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February 2017

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14 NOLN | Honoring the 2017 Technician of the Year FROM TROUBLED YOUTH TO INSPIRING MENTOR by Peter Suciu At 38 years of age, Justin Boyd could be consiered wise be- yond his years, but by his own accounts, he's also lucky just to be alive. Today, he spends part of what little free time he has helping at-risk youths steer their lives back on course, helping them avoid the mistakes he made. You wouldn't know it today from his upbeat demeanor, pleasant personality and constant smile on his face, but just a few years ago Boyd was very much headed in the wrong direction like the young men he now mentors. He was the black sheep of the family, never someone you'd want to count on for just about anything. He was cer- tainly not what you'd call a giver. "I'm not ashamed to say it," Boyd admitted in a candid conversa- tion. "I was a taker at one point and thought only of myself. I had an addiction to drugs, and I was a very selfish person." A few years ago, Oilstop Inc. president, Larry Dahl, probably wouldn't have wanted to have Boyd as a customer, let alone see him as a trusted employee on a fast track up the corporate ladder. How- ever, through faith, community and a simple desire not to be that person, Boyd has turned his life around. Dahl not only calls him a friend, but also nominated the Petaluma, California, man to be the 2017 National Oil & Lube News Technician of the Year. Today, Dahl sees the type of employee he is proud to have working at Oilstop Inc. "We have great people like Justin at every shop," Dahl said. "ey are our mission statement in action, and Justin really embraces our mission statement. at isn't just with our guests, but also with all of his fellow staff members. Justin's great attitude lifts the entire staff. We know and embrace that 'teamwork makes the dream work' for ev- eryone — staff members, guests and the company. Everyone wins!" A

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