Technician of the Year

Congratulations 2021 Technician of the Year, Rudy Laguna, HEB!

Photo of Technician of the Year Recipient Rudy Laguna

2021 Recipient Rudy Laguna, HEB. Photo credit Tyler Schmitt.


Photo of Technician of the Year Recipients

From left: TXTA President and CEO John D. Esparza, Mark Xepoleas, Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies, TXTA Past Chairman Jonathan Kennemer, CKJ Transport, 4th Place Technician Steve Roen, MHC Kenworth Dallas, 3rd place technician Charles Gleason, UPS, 2nd place technician Corey Tegeler, Old Dominion and 1st place technician Rudy Laguna, HEB. Photo credit Tyler Schmitt.


2021 Top 5

1st Place  Rudy Laguna, HEB

2nd Place  Corey Tegeler, Old Dominion

3rd Place  Charles Gleason, UPS

4th Place  Steve Roen, MHC Kenworth Dallas

5th Place  Michael Kerfoot, TA Truck Service


Technicians residing in Texas and/or employed by a Texas based company involved in truck fleet maintenance are eligible to compete. The first place winner will advance to the National Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. Please visit for national competition information.

For more information, please contact Lance Shillingburg

Sponsors and Prizes

The 2021 contest is sponsored by Eaton Corporation and TXTA FMC. The first place state winner receives $1,500, a trip for two to Las Vegas, commemorative ring, framed remembrance of the contest plus special recognition at the FMC Fall Seminar. The second place winner receives $1,000, third place receives $750, fourth place receives $500, and fifth place receives $250. All prizes are courtesy of Eaton Corporation. All winners will be recognized during the TXTA Annual Conference on July 29 at the Gaylord Texas Resort in Grapevine.

About the Contest

The Technician of the Year Contest was initiated in 1982 by TXTA and the Fleet Maintenance Council (FMC) to recognize the contributions of outstanding mechanics of the heavy vehicle fleet maintenance industry. This contest evaluates the mechanic's knowledge of their trade and ability to utilize that knowledge on basic mechanical problems.

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