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Monday, 26 March 2018 18:49

SCRS Executive Director Honored With 2018 James Moy Memorial Award

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Recipient: SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg was honored as the recipient of the 2018 James Moy Memorial Award for Dedication to the Automotive Repair Industry (pictured left to right: Larry Montanez, Aaron Schulenburg, Jerry McNee). Recipient: SCRS Executive Director Aaron Schulenburg was honored as the recipient of the 2018 James Moy Memorial Award for Dedication to the Automotive Repair Industry (pictured left to right: Larry Montanez, Aaron Schulenburg, Jerry McNee).

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ABN: How did you get involved in the industry?


Schulenburg: I didn’t grow up in it---I fell into it by chance, but I’ve never worked in another industry. I was an estimator who wanted to be part of something bigger than just what took place in the four walls of our shop. I worked for a shop that understood the importance of associations and the value of nurturing its staff. Dan Hunsaker of Dan’s Paint and Body, who I worked for, and March Taylor of Auto Body Hawaii, who encouraged me to start attending industry events, were really my two mentors who helped shape how I looked at the industry and [how] I wanted to be a part of it.


ABN: What are your proudest professional achievements?


Schulenburg: This certainly ranks up there! I think the day we went live with the Database Enhancement Gateways, the day we went live with Repairer Driven News, and the last day of the 2010 SEMA Show when we concluded the first year of our Repairer Driven Education series are probably three of my favorite days professionally. They all marked a moment where I think all of us involved knew the industry would be better off because of the work that led up to that moment. They are all tools and resources that continue to make positive contributions to the industry, and I’m really proud to have been part of each.


ABN: What are your proudest personal achievements?


Schulenburg: Watching the people my kids (Mason and Molly) are growing into. Having kids is easy. Helping kids become good people, and learning from them and offering them what they need along the way are not. I’m really proud of them, the choices they make, and who they are developing into. Like the professional achievements, this isn’t accomplished alone either. My wife, Kim, is an amazing role model for the kids, and she is really the one who holds it all together at home as I spend time away with SCRS, working on the industry.


ABN: Can you offer any advice for young industry professionals just starting their careers?


Schulenburg: Strive to be a part of something bigger, and to make a difference. It can be nationally, regionally, at your state or in your own community, but there are so many opportunities to be a part of something that can help others. The rewards far outweigh the effort in the relationships you build and the experiences you are exposed to. Other than that, do the right things the right way for the right reasons, and don’t be afraid to make risky decisions if that is what is guiding you. This is an awesome industry, with so much opportunity for people who subscribe to that ideal.

 

Congratulations Aaron and thank you for your dedication to the industry!


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