From left to right: Bob Fox, Richard Ovalles, and Paul Fazio.

SONNY’S CarWash College has named Richard Ovalles the recipient of the 2017 Shawn R. Brown Award for Instructional Excellence. The award was presented at a luncheon by SONNY’S CEO, Paul Fazio.

Ovalles is a 12-year employee of SONNY’S, but only began instructing in the CarWash College two years ago. “Although Richard hasn’t been teaching for very long, it comes to him naturally. He’s very patient and goes out of his way to make the students feel comfortable. He is a very worthy recipient,” said Bob Fox, CarWash College manager.

The Shawn R. Brown is an award given annually to the CarWash College instructor who most exhibits the traits of Shawn Brown, a former instructor and equipment installer whose life was tragically cut short. Past winners include Bryan Hage and, most recently, Jorge Jaramillo.