FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2021
Christopher Tate Wins TMCSuperTech 2021 Grand Championship
Claims Second Title in Premier Technician Skills Event
Cleveland, Ohio — Today, American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council announced Christopher Tate of Mohawk Truck Inc., has been crowned as the TMCSuperTech 2021 Grand Champion during TMC’s 2021 Fall Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Cleveland.
“On behalf of TMC, I’m thrilled to congratulate Christopher Tate on achieving top honors at this year’s competition, earning the title TMCSuperTech Grand Champion,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “This competition showcases the most skilled and knowledgeable truck technicians the industry has to offer, and this award is a testament to Chris’ professional talent and a distinguished milestone in his career as he wins his second Grand Championship title.”
This was Tate’s second Grand Championship, having won the top spot last at TMC in 2009. He was joined on the victory podium by Joseph C. Anderson Jr., Travel Centers of America, who placed second in competition, and Michael Kerfoot, also of Travel Centers of America, who placed third overall.
This year’s competition consisted of a one-day, one-track competition featuring a written test and 11 skills stations, organized in a table-top format. Thirty-four professional technicians participated in this year’s event. Prizes were awarded to all winners during TMC’s awards luncheon ceremony at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland.
This year’s team award went to Travel Centers of America, consisting Anderson and Kerfoot. The individual station winners were:
Written: Joseph C. Anderson Jr., TravelCenters of America
Wheel End: Michael Kerfoot, TravelCenters of America
Transmission: Lucas Coyle, TravelCenters of America
Engine & Aftertreatment: John Norwood, NationaLease
Lighting: Lucas Coyle, TravelCenters of America
Fuel & Lubes: Christopher P. Tate, Mohawk Truck Inc.
Coolant & DEF: Michael Kerfoot, TravelCenters of America
Fastners: José J. Feliciano, Dickinson Fleet Services
Belts & Hoses: Michael Kerfoot, TravelCenters of America
Service Information: Michael Krause, Clarke Power Services Inc.
Brakes: José J. Feliciano, Dickinson Fleet Services
Suspension: Christopher P. Tate, Mohawk Truck Inc.
The complete order of finish was as follows:
- Christopher P. Tate, Mohawk Truck Inc.
- Joseph C. Anderson Jr., TravelCenters of America
- Michael Kerfoot, TravelCenters of America
- Michael Krause, Clarke Power Services, Inc.
- José J. Feliciano, Dickinson Fleet Services
- Aaron K. Burdick, Clarke Power Services Inc.
- Scott Davidson, TravelCenters of America
- Lucas Coyle, TravelCenters of America
- Jeremy Piepmeier, Dickinson Fleet Services
- John Justin Kidd Sr., TravelCenters of America
- Nathan Louis Olson, NationaLease
- Brian Peters, NationaLease
- Patrick Allen, TravelCenters of America
- John Norwood, NationaLease
- Morgan Barnes, MHC Truck Leasing
- Garrett Bankston, Clarke Power Services Inc.
- Joseph R. Catlin, Mohawk Truck Inc.
- Jeff Brinkman, Dickinson Fleet Services
- Azahel Chebon Palomino, Love's Travel Stops
- Christopher Gerrald, TravelCenters of America
- Joshua Lawhorn, Dickinson Fleet Services
- James Robinson, Iron Buffalo Holdings Dba JECO
- Alekrei Naranovich, Hogan Truck Leasing Inc.
- Lucas Henson, Love's Travel Stops
- Christopher Herndon, Love's Travel Stops
- Curtis Hart, Transervice Logistics Inc.
- Carroll Tipton, Sunoco LP
- Anthony Black, Love's Travel Stops
- Zachary Pagett, Love's Travel Stops
- Caleb Walcott, Hogan Truck Leasing Inc.
- Adam Mendoza, Transervice Logistics Inc.
- Donovan Peshlakai, Love's Travel Stops
- Christopher Thomas, Dickinson Fleet Services
- Brandon Monroe, Dickinson Fleet Services
By providing leadership support and opportunities to collaborate, TMC helps members develop the industry’s best practices that address the critical truck technology and maintenance issues that have the greatest impact on truck fleets. For more than 60 years, TMC’s member-driven Recommended Maintenance and Engineering Practices have been setting the standards that help trucking companies specify and maintain their fleets more effectively. Follow TMC on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter, Facebook, or at Trucking Moves America Forward.