I-CAR Press Room : 2015
I-CAR Announces 2015 Recipients of Industry Awards
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is proud to announce the 2015 recipients of two of its industry awards. Among those honored are James Losel, recipient of the Jeff Silver Award; and Mike Loy’s Collision, recipient of the Russ Verona Award. The recognized individual and business both respectively exemplify the I-CAR spirit of professionalism, integrity and excellence.
I-CAR Recognizes Shop for 25 Years of Continuous Training and Gold Class® Achievement
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is proud to recognize Eric’s Auto Center CARSTAR in Tucson, Arizona as the first collision repair facility to achieve 25 years of continuous Gold Class recognition. In addition to reaching this outstanding milestone, Eric’s CARSTAR is one of only 10 percent of collision repair businesses that hold the Gold Class designation today. At a dinner this week Eric Grossman, the owner, was personally recognized by local Tucson I-CAR committee members and I-CAR staff and was presented with a new Gold Class plaque that prominently displays the 25-year milestone.
I-CAR Honors Jeff Silver with Chairman’s Award
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has named Jeff Silver as the recipient of its 2015 Chairman’s Award, which recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to I-CAR have been significant or extraordinary. The Chairman’s Award recipient is selected by the Executive Committee of the I-CAR International Board of Directors.
I-CAR Announces Organizational Changes, Strengthening and Expanding the Leadership Team to Better Serve the Industry
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is pleased to announce several key organizational changes intended to further the vision and mission of the organization, serving the industry’s growing and evolving need for education, knowledge and related solutions.
I-CAR Hosts Hands-On Training for Illinois First Responders to Rescue Occupants from Complex Late-Model Vehicles
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, hosted a training session to help approximately 40 Illinois first responders learn the best techniques for extricating occupants from the latest vehicles, many of which are manufactured with complex new systems and designs.
I-CAR Welding Training & Certification Program Now Available Through Career & Technical Schools
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, now offers their industry-recognized Welding Training & Certification™ program as a curriculum option for career & technical schools. By offering the I-CAR steel and aluminum welding courses, I-CAR approved and licensed Educators can deliver the courses in an academic setting.
I-CAR Adds New Vehicle Technology & Trends Course, Updates Existing Brazing and Measuring Courses
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has announced its fourth quarter product launch, which includes new and updated courses designed to help technicians and repair facilities prepare for today’s rapidly evolving collision repair industry. A new version of one of I-CAR’s most popular classes takes an in-depth look at 2016’s emerging vehicle technology and trends, while two updates add important new content to I-CAR’s existing foundational MIG brazing and measuring courses.
I-CAR Adds Notte to Leadership Team
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, today announced that Nick Notte has joined I-CAR as Director, Finance and Operations. As a member of the leadership team reporting to John Van Alstyne, CEO & President, Notte will lead the Accounting and Finance, Data Services, Information Technology, Project Management, and Lean Process Improvement teams.
I-CAR Launches New “Production Management” Role to Increase Shop Efficiencies, Enhance Lean Processes, and Improve KPIs
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, today announced at the NACE | CARS Expo and Conference the launch of its new Production Management curriculum that provides end-to-end instruction designed to drive bottom-line improvements in productivity and profitability throughout the collision-repair process.
I-CAR Continues New Quarterly Launch Cadence with Updated Courses for Aluminum Welding, Toyota Vehicles and Custom Painting
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has announced that its third quarter product launch includes important course updates on aluminum welding, Toyota vehicle repair and custom painting techniques.
I-CAR is Bringing a Wealth of Information to Collision Repair Professionals at the NACE | CARS Conference and Expo
The NACE | CARS Conference and Expo is returning to the Cobo Center in Detroit this summer from July 21-25 and I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, will once again have a large presence at the Expo featuring daily live presentations and technical demonstrations geared to providing the latest information to help drive the industry forward.
