WIX® Filters Names Second-Annual Best Tech During AWDA

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Kim Brant, Joe’s Tire & Auto Service, Named 2012’s Best Tech

WIX® Filters, a member of the Affinia Group family of brands, in conjunction with Brake & Front End, ImportCar and Underhood Service magazines, named Kim Brant from Joe’s Tire & Auto Sales (www.stjoeautoservice.com) in St. Joseph, Mo., the second-annual WIX Filters Best Tech during the annual AWDA Meeting and Conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 29. As part of his award, he and a guest traveled to AAPEX for an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas.

“From the diagnosis of electrical problems to evaluating exhaust systems to recommending the best parts – technicians play a major role in enhancing a vehicle’s performance,” said Mike Harvey, brand manager for WIX Filters. “We are thrilled to recognize Brant for the second-annual Best Tech award for his distinguished career built on outstanding customer service as a committed advisor and resource and for his dedication to learning as vehicles become more sophisticated with a wider range of repairs and maintenance work.”

Brant is an ASE Master Certified Technician and WIX Expert-Level Certified Technician, as well as Best Tech finalist in 2011. During his 28-year career, Brant has serviced Prowlers and Lamborghinis and recharged the AC system on a LifeFlight Helicopter. He has a passion for staying up-to-date on the latest technologies and training. Brant is also an active member of the community and supports Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics and youth activities.

“With complicated systems that make up automobiles today, it is imperative that technicians provide the highest-quality service to ensure that drivers and passengers are safe on roadways,” said Brant. “I am truly delighted to win this award not only for myself but for everyone at Joe’s Tire & Auto Service. From our technicians, owners to service writers, we hold the shop to the highest standards by encouraging ongoing education, implementing top-level industry standards and providing excellent customer service which drives returning customers.”

WIX Filters and Babcox publications also named two Best Tech finalists – Travis Luscomb from Larson’s Service, Inc. in Peabody, Mass., and Kevin Dietz from BTS Tire and Service in Providence, R.I.

As a sponsor of Tomorrow’s Technician School of the Year, Counterman’s Counter Professional of the Year and Babcox Media’s Automotive Tech Group’s Best Tech programs, WIX Filters supports excellence at every level of the automotive repair industry.

About WIX Filters

Since 1939, Wix® Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks, off-road equipment and manufacturing applications. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/wixfilters, follow us on Twitter@WIXFilters and visit our YouTube page at youtube.com/TheWIXFilters

About Affinia Group Inc.

Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket products for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $2.0 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit, www.affiniagroup.com

Wray Ward