Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, today announced that it has awarded Stephen Radford the title of "2015 Top Technician," along with keys to a brand new Corvette and a cash prize. Darek Mowinski was named the second place winner, and Christopher Barnett came in third place. The Top Technician (Top Tech) Recognition Program is designed to identify, recognize, and reward Ryder's top performing truck maintenance technicians.

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2015 Ryder Top Technician Stephen Radford holding his trophy and keys to a brand new Chevrolet Corve ...

2015 Ryder Top Technician Stephen Radford holding his trophy and keys to a brand new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. (Photo: Business Wire)

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After advancing through three increasingly demanding rounds of challenging written and hands-on tests, eight finalists competed in the Top Tech final competition held at the Mack Customer Center in Allentown, Pa. The competition consisted of 10 rigorous hands-on skill tests, including vehicle electronics, preventive maintenance, and air conditioning.

"I am continually impressed by our technicians and their commitment to ensuring that repairs get done right the first time," said Ryder Chairman and CEO Robert Sanchez. "Ryder's Top Tech Competition is a testament to the value we place on our technicians, and the Corvette is a symbol of the appreciation we have for them. They truly are the backbone of our business."

All of the finalists' hard work also translated into well-earned fun and relaxation in the days leading up to the competition final. The top eight enjoyed a four-day stay with a guest at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., sightseeing tours through New York City and Philadelphia, and engaging team events.

"Ryder's network of technicians stands at the core of our service offerings," said Ryder President of Global Fleet Management Solutions Dennis Cooke. "For that reason, we focus on investing in them and honoring their constant hard work and dedication through programs like Top Tech."

The Corvette Stingray 3LT includes a 6.2 Liter V8 engine with 460 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. It comes equipped with 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, 10-speaker Bose surround sound, a performance data recorder, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation, and OnStar with 4G LTE and a mobile built-in WiFi hotspot.

All eight finalists received cash prizes for their exemplary performance, and as a result of their success in the Company's internal recognition program, they, as well as 2014's Ryder Top Tech winner Frederick J. Morra, will represent Team Ryder at the 2015 TMC SuperTech National Technician Skills Competition. The team of nine will compete against the industry's best technicians, beginning September 21, in Orlando, Fla.

Joining Mr. Radford and Mr. Morra on Team Ryder at this year's TMC SuperTech are:

• Christopher Barnett of Hebron, KY

• David Berdovich of Harvey, IL

• Ken Bilyea of London, ON, Canada

• Michael Caylor of Aberdeen, MD

• Trevor W. Cox of Bensenville, IL

• Robert Gonzalez of Tampa, FL

• Derick Hebert of London, ON, Canada

• Darek Mowinski of Windsor, ON, Canada

• Neil Smerek of Kitchener, ON, Canada

• Jonathan Timmons of Columbia, SC

Ryder's annual Top Technician Recognition Program highlights the value Ryder places on its technicians, the importance of technical training for ensuring quality maintenance for total vehicles maintained of approximately 220,900, and a commitment to quality customer service for Ryder's lease and maintenance customers. Eligible participants for the award were selected from Ryder's team of more than 5,000 U.S. and Canadian-based technicians and were measured on technical training qualifications, outstanding customer service performance, and quality workmanship. To search for available technician positions in your area, visit http://www.ryder.com/en/career/opportunities/technicians/technicians-info.aspx.

Highlights of the event can be found on Ryder's social media pages. Simply visit facebook.com/RyderSystemInc, twitter.com/#!/RyderPR, or linkedin.com/company/ryder-system-inc. For event photos, contact Jennifer Hanlon at Jennifer_A_Hanlon@Ryder.com.

About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Ryder's stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Ryder has been named among FORTUNE's World's Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally-friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs. The Company is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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