CARSTAR Congratulates Bob Keith on Being Named I-CAR Founder's Award Recipient

CARSTAR Congratulates Bob Keith on Being Named I-CAR Founder’s Award Recipient

The award was given to Keith, a member of the CARSTAR corporate team, for his dedication and service to I-CAR.

CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts has congratulated Bob Keith for being recognized by I-CAR as the recipient of their annual Founders Award. The award was given based on his dedication and service to I-CAR at the recent 2016 I-CAR Volunteer & Instructor Conference held in Orlando, Fla.

Keith is a member of the CARSTAR corporate team, serving as senior director-operations training, as well as the owner of four CARSTAR locations. He also has a long history of dedicated service to I-CAR, having held several leadership positions within the organization.

“It has been an honor to serve with some of the best minds in the industry who regularly take off their stripes in order to make sure that I-CAR meets its vision that every person in the collision repair industry has the information, knowledge and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer,” said Keith.

Most recently, Keith was chairman of the I-CAR International Board of Directors in 2014-2015. He has served in various roles on the I-CAR Executive Committee since 2008. Prior to becoming a board member, Keith spent many years as an I-CAR volunteer. He has also given much of his time to many other organizations throughout the collision repair industry:

  • Treasurer of the AMI Board of Trustees, 2010-present
  • Co-chair of the Education Committee for CIC, 2011-present
  • NABC NACE booth chair, 2006-2008
  • NABC PRIDE Committee co-chair, 2009-2011
  • Participates in ASE question-writing sessions and NATEF Standards sessions
  • Past SkillsUSA judge and 10-year member of the Skills USA Technical Committee for the structural competition

Keith began his automotive career by attending Southeast Community College in Milford, Neb. After receiving an associate degree in diesel technology, he spent seven years with Caterpillar as a truck engine performance specialist. In the late 70s, he turned his focus to the collision repair industry by forming Silver Hammer Body Co. with partner, Greg Peterson. After 37 years, the two are still partners and own two CARSTAR franchises in Nebraska and two CARSTAR franchises in Kansas.

Keith joined CARSTAR Corporate in company store operations in 1996 and took responsibility for the training and education department in 2009. In January of 2015, his role changed, and he now oversees all training involving CARSTAR’s EDGE Performance Platform.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Bob’s experience as part of our team,” said Michael Macaluso, president – CARSTAR North America. “His volunteer work with I-CAR and numerous other organizations has not only improved the industry as a whole, but has also helped all of our shops throughout North America deliver the best possible product to our customers.”

You May Also Like

RDA Holds Fall IMPACT Performance Conference in Denver

The Refinish Distributors Alliance held their Fall Membership Meeting Sept. 20-22, 2023 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver, Colo.

The Refinish Distributors Alliance (RDA) held their Fall Membership Meeting Sept. 20-22, 2023 at the Embassy Suites Downtown Denver, Colo., with Ben Jacobson welcoming members and manufacturer partners for the first time as the executive director of RDA.  

The conference saw a record turnout, which included RDA members, manufacturer partners and guests. Jacobson opened the meeting with a day of member discussions followed by a welcome reception at the Denver Opera House. The next day, everyone enjoyed the annual rodeo, an engaging and productive one-on-one event between RDA members and manufacturer partners that offered valuable relationship-building time and special promotions. Keynote speaker Mark Sanborn gave an insightful presentation followed by a book signing provided to all attendees. RDA ended the evening with a partner appreciation dinner and entertainment by Dennis Watkins, an award-winning, third-generation magician and entertainer.  

AASP/NJ Celebrates Return of Lou Scoras Annual Golf Outing

The AASP/NJ recently celebrated the return of its annual Lou Scoras Memorial Golf Outing at Knob Hill Country Club in Manalapan, N.J.

Consolidator Report

Consolidation news from the week of Sept. 18.

Association News

The latest association news appearing on

Top 5 Stories of the Week

A recap of the top five stories on during the week of Sept. 18.

Other Posts

NABC Donates Recycled Ride to Deserving Chicago Mom

The NABC, Travelers and Gerber Collision & Glass recently donated a refurbished vehicle to a deserving Chicago-area mom.

Mitchell Wins Award for Cloud Computing

Mitchell won the 2023 Stratus Award, which recognizes their patented technology designed to optimize a key step in the auto insurance claims process.

BMW, Ford and Honda Create Company to Optimize EV Grid

ChargeScape, LLC will create a single, cost-effective platform connecting electric utilities, automakers and interested EV customers.

Auto Care Association Launches Auto Care Academy

The Auto Care Academy is a convenient, self-paced online learning resource for auto care industry professionals.