Kevin Holland, manager of the Service Alliance Division, Freightliner Corporation; Mike Hyatt, ASE Board of Directors chair; and Ronald H. Weiner, ASE president, presented the award to Hughey at ASE's annual Board of Directors' Industry Awards Dinner.
Hughey has 30 years of experience working as a technician. He has operated his own truck repair business for 19 years. For the past two years, Hughey has been working as a service advisor for Duckett Truck Center in Sikeston. Hughey began his testing and certification with ASE in the fall of 1988 and once held 27 areas of certification. He is currently an ASE certified master medium/heavy truck technician. He explained that being ASE certified over the years has given his customers the confidence to trust in his ability to solve their repair problems.
Also his training and education include numerous mechanical and technical classes and seminars and a Bachelor of Science Degree in zoology (pre-med) from Southeast Missouri University. Crayton and his wife, Jo Ann, and children, Adam and Lana, are from Lowndes, Mo., where he is active in local politics
Hughey said he thinks the best thing about being a technician is successfully troubleshooting a problem that no one else has come across.
One of 38 outstanding ASE-certified technicians, nationally recognized by different segments of the automotive service and repair industry, Hughey and the other technicians were presented with an industry-specific award recognizing their achievement.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was founded in 1972 as a non-profit, independent organization dedicated to improving the quality of automotive service and repair through voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals. More than 400,000 ASE-certified automobile, truck, and collision repair technicians, engine machinists and parts specialists work in dealerships, independent shops, service stations, auto parts stores, fleets, schools, and colleges.