Education Foundation Received $25,000 from LKQ; Announces New Board Member

Education Foundation Received $25,000 from LKQ; Announces New Board Member

From CollisionWeek News

LKQ Corporation has renewed its $25,000 contribution to the Collision Repair Education Foundation, displaying its commitment to the future of the collision industry. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in parts that LKQ has donated to collision school programs this year, the monetary contribution assists Education Foundation’s ability to offer collision school tool/equipment and student scholarships.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “Now more than ever do collision school programs need the industry’s support in order to graduate qualified and properly trained students. LKQ’s renewed contribution allows the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) to work with the collision school programs on ensuring this takes place. Through parts donations, monetary donations, and having representation on our Board of Trustees, LKQ’s has displayed their strong commitment to assisting the future professionals of the collision industry. On behalf of the schools, students, and instructors that will benefit from this support, we thank LKQ for their continued support.”

“A shortage of technicians, along with a shortage of funding for the technical schools, continues to be a major challenge for our industry. LKQ is proud to support CREF and is delighted to give back to the technical schools and students in our industry,” said Terry Fortner Vice President of Industry Relations and Market Development.

Bridges Joins Board of Trustees
Scott Bridges, Vice President of Sales Replacement Accounts for the The Hertz Corporation, has joined the Foundation Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees consists of industry members who provide guidance in the organization’s efforts to support secondary and post-secondary collision students nationwide.

Fortner noted, “I would like to thank Scott for joining our Board of Trustees. Hertz understands the importance and need for qualified collision students to enter this industry and Scott will be a valuable addition to our Board of Trustees as we work towards taking this organization to the next level.”

“I’m delighted to be elected to the Collision Repair Education Foundation Board of Trustees to represent Hertz,” said Bridges. “The Foundation does great work to help both the students and schools in the collision industry to ensure a robust group of qualified technicians enter the industry each year.”

Bridges has more than 23 years of experience working in car rental and serving the insurance replacement industry.

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