AASP/NJ Re-Names Award in Honor of Stan Wilson
The Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of New Jersey (AASP/NJ)’s official publication, New Jersey Automotive, has announced that its annual Body Shop of the Year Award will be now known as the Stan Wilson Body Shop of the Year Award. Wilson, an integral part of the association for the last 40 years, passed away in July 2005. The award is given out annually at AASP/NJ’s NORTHEAST trade show in March.
“We’ve been trying to think of a way to honor Stan’s memory in a lasting manner,” New Jersey Automotive Publisher and AASP/NJ longtime Board member Thomas Greco says, “and what better way could we do that than re-naming the award that exemplifies excellence in his industry after him? Stan had done so much for the association, especially the trade show, and it just seemed like a perfect idea. It really is the least we could do.”
The award has been given out by the association and the publication for the last 18 years at the NORTHEAST dinner dance. This year’s presentations will be held at the Holiday Inn in Suffern on Saturday, March 25. “Every year, the NORTHEAST show adds something new,” says AASP/NJ President Tom Elder. “Whether it be new seminars or new exhibitors, we always try and present something exciting and meaningful to those who attend. For those of us who worked with Stan for so many years, the re-naming of the award will make this year even more special.”
“People like Stan don’t come along every day,” Greco adds, “and we all miss him. In some small way, I hope re-naming the award will keep his memory alive not only for those of us who knew him, but also for those who didn’t.”
NORTHEAST 2006 will be held March 24, 25, 26 at the Rockland Community College Arena in Suffern, NY.