BEDFORD, TX — The Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and Babcox Publications have honored Loren Estwick – owner of Loren’s Collision Plus, LLC, in Foley, Minn. – as the recipient of the 2004 BodyShop Business magazine Scholarship. The award was presented at the General Session held during NACE by BodyShop BusinessPublisher Denise Lloyd.
Estwick, an ASE Certified Master Refinish Technician, has worked in the automotive service industry for 12 years and has been a shop owner for the past two. In addition to earning multiple I-CAR certifications, he also recently earned AMI’s Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation.
AMI and Babcox present the scholarship annually to recognize management-oriented members of the Automotive Service Association Collision Division. In addition to the scholarship, the recipient receives $1,000 to be applied toward expenses to attend NACE.
Also during NACE week, Lloyd presented Jeanne Silver, owner of Butterfield Bodyworks CARSTAR in Mundelein, Ill., with the 2004 BodyShop Business Executive of the Year award.
Prior to her becoming involved in collision repair, Silver lived and studied in Paris at the University of Paris, La Sorbonne and graduated with a degree in French. She also earned a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College in Virginia.
Silver later began working for I-CAR as an independent consultant responsible for creating, training and staffing the customer service, purchasing, accounting and shipping departments before founding Butterfield Bodyworks CARSTAR in 1996.
She now serves as secretary of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and as Parts Committee Co-Chair for the Collision Industry Conference (CIC).
“This award affirms my choice of career not only as one that I enjoy, but as one where the normal act of giving back to industry and community is recognized as honorable,” said Silver. “It means that I have entered where few women have gone before. I am very honored to have been chosen.”
She also was named the 2002 Illinois Small Business Person of the Year Winner by the Governor’s Office and the 2001 People’s Choice Award Winner by The Daily Herald.
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