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Collision Repair Education Foundation Adds New Members to Industry Leadership Circle

Five individuals inducted based on personal $1,000-plus donations to organization.

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Five collision industry members have joined the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Industry Leadership Circle through their $1,000-plus personal contributions to the organization.

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Tim Adelmann of ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Stacy Bartnik of CARSTAR; Eric Bickett, founder of Fix Auto; Chris Northup of General Distribution Consultants; and Michael Minutillo of Master Auto Body all have donated $1,000 or more to the organization. Monetary donations to the Collision Repair Education Foundation assist in the organization’s efforts to support secondary and post-secondary collision repair students and their schools’ collision programs.

“I applaud these industry members for their support and joining an exclusive list of individual, high-level contributors," said Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski. "The Collision Repair Education Foundation has gone from providing $300,000 in support in 2009 to over $10 million since then, and this has been possible only through our supporters."

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Noted Tim Adelmann, executive vice president of ABRA Auto Body & Glass, “As a company, ABRA has supported the Collision Repair Education Foundation with collision student scholarships for years. I felt a personal contribution was appropriate as the Education Foundation supports vo-tech and students who are entering into this great repair industry. It’s up to all of us to encourage and support the next generation of professional collision repairers who will fuel the repair industry of the future.”

Michael Minutillo, I-CAR instructor and owner of Master Auto Body, has personally donated more than $13,000 to the Education Foundation since 2008.

“Being an I-CAR instructor allows me a firsthand view of how technical information affects students," he said. "They truly appreciate learning the correct way to repair today’s complicated vehicles and strive to be the best in their field. After experiencing this, I thought everyone wanting this knowledge should have the opportunity."

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