SCRS Presents Industry Achievement Awards

Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) recently announced the named recipients of the association’s annual Industry Achievement Awards, which recognize industry professionals who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding efforts and exceptional commitment on behalf of the collision repair industry.

This year’s awards, their recipients, and the achievements being recognized are as follows.

Individual Service Award Recipient: Mike Anderson

Anderson owned Wagonwork Collision Centers in Alexandria, Virginia for over 20 years. Selling the business provided Mike the opportunity to focus his efforts on his true passion: helping collision repairers improve their businesses and-as a result-their lives, through his Collision Advice consulting company. In 2014, Mike spent more than 341 days on the road doing workshops, seminars and onsite consulting.

Non-Individual Service Award Recipient: Collision Repair Education Foundation

This award was created for SCRS to spotlight contributions to the collision repair industry from a corporate or company level. This year the award went to the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), which is tasked to secure donations that support quality collision repair education programs that promote and enhances industry career opportunities. Approximately 60,000 students have been touched by the CREF programs, and close to 2,000 instructors and 1,150 schools support the programs.

Lifetime Achievement Award-Regional Recipient: John Mattos (posthumous)

Mattos was a third-generation automotive refinish supplier. The Pro Finishes PLUS enterprise he owned together with his cousin Joe Mattos, remains a spiritual successor to the paint business started by his grandfather in 1928, a tradition passed down to his father and uncle and most recently to John and Joe.

While John was generous with his technical and refinish product knowledge, it is his work with the Washington Metropolitan Auto Body Association (WMABA) from its inception in 1967 to the present for which he is fondly remembered.

Lifetime Achievement Award-Individual Recipient: Gary Wano, Jr.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is SCRS’ truest mark of distinction, and a rare recognition dispensed only ten times in the over three decades of the Society’s existence. This year the special honor went to Gary Wano, Jr., owner of G.W. & Son Auto Body Shop in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award is a symbol of the most exemplary among us, and Gary Wano certainly fits the description,” said Jeff Hendler who presented the award to Wano. “He never hesitates to assist those who need it, and has a knack for bringing out the best in someone, whether they’re close to home or half way around the world. This award speaks volumes of his integrity and unselfishness, and as much as it is an honor for Gary to receive the award, nothing could top the honor I felt presenting it to him.”

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