Press Release

ATA Concludes Inaugural National Technician Appreciation Week

NTAW recognizes three outstanding techs with first-ever Superstar Awards

Arlington, Virginia – Today, the American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council concluded the first-ever National Technician Appreciation Week—an initiative to celebrate this vital sector of the trucking workforce and elevate its critical role in the freight economy and our nation’s supply chain. 

As COVID-19 precluded the annual technician skills competition — TMCSuperTech — from taking place this year, three individuals were honored this week with the Technician Superstar Award for their outstanding professionalism and contributions to the field: 

•    Mike Neer, Old Dominion Freight Line, received the Heavy-Duty Technician Superstar Award;
•    Clifford Roberson, Tyson Foods Inc., received the first Trailer Technician Superstar; and
•    Chad Moore, Rush OKC, received the Light- and Medium-Duty Technician Superstar Award.

“Recognizing outstanding professionalism is an important part of why we launched National Technician Appreciation Week,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “These individuals have demonstrated the commitment, expertise and ability that TMC members strive for every day in their shops.”

“National Technician Appreciation week provides a chance for the industry to come together and thank these people for their service, and recognize their hard work and impact, because without them, the trucking industry would not be what it is today,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.

NTAW also featured a series of virtual educational sessions covering the latest trends in truck and engine technology, including aftertreatment diagnostics and maintenance, electrical system diagnostics, vehicle data network diagnostics, collision mitigation systems and how to prepare for ASE certification training. 

“Education – whether of new, young talent or veteran technicians developing their skills – is key to maintaining a robust and effective industry and meeting the demand that our economy will generate in the years to come,” said Braswell.  

TMC encourages aspiring technicians to visit the TechForce Foundation for scholarship information and other useful career resources. For more on TMC or National Technician Appreciation Week, please visit