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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 3:52 pm

Michael Quinn, Vice President of Industry & Community Relations for Caliber Collision, was recently inducted into Collision Industry’s Hall of Eagles at the group’s Industry Achievement Luncheon in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Quinn, an Oro Valley resident, was selected for this “hall of fame” honor, considered the most prestigious in the industry, because of his career achievements that have benefitted the collision repair industry and the community. Quinn was the only inductee this year to receive the award, annually selected by majority vote of past Hall of Eagles inductees.

Quinn’s major contributions include launching nationwide community service programs such as Recycled Rides and First Responder Emergency Extrication (FREE), which he initiated in Tucson as co-founder of 911 Collision Centers (now Caliber Collision). Both programs have been adopted nationwide by the National Auto Body Council.

Over 150 vehicles per year are donated through the Recycled Rides program which brings together collision repairers, insurers, parts suppliers, and other businesses to refurbish and donate vehicles to families and service organizations in need. The First Responder Extrication Program provides firefighters with rare hands-on opportunities to practice life-saving extrication techniques on late-model, high-tech vehicles.

Quinn’s accomplishments also include spearheading the collision industry’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Quinn chaired an industry effort which raised over $240,000 for hurricane victims and helped devastated collision repairers by replacing tools and equipment for technicians. Most recently, Quinn completed a two-year term as chairman of the Collision Industry Conference.

Quinn was inducted by Chuck Sulkala, a 1989 Hall of Eagles inductee, and current Executive Director of the National Auto Body Council.

“I know of no one who works as hard on programs that benefit others, with no expectation of remuneration or recognition. I am so pleased that we have in a hero like Michael Quinn to emulate in our industry,” said Sulkala.

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