Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

2007 CRIN Instructor of the Year Recognized at NACE

At NACE, the Collision Repair Instructors Network (CRIN) and the I-CAR Education Foundation presented the 2007 Instructor of the Year award to Jim Friedel, a collision repair instructor from Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, Delaware. Friedel received an expense-paid trip to NACE 2007 where he was recognized for this achievement and honored with a plaque during the annual CRIN meeting.


A 14-year veteran of the collision industry, Friedel has worked tirelessly to continue to recruit students to the collision repair program and place them in jobs within the industry.


Friedel was nominated by Dale Van Schaik, Wayside Body Shop, and Chris Green, the Delmarva I-CAR volunteer committee. Schaik explained, “Due to the positive influence that Jim Friedel has on our industry, the decision was not a hard one to nominate him for the 2007 CRIN Instructor of the Year award.

“I have come to know Jim through volunteering with the auto body program and can honestly say that since Jim has been with Sussex Tech, the auto body classes have excelled. The I-CAR Volunteer committee has also benefited from Jim’s excellence and his extreme enthusiasm for the auto body industry. He takes great pride in the work that he does with I-CAR and his students.”

CRIN is sponsored by the I-CAR Education Foundation and is designed to facilitate the exchange of technical and professional information among collision repair instructors, school administrators, and industry partners.

Ron Ray, executive director of the I-CAR Education Foundation stated, “We have a number of CRIN members that are outstanding in their field, and we wish we could honor all of them. Jim does an exemplary job of preparing students for entry-level positions in the collision industry and goes above and beyond the call of duty. We are amazed at his tireless contributions to the future of the industry.”