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Sexton’s Willis National Technician of the Year

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The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence recently honored Larry Willis as National BodyShop Business/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year.

Willis, an ASE master collision repair and refinish technician from Harriman, was among 45 automotive professionals recognized at the ASE’s fall Board of Governors meeting in the Newport Beach, Calif., Fairmont Hotel.

“Larry is one of the outstanding ASE-certified professionals recognized annually by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry, said Timothy Zilke, ASE president and CEO.

Zilke said Willis and other elite technicians were presented with an industry-specific award recognizing their achievements.

The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE certification tests from among the ranks of the more than 330,000 ASE-certified professionals nationwide.

Willis is manager of Sexton Automotive of Oak Ridge.

He has been a technician for 39 years.

“ASE has been honoring the best of the best in our industry for more than 40 years, and we are proud to once again recognize forty-five outstanding individuals from all across the nation,” said Zilke.

“This is all made possible by the support of our many award sponsors, whose ranks include some of the best-known names in the industry,” he added.

“We are proud to partner with BodyShop Business to recognize Larry's commitment to excellence in providing the very best in vehicle repair services to his extended community. This dedication is reflected in the talented professionals we recognize each year, and Larry represents the best of the best.”

Thirty-eight different companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Collision and Parts categories, along with three instructor awards.

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 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.

More than 330,000 ASE-certified automobile, truck and collision repair technicians, and parts specialists work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges across the nation.

Visit www.ase.com for more about the institute.