CREF welcomes new board of trustees members

Jan. 1, 2020
Bruce Clifton of Enterprise Holdings and Jeanne Silver of CARSTAR Mundelein have joined the Collision Repair Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

Vice President Insurance Replacement Division & Fleet Rental Division/NA Bruce Clifton of Enterprise Holdings and Co-Owner Jeanne Silver of CARSTAR Mundelein have joined the Collision Repair Education Foundation Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees consists of industry members who provide guidance in the organization’s efforts to support high school, technical school, and college collision students nationwide. The Board selects recipients of the organization’s annual student scholarships and tool grants in addition to naming the winning Ultimate Collision Education Makeover schools.

Bruce Clifton noted, “Our collision repair partners have played a key role in the growth of our company’s Insurance Replacement rental business. I am pleased to be a part of this effort to prepare young people for careers in an industry that is so vital to our success and the overall success of the industry.”

Jeanne Silver said, “The future of the collision industry depends on a well-educated workforce. The Collision Repair Education Foundation aids the process, and I am honored to be included among industry leaders who give of their time and expertise to further this important cause.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski noted, “I would like to thank Bruce and Jeanne for joining our Board of Trustees. As our Board helps guide the direction of the organization in supporting the industry’s future professionals, both of these individuals will be a great addition to our group.”

Bruce Clifton began his career with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 1985 as a management trainee in Indianapolis. Named Vice President of the Insurance Replacement Division in 1996, today Clifton oversees the efforts of more than 20 people, including five corporate officers, who are responsible for managing the company’s insurance replacement business at a national level. A graduate of Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, Clifton resides in St. Louis with his three daughters.

Jeanne Silver celebrates over 30 years within the collision industry and 17 years with her current employer, CARSTAR Mundelein. Including holding numerous local volunteer roles and designations within her local community, she has participated in industry organizations/associations that include the Collision Industry Foundation, Women’s Industry Network, National Auto Body Council, and the Collision Industry Conference. Silver was also selected as the 2004 Collision Repair Executive of the Year and a 2002 Most Influential Women in the Industry recipient.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation visit us online at:

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