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Technician Apprentice Program


Randy Myer
Manager, Wagner Training Institute

Randy began his career with Wagner in 1984 in the Lift Truck division located at what is now the Commerce City Rental Store. Quickly moving into a field service position, Randy would remain in Field Service for seventeen years, most of which at Lift Truck and then transferring to heavy equipment at the Aurora store.

In 2001 Randy accepted a position as an Apprentice Program Training Instructor at the newly formed Wagner Training Institute (WTI), ultimately leading to eleven years in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia at Wagner Asia equipment. Although holding many positions at Wagner Asia in Product Support, Human Resources, Safety and running the Component Rebuild Center, his most noteworthy achievement was assembling a team and leading them to the establishment of an Apprentice Program for Mongolian Technicians. Wagner Asia’s training model set the standard for vocational education in the entire country of Mongolia.

Randy rejoined WTI as a Training instructor after returning to the United States in August of 2015 and accepted the position of WTI Manager in February, 2016.


Dan Price
Service Training Instructor/Lead

In 1977, Dan Price Jr. came to work for Rust Tractor Co. (now Wagner Equipment Co.) in the main shop of the Albuquerque facility. While attending Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (now Central New Mexico Community College) during the day and working in the shop at night, Dan participated in the State of New Mexico Apprenticeship Program. Working with various mentors, Dan accomplished journeyman status. Dan graduated with a Diesel Mechanics Certificate from Albuquerque TVI.

As a technician, Dan worked in various departments including the main shop, field service, component shop, lift trucks shop, and on-highway truck engine shop as a Certified Truck Engine Analyst in the Industrial Engine field. Dan became an instructor in 1990, after the retirement of long-time Instructor, Bill Bleich. In 1996, Dan accepted the challenge as the Service Manager of the on-highway truck service in the El Paso facility. In 2002, Dan returned to training as an instructor in the El Paso facility and in 2003 moved back to the Albuquerque facility where he continues to be a leading force in the development of our service technicians.

Dan is a Caterpillar Certified Instructor and the training liaison for the Albuquerque, Hobbs, and Silver City, New Mexico facilities as well as the El Paso, Texas facilities. He often assists with our recruitment efforts and provides support for Wagner’s Apprentice Program. You may even see him providing tours for local schools of the Albuquerque facility. Dan is certified to provide OSHA 10-Hour Training and Smith System Driver Training.


Boni Beckwith
Training Coordinator

Boni Beckwith was born in Sterling, CO and spent her early years on the family farm outside Akron, CO. As a teenager, she moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ where she graduated high school and began a career in the hotel/hospitality industry, working her way up from Front Desk Clerk to Assistant Hotel Manager of a resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2003, Boni returned to Colorado to be near family and pursue other career interests; thereby taking a sales position with Wagner Equipment Co. in 2006. Boni joined the Wagner Training Institute in 2011 as the Training Assistant and is now the Training Coordinator. With her vast experience in many areas and her exceptional customer service skills, Boni brings a wealth of knowledge to WTI.


Stephany Spreutels
Training Assistant

Stephany was born and raised in Riverside, California, later moving to Colorado with her parents. In 1998 her parents opened a mexican restaurant where she worked hard and grew to love culinary arts.

Stephany graduated from Arrupe Jesuit High School in Northern Denver, a private school with a work study program that helped her decide the type of field she wanted to go into in the future.

Stephany attended Regis University were she studied business and finance, after which she managed finances for her parents' business until its closing in 2011.

Stephany joined Wagner Training Institute in September, 2013 as the Training Assistant.

In her spare time Stephany enjoys crocheting and spending time with her family.


Des Vassios
Staff Development Specialist

A native of the Colorado plains, Desiree is from a third-generation family of wheat farmers and cattle ranchers. She attended Colorado State University where she earned a Bachelors Degree. She has broadened her Human Resource career by working in a variety of industries to include IT, retailing, and insurance.

Desiree began her training career as a Training & Customer Service Manager for Bloomingdale’s on the east coast. After relocating back to Denver, she worked for Great-West Life for nine years where she led the technical and soft skill training departments in operations. There she created a first-of-its-kind management development training program for field leaders and provided generalist, organizational development, and recruiting services. Desiree also worked at JD Edwards as a project manager for their leadership succession program, provided executive coaching, and linked curriculum to competencies.

Desiree joined Wagner Equipment Co. in 2007 as the Staff Development Specialist where she facilitates many of our soft skills classes and was the coordinator for Wagner’s Catapult Leadership Program from 2007 – 2009. Her passion for training is fueled by the desire to provide Wagner employees and leaders with skills and tools that can be applied immediately. Participants will find her classes to be highly interactive, fun, and appealing to all different learning styles. She holds training certifications for Targeted Selection and all other DDI courses, The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity (FranklinCovey), MBTI, ASTD, and Situational Leadership.


Marty Cirbo
Service Training Instructor

After graduating from Longmont High School in 1978, Marty spent four years in an apprentice program with the International Union of Operating Engineers. During that time, he learned industry basics as an employee with Schmidt-Tiago Construction Co. He completed construction jobs throughout Western Colorado, including Glenwood Canyon and DuBeque Canyon.

In 1983, Marty accepted a service position with Wagner Equipment Co. Building a strong foundation for his current position, Marty has worked as a Journeyman Mechanic in the main shop, a Field Service Mechanic, a Diagnostic Technician, a Service Training Instructor and a Service Training Supervisor.

