Navistar recently announced the recipients of the company’s inaugural Technician of the Year award. This year’s winners include rookie technician Scott Killebrew of Landmark Trucks LLC in Knoxville, Tenn. and veteran technician Tony Guzman of Kyrish Truck Centers in Houston, Texas.
Rookie technician Killebrew is known around Landmark Trucks for coming in early and staying late to get a job done. Upon hire, Killebrew was informed that he had 90 days to complete his mandatory dealer training, but he worked to complete it all within 45 days. Another demonstration of his commitment, Killebrew helped out during the early and uncertain days of COVID-19 when almost all the technicians in the shop were out sick. Killebrew worked six days and close to 70 hours that week to help ease the burden on his service manager.
Veteran technician Guzman has worked with Kyrish for nearly 30 years. He started in 1993 as an entry level technician and worked his way up to a lead Diamond Certified technician. Many customers have Guzman’s personal cell number and often call him directly. Recently, one of Kyrish’s long-time customers had a foreman resign. Guzman stepped in to help by visiting the customer’s yard every Monday for a month to direct their crew on what needed to be done to the fleet.
Killebrew and Guzman were chosen from a pool of 48 technicians recognized throughout 2022 in Navistar’s Technician of Influence program. The Technician of the Year awards and the Technician of Influence Program are both supported by Navistar’s Tech EmPOWERment Program.