Nine Las Vegas veterans, military and families receive recycled NABC rides


The National Auto Body Council caused a stir, raindrops and high winds included, during its 2022 NABC SEMA celebration at this year’s SEMA Show on the SEMA Reveal Main Stage outside the Las Vegas Convention Center. The celebration featured annual NABC awards, Hall of Eagles recipients and the NABC Recycled Rides presentation to nine deserving Las Vegas families.

The 2022 NABC SEMA Celebration took place on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, directly across from the world’s largest automotive aftermarket event. More than 300 NABC members, guests and colleagues joined in the celebration. Alan Taylor of “The Drive” radio network was the emcee for the event.

“What an incredible day to reconnect with our colleagues in the collision repair industry and automotive enthusiasts and celebrate the industry’s return to SEMA,” said Clint Marlow, director – claims innovation and customer experience for Allstate. , and Past President of NABC. “It was an honor to recognize several milestones for our organization and our industry, and then to see the incredible impact of introducing nine vehicles to Las Vegas families, military members and veterans in need. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the event.

NABC FREE 5,000th First Responder Recognition

The event began with recognition of a special milestone in the NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication program, which recently saw its 5,000th first responder participate in an educational event. Kyle Medeiros, Chairman of the NABC FREE Committee, and George Avery, Director of the NABC FREE Program, joined April Lausch, Director of Faulkner’s Collision and Collision Center, and Nationwide Insurance Associate Vice Presidents Scott Dunfee and Scott Sherry, who donated 10 vehicles, to recognize Jamie Keenhold, EMT and first responder of the Bath Firefighters and Ambulance Corp.

Hall of Eagles for 2021 and 2022 Inductee

The next step was the recognition of the industry leaders who make up the Hall of Eagles, the collision industry hall of fame, which honors exceptional individuals whose long-term efforts have exceeded their employment and personal interest to make meaningful contributions to the betterment of the industry. The 2021 and 2022 Hall of Eagles inductees are Dan Risley, Petra Schroeder, Doug Webb, Tim Adelmann and Frank Terlep.

NABC Awards Announced

NABC then presented its annual awards — the NABC Changing and Saving Lives Award and the NABC Chairman’s Award. The NABC Changing & Saving Lives Award recognizes the individual in the collision repair industry who has provided exemplary service in furtherance of the NABC mission of Changing and Saving Lives Every Day, far beyond their role in industry. Michael Quinn was chosen as the recipient and his daughter Emily accepted on his behalf.

The NABC Chairman’s Award, which formally recognizes companies for their leadership and commitment to improving the collision repair industry, is designed to honor the NABC member company that supports the vision of the National Auto Body Council by doing donation of their time and resources. Enterprise Rent-a-Car was voted the recipient and Scott Sampley, Vice President, Replacement and Leisure Division for Enterprise, accepted on behalf of the organization.

NABC recycled rides presented to nine recipients

Next, attention turned to the NABC Recycled Rides presentation, with vehicle donors GEICO, Farmers Insurance, Travelers, Allstate, Enterprise, Nationwide and Hertz, and collision repair partners Caliber Collision, Fix Auto USA, Crash Champions/Service King, Chapman Collision, Classic Collision, Faulkner Collision and Gerber Collision.

Recipients included:

  • US Navy veteran Alex Ramirez, nominated by Forgotten Not Gone, received a car donated by GEICO and repaired by Caliber Collision.
  • John Bush, US Army veteran, selected by the US Vets, received a vehicle donated by GEICO and repaired by Service King/Crash Champions.
  • US Army veteran Grant Smith, nominated by Welcome Home Troops, received a vehicle also donated by GEICO and repaired by Service King/Crash Champions.
  • Single mother of three Porsche Harris, selected by Family Promise of Las Vegas, received a vehicle donated by travelers and repaired by Fix Auto USA.
  • Victoria Earwin, single mother with two children, selected by Family Promise of Las Vegas, received a vehicle donated by Enterprise and prepared for presentation by Chapman Collision.
  • Ofelia Valencia Chavez of the U.S. Army National Guard, selected by the Las Vegas Vet Center, receives a vehicle donated by farmers and repaired by Classic Collision.
  • Angelique Corrente, minister and caregiver to her nephew, appointed by Lake Mead Christian Ministries, received a vehicle donated by Nationwide and repaired by Faulkner Collision.
  • Tony Carriedo, single father of one, nominated by Family Promise of Las Vegas, received a vehicle donated by Hertz and repaired by Chapman Collision.
  • Katherine Hall, single mother of two, selected by Family Promise of Las Vegas, received a vehicle donated by Allstate and repaired by Gerber Collision and Glass.

“This is an incredible gift that means everything to me and my family,” said recipient Victoria Earwin. “I’m incredibly lucky to find Family Promise and then be nominated for this program. Now I can bring my family to school, go to work, and pursue my dream of opening a small business.

When each recipient opened their trunk, they found a car care kit donated by Meguiar’s, and those with young children received car seats donated by corporate partner Longhouse Solutions.

NABC Recycled Rides is a unique program in which companies representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated more than 3,000 vehicles valued at approximately $42 million.


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