(L to R) Jeff Walker, Richard Lyons, Lenora Jackson, Tim Zilke



Leesburg, VA, November 28, 2017 Richard Lyons, an ASE Certified automobile technician from Auburn, Washington, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the Acura/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year. Forty-seven automotive professionals were recognized on November 15, 2017, at the Fall Board of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, California.

The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification Tests from among the ranks of the more than a quarter million ASE certified professionals nationwide. Lenora Jackson, Manager, Training Operations for Acura; Jeff Walker, Chairman of the ASE Board of Directors; and Timothy Zilke, ASE President & CEO, presented the award to Lyons.

“Rick is one of the outstanding ASE certified professionals recognized annually by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry. Each of these elite technicians is presented with an industry-specific award recognizing their achievement,” said Zilke.

Lyons is an Acura Master Technician at Acura of Seattle. He has been a technician for 33 years. “ASE has been honoring outstanding automotive professionals in our industry for more than 40 years, and we are proud to once again recognize forty-seven outstanding individuals from across the nation,” said Zilke. “This is all made possible by the support of our many award sponsors, whose ranks include some of the best-known names in the industry. We are proud to partner with Acura to recognize Rick's commitment to excellence in providing the very best in vehicle repair services to his extended community. This dedication is reflected in the talented professionals we recognize each year and Rick represents the best of the best.”

Thirty-six different companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Collision and Parts categories, along with awards for instructors. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals.  More than a quarter million ASE certified automobile, truck, and collision repair technicians, and parts specialists work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, auto parts stores, fleets, schools, and colleges across the nation.  For more information about ASE, visit the Web site at www.ase.com.


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