To support his significant industry experience, Marty has an impressive number of professional certifications in a wide range of skills. He holds various certifications from Martin RTC, Caterpillar, Ziegler RTC and NPK. He is also CPR / First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens certified through the Red Cross and certified to teach Smith System Driver Training. Marty is currently leading several major projects to enhance the effectiveness of technicians throughout Wagner. He looks forward to growing the Apprentice and Gas Engine programs to meet the future training needs of advanced technology in Caterpillar machines.


Shawn Brown
Service Training Instructor

Shawn, a Colorado native, was raised in the Georgetown area. After graduating from high school, Shawn spent six years in the United States Marine Corps. During his tenure with the Marine Corps, he attended Engineer Equipment Mechanic School at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Shawn’s career at Wagner Equipment Co. started in 1990 in the Main Shop as a technician. He spent the next 22 years working in the Main Shop until he joined the Wagner Training Institute in September of 2012 as a Service Training Instructor. Shawn’s hobbies include fishing and playing the guitar.


William Boorman
Service Training Instructor

William was born in Denver and moved to Rawlins, Wyoming in 1982. While in Wyoming, he worked for the City of Rawlins in the Fleet Maintenance Shop. He attended the Wyoming Technical Institute (WyoTech) in 1992 and 1993 and after graduating, he moved back to Denver. At that time, he began his career with Wagner Rents. William started out as a Field Service Mechanic, then went on to become a Technical Communicator and Warranty Coordinator for Wagner Rents CCE, Telehandler, and Allied products. In 2011, William went back to work in the shop as a mechanic repairing Cat CCE equipment.

In February of 2012, William joined the Wagner Training Institute as a service training instructor, primarily teaching the CCE product line. He attended certified factory training on the Genie, JLG, Lull, Multiquip, and Wacker products. He also participated in train-the-trainer courses for Caterpillar forklifts and Genie Aerial Lifts operation, as well as various Allied and Caterpillar classes on CCE and Telehandler products. William is a MACS training Instructor and is currently working through the Caterpillar Instructor Accreditation Program (CIAP).

Eric Joss
Service Training Instructor

Eric was born in Buffalo, NY and attended college at Erie Community College. After working in the steel industry in western New York, Eric moved to Colorado in 1982. He found work as a mechanic in the trucking industry. After working for several dealerships and private trucking companies, Eric started his career at Wagner Equipment Co. in 1997. Eric worked as a Journeyman technician in the Aurora Component Shop until he was promoted to Assistant Component Shop Manager in 2005.

Eric joined the Wagner Training Institute as the safety instructor for Colorado in February of 2012. He is a certified instructor in CPR, OSHA, Smith System Driving, and MSHA. Eric is also a graduate of the Wagner Catapult Leadership Program, class of 2007 and the Dale Carnegie Effective Communication and Human Relations course.


John Bronisz
Service Training Instructor

John Bronisz is a life-long New Mexico native. He was born and raised in Los Alamos. After graduating High School, he moved to Albuquerque to attend Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute (TVI), now Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), to study Automotive Technology. After completion of the program, he worked for a number of years as an Automotive Technician in independent repair shops and new car dealerships, earning ASE Master Automotive Technician certification and a number of manufacturer certifications along the way.

John later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Mexico after which he worked for six years as an Investigator for the State of New Mexico. In 1998, he had the opportunity to “return to his roots” at TVI/CNM where he taught in the automotive program for several years and served in several management roles. During this time, he also earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology from UNM.

John became acquainted with Wagner Equipment Co.'s apprenticeship program, including teaching an electrical course to Wagner apprentices and coordinating class schedules with Wagner staff. Over the years of interaction, John developed a high regard for Wagner Equipment Co.‘s dedication to training and commitment to its employees, customers and the community. Following his retirement from CNM, John joined the WTI staff in October of 2016.

When not at work, John enjoys mountain biking and spending time with family.

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Adrian Hernandez
Service Training Instructor

Adrian was born in eastern Washington as an Air Force brat. He lived in various states in the western United States transferring from base to base during his childhood. Adrian graduated from high school in Las Cruces, NM. After high school, he went on to graduate from Wyo Tech in Laramie, WY in 2001.

After graduating from WyoTech he worked for an equipment repair shop in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. In 2005, he started his career with Wagner in the used rental equipment shop in Albuquerque, NM working his way up to used Rental Equipment Inspector. In 2012, he left Colorado and worked for Quinn Equipment, a Caterpillar dealer in southern and central California as a Field Service Mechanic.

In Dec 2018, Adrian returned to Wagner and stepped back in as the Used Equipment Inspector position until June 2019 when Adrian joined the Wagner Training Institute staff as a valued Service and Safety Training Instructor. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and being outdoors.


Floyd Hamilton
Service Training Instructor

Floyd began his career with Wagner in August of 2018. His career in Heavy Equipment Maintenance began in 1977 at WyoTech. He worked as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic for 30 years in construction, and mining, mostly in Wyoming. After working for Peabody Coal Co. as a maintenance tech for 23 years he was tasked with developing a training program to help develop mechanics for Peabody mines in the western US. In 2016 Peabody filed bankruptcy and he was laid off. That’s when he started his own business as a contract trainer. Floyd enjoys teaching mechanics and passing on his knowledge and experiences.