I-CAR announced the recipients of its annual Jeff Silver and Russ Verona I-CAR Awards, recognizing one individual and one collision repair shop for advancing technical education and professionalism in the collision repair industry.
The Jeff Silver Award, honoring an I-CAR Platinum individual who demonstrates true passion for training and professional growth, was awarded to Lisa Ferguson of Caliber Collision in Philadelphia, PA.
Ferguson has been a Platinum-recognized individual since 2007. She is currently serving as Pennsylvania's I-CAR state committee chair and National Volunteer Advisory Committee member, and represents the I-CAR committee chair segment on the national Member Council.
Ferguson has led the fundraising efforts of the Greater PA I-CAR Committee, which generated more tha $150,000 in the past five years for the Collision Repair Education Foundation and granted more than $30,000 to Pennsylvania schools in 2019.
Additionally, Ferguson serves on the Auto Collision Experience (ACE) job fair planning committee for Chester County Technical College High School-Brandywine, and is active on the Penn State College of Technology in both the advisory committee and working with the school for technical placement.
Ferguson is active on more than a dozen school advisory boards in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As a Women’s Industry Network member, she participates on the scholarship, membership and conference committees.
Ferguson’s industry roots run deep; she began her career more than 40 years ago as a technician at Ron Wise Auto Body in Ridley Park, PA.
The Russ Verona Memorial Award, honoring an I-CAR Gold Class shop that actively promotes technical training and a positive image for the collision repair industry, was awarded to Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, a longtime family-operated dealership in Lawrenceville, GA.
The Lawrenceville shop has been Gold Class since...