Hoffman Estates, Ill. (September 13, 2022) –
The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is pleased to again partner with FinishMaster to host the second annual PiN Master Challenge, where high school and college collision tech students will compete for prizes, equipment and bragging rights! The competition takes place at 6-8pm on October 7, in conjunction with FinishMaster’s Hood Master Challenge, at The Alexander in Indianapolis, IN…but the fun starts NOW with the chance to bid on the hoods and pins created by last year’s Hood Master and PiN Master entrants.
“It is an honor to partner with CREF to host the annual PiN Master event, in parallel with the 3rd annual Hood Master event,” shared Megan Gummer, Vice President, Marketing & Vendor Relations, FinishMaster. “FinishMaster is committed to investing in the future of the collision repair industry, and we are proud to support such ambitious, rising talent through a sponsored grant and education program. These competitors’ skills are truly remarkable, and we are confident that we will continue to hear success stories about these students for years to come.”
The 2022 PiN Master Challenge allows collision students to demonstrate their skills – and showcase their talents – by designing and creating the best restored and painted bowling pin. A panel of industry professionals and influencers will judge each entry on design, repair and paint technique to select four winners to win prizes to help advance them in their careers.
All winners will receive a 300-piece Craftsman tool set & a SmartTM starter kit; in addition, the student who takes the gold will walk away with a SATAJet 20B spray gun. The silver medalist wins a Sagola Xtech 500 spray gun, and Sagola Classic Pro spray guns will be awarded to the third place winner as well as the Wild Card recipient. Eligibility for the 2022 PiN Master Challenge is open to any high school or college student enrolled in collision repair program, including students graduating in May or June 2022. Learn more at collisioneducationfoundation.org/pin-master-challenge.
Further championing CREF’s mission to support collision repair educational programs, schools and students, FinishMaster is hosting the second annual Hood Master fundraiser, where industry supporters can bid on the beautifully artistic hoods and pins created by last year’s Hood Master and PiN Master competitors! The auction closes October 7, so get in on the action at bit.ly/PiNauction22.
“We need to generate excitement around this industry and its viability as a career option for students to consider,” said CREF Managing Director Brandon Eckenrode. “Opportunities like this bring a spotlight to both the industry and the students studying collision repair in high school or college – that’s a win for everyone.”
Industry members interested in getting involved and supporting the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s efforts to assist secondary and post-secondary collision repair training programs should contact Brandon Eckenrode, Managing Director, at 312-231-0258 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org. Monetary donations can be made online.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation, visit us online at: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
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