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Brian Peters Wins 14th Annual NationaLease Tech Challenge

Finalists Honored at 2024 NationaLease Maintenance Managers Meeting

Denver, CO, May 28, 2024 NationaLease, One of the largest full-service truck leasing organizations in North America, announced that Brian Peters, from Salem NationaLease out of Conover, North Carolina, has won the highly anticipated 14th Annual NationaLease Tech Challenge. The heralded award was presented to Peters at the May 2024 NationaLease Maintenance Managers Meeting at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO.

Tech Challenge participants hailed from NationaLease’s full-service truck leasing companies across the United States and Canada. The challenge begins with a 100 multiple-choice question exam, and then the leading techs from nine regions compete in the hands-on competition held at Aim NationaLease’s truck maintenance shop before the Maintenance Managers Meeting. This year, in addition to the nine regional winners, the second highest scoring tech also advanced, allowing 10 technicians to compete in the hands-on competition.

Peters began his career in the business by following in his dad’s footsteps, who was a diesel technician for 47 years. Peters graduated from Nashville Auto-Diesel College in 2005, then started at Catawba Rental Company, Inc. a NationaLease Member after graduating. In 2012, he joined Salem NationaLease. Peters is a familiar face from previous NationaLease Tech Challenge competitions – he placed as a Regional Winner in 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020, and 2021, was 2nd runner up overall in 2014, was 1st runner up overall in 2019, and was 2nd runner up overall again in 2021. Brian was also North Carolina State Top Tech in 2022 and 2023 and finished Top 10 at the TMCSuperTech in 2023.

Joining Peters are first runner-up Wade Murphy-Price from Airoldi Brothers NationaLease and second runner-up Keran Valji from VEL NationaLease. These highly skilled individuals will represent the NationaLease organization at the upcoming TMC Annual SuperTech Competition scheduled later this year.

The remaining seven of the ten Tech Challenge finalists were:
• Region 1: Jason Stiles, VEL NationaLease
• Region 2: Stewart Kitchin, Ballard Truck Leasing, a NationaLease Member
• Region 3: Scott Bosnyak, Aim NationaLease
• Region 5: Carl Diehl, Hogan Truck Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member
• Region 6: Erien White, Transervice Leasing, a NationaLease Member
• Region 8: Kyle Dillard, Hogan Truck Leasing, Inc., a NationaLease Member
• Region 9: John Norwood, Aim NationaLease

“The talent and initiative on display during the Tech Challenge was truly amazing and we congratulate Brian for winning the top spot in a fierce competition,” said Jane Clark, senior vice president of operations at NationaLease. “These individuals are the backbone of our industry and ensure the highest level of care and quality is provided so our trucks operate safely on roads all across North America.”
This year, for the first time, NationaLease is also pleased to announce the individual station winners.