The Russ Verona Memorial Award and the Jeff Silver Award recognize contributions to advancing technical education and professionalism in collision repair
Hoffman Estates, Ill.—I-CAR has announced that online nominations are now open for its two top 2020 industry awards. The Russ Verona Memorial Award and the Jeff Silver Award recognize outstanding contributions to advancing technical education and professionalism in the collision repair industry.
Nominations for both awards are being accepted for consideration through July 30, with winners announced at a special ceremony at SEMA 2021 in Las Vegas. Nomination criteria and online applications can be found below.
Russ Verona Memorial Award
Established in 2006, the Russ Verona Memorial Award honors a Gold Class shop that actively promotes technical training and a positive image for the industry. The award honors the memory of Russ Verona, a mentor, friend and role model for the collision repair industry who owned and operated the first-ever Gold Class business.
Now 31 years later, collision repair shops of all sizes continue to pursue Gold Class recognition by enrolling their technicians in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program. As of Dec. 31, 2020, there were 8,800 Gold Class shops throughout the country (a +6 percent increase from 2019).
Jeff Silver Award
The Jeff Silver Award honors an individual who demonstrates true passion for training and professional growth, holding I-CAR’s Platinum designation for at least five years. Established in 2009, the award honors Jeff Silver, one of the forefathers of the Platinum designation who embodies a true passion for training and professional growth.
Platinum achievement remains an important training priority, with 24,282 technicians who maintained their Platinum-level last year.
Nominations for the Russ Verona Memorial Award demonstrate a shop that has:
- Held the I-CAR Gold Class designation for at least five (5) consecutive years.
- Actively promoted Gold Class designation and training
- Reinforced the positive image of the collision repair industry
Nominations for the Jeff Silver Award demonstrate an individual who has:
- Held the I-CAR Platinum designation for at least five (5) consecutive years.
- Actively promoted the Platinum designation and training
- Demonstrated superior work that bolsters the collision industry’s positive image.
For more information, visit https://info.i-car.com/about-us/awards