Ryder Maintenance Technician Christopher Barnett Wins “Top Tech” Title and $50,000 at 17th Annual Top Technician Competition

August 23, 2018

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 23, 2018--Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, awarded Christopher Barnett with the 2018 “Top Tech” title and a $50,000 cash prize. The Ryder Top Tech Recognition Program for North America, designed to identify, recognize, and reward Ryder’s top performing truck maintenance technicians, hosted its competition final at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Chris Barnett previously won the Ryder Top Tech Competition in 2009, and he was previously crowned the American Trucking Association’s (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council National Technician Skills Competition Winner (TMCSuperTech) in 2012.

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The 2018 Ryder Top Tech winner Christopher Barnett holding his $50,000 check alongside Ryder Senior Service Manager Josh Ison; President of Global Fleet Management Solutions Dennis Cooke; Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering/Top Tech Chair Bill Dawson; Senior Vice President & Global Chief of Operations Tom Havens; and Chairman & CEO Robert Sanchez. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Ryder’s technicians are fully equipped to deliver the best service in the industry,” said Robert Sanchez, Ryder Chairman and CEO. “Congratulations to Chris Barnett for earning this year’s Top Tech honor. The dedication Chris has shown to his craft is inspiring, and it demonstrates why our customers trust Ryder to provide unparalleled customer service and vehicle uptime they can rely on. Each year, Top Tech gives our technicians a chance to showcase their expertise and be recognized for their contributions that allow Ryder to provide the greatest level of flexibility and uptime in the industry.”

After advancing through three increasingly challenging rounds of written and hands-on tests, the following eight finalists, including Chris Barnett, competed for the top honors in the final competition:

Christopher Barnett of Kentucky, David Berdovich of Illinois, Ken Bilyea of Canada, James Carlson of Oregon, Robert Cooper of South Carolina, Rick Morra of California, Wade Robinson of Canada, and Alan Schmidt of Massachusetts

The Top Tech finalists went head-to-head in a series of 10 rigorous skill tests, including vehicle electronics, preventive maintenance, and air conditioning. In addition to a $10,000 cash prize, these finalists were rewarded for their hard work with a week of fun in San Antonio.

“Top Tech continues to be a successful celebration of the best technicians in the industry,” said Dennis Cooke, President of Global Fleet Management Solutions, Ryder. “We are extremely proud of the unparalleled technical skills and workmanship of all our Ryder techs and are inspired by their dedication to continue learning. Congratulations to Chris Barnett and to all the finalists who make it clear why our customers trust Ryder to provide them with service they can rely on.”

Ryder’s annual Top Technician Recognition Program highlights the value Ryder places on its technicians, the importance of technical training for ensuring the quality maintenance of approximately 240,600 total vehicles, and a commitment to quality customer service for Ryder’s lease and maintenance customers. Eligible participants for the award were selected from Ryder’s team of 5,900 U.S. and Canadian-based technicians and were measured on technical training qualifications, outstanding customer service performance, and quality workmanship.

Highlights of the week-long event can be found on Ryder’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. For event photos, email jonathan_c_mayor@ryder.com.

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About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the S&P MidCap 400® index. Ryder has been named among FORTUNE ’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally-friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs. The Company is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom and social media pages: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Chris Barnett previously won the Ryder Top Tech Competition in 2009, and he was

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