Burton is a second-generation shop operator of his father’s shop, Rosslyn Auto Body, in Alexandria, Virginia. He worked his way up in the industry from sweeping floors and completing basic tasks as an entry-level porter to vice president.
“For me, SCRS is the national association that’s affecting positive change and that’s a solution I want to be a part of. …It’s an honor. I’m excited to do it and I look forward to it.”
Solis has been in the industry for 25 years since she was 16 years old and has worked in all aspects of collision repair. She is currently the director of OEM and industry relations at Certified Collision Group.
“I’m excited to learn, grow and be a part of this group,” Solis said.
Incumbents Rob Grieve, with Nylund Collision in Colorado, and Dave Gruskos, with Reliable Automotive Equipment in New Jersey, were also re-elected.
The board re-elected Bruce Halcro to serve as the chair and Amber Alley as vice chair. Michael Bradshaw will serve as secretary and Grieve as treasurer. John Mosley will succeed Grieve as director-at-large.
Grieve pointed out that he graduated from a high school collision repair program 40 years ago – the same year SCRS was founded.
“I’ve always been a student of the industry,” he said. “I have this belief system that says once we learn something, we become obligated to execute on our knowledge and not just put it up on a shelf… I also believe that we have the responsibility to share that knowledge with others and SCRS has just been so special to me because it’s given me the opportunity to do that.”
Gruskos has been the president of Reliable Automotive Equipment, Inc. (RAE) since 1987 and has served on the SCRS board for six years. He was unable to attend the SCRS Board meetings and election but thanked the group for re-electing him by phone.
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Kris Burton speaks to the SCRS board, members, and others from the industry prior to the election on April 13. (Photo by Lurah Lowery)
Erin Solis speaks to the SCRS board, members, and others from the industry prior to the election on April 13. (Photo by Lurah Lowery)
Rob Grieve speaks to the SCRS board, members, and others from the industry prior to the election on April 13. (Photo by Lurah Lowery)