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SCRS Red Carpet Awards Breakfast at SEMA Recognizes Collision Industry

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(L to R) Clint Marlow, CIECA chairman of the board; Pete Tagliapietra of NuGen IT, recipient of the Electronic Commerce Company of the Year award; and Fred Iantorno, CIECA’s executive director. (L to R) Clint Marlow, CIECA chairman of the board; Pete Tagliapietra of NuGen IT, recipient of the Electronic Commerce Company of the Year award; and Fred Iantorno, CIECA’s executive director.

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The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) hosted the second annual Red Carpet Awards Breakfast during SEMA on Oct. 31.

 

During the special event, individuals and businesses in the collision repair industry were recognized for their outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment.

“It’s always a pleasure to bring up new faces and new voices to help this industry recognize greatness,” said Aaron Schulenburg, executive director of SCRS. “This isn’t an SCRS event. This is a collision industry event for every organization that wants to recognize greatness in this industry.”

 

Awards were given out by the Automotive Management Institute (AMi), Automotive Service Association (ASA), BodyShop Business, CIECA, I-CAR, National Auto Body Council (NABC) and SCRS.

 

“Today is about recognizing and celebrating the greatness within our industry,” said Rissa Matsumoto of Auto Body Hawaii, who emceed the event.

 

Automotive Management Institute (AMi)

 

Mark Claypool, Optima Worldwide, was presented with AMi’s Collision Repair Training Provider of the Year award. Jeff Peevy, president of AMi, said the well-known industry leader has been a big supporter of the organization and leads many AMi-approved courses that have been well received.

 

Two former board of trustees members received an award for Outstanding Dedication, Commitment and Personal Leadership: Bob Keith, Assured Performance, and Tony Passwater, president of AEII.

 

This year, Peevy said there were close to 100 individuals who graduated from the AMi program. In addition to holding a graduation ceremony earlier this year, 11 individuals were recognized during the breakfast for earning a professional designation: Ken Brown, Bruce Burrow, Maria Carrillo, Robert Byron Gottfred, Wesley Jackson, Kandie Jennings-Molloy, Scott Kaboos, Tony Passwater, Carl Preston Riggenbach, John Shoemaker and Kenneth Thayer.

 

“Learning may be defined as a transformative process of taking in information that when internalized and mixed with our experiences, changes what we know and builds on what we do. It is based on input, process and reflection,” said Peevy. “It is what changes us. I’m a strong believer and advocate that learning is the only source of a sustainable competitive advantage.”


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