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TA Truck Service Technicians at TMC SuperTech National Skills Competition Show Why TA Truck Service is Voted Best

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, competed with a team of 12 ASE Master Technicians and two TA Truck Service student technicians, selected from its over 3,000 technicians, at the annual TMC SuperTech competition held in Orlando, FL this week.

TA’s team placed second in combined station titles in the competition. In addition, six TA technicians earned titles in seven hands-on skills challenges, won second place in a two technician team challenge, won third place overall in the Trailer competition and won sixth overall in the SuperTech category.

These wins complement the many titles that TA Truck Service technicians have claimed since first competing at TMC SuperTech in 2005, at the competition’s inception. In the months leading up to TMC SuperTech, TA Truck Service technicians also compete in state diesel technician competitions, including inaugural events in many states. TA Truck Service technicians claimed 10 overall top three finishes and 35 station wins at these competitions in 2017 alone.

TMC SuperTech is an elite competition bringing the best truck service and repair technicians from U.S. original equipment manufacturers, trucking companies and repair facilities together to compete nationally. The two-day competition consists of written tests and hands-on skills challenges. Challenges are designed to help technicians showcase their knowledge and skills, and winners are selected for each station, as well as overall top scorers.

Winners for the TMC SuperTech, including five TA Truck Service professionals with a combined 47 years of experience with TravelCenters and one student technician, were announced on Sept. 19 in Orlando, Florida.

Robert Anderson, TA Mobile, Alabama

  • Trailers third overall
  • Trailer Telematics skills challenge champion

Michael Gavrielides, TA Madison, Georgia

  • SuperTech sixth overall
  • Two Technician Team second place overall winner

Michael Kerfoot (JR), Petro San Antonio, Texas

  • Trailer Liftgate skills challenge champion
  • Trailer Coupling skills challenge champion
  • Trailer ABS skills challenge champion

Scott Davidson, TA Madison, Wisconsin

  • Central Tire Inflation skills challenge champion

Joseph Anderson, TA Commerce, Georgia

  • Two Technician Team second place overall winner

Bo Logan (Student), TA Whitestown, Indiana

  • RP Manual skills challenge champion
  • Trailer Lighting skills challenge champion

"I am so proud to see our technicians continue our tradition of excellence at and leading up to this competition," shared Tom O'Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters. "When you go with TA, you go with a team of dedicated, highly-skilled winners no matter where or when. Our dedication to recruiting the best, training the best and mentoring the best allows our technicians to build elite technical skills and to continuously advance to meet changes in trucks and truck technology used by our customers," he added.

TA Truck Service centers are consistently Voted Best in annual independent driver surveys* for Best Overall Maintenance Shops, Most Competent Technicians, Best PM and Lubrication Services and Best Roadside Assistance.

*Results based on independent surveys of Overdrive magazine readers.


TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, conducts business in 43 states and in Canada, principally under the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® and TA Express® travel center brands. For more information on TA, TA Express, and Petro, please visit www.ta-petro.com.