New Ulm resident wins national award from NAPA

Submitted photo Rick Peterreins has been named the NAPA/ASE Parts Specialist of the Year for 2017.

NEW ULM — Rick Peterreins has been named the NAPA/ASE Parts Specialist of the Year for 2017, a national award given to an individual that demonstrates superior knowledge and best business practices every day.

Peterreins, who works at the NAPA Auto & Truck Parts store in New Ulm, received his award recently from Dan Askey, president of NAPA, who called Peterreins “an excellent choice for this recognition and a fine representative for parts specialists throughout our industry.”

The New Ulm NAPA store is part of the STAR Group, one of twelve NAPA Auto Parts stores in the area owned by Steve and Paula Windschitl and Tony and Shannon Gulden and serviced by the NAPA Owatonna Distribution Center. Peterreins has been with the STAR group since 2010 as a parts specialist.

His love for the business began at an early age when he shadowed his father Gene, a John Deere technician in Lamberton. He worked at an area repair shop throughout high school before earning his associate’s degree in automotive mechanics from Wilmar Vo-Tech. He then worked at several area automotive dealerships, including Bob Shuck Chevrolet where he was service manager.

Windschitl called Peterreins “incredibly knowledgeable about automotive technology, auto and truck parts, accessories tools and equipment.”

“Rick continues to learn about the industry and is committed to our customers, his family and the community,” Windschitl said. “We are proud to have him as a member of the NAPA Star team.”

Peterreins is certified in nine areas and has earned the recognition as Automobile Parts Specialist and Master Certified Automotive Technician by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a national non-profit organization that has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.

Peterreins was also chosen by ASE to be sent to Washington, D.C., to participate in the review/revision the National ASE Automobile Parts Specialist (P2) test questions this past winter. He has also completed numerous NAPA and supplier training courses, in addition to more than 150 hours of General Motors training.

In his community, Peterreins is dedicated to sharing his knowledge, experience, and know-how since 1999. Currently, he serves as the automotive teacher at Red Rock Central High School where he leads a hands-on training course for junior/senior students. He also volunteered on the New Ulm Police Reserve Unit for 16 years, where he served as captain before retiring. Peterreins was also an emergency medical technician in Appleton for six years.

His whole approach and success stems from a philosophy the he learned from his father. “Any job worth doing is worth doing right,” Rick said.


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