September 25, 2013 // Franchising.com // GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Grease Monkey International, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual Winners’ Circle Pit Crew Challenge. The National Championship will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3 in Sycamore, Illinois at a newly rebranded and remodeled Grease Monkey™ center. The location was formerly part of the 30-store LubePro’s chain that Grease Monkey International acquired earlier this month.
The challenge is part of the Certified Pit Crew Program that Grease Monkey™ developed to recognize the organization’s top performing technicians. In order for a Grease Monkey™ location to become a Certified Pit Crew, the location must meet a strict set of criteria including top scores on the technician required certification courses and competitive time trials on the Full Service Oil Change.
Grease Monkey™ Certified Pit Crews from across the country participated in the Area and Regional challenges held over the past few months. The winning crews from the Eastern and Western regions are headed to Grease Monkey’s Annual Franchisee Conference, which will be held in Chicago, to participate in the National Competition.
"The Pit Crew Challenge has far exceeded our expectations. Our goal for this program was to recognize our technicians as heroes to our customers, and the concept has really taken off. The Pit Crew Challenge has made the technician job fun and competitive while at the same time raising their level of expertise across the board. The technicians are wearing their Certified Pit Crew uniforms with great pride," said Grease Monkey International Senior Vice President, Operations & Business Development, Ralph Yarusso.
The National Champions of the Winners’ Circle Challenge will receive a cash prize, leather jackets, recognition patches on team member racing crew uniforms, individual trophies, and a travelling trophy to be displayed in the winning team’s location for one year. The Second Place winners also will receive a cash prize and individual trophies. The checks and trophies will be presented to the winners at the conclusion of the event, and a cocktail reception will be held that evening to recognize their accomplishments.
"Grease Monkey’s mission is to provide a less hassle, more hustle experience for our customers. We are very proud of all of our Certified Pit Crews for the work they have done to accomplish this mission," Ralph added.
In the Western Region, Front Range area champions Grease Monkey #687 in Parker, Colorado will be moving on to the National Finals. The center is owned by Ron Morrow, with his pit crew technicians Jeff Christensen, Bob Britton, Ryan McAnulty, and Ben Koehnen. The winner of the Rocky Mountain area was Grease Monkey #888 in Fort Collins, Colorado, owned by Mark and Susan Hynes, with pit crew technicians Josh Capitani, RJ Wetzbarger, Kevin Reid, and Jared Aragon. The Pacific area winner was Grease Monkey #466 in Federal Way, Washington, owned by Shawn and Jeri Hankins with pit crew technicians Curtis Madrid, Garrett Wartenbee, Josh Erskine, and Nick Brugato.
In the Eastern Region, Midwest champions Grease Monkey #782 in Murray, Kentucky will be moving on to the National Finals. The center is owned by Joshua Hargrove, with pit crew technicians Gary Clark, Christopher Lopez, Lawrence E'Akels, and Jason Whalin. The winner of the Southeast area was Grease Monkey #133 in Greensboro, North Carolina, owned by Jon Crum with pit crew technicians Robert Tilley, Daniel Tilley, Steven Tilley, and Wesley Tilley. The winner of the Northeast area was Grease Monkey #739 in White Hall, West Virginia. The center is owned by Gary Kelley, and the pit crew technicians are Tim Morgan, Johnny Orr, Darrell Ledsome, and Michael Clayton.
Founded in 1978, Grease Monkey International, Inc. is one of the largest automotive maintenance chains not owned by a major oil company, with more than 270 centers located in the United States, Latin America and China. Grease Monkey™ centers focus on a "less hassle, more hustle" customer experience to fit the busy lives of the driving public by meeting their vehicle maintenance needs based on vehicle manufacturer recommendations. Grease Monkey™ centers provide oil changes and other services that meet or exceed vehicle owner’s manual specifications and maintain warranty requirements. Services include fluid, filter and tire maintenance, as well as brake services. For more information, go to www.greasemonkeyintl.com
SOURCE Grease Monkey International, Inc.