NABC Gifts Recycled Rides to Nine Las Vegas Veterans
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) recently gifted recycled rides to nine Las Vegas veterans during their 2022 NABC SEMA Celebration at this year’s SEMA Show on the SEMA Reveal Main Stage outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. The celebration featured annual NABC awards, Hall of Eagles recipients and the NABC Recycled Rides presentation to nine deserving Las Vegas families.
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The 2022 NABC SEMA Celebration took place on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, directly across from the world’s largest automotive aftermarket event. More than 300 NABC members, guests and colleagues joined in the celebration. Alan Taylor of “The Drive” radio network was the emcee for the event.
“What an incredible day to reconnect with our colleagues in the collision repair industry and automotive enthusiasts and celebrate the industry’s return to SEMA,” said Clint Marlow, Director – Claims Innovation and customer experience for Allstate and past chairman of NABC. “It was an honor to recognize several milestones for our organization and our industry, and then to see the incredible impact of introducing nine vehicles to Las Vegas families, military members and veterans in need. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the event.
NABC FREE 5,000th First Responder Recognition
The event began with recognition of a special milestone in the NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication program, which recently saw its 5,000th first responder participate in an educational event. Kyle Medeiros, Chairman of the NABC FREE Committee, and George Avery, Director of the NABC FREE Program, joined April Lausch, Director of Faulkner’s Collision and Collision Center, and Nationwide Insurance Associate Vice Presidents Scott Dunfee and Scott Sherry , who donated 10 vehicles, to recognize Jamie Keenhold, EMT and first responder at Bath Firefighters and Ambulance Corp.
Hall of Eagles for 2021 and 2022 Inductee
The next step was the recognition of the industry leaders who make up the Hall of Eagles, the collision industry hall of fame, which honors exceptional individuals whose long-term efforts have exceeded their employment and personal interest to make meaningful contributions to the betterment of the industry. The 2021 and 2022 Hall of Eagles inductees are Dan Risley, Petra Schroeder, Doug Webb, Tim Adelmann and Frank Terlep.
NABC Awards Announced
NABC then presented its annual awards – the NABC Changing and Saving Lives Award and the NABC Chairman’s Award. The NABC Changing & Saving Lives Award recognizes the individual in the collision repair industry who has provided exemplary service in support of the NABC mission of “Changing and Saving Lives Every Day” far beyond their role in the industry. Michael Quinn was chosen as the recipient and his daughter Emily accepted on his behalf.
The NABC Chairman’s Award, which formally recognizes companies for their leadership and commitment to improving the collision repair industry, is designed to honor the NABC member company that supports NABC’s vision by donating its time and its resources. Enterprise Rent-a-Car was voted as the recipient and Scott Sampley, Vice President of Replacement and Leisure Division for Enterprise, accepted on behalf of the organization.
NABC recycled rides presented to nine recipients
Next, attention turned to the NABC Recycled Rides presentation with vehicle donors GEICO, Farmers Insurance, Travelers, Allstate, Enterprise, Nationwide and Hertz, and collision repair partners Caliber Collision, Fix Auto USA, Crash Champions/Service King, Chapman Collision, Classic Collision, Faulkner Collision and Gerber Collision.
- Alex Ramirez, US Navy veteran, nominated by Forgotten Not Gone, who received a car donated by GEICO and repaired by Caliber Collision.
- John BushUS Army veteran, selected by the US Vets, who received a vehicle donated by GEICO and repaired by Service King/Crash Champions.
- Grant Smith, US Army veteran, nominated by Welcome Home Troops, who received a vehicle also donated by GEICO and repaired by Service King/Crash Champions.
- Porsche Harrissingle mother of three children, selected by Family Promise of Las Vegas, who received a vehicle donated by Travelers and repaired by Fix Auto USA.
- Victoria Earwin, single mother with two children, selected by Family Promise of Las Vegas, who received a vehicle donated by Enterprise and prepared for presentation by Chapman Collision.
- Ofelia Valencia ChavezUS Army National Guard on active duty, selected by the Las Vegas Vet Center, who received a vehicle donated by Farmers and repaired by Classic Collision.
- Angelique Correnteminister and caregiver to his nephew, appointed by Lake Mead Christian Ministries, who received a vehicle donated by Nationwide and repaired by Faulkner Collision.
- Tony Carriedosingle father of one child, nominated by Family Promise of Las Vegas, who received a vehicle donated by Hertz and repaired by Chapman Collision.
- Catherine Hallsingle mother of two, selected by Family Promise of Las Vegas, who received a vehicle donated by Allstate and repaired by Gerber Collision and Glass.
“This is an incredible gift that means everything to me and my family,” said recipient Victoria Earwin. “I’m incredibly lucky to find Family Promise and then be nominated for this program. Now I can bring my family to school, go to work, and pursue my dream of opening a small business.
When each recipient opened their trunk, they found a car care kit donated by Meguiar’s, and those with young children received car seats donated by corporate partner Longhouse Solutions.
Recycled Rides is a program in which companies representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the program’s launch in 2007, NABC members have donated more than 3,000 vehicles valued at approximately $42 million.