The Jiffy Lube Aiken Thrashers team will be heading to Miami for the final round of the J-Team All Stars competition in March.
The team from the Pine Log Road Jiffy Lube station conducted an oil change in 4 minutes and 13 seconds while following all company standards, according to District Manager Joey Tedesco and said they found out in December that they were heading to Florida to compete against two other teams for the grand prize of $10,000.
These three teams stand out from the 1,500 other Jiffy Lube service centers from across the United States, according to a press release. The other two teams are from Eugene, Ore., and Montgomeryville, Pa.
“We’re very, very excited,” said Aiken Thrasher Team Leader and Store Manager Anthony Rolling. “We’ve worked and trained hard for this for three years.”
The team has already earned the Eastern Division Champions title through this competition.
“The team’s dedication to this competition and to our customers is inspiring,” said Joel LaMothe of AFML Group, the Jiffy Lube franchisee that owns and operates the Aiken service center in a press release.
The teams will be judged by Jiffy Lube’s International District Managers on teamwork, operational execution and customer service skills.
And of course, they will be judged on their quickness.
This is the fourth year of the competition which is said to encourage teamwork, technical knowledge, operational execution and delivery of great customer experience, according to the press release.
“I’m just proud,” Tedesco said. “They’re dedicated – the dedication and the high morale – I’m just so proud of them.”
Tedesco said none of the five team members have ever been to Miami before and are thrilled to be going.
When asked if they were nervous about the competition, Rolling grinned and said they weren’t nervous at all.
“We’re going to do in Florida what we we’ve been doing in Aiken,” Rolling said. “The Aiken Thrashers are going to go all the way.”
The team consists of Rolling, Courtesy Technician Donnie Powell, Customer Service Advisor Matt Howell, Lower Bay Technician Mike Garnett and Upper Bay Technician Chuck Noe.
The team will compete in Miami on March 5.