TechForce Announces Highest Profile Judges in Techs Rock Awards 6-Year History

Photos of each of the 10 judges in the 6th annual Techs Rock Awards.

TechForce Announces Highest Profile Judges in Techs Rock Awards 6-Year History

Judges for the 6th Annual Awards Include TV & Podcast Hosts, Racing Drivers, and the World’s Largest Automotive YouTuber

December 6, 2023 — PHOENIX — TechForce Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to championing the technician workforce, has unveiled the celebrity judges in its 6th Annual Techs Rock Awards. The Awards will honor technical students and professional technicians, with two Grand Prize Winners being recognized live on stage at Mecum Glendale 2024. Nominations are open through Jan. 14, 2024 at

“This year’s judge panel is the most exciting in Techs Rock Awards history,” said Jennifer Maher, CEO of TechForce Foundation. “We are incredibly thrilled to have such a high-profile, talented, and knowledgeable group of judges. Their reach and expertise will ensure that the winners truly represent the students and technicians who are driving the technician profession forward, the best of the best from every corner of our industry.”

Judges for the Techs Rock Awards include:

  • ChrisFix, The World’s Largest Automotive YouTuber
  • Sabré Cook, Professional Racing Driver & Mechanical Engineer
  • JP Emerson, Automotive Journalist & Host of The JP Emerson Show
  • John Gardner, Host of “Tech Garage” & “Motorhead Garage” TV series
  • MBP, Shoreline, and Six, Hosts of the Cancelled for Maintenance Podcast
  • Humble Mechanic, Host of Humble Mechanic YouTube Channel
  • Frank Leutz, Host of Wrench Nation Car Talk Radio and Owner of Desert Car Care of Cave Creek
  • Emily Reeves, Co-Host of Flying Sparks Garage
  • Brandon Steckler, Technical Editor at Motor Age Magazine
  • Micki Woods, President of Micki Woods Marketing & Host of the Body Bangin’ Podcast

TechForce joined forces with Mecum Auctions to host this year’s Techs Rock Awards, recognizing students and professional technicians who show passion and dedication for the profession, serve as role models, and inspire the next generation of tech enthusiasts. One professional technician and one technical student will be recognized in each of the Awards’ five categories: Automotive & Motorsports; Diesel; Collision, Restoration & Welding; Aviation, Motorcycle & Marine; and Evolving Technologies.

In addition to the recognition and prestige that comes with winning a Techs Rock Award, the one student and one technician named as Grand Prize Winners will each receive a trip to Glendale, Ariz. to enjoy dinner with top industry leaders at TechForce’s National Partner Summit and be recognized on stage at Mecum Glendale 2024.

“Nominations are an excellent way for employers and educators to show appreciation for their staff and students. The prizes for the Techs Rock Awards are designed to empower and inspire the winners to continue pushing the boundaries of excellence in their field,” added Maher. “We want to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication by providing them with resources that will help them thrive in their careers.”

The nomination deadline is January 14, 2024. TechForce Foundation invites you to recognize the aspiring technical students and exceptional technicians you see making a difference every day. To learn more about the Techs Rock Awards, including how to nominate a deserving student or technician, visit

About TechForce Foundation
TechForce Foundation is a national nonprofit, 501(c)(3) with the mission to champion all students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. TechForce powers the technician workforce by awarding more than $2.3 million in scholarships and grants annually to financially disadvantaged students; changes perceptions towards this evolving, ‘new collar’ STEM career; and provides local career exploration and workforce development programming. TechForce’s online network of students, working technicians, instructors, employers, industry professionals and enthusiasts committed to championing the technician workforce is the conduit through which the charity delivers its free resources, programs and career hub for the benefit of aspiring technicians. For more information, visit Follow us on TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube.


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