Awards

NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year award

In 2007, owner Kit Johnson achieved a lifetime dream of winning the National NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year award. An award that can be won only once in your life and that had been given to only 24 other technicians in the world. “Being included with the best of the best is the highest honor I could ever hope to achieve in my automotive career” says Kit.

Kit had been fortunate enough to win the NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year competition for the Billings Distribution Center for the previous seven years enabling him then compete at the national level, an accolade that he cherishes highly.

AAA Top Shop Award

J4 Automotive applied, and was accepted as the first AAA Approved Auto Repair facility for the Mountain West AAA Club in 1998. In 2001, J4 Automotive was the recipient of the coveted AAA Top Shop award for customer service in the AAA Mountain West Region, a feat they accomplished again in 2003, 2005 (platinum award) and 2006, at which time they ceased the Top Shop program.

2010 Helena Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year

Kit and Vi were awarded the prestigious Helena Area Chamber of Commerce “Small Business of the Year” award in 2010. “Being recognized by our peers in the Helena Valley is an incredible distinction that validates our culture of never putting money above people” says Kit.

Other Awards

ASE National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
Kit has served as a nationwide spokesperson.

Best Auto Repair
Voted Best Auto Repair in 2004 and 2006 through our local newspaper, The Independent Record.

Gateway Economic Development Corp. Awards
Two Awards from Gateway Economic Development Corp, one for Outstanding Customer Service in 2004 and one for Business Growth in 2005.

Marine of the Year
Kit was Marine of the Year for the local Marine Corps Detachment in 2004 and 2005.

Fireman of the Year
Kit was Fireman of the Year for the local volunteer fire department in 2005 and EMT of the Year for the same department in 2004.

Chapel of the Four Chaplains
Kit received the Legion of Honor award from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains from the Marine Corps League in 2006 and Vi was awarded the same recognition in 2012.

Red Cross Volunteer of the Year
Viola was awarded the Red Cross Volunteer of the Year in 2004 and selected to be in a feature in the Independent Record newspaper called “20 Under 40” in 2005.