The award, which honors the memory of the director of DuPont Motor Sports who was killed in a plane crash in October 2004, recognizes individuals in the collision repair industry who, through outstanding leadership, heroism, charity or humanitarian works, reflect admirably on the industry.
Ray Anderson, vice president, DPC Refinish Systems Americas, presented the award to O'Neill and Quinn at the Champion Jobbers meeting in Nashville on March 24. Anderson was joined by Jan Jackson, Joe Jackson's widow, in presenting the award.
O'Neill and Quinn, owners of six 911 Collision Centers in the Tucson area, have made it their mission to give back to the communities in which they work. They serve on the boards and provide financial donations to a variety of charitable organizations, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson, Tucson Jobs Partnership and Jobs for Life, and Southern Arizona DUI Task Force (a holiday safe driving program). As part of their vision of helping to build strength and character in the leaders of tomorrow, they support many youth causes such as "Project Graduation" (an alcohol and drug-free all-night graduation celebration for high school seniors) and the "Car Care" Merit Badge for the Girl Scouts.
Anderson emphasized O'Neill and Quinn's efforts following Hurricane Katrina last year. "Patrick and Michael split their time to help those in the industry who needed it most - our Gulf states colleagues," Anderson said. "Michael, who chairs the Collision Industry Relief effort with the NABC and the Collision Industry Foundation, visited the Houston and San Antonio shelters in early September to locate those collision repair industry workers who were displaced, needed financial support, tools and jobs.
Anderson added that since the effort began, Collision Industry Relief had served more than 100 auto body professionals and their families in need of help, "largely due to the dedication and generosity of individuals like Michael and Patrick."