DEG Announces Winners of Database Inquiry Submission Contest

From CollisionWeek ©

Congratulations to Brady Jansen of World Toyota in Atlanta, GA

In 2011, members of a shop “20 group,” Akzo Nobel’s National Performance Titanium Group, made a $1000 donation to the Database Enhancement Gateway (DEG) in support of a contest designed to encourage participation in the DEG. The contest would reward the top three individuals who submitted inquiries to the DEG in 2011 that resulted in a positive response.

The DEG has announced the winners of the contest, and they are:

  1. Matt Hurta of Westmont Bodywerks in Westmont, Illinois – $500
  2. Brady Jansen of World Toyota in Atlanta, GA – $300
  3. Mike Ferrucci of Ray’s Carstar Autobody in Bristol, Connecticut – $200

The contest was open to the entire collision industry and the three winners demonstrated a passion to help the collision industry by correcting issues or concerns within the estimating systems’ databases. With the support of the Titanium Group, the DEG was able to give back to three individuals that, like many others, take time out of their busy schedule to spend a few minutes to submit DEG inquiries.

“I would like to thank everyone in the Titanium Group for making this contest possible,” said Arthur Harris the administrator for the DEG. This is the first contest the DEG has done and the response was great. The goal was to increase the awareness of the DEG and to give back to three individuals that submitted the most inquiries. Currently the DEG processes over 1000 inquiries a year but since January 1, 2012 the DEG has already processed 137 inquiries, a 178 percent increase over the same time in 2011.

“To say I was excited to call the winners is an understatement,” said Harris. The DEG called the owner or manager of the shop before speaking with the winners and explained what their employee had accomplished but also to thank them for dedicating the time to the DEG. The first call was to Westmont Bodywerks in Westmont Illinois with the owner Rodney. He was excited to hear Matt had won the contest and the top prize of $500. Rodney explained that he is a passionate DEG supporter and recognizes the effort that the DEG puts into helping our industry. He explained that he will pay Matt from his own pocket and donate the prize of $500 back to the DEG. Rodney should be commended for his gracious contribution and support of the DEG.

The DEG looks forward to more creative and innovative ideas in 2012 with the help of the Titanium group or possibly other organizations. Along with the contest, the Titanium group also donated an additional $1000 in 2011 to directly support the DEG and another $1000 to support the March Taylor Education Foundation.

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