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Tuesday, 31 July 2007 17:00

NABC seeks unsung heroes for 2007 Pride awards

Nominations are now open for the 13th Annual Pride Awards given annually by the National Auto Body Council (NABC) to identify and celebrate those in the collision industry who selflessly perform exceptional deeds, contributing above and beyond to humanity , exemplifying the giving spirit of the industry and, thereby, improving the image of the collision industry.

 “The opening of nominations is a call to action for the industry,” states Pride Committee Chairman Gary Wano. “It kicks off a grass roots search to find people who roll up their sleeves and, on a daily basis, get down to the business of making the world a better place, whether it’s running into a burning building to save a child, giving an elderly person rides to the grocery store, or feeding the homeless at a shelter.”

The Pride Committee relies on other members of NABC and the industry at large to bring forward nominations. The committee then undertakes an in-depth review of nominees and their respective good works. In the past 12 years, over 50 awards have been presented, traditionally at the Industry Achievement Night held in conjunction with NACE. Nominees will receive a letter of recognition, as well.

This year the committee is re-emphasizing the variety of professions that make up the collision industry and are, therefore, composed of people who are eligible to be nominated. Besides collision repairers, qualified individuals, business organizations and groups include suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, supplier/vendors, educators, trade associations, independent appraisers and members of the insurance industry.

“We’re trying to re-ignite an awareness in those that might be on the fence about stepping forward to uncover one of these unsung champions,” explains NABC Executive Director Chuck Sulkala. “Pride has a fine tradition of being inclusive when it comes to recognizing good deeds and worthy individuals. As we begin the nomination process, it’s good to remember how far the reach of our organization extends, and how we all benefit from positive recognition bestowed upon those with whom we work.”

“We’d like to gently urge everyone to begin thinking about those they might like to nominate,” adds Wano, “and we encourage circulating the forms to customers, who can help publicize the search and may have good suggestions for candidates. We certainly don’t want to miss anyone.”

Pride nominations may be made online at


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