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NationaLease Announces Top Techs in the 11th Annual Tech Challenge

DOWNERS GROVE, IL. – June 10, 2021 – NationaLease announced the winners of its 11th Annual Top Tech Challenge. The competition is designed to give star technicians the opportunity to display their knowledge and technical expertise in a comprehensive written exam and hands-on competition. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s winners were decided on written test scores rather than a hands-on challenge. The top three winners will be sponsored by NationaLease to compete in the TMC SuperTech Competition in September.

Nathan Olson from GATR NationaLease was named the 2021 Top Tech. He was also a Regional Winner in the 2019 competition.

First Runner Up was John Norwood from Aim NationaLease who was a First Runner Up in 2017, Second Runner Up in 2018, and a Top Three winner in 2020.

Brian Peters from Salem NationaLease was named Second Runner Up. He was a Second Runner up in 2014, a Regional Winner in 2015, First Runner up in 2019, and a Regional Winner in 2020

Joe Puff, NationaLease’s Vice President of Truck Technology & Maintenance commented, “We are so pleased to offer this level of recognition to our valued technicians. Not every company has the resources for this kind of competition; however, I urge every company that has a fleet, regardless of size, to offer acknowledgement and show appreciation to these very important employees.  I am proud to have some of the industry’s “best of the best” technicians supporting our customers.  Each of the nine Regional Winners have committed countless hours of professional development and are commended for their achievement.”

The six additional Regional Winners include:

Keran Valji, VEL NationaLease
Matt Dove, Aim NationaLease
Jason Johnson, Bentley Truck Services, Inc., a NationaLease Member
David Petenzi, Autow NationaLease
Dave Trader, Aim NationaLease
Adam Mendoza, Transervice Leasing, a NationaLease Member

About NationaLease
Founded in 1944, NationaLease is one of the largest full service truck leasing organizations in North America, with over 900 locations throughout the US and Canada and a combined customer fleet of over 165,000 tractors, trucks, and trailers. The company provides comprehensive fleet management services for private fleets and transportation service providers. More information can be found at