GCIA Gene Hamilton Day and Golf Tournament


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GCIA Gene Hamilton Day and Golf Tournament Set for October 2, 2013

Atlanta, Georgia, September 25, 2013 – The Georgia Collision Industry Association will hold its annual golf tournament on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 at the Trophy Club of Atlanta in Alpharetta, GA. In addition, the association is dedicating the day as Gene Hamilton Day in honor of this industry icon. There will be a ceremony after the tournament to award Mr. Hamilton with the GCIA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gene Hamilton is one of the most respected and recognized people in the collision repair industry today. This is not only because of his many accomplishments, awards, and business successes; but also because in 1997 Gene helped start the Georgia Collision Industry Association that has helped local, regional and national repairers as well. From the beginning of his career he has held a passion for our industry. For Gene, it has never been enough to turn out high quality repairs in his facilities. He has always believed that anything he can do to improve the reputation and respect of the collision repair industry at large would not only make his business model sustainable but would assist his many friends, peers, and yes, even competitors provide safer and more reliable repairs for the consumer. In the end, it has always been about ensuring that friends and families can feel confident that their vehicle was repaired to pre-accident condition and by a true collision repair professional. Gene knows that collision professionals working together is the only way to make improvements in and to better our industry.

The following is only a sampling of the many accolades and accomplishments during Gene’s long career in the collision repair industry.

• 1996, received the SCRS “Green Shop” Award for his efforts to make his Sports and Imports No. 2 an environmentally sound business.
• 1998, inducted into the Hall of Eagles, the industry’s equivalent to the Hall of Fame.
• 1998, received the Body Shop Video Magazine “Collision Business of the Year” award in the multiple location division.
• 1999, received the SCRS “Industry Achievement Award” for his efforts to have manufacturers and vendors redirect funds traditionally used for big industry parties to non-profit organizations that serve the industry.
• 1999, received the “Innovator of the Year Award.”
• 2000-01, Chairman of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS).
• 2003-04, Chairman of I-Car.
• I-CAR: Board Member of the I-Car Education Foundation, I-Car Gold Class Steering Committee, and the I-Car Board of Directors.
• CIC: Active participant, and past Chairman of the Environmental Committee.

Hamilton is an industry innovator and owns two businesses: Sports and Imports Collision-Chamblee, GA and Sports & Imports Collision-Gwinnett, GA. These repair centers are among the finest automotive-related enterprises in the nation.

Everyone is invited to participate in the GCIA Golf Tournament and/or attend the event that afternoon honoring Gene Hamilton. Information about the golf tournament including directions and registration forms can be found at the GCIA website at www.gcia.org under the Calendar of Events. The event runs from 11 am to about 6 pm October 2, 2013.

Those wishing to send Gene a note of thanks for his service to our industry can mail to: Sports & Imports Collision, Inc., 3400 McDaniel Road, Duluth, GA 30096 or send an email to: sportsgwinnett@mindspring.com.

About GCIA

The Georgia Collision Industry Association was formed in 1997 by a few dedicated and concerned industry leaders from around the State of Georgia. The members of the GCIA are professionals from the automotive collision repair industry and have thousands of years of experience between them. The vision of the GCIA is simple:

“To Promote Professionalism and Consumer Awareness of the Automotive Collision Repair Industry in the State of Georgia.”


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Contact the GCIA

Howard Batchelor, Executive Director
PO Box 1252
Cumming, GA 30028
Ofc: 770-367-9816
Fax: 770.590.3881
Email: howard@gcia.org

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