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Isuzu Celebrates Isuzu Dealers’ Best Sales Consultants, Service Advisors, Parts Salespeople and Technicians in “Week of Weeks” Competitions

Furniture World News Desk on 8/12/2022

Isuzu Celebrates Isuzu Dealers’ Best Sales Consultants, Service Advisors, Parts Salespeople and Technicians in “Week of Weeks” Competitions
Isuzu Celebrates Isuzu Dealers’ Best Sales Consultants, Service Advisors, Parts Salespeople and Technicians in “Week of Weeks” Competitions

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc., distributor of America’s best-selling low cab forward trucks, has announced the winners of its 2022 National Sales Walkaround, National Service Walkaround, National Parts Salesperson Product Presentation and North America I-1 Grand Prix Technical competitions. The finals of all four contests took place at Isuzu’s Center of Excellence in Pittston, Pennsylvania, between August 8 and 11, marking the first time the company held all four competitions at the same time.

In addition, parts department and service department managers from dealerships in the company’s Northern Region attended a simultaneous meeting where they learned best strategies for meeting the current challenges in the medium-duty truck industry.

The overall event was christened “Isuzu’s Week of Weeks.”

“Isuzu’s Week of Weeks is really a celebration of the best our dealerships have to offer,” said Shaun C. Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America and Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada. “We are celebrating the service technicians with the best diagnostic and repair skills … the service advisors with the best customer communication skills … the parts representatives with the best Isuzu Genuine and FleetValue Parts selling skills … the sales consultants with the best ability to communicate product knowledge … and the parts and service department managers in the Northeast with the best ideas to meet current challenges.”

Here are the results of the competition portions of Isuzu’s Week of Weeks.

2022 Isuzu National Sales Walkaround Competition

The Isuzu National Sales Walkaround Competition required contestants to present a 2022i Isuzu NRR to a fictitious “customer” who had never owned an Isuzu or a low cab forward truck. The participants had won their dealership, district and regional contests to earn the right to compete at the National Finals.

  • National Champion (winner of $5,000 in cash and the Isuzu Winners’ Circle Gold trip to the Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos in February 2023)
    Southern Regional Champion
    JOSH SAULS
    TranSource Isuzu Truck
    Colfax, North Carolina

     

  • Second Place ($3,000 in cash and the Isuzu Winners’ Circle Silver trip to the Westin New Orleans in March 2023)
    Northern Regional Champion
    BEN BALGAARD
    D & K Isuzu Trucks
    Lansing, Michigan

     

  • Third Place ($2,000 in cash and $1,500 in merchandise)
    Central Regional Champion
    JAZMINE KEITH
    Boyer Isuzu Truck
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

     

  • Finalists (listed alphabetically by last name, each the winner of $1,000 in cash and $1,000 in merchandise)
    Western Regional Champion
    VICTOR KIM
    Rush Isuzu Truck–Whittier
    Whittier, California

    Isuzu Commercial Truck of Canada Champion
    ANGUS SMITH
    Warner Isuzu Truck Sales
    Regina, Saskatchewan

 

Nearly two hundred Isuzu dealership sales consultants from the U.S. and Canada entered the contest, about a 27 percent increase over 2021.

2022 Isuzu National Service Walkaround Competition

A fictitious customer who admittedly knew little about his truck, a 2016 Isuzu N-Series Diesel, faced all four of the service advisors in the 2022 Isuzu National Service Walkaround Competition. The four Regional Champions had only ten minutes to present the repairs that would best suit the customer’s needs. The results:

  • National Champion ($5,000 in cash and Winners’ Circle trip to Los Cabos)
    Central Regional Champion
    COREY HECK
    Truck Center Companies Isuzu–Omaha
    Omaha, Nebraska

     

  • Second Place ($3,000 in cash and Winners’ Circle Silver trip to New Orleans)
    Northern Regional Champion
    JOHN PENCE
    Hare Isuzu Truck
    Noblesville, Indiana

     

  • Third Place ($2,000 in cash and $1,500 in merchandise)
    Western Regional Champion
    AMERICA SOLARES
    Rush Isuzu Truck–Fontana
    Fontana, California

     

