Collision repair unlocked a world of opportunity for Rickey Nanlall, who found his auto body and mechanics skills highly transportable from his native Guyana. His passport to the American dream he is now living has been I-CAR training and Platinum credentialing. Looking to give back to the industry that has given him so many opportunities and success, Nanlall is an active I-CAR volunteer keen on recruiting youth to the industry.
Nanlall learned about I-CAR a few years before immigrating to the US, and ever since, “I've followed I-CAR. I'm all about I-CAR. Knowledge is power in this industry. I-CAR and ASE are the only things that could take me to the next level. I've come a long way from being a 13-1/2-year-old high school dropout in Guyana.”
Shortly after arriving in the U.S. in 2015, Nanlall landed a job as a frame technician at db Orlando (Florida) Collision Center, where he had unlimited access to courses through the shop's I-CAR training subscription plan. Working at the I-CAR Gold Class® shop “changed my way of thinking,” he says, explaining he now saw industry standards as the starting place for every repair. The shop owner's vision to open a shop that consistently performs quality repairs parallels I-CAR's, and Nanlall says that “I-CAR is a big part of our business plan.”