St. Louis I-CAR Committee members met recently to discuss plans for two career fairs, the first of which will be held in April. Back row, from l., are John Helterbrand, Kevin Chadwick, Julie and Josh Avello, Mike Kuechler, Larry Schmidt, Kevin Andert, and Ken Neuman; front row, from l., are Jamie Mathews, Jim Earnes, Dan Shymanski, Tricia Belz, Shelly Jones, Gene Slattery, Julie Hemann, and Terry Ticel.

Gateway Automotive and Collision Career Fair to be held April 28

Enterprise Rent-A-Car to host first of two fairs presented by I-CAR St. Louis, Collision Repair Education Foundation from staff and wire reports

St. Louis — Top recruiters, executives and students from the collision repair and automotive industries will gather at Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s global headquarters in St. Louis for the Collision Repair Education Foundation and St. Louis I-CAR Committee’s Greater St. Louis Area Career Fair Apr. 28. Attending students will have the opportunity to network with industry employers, distribute resumes and, in some cases, land jobs on the spot.

As of press time, event organizers reported that 257 Collision and Automotive students are scheduled for job interviews at the event, and they have extended the event hours to 4:00 PM. Junior and senior students from 40 schools in Missouri, southern Illinois, western Indiana, and Kentucky have been invited.

“This event is a collaborative effort among our collision and automotive repair partners to connect well-trained students to challenging and rewarding careers,” said Dan Shymanski, St. Louis I-CAR Committee Chairman. “With a shortage of qualified candidates and employees in the collision repair industry, this career fair will help address a critical need for local employers.”

Due, in part, to a widening skills gap, collision repair careers are some of the best-paying jobs in the country. Post- Secondary graduates from the automotive field can expect a starting salary around $30,000, and can quickly grow depending on their experience and level of skill. High school graduates typically have a lower starting salary; however, this depends on their experience and level of skill.    

“The St. Louis I-CAR Committee has really taken the lead in organizing this event for the community,” said Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for the Collision Repair Education Foundation. “I would like to thank this group of volunteers for their commitment to making a positive impact on students’ future careers in the collision repair industry. I encourage any business seeking young and enthusiastic technicians to get involved in this event.”

The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded by I-CAR in 1991, has been supporting the pre-employment segment of the collision industry for more than two decades. Together, the two organizations continue their partnership in supporting education for the entire industry.


April event is first of two planned by St. Louis committee

Although details are not final, the St. Louis I-CAR Committee plans its “main event” career fair for the fall at the Gateway Motorsports Park, to coincide with the national NHRA event taking place that day.

The committee is seeking career fair-sponsorships from companies in the automotive repair industry. For a sponsor information packet, contact committee members Keith Hoeferlin, at, or Kevin Haller, at

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