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Monday, 08 November 2021 08:58

AASP/NJ Treasurer Tom Elder Honored with Lee Vetland Lifetime Achievement Award

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During its Oct. 20 Annual Meeting at Gran Centurions in Clark, NJ, the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ) conducted a special awards ceremony, where the second Lee Vetland Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to AASP/NJ Treasurer Tom Elder of Compact Kars, Inc., in Clarksburg, NJ.

Named in honor of Lee Vetland, the New Jersey auto legend and past president of AASP/NJ who passed away in 2019, the Lee Vetland Lifetime Achievement Award was created to honor a member who has been in the industry for at least 30 years and has reached the age of 60.

 

Members of Vetland's family, including his daughter, Katie, joined AASP/NJ Past President Eddie Day of Collision Restoration in Fairfield in presenting the award to Elder.

 

“Tom Elder truly represents the qualities of the Lee Vetland Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Katie Vetland. “He is a dedicated, hardworking man who leads with integrity. My dad would be proud he was the 2021 recipient.”

 

Referring to Vetland as “a friend, a mentor and a giant in this industry,” Day asaid, “He was part of a group that were the best of the best at that time. I was proud to be his friend, and when he passed, he left a void that will probably never be filled.

 

“This award is being presented to a dear friend of mine for over 30 years,” Day continued. “This man has worked tirelessly for the association and has never missed a single meeting. He puts it all in every day. He’s led numerous committees, and he’s lifted the automotive industry up the best he could for the condition we’re in. He was a groundbreaking shop owner and...


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