“The I-CAR Education Foundation was allowed to start from humble beginnings with the seed money provided by I-CAR,” said Ron Ray, executive director. “If it were not for the continuing financial support of the businesses listed below, we would not have been able to accomplish everything we have to date to ensure that employers in the collision industry can hire competent entry-level employees. This list of 15-year financial supporters will grow and be recognized each year.”
The I-CAR Education Foundation would like to thank Allstate Insurance, Car-O-Liner Company, CCC Information Services, Inc., Crest Industries, Inc., GEICO, Goss Auto Body, Inc., Nationwide Insurance, PPG Industries, Inc., and State Farm Insurance.
Michelle Shotkoski, I-CAR Education Foundation Planning and Project Manager reflected, “We would like to thank and recognize the growing number of companies that have consistently supported our mission through financial contributions for these past 15 years. We feel it is important that the industry understand which companies not only understand the critical need to address the shortage of qualified entry-level technicians, but are willing to invest their resources to do so. This support is vital because there is still much work to be done.”
“Car-O-Liner realized from its inception in 1973 that education was going to be the strongest need as technology increased in the collision industry,” stated Car-O-Liner Global Director-Technical Training Tim Morgan. “The [Ed Foundation] has done a tremendous job preparing secondary and post-secondary education with the proper curriculum and tools while raising the industry awareness and support for preparing young adults to enter as employable candidates. For that reason, Car-O-Liner has supported the Education Foundation for 15 years and will continue to assist with their initiatives.”
Speaking for Allstate Insurance, Assistant Vice President Bill Daly agreed with Morgan. “We continue to believe our commitment to the Education Foundation will create qualified future collision industry employees and, in turn, enhance our customer’s claim experience and provide the level of repair quality our customers expect and deserve,” he said.