Thursday, 16 November 2017 16:10

Military Veterans, Collision Shop Professionals and Students Honored By 3M at Phoenix Raceway

At the recent NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway, a select group of veterans were honored with a very unique Veterans’ Day weekend, courtesy of 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has had a long-standing commitment to giving back to the men and women who have served. 3M AAD also believes that our nation’s military veterans make great employees for the collision repair industry.

During the race weekend, 3M AAD recognized veteran employees and students from the collision repair industry, body shop managers and collision repair educators during a special trip to the NASCAR® race in Phoenix on November 12.

“Programs like 3M Hire Our Heroes help us remember our military soldiers and let them know that there are still organizations that care about them and their service,” said Keith Kuhn, instructor at Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Knoxville. “Spending time with the all of the 3M Hire Our Heroes grant recipients, other instructors, collision shop owners and managers, and the 3M team was priceless.”

The attendees included:

College of Lake County
Lawrence Harris, U.S. Navy, Service King
Octavio Cavazos, Instructor

Gadsden State Community College
Jason Coleman, U.S. Army
Dalton White, Assistant Instructor

Texas State Technical College
Hector Corujo, U.S. Army
Jose Rodriguez, U.S. Army
Philip McKee, Instructor

Driven Music City
Morris Rothfeldt, U.S. Army
Maj. Laura Rothfeldt, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps
Robbie Denney, Body Shop Manager

Ferrera Fire/Rev Group
Richard Gales, U.S. Army

Xtreme Kustoms
John Horchak, U.S. Army

ABRA Auto Body and Glass
Andre Jordan, U.S. Marine Corps
Leroy Nestler, Jr., General Manager

Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Knoxville
Linda Myers, U.S. Air Force
Keith Kuhn, Collision Instructor

Bowen Collision
Steven Norton, U.S. Marine Corps

“It was an honor to meet these veterans and recognize those who are making a positive impact on the collision repair industry, and those who have hired them or are educating them,” said Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager at 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “Their very special weekend in Phoenix was filled with unique behind-the-scenes experiences, opportunities to meet celebrities, drivers and crew members, and see the exciting second-to-last race in the Playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.”

3M AAD’s pledge to help veterans has seen great success. This is the fifth year that 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in support of our industry and our nation's veterans. Since 2013, the 3M Hire Our Heroes program has generated $825,000 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 270 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants.

The 3M Hire Our Heroes grants are available for qualifying returning veterans and family members. Grants may be used for tuition, school fees, tools, textbooks and equipment at qualifying technical schools. For additional information and to apply, visit CollisionEducationFoundation.org.

The ultimate goal of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign is to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in raising awareness for hiring America’s heroes and help drive employment in the collision repair industry for these deserving veterans and their families.

For more information on the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign, visit www.3mcollision.com/hire.