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Dermie heads up stacked Lifetime Achievement Awards night

It’s time to celebrate the auto industry’s greatest assets, its people.

Be part of this unmissable April evening that celebrates the repair industry with three great awards; the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Woman in Automotive and the Next Generation Leader.

Held on the eve of the industry’s biggest expo in April, The National Collision Repairer’s awards will be celebrated with a Gala Night on April 10 at Showtime Events, Melbourne, and will be compared by well-known media personality and football legend Dermott Brereton.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of the industry’s most prestigious awards and celebrates those involved in the sector for more than 20 years who have made outstanding contributions to the wider industry.

M1 Autobody director Peter Ruggeri who won the prestigious recognition in 2022 said it was a special highlight in his career.

“After 40 years in the business, to get an award from an industry that I have loved so much was very special to me. After all those years, I was really chuffed and it recognises the efforts you put into that industry and the respect it deserves,” Ruggeri says.

Another worthy winner from 2022, Michelle Morgan, Head of Channel at Saint Gobain also spoke of her joy at receiving the award.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award is a significant honour,” Morgan says.

“Being acknowledged by industry peers within the field I love and have dedicated my entire career to is incredibly humbling and a milestone achievement of which I am very proud.”

The new Women in Automotive award will recognise women in repair businesses and the Next Generation Leader award showcasing the valuable contributions made by up-and-coming achievers in the industry.

Repairify Australia said it was thrilled to a be a platinum sponsor of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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“The collision industry wouldn’t be the innovative, cutting-edge industry it is today without the people in it,” Tristan Sender, GM of Repairify Australia says.

“We’re proud to support the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award and celebrate the outstanding work and meaningful impact of long-serving industry experts,” Tristan said.

Global coatings giant PPG is also a Gold Sponsor with John Hristias, PPG Sales Director Australia saying the awards were an important recognition of outstanding figures in the repair industry.

“Today’s robust, tech savvy collision repair industry has been made possible by people across the country who have literally put their blood, sweat and tears into it,” Hristias says.

“To help recognise that, PPG is proud to support the National Collision Repairer Lifetime Achievement Awards. As one of the longest serving suppliers to the local industry, PPG has built its success on establishing long term relationships and that has brought us into contact with individuals who have dedicated themselves to making the industry stronger. Whether these industry achievers are front and centre or operate quietly in the background, the National Collision Repairer Lifetime Achievement Awards provide a valuable way to recognise them.”

They are also particularly special awards for Capricorn – Australia’s largest automotive cooperative, which has more than 26,000 members across the nation representing all forms of the automotive industry.

Tickets are also currently on sale for an evening of recognition, celebration and a whole lot of fun. Tickets can be purchased individually, or by tables of 10, and include a world-class dinner, drinks, and live entertainment on the night.

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For more information on the night contact Lauren Chartres

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