  • Finalist ($1,000 in cash and $1,000 in merchandise)
    Southern Regional Champion
    SASKYA LOPEZ
    TruckMax Isuzu
    Homestead, Florida

 

 2022 Isuzu National Parts Salesperson Product Presentation Competition

Among the features of the 30,000-square-foot Isuzu Center of Excellence training facility is a replica of a dealership parts counter. It was here that the four Regional Champions in the National Parts Salesperson Product Presentation Competition encountered their fictitious customer. The results:

  • National Champion ($5,000 in cash and Winners’ Circle trip to Los Cabos)
    Northern Regional Champion
    JOHNNY TEATER
    Hare Isuzu Truck
    Noblesville, Indiana

     

  • Second Place ($3,000 in cash and Winners’ Circle Silver trip to New Orleans)
    Western Regional Champion
    SAL CANALES
    Monarch Isuzu Truck
    San Jose, California

     

  • Third Place ($2,000 in cash and $1,500 in merchandise)
    Central Regional Champion
    MICHAEL BROWN
    Coffman Isuzu Truck
    Aurora, Illinois

     

  • Finalist ($1,000 in cash and $1,000 in merchandise)
    Southern Regional Champion
    NATHAN BRINKLEY
    Truck Enterprises Isuzu–Chesapeake
    Chesapeake, Virginia

 

This year marked the second annual National Parts Salesperson Product Presentation Competition, making it the newest of the Isuzu skills and communication contests.

2022 Isuzu North America I-1 Grand Prix Technical Competition

Perhaps the most grueling of all the “Week of Weeks” competitions, the I-1 Grand Prix for service technicians required entrants to pass in a single try a challenging 75-minute entrance exam; only the twelve technicians with the highest scores were invited to enroll and participate in the competition held this week.

After three rounds of competition diagnosing and repairing trucks, the results are:

  • First Place (Winners’ Circle Gold trip to Los Cabos; Isuzu Diagnostic Service System interface device with one-year IDSS subscription; invitation to participate in 2023 North America I-1 Grand Prix)
    ANTHONY PARRILLI

    Chicago Isuzu Truck
    Summit, Illinois

     

  • Second Place (Trip to Los Cabos; IDSS interface device with one-year subscription; invitation to participate in 2023 North America I-1 Grand Prix)
    CANDIDO DELEON
    Rush Isuzu Truck Center–Dayton
    Dayton, Ohio

     

  • Third Place ($1,500 in merchandise and IDSS interface device with one-year subscription)
    JAMES BUECHNER
    PTR Isuzu Truck Center
    West Chicago, Illinois

     

  • Fourth Place ($1,500 in merchandise and IDSS interface device with one-year subscription)
    RICHARD NONAMAKER
    Rush Isuzu Truck–Waco
    Robinson, Texas

     

  • Finalists (listed alphabetically by last name, each the winner of $150 in cash on their Winners’ Circle prepaid debit cards)
    JASON BABCOCK
    Bob Clapper Isuzu Truck
    Janesville, Wisconsin

    SCOTT BODALL
    All American Isuzu Truck
    Old Bridge, New Jersey

    JESSE DUBECK
    TruckSmart Isuzu Truck
    Morrisville, Pennsylvania

    LAZARO GARCIA
    Nextran Isuzu Truck Center–Miami
    Miami, Florida

    DANIEL KIELTYKA
    Beyer Bros. Isuzu Truck
    Fairview, New Jersey

    THOMAS McBRIDE
    Isuzu Truck of Fayetteville
    Fayetteville, North Carolina

    BILL NIELDS
    Faulkner Isuzu Truck
    West Chester, Pennsylvania

    CRAIG WIRE
    Rush Truck Center–Elk Grove
    Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Hundreds of viewers at dealerships and homes around the country viewed the awards ceremony via live stream, a first for any of the contests’ awards programs.


About Isuzu Trucks
Isuzu commercial trucks have been the best-selling low cab forward trucks in America every year since 1986. Headquartered in Anaheim, California, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. is the distributor of Isuzu commercial vehicles in the United States and is a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks. For more information, call (866) 441-9638 or visit www.isuzucv.com.