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FedEx Freight's Phillip Pinter was the top tech at the 2018 National Technician Skills Competition.

Pinter crowned TMCSuperTech grand champ

Sept. 22, 2018
FedEx Freight drivers swept the top 7 spots at the ATA/TMC technician skills competition in Orlando FL

FedEx Freight technician Phillip Pinter was named TMCSuperTech grand champion at the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council 2018 National Technician Skills Competition in Orlando FL. 

The Ida MI resident emerged from a field of 95 finalists in the TMCSuperTech heavy-duty division to claim the title of grand champion. In addition, Ferris State student tech Ian Partak won the TMCFutureTech National Student Technician Competition sponsored by the TechForce Foundation.

Travel Centers of America technician Michael Kerfoot placed first in the trailer track, and FedEx Freight’s Troy Rispoli claimed the first title in the new light- and medium-duty vehicle competition.

“The competitors at TMCSuperTech and TMCFutureTech are a shining example of professional excellence for our entire industry,” said Chris Spear, ATA President and CEO. “I want to congratulate Phillip, Ian, Michael (and) Troy, as well as all of their colleagues and classmates and all of the competitors who demonstrated their immense skills at the competition, and I want to thank them all for what they do to keep our trucks moving.”

FedEx Freight continued its dominance of the TMCSuperTech team competition, claiming its sixth consecutive title behind Doug Nickles and Matt Sloan, who finished third and fifth, respectively. FedEx Freight techs swept the top seven places in the competition and claimed 12 of the top 20 spots in the heavy-duty competition.

“For 14 years, TMC has tried to shine a light on the professionalism and dedication of our industry’s technicians through TMCSuperTech, and once again we have seen these men and women perform exceptionally—especially Phillip, Ian, Michael, Troy and all our station winners,” said Robert Braswell, TMC executive director.

“At a time when we are desperately looking to recruit and retain talent, all of our TMCSuperTech and TMCFutureTech competitors—but especially our winners—give us all a standard to strive for, so congratulations to them.”

Full results of TMCSuperTech and TMCFutureTech are available here.