LeBlanc’s Food Stores in Zachary recently honored James Juino as an Ace employee and Stihl Inc.-certified technician.

Juino, of Zachary, achieved factory certification as a gold-level service technician from Stihl Inc., a manufacturer of chain saw and handheld outdoor power equipment, Brooke Knight, director of corporate communications for LeBlanc’s, said.

Juino has completed numerous online certifications from Stihl, including receiving silver certification in Arkansas.

In order to achieve gold-level certification, Juino traveled to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to participate in three days of advanced training and to take an exam that consisted of a written test, product troubleshooting and a hands-on practical exam, Knight said.

“Stihl-certified service technicians are factory trained in the diagnosis of running problems, failure analysis and quick and reliable repair,” said Randy Scully, product service manager for Stihl. “A gold-level technician has demonstrated both the knowledge and the skills to handle challenging service situations, including carburetor operation and service, failure analysis and maintenance and service of STIHL products.”

Juino started his career as a mechanic in the U.S. Army, serving eight years and gaining plenty of experience, according to Knight.

“He is a jack-of-all-trades, but after gaining the gold-level certification, he now specializes in repairing and refurbishing Stihl products,” Knight said.

“The LeBlanc’s team is proud to have him as an employee in our Zachary Ace Hardware department. We congratulate Juino on his hard work and dedication to his field.”