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Brad Zara, president of Zara’s Collision Center in Springfield, Ill., has announced that Brady Smith has been named assistant general manager of the body shop.
Smith, a resident of Athens, Ill., began his career at Zara’s as a teenager in June 2008, working part time. His experience at Zara’s has encompassed facility maintenance, vehicle detailing, paint prep for a range of makes and models, customer service and bookkeeping.
For the past year, Smith has served as Zara’s coordinator of continuing education and safety compliance. He also recently completed a 10-week management internship.
“Brady has literally grown up with our business, and we’re very pleased that he is stepping into a leadership role with us,” said Zara. “He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris University in Springfield in mid-February and joined us full time afterwards. Because of his hands-on experience and academic achievement, Brady brings a valuable perspective to our operations.”