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AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings Americas (A&AC) for the second year presented the collision repair industry’s “FIT” Sustainability Award. The by-invitation-only awards ceremony was conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Grand America Hotel before an audience of approximately 100 key collision industry members. Receiving the 2011 award were Mark’s Auto Body Ltd. of British Columbia, Canada, Moody’s Collision Centers Gorham, Maine, and Lafontaine Automotive Group in Highland, Mich.
The “FIT” Award centers on the use of three key attributes: Focus, Innovation and Talent. It is the industry’s first recognition for visionary organizations that are incorporating business practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future. This award was created to promote the leadership role and unique contributions which the collision repair industry is making to generate a more sustainable future.
Keynote speaker for the 2011 program was Dr. Deborah Steketee. Dr. Steketee is associate professor of sustainable business and executive director, Center for Sustainability, at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Mike Shesterkin director of sustainability and new business innovations for AkzoNobel A&AC, noted, “AkzoNobel took a first step in 2010 when we created this initiative and honored our first recipients. Our 2011 nominees visibly demonstrate the marathon nature of creating sustainable businesses. They are different in geographic locations, size, scope and focus regarding initiatives that they are undertaking. However; they are alike in that they all recognize a global need and share a common bond in their aggressive pursuit to deliver sustainable environmentally focused business solutions to the collision repair industry.”
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