ARLINGTON, Va. — Monday, Sept. 21, kicked off the inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week, presented by the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), by naming Mike Neer of Old Dominion Freight Line as the first-ever Heavy-Duty Technician Superstar.
“Being able to recognize hardworking professionals like Mike is an important part of why we created National Technician Appreciation Week,” said Robert Braswell, executive director of TMC. “Mike is an example of the professionalism and dedication that TMC espouses and we’re proud to honor him with this award.”
In preparation for National Technician Appreciation Week, companies were encouraged to nominate a person or persons from their organizations who exemplify excellence as a commercial vehicle technician. Winners were selected for three categories — heavy duty, trailer and light/medium duty.
Neer, of Parsons, Kansas, has served as a technician for ODFL since 2005 and is a past winner of the Old Dominion Service 2.0 OD Award, which is given for service above and beyond the call of duty.
“Mike is a great team member for the Parsons’ Fleet Maintenance Location, where he is always willing to accept new assignments and mentor other technicians when asked to do so. He is always training and keeping up to date on the latest technologies,” said Francis Chandler, shop manager for Old Dominion Freight Lines.
The Technician Superstar winners will receive a complementary registration to a TMC meeting of their choice and one year’s membership in the Council.