This year’s recipients of the Troy Holm Memorial Fund included National Automotive Refinishing Technology Gold Medalist Amanda Baker and National Collision Repair Gold Medalist Luke Sabey.
The 18 student recipients and their schools include:
- Chris Alcorta – Wenatchee Valley Tech (Wenatchee, WA)
- Tyler Austin - RD Anderson Applied Tech (Moore, SC)
- Amanda Baker - Ranken Technical College (St. Louis, MO)
- Caleb Brenaman - North Arkansas College (Harrison, AR)
- Colton Conner - Texarkana Arkansas Career and Tech (Texarkana, AR)
- Seth Darney – Harford Technical High School (Bel Air, MD)
- Austin Feavel - Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, CA)
- Pedro Franco -Central Academy of Technology & Arts (Monroe, NC)
- Isaias Sanchez Guzman - SECTA (Las Vegas, NV)
- Eden Gabrielle Mays - Greenville Tech (Greenville, SC)
- Ben Meister – Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis, MN)
- Cesar Mercado - Walla Walla Community College (Walla Walla, WA)
- Harrison Reget –Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis, MN)
- Luke Sabey - Warren Tech (Lakewood, CO)
- Angelica Martinez Simon - Walla Walla Community College (Walla Walla, WA)
- Hunter Smith - Moberly Area Tech Center (Moberly, MO)
- Dustin Vachon - Oxford Hills Tech (Norway, ME)
- Samuel Valentin – North Arkansas College (Harrison, AR)
“There is no better way to honor Troy than by encouraging students like this year’s recipients to hone their skills in the SkillsUSA completion and to encourage them to continue on their career path in the industry that Troy was so passionate about,” said Dale Sailer, PartsTrader’s Vice President of Business Development. “He would be extremely gratified that so many young men and women were able to compete this year, especially given that two national gold medalists may not have even been able to participate in the competition without this financial support in his honor.”
All collision industry members are encouraged to contribute to the Troy Holm Memorial Fund to ensure that as many deserving collision and refinishing students can participate in next year’s national championships. A video is available online announcing the memorial fund and an additional video featuring some of the recipients from the 2015 grants.
Collision industry members interested in supporting this fund are asked to contact Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847-463-5244.