The recent I-CAR Volunteer & Instructor Conference in LaJolla, CA, brought together some of the collision repair industry’s best and brightest. As part of the event, several individuals were recognized for their substantial contributions to the auto body repair industry, including three ABRA employees. ABRA is honored to have these distinguished individuals as part of the team.
Lisa Ferguson: Northeastern Founders Award
Current position: Floating GM, NE Operations/Process Instructor
Years with ABRA: 15 Years
Lisa’s receipt of the prestigious Founders Award is a nod to her long and involved career in the collision repair industry. This award recognizes her extraordinary efforts in the collision repair industry and her local I-CAR committee. Starting out in an auto body shop nearly 40 years ago, Lisa now serves as chairperson for both the Philadelphia and South Jersey I-CAR Committees and education coordinator for the Delaware committee. She also sits on the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) Grant Selection Committee, and acts as occupational advisor within the Philadelphia state school system.
Lisa, pictured above, says she takes pride in seeing young people thrive. “I get to give back to the industry and community in ways that weren’t available when I was learning the trade,” said Ferguson of the meaningfulness of her recent award.
Rebecca Stultz: Mentorship Recognition
Current position: Regional Commercial Account Executive
Years with ABRA: 4 Years
Bekka was recognized for her exceptional support and dedication in mentoring an aspiring young collision repair student. Through a partnership with the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), Bekka was introduced to Destiny Potter. She helped the young woman grow and learn the industry and even worked to earn her a part-time role with ABRA while finishing school. Through her own drive and passion for the industry, and with on-going support from Bekka, Ms. Potter recently received a scholarship from CREF to pay off all of her student loan debt.
Beyond being an extraordinary mentor, Bekka has also served as the Indiana State Chair for I-CAR since 2016 and partners regularly with local technical colleges to raise funding for collision repair programs. “I am excited to continue to mentor Miss Destiny Potter through her journey in the automotive industry,” said Stultz of her future mentorship plans.
Mitch Becker: King TUT Award
Current position: Senior Technical Trainer
Years with ABRA: 27 Years
Mitch Becker received this honorable instructor’s award for the highest number of students taught in the region. Mitch is a familiar face across the industry and logs countless hours for ABRA, helping technicians in ABRA auto body shops stay up to date on the latest repair processes and procedures and elevate their skill sets to the next level.
In addition to these individual awards, ABRA also received recognition for fund raising efforts as part of many local committees across the country.