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The National Auto Body Council (NABC) announced the appointment of its 2011 Pride chairman, Charles Dillard, director of finance at Precision Body and Paint, Beaverton, Ore. In his new capacity, Dillard will work with transitional support from 2010 Pride Co-Chair Janet Chaney. Bob Keith, last year’s other co-chair, will be stepping down from his Pride-related duties.
The Pride Awards embody the NABC spirit and mission to improve the image of the collision repair industry by allowing NABC to recognize those individuals or groups from the industry that selflessly contribute to the world around them. The award has been given for bravery, philanthropy, charity and selfless acts of kindness. It transcends the rigors of daily business and reaches out to uncover those not seeking recognition for themselves, according to NABC.
Dillard, through his work at Precision Body and Paint, has an established history of involvement with NABC, including participation in the Recycled Rides initiative, which donates refurbished vehicles to working families that need viable transportation. In this way, assuming the reins of Pride can be seen as a natural progression for him.
“The Pride Award is really the essence of what NABC is all about,” says Dillard. “There are people in this industry that do incredible things everyday not for the glory, but because it is the right thing to do. We need to acknowledge these phenomenal people with whom we work, and Pride has proven an effective vehicle for doing so. I look forward to the challenge of chairing committee for 2011.”
As the year unfolds, the Pride Committee is poised to evolve in new directions, while staying true to the mission that has defined it from the start, according to NABC.
"Charles is bringing fresh ideas and a new dimension to Pride, the cornerstone of the National Auto Body Council," said Chaney. "By being an example as a shop executive and active member of NABC and SCRS, he’s in a good position to effectively encourage and promote the vision of the Pride and all for which it stands. It will be a joy to witness, and I’ll do what it takes to help him hit the ground running."
NABC says it salutes the hard work co-chairs Chaney and Keith brought to the table during 2010.
"Participating on the Pride committee last year as co-chair was a tremendous experience," said Keith. "I am pleased that Charles Dillard has volunteered to take this core and very essential NABC program to the next level. It will be exciting to see its continuing development."