Malacara was a highly admired and respected 14-year Service King teammate who tragically passed away in December 2016. The Service King Way Grant was created last year in memory of Malacara’s dedicated service, loyalty to the industry and the indelible impact he had on countless people during his career.
According to Sean Huurman, chief human resources officer at Service King Collision Repair Centers, “He embodied the values we have at Service King, referred to as The Service King Way, so we could not think of a better way to memorialize this connection than through a scholarship in his name. Mario fought diligently to ensure talented entrants were provided the opportunities that exist within the industry. It’s our hope that this scholarship extends Mario’s passion to students and families for years to come.”
This year’s recipients of the Service King Way Scholarship, in memory of Mario Malacara ($1,000), include:
• Rysheek Cobb (UTI, Houston, TX)
• Raymond Nguyen (UTI, Houston, TX)
• Moises Merlos (Holmes High School, San Antonio, TX)
• Julian Martinez (Holmes High School, San Antonio, TX)
During his time at Service King Collision Repair Centers, Malacara was influential in many ways; whether mentoring a co-worker or fighting for legislation change at the State Capitol, he continually strived to be an advocate for the industry.
Huurman said, “We sincerely hope this scholarship honors the legacy of Mario Malacara and his family by transcending his passion for the collision repair industry to future students across the country. Mario’s spirit and love for the industry and the young people who enter it will surely continue to impact students and future generations of technicians."
The Collision Repair Education Foundation supports collision repair education programs across the country to help schools and students prepare and create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with career opportunities. Through in-kind and monetary donations, CREF is able to support high school and college collision programs, instructors and students in North America.