Hertz’s donation to the organization’s Collision Repair Education Campaign fund is crucial for CREF to be able to provide school tool/equipment grants, student scholarships, Makeover grants, and conduct career fairs to help bridge the gap between graduating students and industry employers. Hertz is also a longstanding sponsor of the Education Foundation’s annual Summer Golf Fundraising Event, taking place on Wednesday, August 10th at the Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, CA during Industry Week.
“We began our aggressive expansion in the off-airport market in 1998 and have since established ourselves as a national option for all segments of the market, particularly insurance replacement,” said Scott Bridges, vice president of replacement sales for Hertz and a member of the CREF board of trustees. “We would not have been successful without the support of body shops and insurance companies, so the decision to give back was an easy one. For the last several years, we have donated to CREF to show our support, and, most importantly, help young students and veterans find a rewarding and challenging career.”
CREF director of development Brandon Eckenrode noted, “Hertz’s donation is important, as through this type of support, it allows us to continue our work in supporting the future professionals of the collision industry. In addition to their annual monetary support, Hertz is represented within our volunteer Board of Trustees and we cannot thank them enough for supporting our efforts to address the industry’s need for productive, qualified entry-level staff to be graduating from collision school programs.”