Honorees

Frank Leutz

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Frank Leutz is a New York native and truly a force of nature.  He is a husband, father, podcast radio host of Wrench Nation, and business owner.  To know Frank you know that his energy never wavers.  Not only is he a successful business owner but he also goes above and beyond to give back to the Chandler community.   Mr. Leutz supports the efforts of many nonprofit Chandler based organizations, including Youth World Education Project. Before becoming an extremely successful repair shop owner at Desert Car Care in Chandler, Arizona, Frank was a classically trained jazz trombonist, he performed with Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, and Branford Marsalis.  He played at Carnegie Hall and on venues at Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.  While serving his country in the Navy, he did mine sweep operations in the Persian Gulf.  Today, you’ll see his engaging personality on social media. He frequently goes “live” on Facebook, providing a mixture of car care tips and entertaining banter.  It doesn’t take long to see why he’s been labeled affable and gregarious.  You see his bigger-than-life personality immediately in the words he chooses while describing his business philosophy.  “Fail fast and move quick to grow from those experiences while rocking the courage and opportunity that every single day is a new one as you lift up those on your squad,” Frank said. Mr. Leutz joined the automotive industry when he got a job at a Chevy dealership, where he received “formal training.” A national buyout led to his dismissal and left him to decide whether he wanted to continue in the industry or return to “my musical roots,” Frank said.  He elected to continue in auto repair and he’s never looked back.  “I decided to open my first garage in 1995 with $6,000, lots of naivety and a vicious work ethic,” Frank said.  That work ethic led him to opening three locations in 2008. Two of those locations were later “profitably sold,” he said.  His accolades include: Best Places to Work (Phoenix Business Journal), Small Business of the Year (Chandler Chamber of Commerce), Top 10 Auto Repair by Ranking (Arizona Magazine), and Best of Chandler Auto Repair (East Valley Tribune).  He has also served as president of ASA’s Phoenix chapter, member of ASA’s national Mechanical Operations Committee, on EVIT automotive and radio advisory boards, and on TechForce (Arizona Workforce Development Council.)

Dr. Will Moreland

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Dr. Will is recognized as a Global Leadership Expert. An Army Veteran turned bestselling author and award-winning Entrepreneur who travels extensively to train Fortune 5OO Companies as well as International Companies. Dr. Will has been appointed a World Civility Ambassador and has committed his time to empower Leaders around the world to lead with character, integrity and compassion. Named a Top Speaker and Leader in the United States, Dr. Will is called upon frequently by CEO’s, Government Officials and other Leaders to share his leadership wisdom and insights. He has trained with leaders from over 40 Countries. 

Father of the Year Honorees

Dwayne "Lefty" Phelps

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James Rodriguez

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