Summit Truck Group Technicians Compete in Tech Rodeo

41 Techs Competed for Cash Prizes; Thomas Pianalto Awarded Top Honors

Summit RodeoSummit Holdings held their 3rd Annual Summit Truck Group Technician Rodeo on Saturday, August 15, 2015, in Springfield, Missouri. Service Technician Thomas Pianalto from Summit’s Lowell, Arkansas, location received top honors in the skills competition.

In order to participate in the Tech Rodeo, Summit technicians were required to complete (1) all 12 required service certifications through Navistar, and then (2) a written qualifying test. Top scorers on the qualifying test from each location were then eligible to participate in the rodeo. Larger Summit locations each sent 2 techs to compete, while smaller locations, as well as Summit Lease & Rental and Summit Bus locations, sent 1 person each.

In all, 41 Summit service technicians competed in this year’s event, representing each of the 27 markets in 8 states within which Summit does business. For his 1st Place finish, Thomas received $6,003; Service Technician Dan Myers, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, achieved 2nd place overall and received $4,502; and 3rd place overall was won by Derek Castle, from Little Rock, Arkansas, who received a $2,501 prize. In addition, station prizes were awarded for each of the 13 challenge stations, with the 1st place technician at each station receiving $500; 2nd place earned the winning tech $300; and $150 was awarded for 3rd place. In addition to their overall wins, Pianalto received 6 station awards, Myers won 5 station awards, and Castle won 3 station awards.

Duke Fancher, Vice President of Service Operations for Summit, said that, “This is the 3rd year that Summit has held a Technician Rodeo, and this year’s was the best so far. The caliber of the technicians competing was high, the competition fierce, and the support for this event by employees throughout Summit was incredible. Each of the 41 competitors is a winner just participating in this event.”

The rodeo took place in the Springfield Convention Center, and was organized by Jim Hinton and Jim Nichoalds, Summit’s regional service trainers.

[Left to right] Richard Sweebe, Partner; Thomas Pianalto, 1st Place Overall; Dan Myers, 2nd Place Overall; Derek Castle, 3rd Place Overall; and Duke Fancher, Vice President of Service Operations

[Left to right] Richard Sweebe, Partner; Thomas Pianalto, 1st Place Overall; Dan Myers, 2nd Place Overall; Derek Castle, 3rd Place Overall; and Duke Fancher, Vice President of Service Operations

About Summit Holdings
Summit Holdings is a privately-held company that does business as Summit Truck Group, Summit Bus, and Summit Lease & Rental. The company operates 31 commercial truck and bus dealerships in Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. Summit Truck Group represents and services International®, Kenworth, Volvo, Mack, Ford, and Isuzu commercial trucks, and Crane Carrier specialty vehicles. Summit Bus represents and services IC Bus™, ElDorado National, and other commercial bus brands. Summit Lease & Rental provides commercial truck lease and rental and offers mobile and dedicated maintenance services through its 20 Idealease™ locations. Summit serves customers with more than 1,400 employees, 440 technicians, 458 service bays, and over $30 million in all-makes stocked parts. Additional information can be found at www.summittruckgroup.com.

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