Luann Dunkerley of CEI Named to National Private Truck Council Institute Board of Governors

Trevose, PA – The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) announced today that Luann Dunkerley, national sales manager of truck fleet services and a veteran of the trucking industry, has been elected to the Board of Governors of the National Private Truck Council (NPTC) Institute.

Ms. Dunkerley’s election coincides with CEI being invited to become an NPTC Five-Star Member, one of 30 national companies that provide major support for the organization. Ms. Dunkerley joined NPTC in 2010 and also serves on its safety committee.

The Institute is the NPTC’s continuing education and research arm. As one of its 48 governors, she will be involved in overseeing the Institute’s policies and procedures regarding research, training, education and certification and making recommendations to the NPTC board of directors.

“Luann has years of hands-on experience addressing carriers’ concerns and needs,” said Wayne Smolda, CEI’s founder and CEO. “Her position will enable her to share perspectives with the managers of some of the biggest fleets in the trucking world. We look forward to being an active partner with the NPTC in promoting the interests and expanding the expertise of private truck fleets.”

Ms. Dunkerley came to CEI in 2008, after a long career with Ryder System, Inc., a global provider of transportation, logistics and supply chain management.… Read more

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CEI Adds 30 Truck Repair Shops to Its Managed Collision Support Network

Trevose, PA – The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI), a provider of fleet collision management services in the U.S. and Canada, has expanded its repair network in 2011 by enrolling 30 new medium- and heavy-duty truck body shops in 11 states

 Through a managed network of more than 800 truck collision centers, CEI manages repairs on all trucks, from Class 3 through Class 8, including vehicles outfitted with specialty equipment.  Its Network Services department pre-qualifies all shops before they’re admitted to the network, and its in-house staff of licensed physical damage appraisers audits every estimate to assure that all repairs meet industry standards and fleet customer-stated guidelines. 

Among the 30 new network shops admitted this year, 14 service heavy-duty trucks, and are located in: Sacramento, California; Grand Junction, Colorado; Bridgeport, Middletown and New Britain, Connecticut; Oxford, Georgia; Addison and Huntley, Illinois; Osceola, Indiana; Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; Clifton, New Jersey; Marietta, Ohio; Linden, Utah; and Toledo, Washington.

CEI’s objective is to keep collision-damaged trucks from having to be towed more than 75 miles from the scene of an accident. “Keeping towing distances short is part of our overall effort to control the expenses of truck repairs,” said John Wolford, CEI’s senior manager of provider network services. … Read more

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Vincent Brigidi Named President and COO of The CEI Group, Inc.

TREVOSE, PA – CEI’s board of directors announced that Vincent Brigidi has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of CEI. Brigidi will head up commercial development and commercial delivery operations and will have direct overall responsibility for customer accounts, including the functional areas of Operations, Strategic Account Services and Sales and Marketing. Brigidi is a graduate of James Madision University and came to CEI 12 years ago after working at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Washington D.C.

“During the past 12 years he has proven to be a valuable asset to the company,” said Wayne G. Smolda, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. “CEI’s clients place great trust and confidence in him and have enjoyed the progress of their accounts while being served by Vincent and his teams in Operations and Strategic Account Services. Over the past five years he has taken on responsibility for product development and implementing unique and competitively advantaged service offerings. He has been at the center of the work that went into all of our new claims systems including, IntellIclaim, Claimslink and DriverCare and the Vendor Portal, all unique in the industry.

“Brigidi has been dedicated to serving our company and most importantly our customers,” Smolda said. “The promotion of Vincent as President and COO, reporting to me, will ensure that our company is positioned for continued growth and success for the future and will make CEI an even stronger competitor.… Read more

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