CEI Awarded I-Car Gold Status for Excellence in Auto Collision Appraisal

Trevose, PA, March 2, 2016 – The CEI Group Inc. (CEI) has earned Gold Class designation for excellence in automobile collision repair appraisal expertise from the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR), a non-profit education and training organization, the company announced today.

I-CAR says Gold Class status is the highest role-relevant training achievement recognized by the collision repair industry, and has been awarded to only 10% of the industry’s repair shops. I-CAR was founded in 1979 as a non-profit alliance representing the six segments of the collision industry, including repair, insurance, manufacturing, education, suppliers and related industry services.

CEI provides accident repair management services to automotive fleets all across North America. The I-Car designation was earned by CEI’s Quality Control Department, lead by Greg Neuman, which consists of 15 licensed physical damage appraisers who review every repair estimate for savings on parts, labor and ensuring that the repair is safe and meets industry standards.

To earn Gold Status, appraisers must take courses in the latest repair techniques and technology in I-CAR’s professional development program and pass a rigorous series of tests. The courses cover every aspect of collision repair, including repairs on hybrid vehicles, advanced materials like aluminum and high-strength steel, safety restraint systems, electrical damage, refinishing , identifying loss recovery potential, and assessing and repairing damage due to hail, theft and vandalism.… Read more

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CEI to Present Work Truck Fleet Money-Saving Case Studies in Accident Management and Prevention at NTEA Show

Trevose, PA, February 25, 2016 – The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI), a fleet driver management company, will offer case studies on the savings it has achieved for vocational fleets in accident repair, loss recovery, vehicle remarketing and accident prevention at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN. CEI will be exhibiting at Booth 117 at the Indiana Convention Center from March 2 through 4.

“The studies document that our accident management services alone can save and offset more than 50% of a fleet’s annual original repair estimates for work truck collisions,” said Ken Latzko, CEI’s senior director of sales. Mr. Latzko will lead CEI’s seven-person contingent at the trade show, including Luann Dunkerley, a member of the board of governors of the National Private Truck Council Institute.

Among the case studies CEI will present is one for a service fleet of 10,000 vehicles that implemented CEI’s DriverCare fleet safety application. The service prevented 3,525 accidents over six years, cutting the fleet’s accident rate from 36% to 25%, avoiding $92 million in repairs and saving $77.6 million in the “true costs” of fleet accidents, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Administration.

Visitors to CEI’s booth will also be offered a white paper entitled “Fleet Driver Management,” which explains CEI’s vocational fleet services and offers more real-world examples of how they generate savings.… Read more

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CEI Hosting Global Fleet Safety Workshop Next Month

Trevose, PA, February 16, 2016 – The CEI Group, Inc, a fleet driver management company, is hosting its first-ever Global Fleet Safety Workshop in Philadelphia, PA at the Hotel Sofitel, March 9 – 11.

This CEI-hosted workshop offers companies with multi-national fleets a unique opportunity to learn the keys to successfully implementing a global fleet safety program. The workshop brings together a host of experts and global fleet managers from the U.S. and overseas to share first-hand lessons, best practices, and real-world case studies. Among the speakers and panelists are:

• Patrick Hekkert, CEO of VVCR Europe and Rosina Cammarota, CEO of CEPA (Brazil), who will present “Keys to Developing a Global Fleet Safety Solution with Interactive Driver Risk Assessment.”

• Eliot Feldstein, Senior Vice President of Lytx, who will discuss “Measuring Safety Program Success – Beyond ROI.”

• Erik Roelofs, Senior Assessment Scientist, Cito (Dutch Assessment Institute), presenting “The Scientific Background and Approach to Road Safety.”

• Eli Polak CEO of BAZZ (Israel), whose topic is “Answering Driver Messaging Issues.”

All fleet managers involved in global fleets are invited to attend. To reserve a place, please visit http://www.ceinetwork.com/globalsafetyworkshop/ and complete the registration form. All meals are included, and discounted accommodations at Hotel Sofitel have been secured.… Read more

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Bob Glose Named Corporate Vice President at the CEI Group, Inc.

Trevose, PA, February 11, 2016 – Bob Glose has been promoted to the newly created position of corporate vice president at the CEI Group, Inc. (CEI), the company announced today.

Mr. Glose reports directly to Wayne Smolda, CEI’s chief executive officer and president, and now has overall responsibility for the company’s operations and enterprise resource management.

“In his new executive position, Bob will direct the company’s resources both to ensure we meet all of our clients’ needs and the goals of our strategic plan for growth and expansion into specialized markets,” said Mr. Smolda. “Bob is particularly well-suited for this role because of his background and experience in information technology, client management and operations.”

A 1991 graduate of West Virginia University, Mr. Glose has 14 years of diverse experience at CEI, spread over two terms of service. He began in 1997 and served as manager of network and infrastructure in the IT department, before leaving in 2000 for a five-year stint as head of IT security for an insurance company. Upon rejoining CEI, Mr. Glose was a team leader in the strategic account services department. In 2013, he was named director of operations and last year was promoted to senior director.… Read more

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CEI Adds New Rearview Defensive Driving Online Training Module to Its DriverCare™ Fleet Safety Application

Trevose, PA, January 29, 2016 – The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) has added a new online fleet driver safety lesson to its DriverCare accident prevention application, the company announced today. Entitled, “Rearview Defensive Driving,” its goal is to help fleet drivers avoid rear-end and lane-change collisions, which remain among the most common kinds of traffic accidents.

The five-minute module comes with a five-question test, and covers the following topics:
• How to adjust your mirrors to eliminate blind spots.
• The benefit of attaching a small convex mirror to the driver’s side mirror.
• The importance of looking and listening for passing traffic or pedestrians when backing up, even if your vehicle has a rear-looking camera.
• Keeping an eye out for inattentive or distracted drivers’ vehicles coming from the rear when stopped at an intersection.
• Look for an escape route at intersections to avoid a collision from the rear.
• Maintain a 2-second safety advantage by scanning all your mirrors and side windows all the time.

The lesson concludes with this advice:

“Rearview mirrors, appropriate head movement, and active visual scanning of the road environment: use them all to your maximum advantage as defensive driving techniques to reduce the likelihood of side and rear collisions.… Read more

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