Steve Grimshaw, CEO of Caliber Collision, the nation’s largest collision repair company, was one of five leaders recognized with the prestigious America First Series (AFS) 5 Star Award for their corporation’s extraordinary support of the military.
Grimshaw accepted the award on behalf of Caliber Collision at the 2016 AFS Awards Ceremony and National Security and Economic Symposium in Dallas, TX, which also honored former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach for his service in uniform as well as his service as a civilian servant leader. Other leaders recognized included JR Thomas, CEO - MedSynergies; Pete Selleck, CEO - Michelin Group, Sanjiv Yajnik, President - Capital One Financial Services; and Shane Sampson, EVP and CMO – Albertson’s Companies.
As CEO, Grimshaw has spearheaded Caliber Collision’s efforts to support active military personnel and military veterans across the U.S. through a variety of philanthropic and employment initiatives. Over the past four years, Caliber Collision has donated more than 80 vehicles, valued at approximate $800,000, through their Recycled Rides program to active service and military veterans across the U.S. Caliber also partners with a host of best-in-class military organizations serving today’s active service personnel and military veterans including Carry the Load, Allies In Service, U.S. Veteran’s Initiative, Heroes On The Water, Adaptive Training Foundation, Semper Gratis, and Support The Enlisted Project (STEP).
In addition, Caliber has developed the first-ever collision repair military training program around the Veteran’s Opportunity To Work Act training active duty service members prior to separation. In addition to this intensive, 18-week hands-on train-to-hire program, Caliber’s “Changing Lanes” Initiative also includes proprietary family outreach programs designed specifically for service member significant others and their children.
Caliber is actively working with the military at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina to recruit and train more than 50 active duty service members for Caliber center manager, technician and customer service jobs in 2016. Over the course of 2016, Caliber will also be expanding this program to Ft. Hood and Ft. Bliss in Texas and Camp Pendleton in California.
“On behalf of our more than 8,800 teammates, we are honored to have the opportunity to recognize and give back to the many military heroes who have sacrificed and given of themselves to serve our country,” said Grimshaw. “Our purpose at Caliber Collision is to restore the rhythm of life for our teammates, customers and the communities we serve. Our on-going military support is another powerful way that we bring our purpose to life for our U.S. military heroes.”
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