Michael Quinn, co-founder of 911 Collision Centers, with seven locations in greater Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas, has received the first National Auto Body Council's President's Award.

The award, presented to Quinn at the NABC board meeting in Palm Springs, was for "outstanding dedication to enhancing the image of the collision repair industry, specifically his work on several prominent initiatives with NABC," a release said.

In 2006, the Oro Valley resident chaired "Collision Industry Relief" which coordinated relocation efforts and provide assistance to help collision repair professionals and their families in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita. The group worked for more than 18 months and assisted more than 140 families.

In 2008, Quinn developed the annual Recycled Rides program, donating repaired and recycled vehicles to families in need throughout the United States. This program has helped more than 150 families to date and anticipates assisting another 150 more in 2010.

Most recently, he assisted in developing a nationwide vehicle safety and extrication program for first responders called First Responder Emergency Extraction. This program delivers the latest vehicle design specifications and extrication techniques to firefighters across the country.

"Many outstanding people give their all for the mission of NABC and ask nothing in return, but few strive for the cause beyond all reasonable expectations," said NABC President George Avery, who originated the idea for the award bearing the name of his office. "Anybody familiar with Michael's activities would surely agree that description applies to him."

"It means a lot to be recognized for the projects I have been involved in," Quinn said, "but none of them would have happened without the people in the trenches doing the hard work. This award is really in recognition of all the committee members; it is an honor to know them and to have worked with them.

He also thanked his business partner Patrick O'Neill,  911 employees and customers.

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