Meet the Pacific/Southwest Competitors

Posted: October 4, 2011 in Competition
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The Safelite Best of Belron® competitions are well underway with the fourth and fifth divisionals to be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.

Check out who will be facing off in this weekend’s competitions that will test their skills in windshield repair, replacement and side glass repair, as well as customer service.

For the Pacific division, meet the four technicians:

Aaron BowdenSan Francisco, CA: With 11 years of industry experience, Aaron Bowden is a returning Safelite Best of Belron® competitor. Bowden was featured in a Safelite® commercial earlier this year. Bowden is a married father of two and enjoys playing tee ball with his son and working on his house.


Nathan DePriest- Sacramento, CA: With 14 years of experience in the vehicle glass industry, Nathan DePriest has spent the last four years of his career with Safelite®. DePriest is the father of one and enjoys fishing and the outdoors in his free time.


Ryan LanePortland, OR: A Harley Davidson rider and outdoor enthusiast, Ryan Lane has been with Safelite® for four years. He enjoys fishing, camping and swimming along with spending time with his wife and two children. Lane is looking forward to testing his skills under the pressure of the competition.

Mike Stark
Portland, OR: After 14 years of industry experience, Mike Stark is ready to compete in Safelite’s Best of Belron®. The father of three, Stark’s favorite pastime is time with his family, frequently camping and vacationing.

Battling for a spot in the national competition from the Southwest division are:

Randy Duran –
Albuquerque, NM: With some after hours help from his manager, Randy Duran is prepared for Safelite’s Best of Belron®. After Duran finishes a shift, he meets his manager at the shop and they go through installs together. Duran has just more than a year of experience in the vehicle glass industry but feels his hard work will pay off.

Juan “Johnny” Gonzales – Lubbock, TX: After being with Safelite® for five years, Gonzales is ready to compete in Safelite’s Best of Belron®. Gonzales is the married father of three and enjoys fishing and watching football. Originally from Abernathy, Texas Gonzales’ most memorable replacement was when he replaced the windshield on a DeLorean.


Logan Manicki – El Paso, TX: A fabrication welder by trade, Logan Manicki was introduced to the vehicle glass industry when a friend of his opened his own glass business. He’s been with Safelite® for three years. Originally from Las Cruces, N.M., Manicki has one daughter. He loves spending time with her and riding his motorcycle.


Michael Stakes – Phoenix, AZ: Michael Stakes enjoys mountain biking, dirt biking and hiking when he’s not working at Safelite® in Phoenix. Originally from Chicago, Stakes is married and is the father of one. He came to Safelite® a little over a year ago with four years of previous experience.

Good luck to all the technicians!


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