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Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

Repair Facility Employee Who Rescued Family from Burning Car Amongst NABC Award Winners

Four repair facilities and two industry professionals whose efforts and actions in 2014 best illustrate the vision and mission of the National Auto Body Council, were recognized at SEMA with NABC’s Body Shop Image Award and the Award of Distinction.

The goal of both NABC awards is to recognize auto body shops and individuals that exemplify the professionalism and integrity of the collision industry.

The Award of Distinction celebrates selfless acts by collision industry professionals that benefit others in their communities. Mike Startz with Albert Kemperle, Inc., in Rhode Island, was recognized for his selfless and heroic actions when he rescued a woman and her two small children from a burning car. Chet Bourdeau with Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc., in Manchester, New Hampshire, was honored for his dedication and commitment as he mentored a 23-year-old young man with autism as part of IAA’s new young adult internship program. 

The Body Shop Image Award highlights facilities that have had a beneficial impact on their communities through building and design improvements. 1st Avenue Auto Body in Great Falls, Montana remodeled their facility with the joint effort of all employees working to create a larger, appealing and welcoming area for customers. Employees did the majority of the physical work, from installing flooring and plumbing to refinishing of furniture pieces. The décor was a family project – an aluminum art piece above the fireplace was created by owners Evelyn and Ken LaMott’s grandchildren.

Runner-ups for the Body Shop Image awards include Caliber Collision in Frisco, Texas, CARSTAR Fort Collins North in Fort Collins, Colorado, and CARSTAR Russom’s Collision-Dyersburg in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

“Selecting winners was challenging this year because of the record number of nominations we received in both award categories,” said Chuck Sulkala, NABC Executive Director. “At the same time, it is gratifying to hear about the many wonderful examples of how our auto body shops and collision industry professionals are making a positive difference in local communities across the country.”

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