Local Collision Technician Receives National Award

Photo Caption: (L to R) – Homer Hogg, John Wolf, Tim Zilke (Joseph Dukeman not pictured). Contributed Photo

LEESBURG, VA – Joseph (Joey) Dukeman, an ASE Certified collision technician from Smithfield, North Carolina, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the Car-O-Liner/ASE Master Collision Repair & Refinish Technician of the Year. Fifty-three automotive professionals were recognized on November 15, 2023, at the Fall Board Of Governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa Clearwater, Florida.

The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification tests from among the ranks of the approximately quarter million ASE Certified professionals nationwide. John Wolf, President-Repair Systems, for Snap-on/Car-O-Liner; Homer Hogg, Chair of the ASE Board of Directors; and Timothy Zilke, ASE President & CEO, presented the award.

“Joey, who is the general manager at Caliber Collision in Raleigh, is one of the outstanding ASE certified professionals recognized annually by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry. Each of these elite technicians is presented with an industry-specific award recognizing their achievement,” said Zilke.

“ASE has honored extraordinary industry professionals from across the nation for more than 40 years,” Zilke continued. “This is made possible by the support of our many award sponsors, whose ranks include some of the best-known names in the industry. We are proud to partner with Snap-on/Car-O-Liner to recognize Joey’s commitment to excellence in providing the very best in automotive service and repair. This dedication is reflected in the talented professionals we recognize each year and Joey represents the best of the best.”

Thirty-five companies from both OEM and Aftermarket segments sponsored the individual technician recognition awards in the Auto, Truck, Collision, Parts, and Service categories, along with awards for instructors. In addition to looking for top scores on ASE tests, award sponsors examine on-the-job excellence, community service and other factors when selecting honorees. 

About the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
Established in 1972 as a non-profit organization, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a driving force in the transportation industry. As an independent third party, ASE upholds and promotes high standards of service and repair through the assessment, certification and credentialing of current and future industry professionals, and the prestigious ASE Blue Seal logo identifies professionals who possess the essential knowledge and skills to perform with excellence.

Today, there are approximately 220,000 ASE Certified professionals at work in dealerships, independent shops, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges throughout the country.