Penray’s Strach awarded Silver Spark Plug

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Brian Strach, OEM sales and account manager for the power fleet division at Penray, received the Silver Spark Plug Award from the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations during its recent fall meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The award is the highest honor given by TMC, North America’s premier technical society for truck equipment, information technology and logistics professionals.

“We’d like to congratulate Brian on receiving this prestigious honor,” says Rod McKenzie, president of Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Penray. “We are all very proud of him and the fine work he has done representing Penray in the technical advancement in the industry.”

Strach, a TMC member since June 1999, is credited with study group activity in the S.5 Fleet Maintenance Management, S.6 Chassis and Brake Systems, and S.15 Specialty Trucks study groups. He has chaired several task forces that have resulted in TMC recommended practices, including S.6’s Troubleshooting Ride Complaints.

Strach is a founding officer of TMC’s Professional Technician Development Committee, its Friends of the Technician sponsorship committee, and the National Technicians’ Skills Competition, TMCSuperTech. Strach, who currently serves as PTDC’s second-vice chairman, also has been instrumental in establishing PTDC’s Technician Training Fair, now in its fifth year. He was named a Recognized Associate in 2006 and has supported TMC International’s meetings in Canada and Mexico.

The Silver Spark Plug is awarded annually to individuals who have:

  • Given outstanding service to TMC;
  • Donated a minimum of five years of active service to TMC, including three years active service with a study group and/or task force;
  • Contributed new ideas, practices or innovations in the maintenance of commercial motor vehicles, which have contributed materially to the improvement of equipment;
  • Demonstrated strong support of TMC by organizing, chairing and/or participating in several sessions, or serving on meeting committees or as sergeants-at-arms or other TMC supporting activities, and participating in various study group or task force meetings outside of TMC’s three yearly meetings; and
  • Earned the respect and admiration of their peers in the trucking industry.
  • Strach joined Penray in January 2007. As OEM sales and account manager for the power fleet division, he is responsible for the division’s sales with current customers, as well as helping to build and establish relationships with future customers. Strach brings more than 22 years of experience in the trucking industry, with a strong background in sales and customer service.