Monday, 19 November 2018 21:31

Collision Industry Veteran Donates 1st Funds


While speaking before the most recent Collision Industry Conference held in Las Vegas, NV, announcing the official launch of his new book, “YesterWreck: The History of the Collision Repair Industry In America,” industry veteran and author Gary Ledoux stopped to call to the stage Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for the Collision Repair Education Foundation, to present him with a check for $500 for the Chuck Sulkala NABC Appreciation Scholarship Fund.


A portion of each book sold by Ledoux is earmarked for the fund. The books first went on sale on Sept. 12.


The Sulkala scholarship program honors National Auto Body Council (NABC) founder and longtime executive director Chuck Sulkala, who retired earlier this year after a most notable career in the collision repair industry. The funds will help future collision repair technicians further their education. NABC is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities to positively promote the collision repair industry.


“This industry is known for ‘giving back’ in so many ways,” said Ledoux. “I am proud to be able to do that in my own small way---by bringing the industry’s history to light and helping future industry technicians further their education.”


Ledoux has spent almost 50 years in the automotive business, starting at an auto parts – PBE jobber in his native New Hampshire. The last 29 years of his career were spent at American Honda. The last 12 years were spent on the collision side of the business, where, among other duties, he administered that OE’s body shop certification program. Ledoux retired in October 2017 and now works part-time as a freelance journalist. His book is available through his website at www.yesterwreck.com.

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