I-CAR’s Platinum™ Designation for Appraisers Gains Traction with Insurer USAA
100 percent of USAA Appraisers to Earn I-CAR ProLevel® Individual Recognition
USAA, one of the top 10 property and casualty insurers in the U.S., uses I-CAR’s program and has committed to training 100 percent of its Auto Physical Damage Appraisers (APDAs) to achieve the Platinum™ ProLevel 1® designation for ongoing, role-relevant training from I-CAR.
Kemper Achieves I-CAR Insurance Gold Class® Corporate Status; Encourages its Direct Repair Partners to Pursue Gold Class Status
The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) recognized Kemper (NYSE: KMPR), a major auto insurance provider, as an Insurance Gold Class business at the corporate level. Now Kemper is encouraging its Clear Choice Claim Service ® Direct Repair Program partners to pursue Gold Class status for their collision repair facilities.
I-CAR Reports on Data Showing Collision Repair Shops with Gold Class® Designation Save Money for Consumers and Insurers
Collision repair shops that have earned Gold Class recognition from I-CAR are producing significant cost savings for consumers and insurance companies, according to a new I-CAR white paper detailing the Q1 2015 Enterprise Rent-A-Car Length of Rental (LOR) report.
Longtime I-CAR Executive Jeff Peevy to Lead Automotive Management Institute
I-CAR announced today that Jeff Peevy, senior director segment development – Collision Repair & Field Operations, has been recruited to lead the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) as its next president.
I-CAR Honors Bergstrom Automotive Body Shop Manager Joel Preissner for Contributions to Collision Repair Industry Training
Preissner joins Mike Hoke of Abaris as 2014 Tech Center Award Honorees
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, recently presented its Robert Author Smith Tech Center Award to Joel Preissner, body shop manager for Bergstrom Automotive in Neenah, Wisconsin.
I-CAR Announces 2015 International Board of Directors and Executive Committee
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced its 2015 International Board of Directors and Executive Committee following its strategic planning session and annual membership meeting in Palm Coast, Florida in early March.
I-CAR Debuts New Courses on Refinish Quality and Honda & Acura Vehicles, Six Enhanced Courses While Moving to Quarterly Course Launch Cadence
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has announced a new quarterly schedule for course launches and updates, debuting now in April and then following in July and October for the remainder of 2015.
I-CAR Mourns the Loss of Collision Repair Industry Veteran Johnny Dickerson
Johnny Dickerson, a long-time collision repair industry professional, a nationally-recognized welding expert, and a friend of the industry on many levels, passed away unexpectedly in Nashville, Tennessee this past weekend.
Kemper Recognized for Gold Class® Achievement at Corporate Level
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced today that Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR) has been recognized as an Insurance Gold Class business at the corporate level, a reflection of the organization’s companywide commitment to ongoing training of its appraiser staff.
I-CAR Exclusively Delivers New Honda & Acura Vehicle-Specific Training
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced today that it has teamed with American Honda to exclusively deliver Honda-developed online training to the US market via I-CAR.com, providing accessibility across the collision repair industry. Today marks the launch of the first two modules in the planned series.
I-CAR Professional Development Program – Education Edition™ is Now the Cornerstone Curriculum for FTCC and 300+ Career and Technical Schools
Today John Van Alstyne, I-CAR CEO & President and Clark Plucinski, Collision Repair Education™ Foundation, Executive Director joined North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and other collision repair industry leaders for the Grand Opening Ceremony for the new two-year collision repair program at Fayetteville (N.C.) Technical Community College (FTCC).
I-CAR Celebrates a Year of Growth and Collision-Repair Industry Acclaim
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, today reported that a series of programs it initiated and expanded during 2014 have attracted record-level attention and success from the collision repair industry.
I-CAR Enhances Repairability Technical Support Portal with Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, announced today the launch of the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal as part of its continuous effort to build a robust, centralized hub of valuable industry information to give collision repair professionals the answers they need as quickly as possible.