Trace Gray graduated from the High Performance Racing Technology degree program in 2018. Trace was hired by Firestone Complete Auto Care as a Technician, setting himself the goal of becoming Lead Tech within five years while pursuing his state inspector’s license.

Donald Rote, a High Performance instructor at Ranken, was impressed by Trace’s attitude in class, and the fact that he was “always willing to lend a hand or supportive ear to other students.” Trace was able to work at Firestone before he graduated, a perfect partnership that allowed him to apply his newfound knowledge in a real-world scenario.

“He works closely with our Master Tech, learning new things daily,” says Amy Gillam, a Senior Recruiter at Firestone. While becoming his location’s go-to alignment specialist, Trace also “loves working on high performance cars whenever he can,” Amy relates.

Firestone has 27 service locations across the St. Louis region. On Firestone’s behalf, Amy has seen how quickly Trace has taken to his new position: “We enjoy Trace being on our team! He helps keep the store in line and organized, so much so that his nickname is ‘Sheriff’!”

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