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MAHWAH, NJ, October 20, 2008 - Les Olson Company recently competed in the Sharp Information and Imaging Company of America (SIICA) Master Technician Competition at Walt Disney World in Florida. With more than 3,000 technicians representing approximately 425 dealerships from all 50 states, the Sharp Master Technician Competition pitted technicians against each other in a series of competitions that tested their knowledge and understanding of Sharp document imaging solutions. With a strong showing, Les Olson Company had a total of 26 technicians place in the top 150 participants.
"The goal of our Master Technician Competition is to advance the training and education of our technicians while adding an element of fun to it," said Ed McLaughlin, President, Sharp Information and Imaging Company of America. "Sharp believes strongly in a very close relationship between its technicians and customers. The Master Technician Competition confirms that our dealers and technicians share our enthusiasm from superior customer support and are providing the most comprehensive combination of sales and service available."
The Master Technician Competition tested technicians on knowledge of a number of topics, including networking, printing and Sharp OSA™ technology. Each technician from Les Olson Company was asked to demonstrate an advanced working knowledge of Sharp document solutions, both in written form as well as hands-on experience. The following Les Olson Company technicians achieved the highest status levels during the competition:
Sharp Master Technician - Superior Level
- Darren Blackburn, Ogden
- Lane Callahan, Salt Lake City
- John Dearden, Salt Lake City
- Mike DeCoursey, Ogden
- Dale Ebert, Lindon
- Robert Erwin, Salt Lake City
- Monte Glasgow, Salt Lake City
- Glenn Hull, Lindon
- Devin Jones, Ogden
- Samuel Layton, Salt Lake City
- Bill Leutzinger, Salt Lake City
- Robert Martin, St George
- Daniel Martin, Las Vegas
- Jessie McKenna, Salt Lake City
- Jonathan Morris, St George
- Tim Olson, Salt Lake City
- Jacob Reeder, Salt Lake City
- Loren Schultz, Ogden
- John Sherwood, Salt Lake City
- Taylor Stauffer, Lindon
- Jeff Van Leeuwen, Lindon
- Brett Warren, Las Vegas
- Josh Weenig, Salt Lake City
- Ryan Zohner, Salt Lake City
Sharp Master Technician - Master Level
- Michael Widrig, Las Vegas
Sharp Master Technician - Gold Master Level
- Kerry Pederson, Salt Lake City
Each level represents an advanced stage of expertise, with only 150 technicians nationwide achieving Superior Technician status, 18 technicians achieving Master Technician status and 3 technicians reaching Gold Master status.
Rich Boomsma, Vice President Sales, Sharp Information and Imaging Company of America, was impressed with the level of expertise displayed throughout the competition, saying, "It is clear to me that Sharp dealers and technicians are some of the most talented in the industry. On behalf of everyone at Sharp, I would like to congratulate Les Olson Company, and all of our dealers, on a job well done. We look forward continued success from their entire team." For information about the complete line of Sharp MFP products, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07495-1163, or call 800-BE-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp's Web site at sharpusa.com.