The finalists are Jeff Olive of Glasspro, Inc. in Mount Pleasant, SC; Carl Sorrels of Northwest Windshields, Inc. in Walla Walla, WA; and Mark Taylor of Portland Glass in Portland, ME.
The three finalists will compete head to head in an event hosted by NGA on September 8, 2006 in suburban Washington, DC to determine the U.S. Champion. The U.S. Champion will then represent the United States and NGA in the International Master Fitter Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany, October 27-28, 2006 at glasstec 2006. NGA has also announced that it will be taking the champion and the two runner-up finalists to Germany to support the United States in the competition.
"We are looking forward to hosting our own competition right here in suburban Washington, DC--our nation's capital," states Philip J. James, NGA President & CEO. "There's no better place to select our U.S. Champion. We're pleased to bring all three finalists to Germany with us to make sure that our U.S. Champion can feel the support of his country during the competition."
The finalists have all expressed their feeling of honor in having been selected. "I consider it quite an honor to be recognized by NGA as one of the top three auto glass installers in the U.S.," says finalist Jeff Olive. "I'm ecstatic about going to Germany with the possibility of competing in the international competition. I hope to walk away a winner." Finalist Mark Taylor commented, "I'm honored to be chosen a finalist. I'm looking forward to competing for the championship and I'm hoping to better myself in the process." And finalist Carl Sorrels summed up his feelings by saying, "I'm thrilled and honored."
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