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I work alongside some pretty outstanding people. It takes a lot of hard work, talent and patience to put together this magazine each month. It requires a unified team working toward the same end—editorial, art, sales and audience development departments all performing different, but intertwined, tasks that ultimately result in this magazine (four versions of it for different regions of the country).

Considering we do the same for Ratchet+Wrench’s sister publication for the collision repair industry, FenderBender, along with all of our daily and monthly digital content and myriad other efforts—from industry event coverage to the planning of our own events—it’s really incredible that a company of 23 gets it all done. Without the right people in the right positions, it wouldn’t be possible.

Unless you’re running a one-person operation, I’m sure you can say the same of your business. To earn and retain customers, efficiently and profitably produce quality repairs, etc., you need the right people in the right positions. This issue of Ratchet+Wrench is meant to thank those individuals, the ones who make it all happen day in and day out.

After once again reviewing nominations submitted from auto care professionals across the country, we selected the winners of our third annual Ratchet+Wrench All-Star Awards. The awards recognize dedicated, talented and inspirational auto care pros in positions spanning the industry. Choosing the winners from a large pool of deserving candidates is always challenging, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things we do each year.

If you know a colleague or industry peer whose contributions to your business or the greater industry deserve to be recognized, be sure to nominate that individual for a 2016 Ratchet+Wrench All-Star Award. Nominations are open at

Jake Weyer

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