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Looking at 10 Years of the FenderBender Awards

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Bryce Evans

Milestones are a bit subjective, right? I mean, what’s significant to one person might not be to another. Dates, years, accomplishments—we tend to celebrate those that are most important to ourselves.

With this issue, FenderBender has now wrapped up its 10th rendition of the FenderBender Awards. It’s a nice, round number, so why not point it out? I’m not going to lie, we find this milestone significant (as you can tell from our cover this month). Although, I’d like to think it’s not quite as self-indulgent as it might seem.

Each year with our awards, we look to celebrate the people who push the collision repair industry forward, the progressive women and men who represent everything that makes this industry so great. The awards aren’t performance rankings, built from a long list of KPIs; although metrics can play a role. The awards aren’t a popularity contest, either, but they are based on nominations from you and your peers. So, performance plays a part, but so too does resourcefulness, passion and dedication to improvement.

Just as we do each month with our publication, our goal for our awards program is to highlight the true character of this industry through the people who represent it best. And these are the very same people who inspire us at FenderBender to push ourselves, to improve our publication, to diversify the media channels through which we produce content, and to make an overall greater impact.

So, that brings us back to the milestone aspect of this: Milestones aren’t significant simply because they occur, because the calendar continues to turn and we add up the years and months and days we’ve done something. Milestones become meaningful to us (in our own subjective ways) when we take the time to reflect on what’s been accomplished—and how we’ll use that to push ourselves forward.

Our awards stories are some of my favorites we publish each year, and our team takes great pride in honoring the folks who won. Their stories are great reminders of the odds that so many in this industry overcome, and why they fight so hard to do it. And, just as they do for us, we hope they help you to reflect on where you’ve come from and where you’re going.

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