Beating out 26 other competitors, Gary Riebesehl, a 15-year technician from Safelite AutoGlass, won the designation of best auto glass technician in the world at an international competition hosted by Safelite’s parent company, Belron, in Lisbon, Portugal. The biennial event showcases the extensive skills of auto glass technicians in front of hundreds of colleagues, suppliers and partners from across the globe.
“I am absolutely delighted to have won the competition, and still a little shocked!” Riebesehl said. “It means a lot to me to have been recognized as the Best of Belron 2016. My colleagues and I are very fortunate to receive such a high level of training to perfect our skills, and I’m so pleased I was able to keep calm under pressure, and put all that training into practice when it really mattered.”
Best of Belron is a unique competition that demonstrates what a quality windshield replacement means to customers and what quality employees mean to the business.
“I’m proud of everything that I’ve done and being a part of this company,” Riebesehl added. “It’s more than a trophy, it’s the opportunity to show what I can do and represent Safelite. Perseverance does pay off.”
Riebesehl, a long-time Brevard County resident, works in the Safelite Melbourne store. He competed earlier this year against 11 other skilled techs in Safelite’s national competition to select the representative for the international challenge. It was his third straight trip to the national championship event. In fact, Riebesehl passed up promotions so he could take another crack at the Best of Belron title.
Many congratulations to Gary. He has trained for years to prepare for this competition on top of his daily work. At Safelite AutoGlass, we know that having great people sets us apart and Gary is one of them. He strives to make a difference in the lives of the people he serves by how he approaches his work – focused on quality, bringing a positive attitude and genuinely caring about people. His achievement is something we all proudly hang our hat because it represents what each of our nearly 13,000 employees nationwide strive for with every customer interaction.