Ryder honors its top technicians

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Ryder System has announced the top three winners of its 2006 Top Technician Recognition Program. The title of “National Top Technician” was awarded to Michael Caylor of Aberdeen, Md., along with keys to a new GMC pickup truck. Second place was awarded to Michael Bogard of Neenah, Wis., while Timothy Peters of Newton, N.C., received third place; both were rewarded with cash gift cards.

Ryder’s top seven technicians, who had advanced through earlier rounds, participated in a stringent hands-on national competition that consisted of 10 stations, including vehicle electronics, preventive maintenance and air conditioning. The group will represent Team Ryder at the 2006 TMC SuperTech National Technician Skills Competition in Austin, Texas, beginning Sept. 18.

Ryder’s other four team members for 2006 TMC SuperTech are Robert Balon, Hebron, Ky.; Duane Houston, Wichita, Kan.; Dennis Poland, Oxford, Ala.; and Dean Sehm, Phoenix. The Ryder Top Technician Recognition Program is an annual program designed to identify, recognize and reward Ryder’s top performers from the company’s team of nearly 4,800 U.S.-based technicians.

“Ryder takes great pride in its technicians and the quality of workmanship they provide to our customers,” says Ty Cross, Ryder vice president of maintenance. “These top-performing technicians have surpassed Ryder’s stringent operational and safety standards and have proven themselves to be among the nation’s ‘best of the best.’ I am honored that they are part of Team Ryder and proud to have them represent us at the 2006 TMC SuperTech.”