each of these elite technicians is presented with an industry-specific award recognizing their achievement,” said Zilke.

“ASE has honored extraordinary industry professionals from across the nation for more than 40 years,” Zilke continued. “This is made possible by the support of our many award sponsors, whose ranks include some of the best-known names in the industry. We are proud to partner with TechNet Professional to recognize Jerry’s commitment to excellence in providing the very best in automotive service to his customers. This dedication is reflected in the talented professionals we recognize each year and Jerry represents the best of the best.”

Forty-one companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Bus, Collision and Parts categories, along with awards for instructors. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals. Approximately a quarter million ASE Certified automobile, truck, bus, and collision repair technicians, and parts specialists work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, auto parts stores, fleets, schools, and colleges across the nation.  For more information about ASE, visit

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