About the TechForce Foundation
Techs Rock Awards

When Techs Rock, America Rolls!
® And here at TechForce, we’re proud of the community of professional transportation technicians who are full of passion and grit, exhibit true excellence in their work and drive the future of our industry – ultimately propelling their companies to new growth and success.

That’s why we’re seeking the best technicians across the country and honoring them with the 2022 TechForce Techs Rock AwardsTM. Winners will receive special prizes and be celebrated throughout the industry via both digital and print promotion.

Important Dates to Remember:

Nominations Open
October 24, 2022

Nomination Deadline

November 4. 2022 at 5 PM EST/ 2 PM PST

Category Winners Announced

& Online Grand Prize Voting Starts
November 28, 2022 at

Voting Ends

December 2, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST

Grand Prize Winner Announced

December 6, 2022


Daniel McCrum of CarMax in Gulfport, MS is the Grand Prize Winner and Barrier Buster category winner of the 2022 Techs Rock Awards!
Joshua Ferrantino of Rodman Ford
is the Die Hard category winner in the
2022 Techs Rock Awards.
Frank Mendoza of Flow Nissan & NASCAR Technical Institute is the Outstanding Mentor category winner in the 2022 Techs Rock Awards.
Zachary Carlsen of Northern Auto Repair is the Pay It Forward category winner in the 2022 Techs Rock Awards.
Kael Gortat of CarMax is the Rookie of the Year category winner in the 2022 Techs Rock Awards.

Award Categories

Outstanding Mentor

For providing support and guidance to the industry's future techs.

Rookie of the Year

For up-and-coming tech professionals with under two years of experience.

Die Hard Award

For industry super fans who live, breathe, sleep, and thrive in their career.

Barrier Buster Award

For showing heart and passion in overcoming obstacles to succeed.

Pay it Forward

For being a community advocate and inspiring the next generation of techs.


Category Winners

Each of the five (5) Category Winners, as selected by an esteemed panel of judges, will receive a prize package valued at over $1,700 from TechForce partners including Ford Motor Company, AutoZone, CRC Industries, Snap-on Industrial, Advance Auto Parts, WD-40 Company and Cengage.

Grand Prize Winner

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to STX 2024 in Orlando, FL valued at $3,000 courtesy of Advance Auto Parts, along with an additional prize package valued at over $5,500 from TechForce partners CRC Industries, Ford Motor Company, Snap-on Industrial, Advance Auto Parts, WD-40 Company and AutoZone.

Award Judges

Emily Reeves
Host & Co-Owner
Flying Sparks Garage
Charles Sanville
Host & Owner
The Humble Mechanic
Bogi Lateiner
CEO/Master Mechanic
Bogi's Garage
Julia Landauer
Julia Landauer Racing
Pete Meier
Director of Training
Motor Age Magazine

Nomination Eligibility and Requirements

Nominate a technician: 

To nominate a technician, please offer details on your candidate in the nomination form above. Nominations closed on Friday, November 4, 2022, at 5:00 PM EST/ 2:00 PM PST.

Nominees must be professional technicians, working full-time in the auto, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, marine, aviation, restoration or motorsports industry. Nominees shall exhibit exemplary character and be making a positive impact in their workplace and/or community; be respected for their technical skills and reputation as a qualified tech; and have concrete examples of how they exceed expectations in the category being nominated for.

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must reside within the 50 United States or District of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
  • It is highly encouraged to nominate technicians who have achieved workplace accomplishments and milestones in the past 18 months.
  • An individual may only be nominated in one category.
  • Only one individual nominee is permitted for your submission. If you wish to nominate more than one person, you must submit separate nominations for each individual.
  • Each essay question should be answered in complete sentences.
  • The “Additional Contact” field is a great place to list the nominee’s supervisor or the nominee organization’s Communications or Marketing contact.
  • Nominations must be submitted through the Techs Rock Awards online nomination form.
  • Once nominated, the nominee will receive a confirmation email to accept the nomination and answer a short survey. The acceptance survey must be completed by Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 11:59 PM PST (2:59 AM EST on 11/7), or the nomination will not be considered for the program.
  • Chosen honorees must be willing to have their name, photo, and company name and logo published in a digital and print marketing campaign announcing the winners.
  • Honorees may also be asked to participate in a photo shoot, in addition to a Q&A-style interview with our editorial team.

Click here to read the full program terms and conditions.