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Wednesday, 02 May 2007 10:16

Gary Wano of G.W. & Son in Oklahoma new 2007 PRIDE Committee Chairman

    Gary Wano, of GW & Son Autobody in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been appointed Chairman of the NABC PRIDE Committee. Wano succeeds outgoing Chair, Janet Chaney, who showed exemplary leadership during her two years of service.
    Wano is concurrently serving a term as vice chairman of Society of Collision Repair Specialists’ (SCRS). He was also a member of the PRIDE Committee last year, an experience that makes him enthusiastic about its potential and continuing development.
    “Getting a firsthand view of what the committee does motivated me to do more,” said Wano. “I never get tired of celebrating the positive works of others in our profession. It helped, too, that the previous Chair was a good model. Janet put her own stamp on PRIDE, and her passion for the job will be an inspiration to me.”
    The NABC PRIDE Committee, now in its twelfth year, is most noted for its annual PRIDE Award program, which recognizes those in the collision industry who selflessly give their time, energy and financial resources to worthy causes outside the industry. Going forward, Wano wants the committee to take more of a grassroots approach to identify individuals to acknowledge.
    “Many industry people committed to making the world a better place are quiet about it,” Wano said. “They simply roll up their sleeves and get the job done...We need to dig down, unearth these unsung champions and get the word out.”
    The NABC will extend the profile of past PRIDE Award winners through a succession of articles branded, “Heroes Among Us.” The series illuminates the good works of the people of the collision industry.
    “People have heard a summary of the stories,” said Chaney. “Now we want to flesh out the personalities behind them.”
    “Gary brings a strong, new dimension to PRIDE leadership,” said Chaney. “By being an example as a shop owner and active member of NABC and SCRS, he’ll effectively encourage and promote the vision of the PRIDE and all it stands for. It will be a joy to witness.”