CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body is a collision repair team with more than 11 locations that pride themselves on not only the quality of their repairs and services, but their state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities as well. In honor of the multi-store owner joining the network, CARSTAR will make an $11,000 donation to the San Francisco 49ers Foundation’s STEM Leadership Institute, a six-year curriculum that works to prepare students with high academic potential for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through more than 300 extra academic hours each school year.
The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, launched in 2014 in partnership between the 49ers Foundation, Chevron, Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Santa Clara Unified School District, currently hosts five cohorts of scholars totaling 300 students enrolled in the 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade program across Cabrillo Middle School and Santa Clara High School.
“The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute cultivates high-potential middle school and high school youth by increasing their exposure to STEM subjects so our nation’s youth go on to STEM careers,” said San Francisco 49ers Foundation Executive Director Justin Prettyman. “We’re thrilled to link up with automotive industry leaders like CARSTAR and CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body to provide our students with a real-world, hands-on learning experience.”
Mike Chilton, CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body owner, seconded the importance of a STEM-based education, particularly with the advanced technology in vehicles today.
“My father started Chilton Auto Body 50 years ago with our San Mateo location and brought me into this business in 1984,” Chilton said. “Our business has grown leaps and bounds since then by not only expanding in size to 11 locations, but also evolving our repair processes to get ahead of modern vehicle technology. Joining CARSTAR helps us accelerate our growth, and we are excited to celebrate this partnership today at this grand opening event with our valued partners.”
Participating in the fun at the CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body grand opening event were insurance partners, vendor partners, franchise partners as well as some special guests from the San Francisco 49ers. Attendees were able to mingle with Sourdough Sam from the San Francisco 49ers and tour the newly CARSTAR-branded facility.
“This substantial grand opening event is representative of how massive this multi-store owner is for the Bay Area, both in scale and expertise,” said Michael Macaluso, president, CARSTAR. “CARSTAR is growing at an accelerated rate but remains committed to welcoming the right franchise partners into our network, and the CARSTAR Chilton Auto Body team, who prioritizes customer experience and repair quality, is exemplary of that.”