The National Auto Body Council (NABC) is retiring its long-standing Pride Award, and has instead created two new awards to recognize collision repair professionals.
The Award of Distinction, which replaces the Pride Award, will be given for bravery, philanthropy, charity and selfless acts of kindness. It transcends the rigors of daily business to uncover those helping the world around them without a thought of recognition for themselves. The Award of Distinction is broader in scope and aims to recognize any individual, business organization, or group employed in a collision industry-related segment such as a collision repair facility, vehicle manufacturer, supplier/vendor, educator, insurer, independent appraiser or trade association.
The Award of Distinction carries forth the essence and character of the Pride Award from which it is being transitioned. The recognition will continue to embody the NABC's mission to promote the image of the collision repair profession, celebrating individuals or groups from the industry that selflessly contribute to the world around them.
"We see the Award of Distinction as the next step in the evolution of the Pride Award," said NABC Award Chairman Kent Seavey, president, off-airport operations at Hertz. "The NABC board envisions the award may become broader in scope in the future, hence the new name. There's no question, however, that this recognition proceeds directly from 'the first great NABC initiative.'"
The council is also hoping to recognize those who perform good deeds on an ongoing basis.
“Anytime someone in the industry does something worthy of the award, we’d like to encourage folks to go the NABC website and fill out the form we provide,” said NABC board member Janet Chaney. “The individuals who are so recognized will be featured in our newsletter and automatically become nominees for the Award of Distinction.”
The NABC also created the Body Shop Image Award, which recognizes attractive, well-designed facilities and the positive impact the buildings have on their communities. Body shops eligible for this award will have made significant improvements to their interior and exterior appearance.
"Body shops across the country continue to remodel their buildings and surrounding environments to make them more pleasing to the eye and, as such, an asset to the neighborhoods in which they are located," said Seavey. "The National Auto Body Council feels the time has come to draw attention to the striking and often beautiful designs that have become a part of today's collision repair industry, and this exciting new award will celebrate that. We want to bring the cause to every shop across the country."
The competition, which will run through mid-September, applies to any body shop remodeling project completed during the calendar year 2012. One winner and three runners-up will be recognized. Each will receive visual recognition on the NABC Web site. The name of every facility entering the competition will be listed on the Web site, as well.
"Our industry continues to exhibit its determination to continually improve its professionalism," added NABC Executive Director Chuck Sulkala. "The remarkable visual and functional improvements in our places of business symbolize this advance, and they need to be shared with the general public. Not only is it important, it's going to be a lot of fun. We're really looking forward to it."
All award nominations must be submitted by Sept. 15. For more information about the awards, contact Kent Seavey, NABC award chairman, at 201-448-5158 or KSeavey@hertz.com. Evaluations will be made by the NABC Award Committee.