At the November 6th event, 10 body shop owners and 10 of their veteran employees will join automotive celebrity Chip Foose to celebrate their service and enjoy a day of racing.
“There are so many great veterans doing incredible work in body shops across the country,” said Dale Ross, U.S. marketing operations manager at 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “We are looking forward to honoring some of those veterans who are making a positive impact on the collision repair industry, and those who have hired them, with a very special weekend in Texas, filled with unique behind-the-scenes experiences, opportunities to meet celebrities, drivers and crew members, all at the eighth of the last 10 races in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in Texas.”
The list of winners includes:
JoEd's Customs, Yukon, OK
Joe Stults, Owner
Brandon Crusha, Supervisor/Employee, U.S. Marine Corp.
ADESA NJ Body Shop, Manville, NJ
Arpit Mankad, Manager
Angel Rodriguez, Staging Coordinator, U.S. Army
Jordan Automotive Collision Center, Mishawaka, IN
Marvin Dawson, Manager
Russell Hilbert, Technician, U.S. Army
ABRA Auto Body and Glass, Peoria, AZ
Michael DeVito, Manager
Ben Balkcom, Assistant Production Manager, U.S. Army
Rob Wagner Auto Body, Pittsburgh, PA
Rob Wagner Sr., Owner
Johnathan Joseph, Technician, U.S. Marine Corp.
CARSTAR Mundelein, Mundelein, IL
Jason Hart, Manager
Jeremy Dickerson, Body Repair Technician, U.S Marine Corp.
Rick Hendrick Collision Center, Portsmouth, VA
Chad Higginbotham, Manager
Richard Lawson, Estimator, U.S. Navy
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet, Tallahassee, FL
Greg Cole, Manager
Mark Pierce, Production Management / Quality Control / Dispatch Coordinator, U.S. Marine Corp.
Brown Collision Center, Charlottesville, VA
Christian Kozub, Manager
Marcus Tinsley, Body Shop Manager, U.S. Air Force
M&M Auto Body, Worcester, MA
Michael Buckley, Owner
Shannon Buckley-Eca, Office Manager and Technician, U.S. Army
As part of the weekend and to show support for the 3M Hire Our Heroes program, Foose designed a commemorative custom hood. Foose offered his thoughts creating the special hood and the 3M Hire Our Heroes program in a video posted on YouTube.
"3M AAD’s pledge to help veterans has seen great success," a statement from the company read. "Through a partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, 3M has donated more than $750,000 since 2013, which has been used toward scholarships and tool grants for nearly 210 military veterans and their families through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program."
For more information, visit www.3mcollision.com/hire.