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NE Ohio Volunteer I-CAR Committee to Hold Ultra-Marathon Fundraiser

The fundraiser will benefit the Collision Repair Education Foundation and auto body schools across the state of Ohio.

CREF Selected for LKQ Holiday Vote Fundraiser

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) was selected as one of the 10 participation charities in the LKQ Cares Holiday Vote fundraiser for this year.

CREF Welcomes Kristle Bollans to Board of Directors

The Collision Repair Education Foundation welcomes Kristle Bollans, senior director of Replacement Accounts for The Hertz Corporation, to its board of directors.

Autel, CREF Donate ADAS Equipment to Collision School Programs

Autel has partnered with CREF to donate an Autel ADAS calibration package valued at $162K to eight standout U.S. collision repair school programs. 

CREF Welcomes John Eck to Board of Directors

Eck boasts more than 30 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket industry, having held numerous field sales, marketing and management positions for GM.

Operative Talent Fundraiser Offers Chance to Win Custom Camaro

The fundraiser is aimed at raising awareness for careers in the automotive industry.

CREF Awards Over $130K in Scholarships to Collision Students

With the industry’s support, CREF funded over $130,000 in 2023 scholarships and tool grants, benefitting nearly 90 individual collision students.

I-CAR Launches is a seminal online experience dedicated to connecting individuals to rewarding opportunities in collision repair.

Audi, VW Donate Damaged Vehicles to Collision Education Programs

CREF, Audi of America and Volkswagen of America have partnered to donate 78 Audi and Volkswagen vehicles to collision repair programs throughout the U.S.

CREF Promotes Brandon Eckenrode to Executive Director

Eckenrode joined CREF’s team as associate director of development in 2009, and his skill and passion have earned him the well-deserved promotion to executive director of CREF.

Petty Family Foundation Joins Operative Talent Initiative

The Petty Family Foundation has joined the ever-growing list of over 40 Operative Talent project partners with the shared goal of raising awareness around automotive industry career opportunities.

CREF Introduces 2023 Executive Committee

The committee consists of seven industry professionals who are dedicated to supporting the future of the industry through engagement with collision schools and students.