Thursday, 20 January 2022 16:01

Tim Adelmann Donates $500,000 to CREF to Fund Adelmann Family Scholarships


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“See something, say something.”

Reading a simple sign inspired recently retired collision professional Tim Adelmann to make moves to amplify the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s (CREF) efforts to help schools and students at a higher level.


“Saying something isn’t sufficient anymore because we’ve been talking about the technician shortage for years, so I believe it’s ‘see something, DO something,” Adelmann said. “I see that the industry’s technician shortage is worse than it’s ever been, and I want to do something about it.”


After considering the legacy he hopes to leave the industry he loves, Adelmann reached out to CREF in a tremendous show of generosity, promising $500,000 over the next five years---the largest monetary donation CREF has ever received, not just from an individual but from any organization.


Beginning this spring, up to $100,000 per year will be awarded to deserving collision repair technician students for five years.


“Tim Adelmann and his family’s generous personal donation will allow CREF to remove collision students’ financial barriers, allowing them to continue their education. As CREF works to attract students to the collision industry by showcasing that it’s a rewarding career with endless opportunities, this will only be possible through the support of our industry partners,” said Brandon Eckenrode, managing director of CREF.


“On behalf of the collision programs, students and instructors nationwide that CREF works to support, we thank Tim for this incredible donation as well as for his many years of continued support," Eckenrode said. "We look forward to announcing the first deserving recipients of the Adelmann Family Scholarship this spring.”


An industry veteran of 35 years, Adelmann recently retired after...

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