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AASP/NJ Awards First Young Technician Award at NORTHEAST 2021


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The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) recently debuted its new Young Technician Award, bestowed upon a promising young technician who has worked in a member shop for less than five years.

On the first night of the 2021 NORTHEAST® Automotive Services Show, AASP/NJ Allied Board Member Joe Amato Sr., president of the Amato Insurance Agency (a division of World Insurance Associates, LLC), presented Casey Dombroski of Rico’s Auto Body in Robbinsville Township, NJ, with a personalized plaque commemorating the honor, as well as a $5,000 Snap-on tool grant funded by a generous donation from the Utica National Group Foundation.


Presenting the tool grant to an industry up-and-comer was a definitive event highlight for Amato.


“We awarded the first-ever Young Technician Award to a deserving young man," Amato said. "We were really excited about giving this opportunity to support someone who has recently committed to the industry and needs some help filling their tool chest. I was honored to sit on the selection committee.”


Debbie Tallman, office manager at Rico’s Auto Body, nominated Dombroski for the inaugural Young Technician Award.


“Casey is a hard worker who is eager to learn new things,” Tallman explained. “He’s a polite young man and is always willing to help---he’s more than happy to do whatever we need. Although he has a few tools, he would love to augment his toolbox as he plans to continue working in the industry; however, tools are expensive, so I thought he’d appreciate the chance to win some tools through AASP/NJ. It’s awesome that the Young Technician Award exists, and I’m so excited that Casey won!”


Excitement was just one of the emotions Dombroski expressed upon receiving the award: “I’m very grateful to have been given the Young Technician Award. The fact that my employer took the time to enter me in recognition of the hard work I’ve been doing is an honor in itself.”


Although Dombroski has always been a car hobbyist, he began working at Rico’s Auto Body a year and a half ago.


“When I chose collision repair, I actually found a career that I love," he said. "The tool grant has been very helpful; I now have...

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