With the industry’s support, CREF’s scholarships benefitted nearly 90 collision students, the organization said.
Eckenrode was formerly the foundation’s managing director.
Silver’s family says the scholarship is designed to help remove financial barriers for students studying collision repair.
The two-day event was tailored for students seeking insights into career opportunities available in the collision repair industry, along with opportunities to interview with local collision shops.
Held in July in Pittsburgh, the event sold out to capacity with 146 sponsors and industry supporters.
3M donated almost $890,000 in products and supplies to 300 schools around the country.
CREF also has an electronic student resume database with contact information for over 600 collision students.
Susan Bock’s journey serves as an inspiring example of the heights that can be reached with a desire to grow.
The committee of seven industry professionals will work to support the industry through engagement with collision schools and students.
A 35-year collision veteran who retired after ABRA merged with Caliber Collision, Tim Adelmann was inspired by a simple sign he saw at an airport that said, “See something, say something.”
The Board of Trustees has selected Brandon Eckenrode as the organization’s next managing director, effective July 1, 2021.
CREF supports high school and college collision programs, students and instructors across the country.