Recently, 55 technicians traveled expenses-paid to the Rush Truck Center in Nashville, TN, for the company's second annual technician skills rodeo. The competition began months earlier with a written examination of 150 questions voluntarily taken by 530 techs companywide -- a 60% increase in participation from last year. From this group, 15 techs with the highest scores in each of four divisions -- some qualifying in more than one -- moved on to the hands-on skills competitions. The contest helps to develop techs' career paths by encouraging further training, which the company supports with on-site and off-site sessions with various vendors. The event helps techs improve their skills and provide better customer service, so all benefit. This year's Rush All Around champion was Dustin Ebert of Phoenix, who won $5,000 for top prize in the medium-duty test; $4,500 in the Eaton event; and $5,000 for All-Around Tech honors -- a total of $14,500.