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Top global FORD TECHS, SERVICE ADVISORS compete in skills competition


Eighteen of the best dealer service professionals from around the world will face off in Ford Export Operations and Global Growth Initiatives’ inaugural Global Service Advisor and Technician Skills Service Excellence World Cup today at the Ford 6-Sigma Center in Dearborn.

The World Cup contestants hail from dealerships in the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, Puerto Rico/U.S Virgin Islands and Caribbean & Central America regions.

“Providing excellent dealer service is essential to increasing customer satisfaction and cultivating brand loyalty at Ford dealerships everywhere,” said John Fitzpatrick, director, Ford Export Operations and Global Growth Initiatives (E&G).

To qualify for the global competition, contestants had to complete six months of rigorous preparation, in-dealership competitions and, finally, regional competitions in the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Mauritius, Puerto Rico and Panama.

“I believe the challenges from this competition will strengthen my diagnostic abilities, fuel my passion for providing the highest level of quality service to our customers and to always strive for high ’fix it right the first time’ results,” said Michael Fejeran, technician at Triple J Ford in Tamuning, Guam.

Not unlike the annual Ford/AAA Ultimate Master Technician competition, E&G’s Service Excellence World Cup encourages service advisors and technicians to sharpen their diagnostic and problem-solving skills in order to better serve customers and achieve higher levels of satisfaction.

In the competition, service advisors will demonstrate their skills using Ford’s Service Excellence “Interactive Reception Process” to identify service needs. Technicians will demonstrate their diagnostic skills using computer systems to identify and complete correction of actual “bugged” vehicles in timed exercises.

“The event also is important because it recognizes excellence within an often under-appreciated but important service profession,” Fitzpatrick added.

The competition’s top three Winners receive cash prizes up to $5,000 and trophies for their dealerships.

“For many of the participants, the event marks their first opportunity to travel to North America and to visit Ford’s World Headquarters,” said Fitzpatrick.

Prior to the final competitions, the competitors took part in a number of team building activities in the area, including a day at the Woodward Dream Cruise, a visit to Michigan International Speedway, and tours of Ford heritage sites, including the Henry Ford Museum and the Ford Rouge Factory.

“In this World Cup finals, winning will only be my secondary objective,” said Noel Faustino, service advisor at Al Tayer Motors, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “My main goal is to show everyone the high level of expertise our operation provides when it comes to customer service.”

Mike Simon, E&G’s director of Customer Service Operations, added that the competition emphasizes the importance of customer service satisfaction in all of Ford’s dealerships around the world.

“Dealer principals have been involved and supportive of the process since it kicked off at the first of the year,” Simon said. “This is making a huge difference for the better in the experience our customers have at the dealerships.”

Service Advisor Competitors

Middle East:
Noel Faustino, Al Tayer Motors, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Arachali Annadurai, Arabian Car Marketing Company, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands:
Carlos Melendez, Alberic Ford Inc., Carolina, Puerto Rico
Lucy Felix, Caguas Expressway Motors Inc., Caguas, Puerto Rico

Caribbean & Central America:
Marcella Vargas, Nacional Automotriz NASA, S.A., San Jose, Costa Rica
Chad Phillipps, Vampt Motors, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Kim Yeong Hyo, Sunin Motors, Seoul, South Korea
Sonephet Leuangphiovongsene, Lao Ford City, Vientiane, Laos

Sub-Saharan Africa:
Onyin Ajoge -- Coscharis Ford, Lagos, Nigeria

Service Technician Competitors

Middle East:
Jefferson Dimcali, Al Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Co., Ltd., Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Sunil Montiero, Al Tayer Motors, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands:
Ariel Agosto, Autos Vega, Inc., San Juan, Puerto Rico
Jesus Rodriguez, Centrocamiones Inc., Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Caribbean & Central America:
Mario Solis, Nacional Automotriz NASA, S.A., San Jose, Costa Rica
Nelson Batres, Yude Canahuati, S.A. de C.V., San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Seo June Woo, Sunin Motors, Seoul, South Korea
Michael Fejeran,Triple J Ford, Tamuning, Guam
Sub-Saharan Africa:
Raviraj Tamansing -- AXESS Ford, Port Louis, Mauritius


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