Nearly 200 I-CAR instructors, volunteers, and industry members gathered in Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 22-23 for I-CAR’s Eastern Regional Conference. Outstanding instructors and volunteers were recognized for their dedication and commitment to I-CAR and for delivering collision repair training to their local areas.
Jeff Peevy, I-CAR Senior Director of Field Operations and Segment Development, welcomed attendees and said, “Thank you, I-CAR instructors and volunteers. It is an honor to be here and have the opportunity to recognize you for the significant impact you have made in the industry that we serve.”
Attendees also participated in networking events, presentations, and open forum discussions throughout the conference.
Committee chairmen were recognized for their 2012 results and an individual from each region was recognized for the following awards: the Lon Baudoux Instructor of the Year Award, the King TUT Award, and the Founder’s Award. In addition, a veteran I-CAR instructor from the northeast region was recognized for 30 years of service to the industry.
For 2012, Phil Adams (Northeast Region) and Tony Nethery (Southeast Region) were recognized with the Lon Baudoux Instructor of the Year award. This award is presented to an I-CAR instructor who most exemplifies the I-CAR presence in the classroom, a commitment to excellence, and keeping pace with technology.
“Our award recipients are extraordinary people. Their passion for training and their commitment to the industry deserve recognition. Their dedication truly shines through in the classroom and touches many people,” said Allan Smith, I-CAR Northeast Regional Manager.
The King TUT (Total Units Taught) Award is presented to the I-CAR instructor with the most students taught in their region. The I-CAR instructors who were recognized for their 2012 accomplishments were Gary Opferman (Northeast Region) and Roy Taylor (Southeast Region).
The Founder’s Award is presented to one individual in each region who most exemplifies the I-CAR Volunteer Spirit. Each recipient is given an I-CAR Founder’s ring in appreciation of their dedication. Joe Mullen was recognized in the Northeast region; and in the Southeast Region it was Julia Allegretta.
In addition to recognizing the award winners, Dan Frohlich, I-CAR instructor in the Northeast Region was commended by Smith during the conference for 30 years of service to the industry.
“Our instructors and volunteers are what makes I-CAR training possible. Each of them deserve recognition for what they do. This weekend was a great opportunity to celebrate their achievements and thank them,” said German Mejia, I-CAR Southeast Regional Manager.