The CEO of G&C Auto Body is continuing a tradition of giving back to the community started by his father.
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) announced the winner of the NABC Changing and Saving Lives Award during the SCRS Red Carpet Awards Gala at the 2023 SEMA Show, naming Shawn Crozat, CEO of G&C Auto Body in California, the recipient of the award.
The NABC Changing and Saving Lives Award recognizes the individual in the collision repair industry who has delivered exemplary service in the NABC mission of Changing and Saving Lives Every Day, far beyond their role in the industry.
For 2023, this award was presented to Crozat, whose philanthropy and commitment to his community is exemplary. The Crozat family has been involved in NABC Recycled Rides for years and has gifted more than 200 vehicles to families in need. The Crozat Foundation, founded by Shawn’s father Gene, has given back extensively in the community to help those in need. What started as a "Car-A-Month Giveaway" on various local radio stations has grown into a foundation that provides support to the individuals and families they meet through the car giveaways.
Crozat and his family hope to help the recipients get back on the road of life, giving a reliable ride and additional support to those who have fallen upon misfortune or endured catastrophic, unforeseen events. They strive to help create success where failure may have seemed inevitable.
“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition of our family’s efforts to support our community and help those in need,” said Crozat. “Our passion for giving back to others is my father’s legacy, and we’re proud to continue that tradition in his spirit.”
The award was presented at the inaugural SCRS Red Carpet Gala during the 2023 SEMA Show, and Crozat was recognized at the NABC SEMA Celebration. In addition, the NABC will make contributions to two organizations in his honor, one sanctioned by NABC and one chosen by the recipient. NABC and Crozat selected the Crozat Foundation for the donations.
“Shawn is a role model for our industry, not just in his leadership of G&C Auto Body and their tremendous growth, but for his---and his entire family’s---commitment to serving their community and helping those in need with the gift of reliable transportation,” said Scott Sampley, NABC chairman of board. “We are honored to present him the NABC Changing and Saving Lives award and applaud him for his many philanthropic accomplishments."