On the morning of May 5, we saw the continuation of this great initiative as we inducted three more industry stalwarts onto the Honour Roll.
Almost 200 invited guests, which included sponsors, international visitors, collision repairers, suppliers, insurers and stalwarts of the industry, gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney to congratulate the three inductees for 2018. The guests took the opportunity to network prior to the event and it was clear that allegiances were put aside as they mixed and mingled freely in the spirit of celebration.
The formalities commenced with a Welcome to Country which was conducted by Uncle Allen Madden of the Gadigal clan of the Eora Nation. Uncle Allen delivered a poignant reminder of the history of the Eora Nation in and around Sydney and was surprisingly entertaining.
However, we came together to recognise the contributions of the inductees for 2018 and add them to the 36 existing inductees who have shaped, built, disrupted, influenced and developed the collision repair industry since the second half of the twentieth century. Whilst there were many worthy nominations from around the country, the result of the voting by the sponsors and the existing inductees showed three clear winners.
Firstly, Peter McMahon presented the award to Michael Wilkinson of Peter Wilkinson Autobody in Perth and highlighted his long association as a board member of MITA in WA and The Car Craft Group, of which he has been a director since 1995.
Rainer Malkki then presented the award to Garry Clear of TAFE NSW and spoke at length about his extensive teaching career and his unerring commitment to WorldSkills where he has been at various times regional judge, national judge and chief judge.
And finally, Ken Wiggens presented the award to Cec Simpson of Parramatta Smash Repairs in recognition of not only his 50 years in the industry but that he has built a business that has become a “training ground” for the industry due to his decades-long commitment to the development of young talent.
We congratulate Michael, Garry and Cec on being recognised by their peers for a lifetime of achievement and contribution to the industry. Of course, this initiative is only made possible by the support of our sponsors and you will find them and the Honour Roll of Lifetime Achievement Award Inductees on our website, although look out for the full report in the June issue of the National Collision Repairer.
The National Collision Repairer Lifetime Achievement Award: https://www.nationalcollisionrepairer.com.au/lifetime-awards/