Over 116 collision repair industry professionals participated in the celebratory evening which included bestowing the Stan Wilson New Jersey Automotive Auto Body Shop of the Year Award and the Russ Robson Scholarship Award in addition to an I-CAR presentation.
After AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant expressed gratitude for the great turnout, association President Jeff McDowell acknowledged AASP/NJ’s Board of Directors: “These are the guys who do all the hard work and don’t get paid for it. Thank you so much for your commitment.”
Following dinner, AASP/NJ Treasurer Tom Elder and Secretary Thomas Greco announced the slate of officers up for reelection for 2016-2018: Mike Kauffman, Anthony Sauta, Dave Laganella and Dennis Cataldo, all of whom were reelected unanimously.
Next, Bryant and McDowell presented Dean Massimini of Autotech Collision Service Inc. with the award for Stan Wilson New Jersey Automotive Auto Body Shop of the Year. Kyle Bossick of Ocean Bay Auto received the Russ Robson Scholarship Award in honor of the former AASP/NJ President, presented by Elder and Robson’s wife, Luci. Greco then presented the final award of the evening, the AASP/NJ Hall of Fame Award, to Phil Dolcemascolo of B & C Auto Services.
After the award ceremony, Bryant introduced the meeting’s guest speaker, Allan Smith, Northeast Regional Manager of I-CAR. Once Smith concluded his presentation, the remainder of the evening served as an open forum to discuss industry issues, concerns and questions with topics ranging from pre- and post-repair scanning to insurer interference.
In closing, Bryant addressed attendees: “It is events like this that make our association possible. Without all of your supporting us, we wouldn’t be here. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to spend the evening with us. AASP/NJ is proud to call everyone in this room a friend, and we look forward to what the next year has in store for this great industry.”