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Volvo's Best Technicians Receive Acclaim

26 April 2000

Volvo's Best Technicians Receive Acclaim
    ROCKLEIGH, N.J., April 26 Eighteen North American Volvo
master technicians earned the prestigious international VISTA award earlier
this month. The eighteen winners represent the top 3/4 percent of all
registered Volvo technicians in North America.
    Participants competed in written tests and increasingly difficult
hands-on technical challenges. The tests took place over a twelve-month
period and are taken by over 2000 technicians throughout the US and
Canada. In total, 34 countries around the world participate in the VISTA
    "Technicians play a crucial role in the Volvo customer experience,"
explains Paul Welander, Vice President of Aftersales and Technical
Support. "The VISTA competition offers us the opportunity to recognize
and congratulate the most qualified ones in a memorable way."
    Winners from around the world meet at Volvo headquarters in Gothenburg,
Sweden from May 20-27 at the VISTA Winners' Conference, the highest honor
Volvo technicians can earn. During this conference, the winners will be
presented with awards, special tours and the coveted opportunity to drive on
Volvo's test track typically used to test new models before they are made
available to the public.
    High levels of participation from North American technicians allowed
VCNA to select a record eighteen winners, compared with fourteen in
previous years.

    The Winners:

    Retailer Name        Location             Winner                Phone
    Best Motors          Rochester NY         Kirk Willis           7164738530
    Camp Volvo           Spokane WA           Paul Van Doren        5094583288
    Carling Motors       Ottawa ON            James Lorimer         6137292222
    Don Docksteader      Vancouver BC         Jason Leber           6043251000
    Herb Gordon Volvo    Silver Spring MD     Stephen Stascavage    3018906200
    Holmes European      Shreveport LA        Timothy Riley, Jr.    3182121212
    Howard Orloff        Chicago IL           James Sprandel        7732273200
    Inskip               Warwick RI           Mark Johnson          4018242200
    Kundert              Hackensack NJ        James Vaughan         2012888984
    M & S Volvo          Mississauga ON       Anthony Pacheco       9056774230
    Nils Sefeldt         Webster TX           Boyd Stowe            2818235000
    San Diego Volvo      San Diego CA         Joseph P. Young       8582799700
    Smythe Volvo         San Jose CA          Michael Saccone       4089835200
    The Volvo Store      Winter Park FL       David Bruton          4076280550
    Volvo of Athens      Athens GA            William Schroder      7065461033
    Volvo of Ft          Fort Washington PA   Thomas D. Quinlan     2156467700
    Volvo of Inland      San Bernardino CA    Gary Trees            9098890101
    Volvo of Westport    Westport CT          Pat Mucherino         2032221122