This award is to recognise younger people in the industry, under the age of 35, that are on the path or have already become  leaders or innovators. We're looking for positive, energetic people who have contributed to the success of an autobody repair shop or chain of shops. This award is not open to industry suppliers, only those who work in bodyshops.

Rising star entry is by VIDEO 

Mat James from sponsor PartsCheck said: "It is important to recognise the achievements of the younger generation as they are the ones that will continually evolve the industry through innovative ideas and techniques."

How does it work?
Be nominated or nominate yourself. We are hoping that suppliers who have been impressed with their dealings with an under 35-year-old in an autobody repair shop will also nominate. We will then ask the nominees to make a video of less than 6 minutes talking about themselves and the industry. If you aren't prepared to make a video, please don't nominate yourself.

What happens if I win?
You will be flown to the Paint & Panel Bodyshop Awards dinner (Covid-19 restrictions permitting) to receive your award and be profiled in the the January issue of the magazine. Nominational close on 18 June. Videos must be submited by 21 August 2020. Links to the video can be sent to

Rising Star award is proudly sponsored by PartsCheck

Previous winners

2019 Kate Presnell, Gary Presnell Bodyworks, TAS (pictured)
2018 Carly Ruggeri, Europanels, VIC 
2017 Scott Stephens, Monza Smash/SmashTec, NSW
2016 Brad Kolich, Weststar Prestige Paint & Panel, VIC
2015 Kevin Mullins, ME Dale Crash Repairs, SA


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