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CEI’s In-House Appraisers Complete Professional Course in Repairs on New All-Aluminum Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

Trevose, PA, September 22, 2014 — Fifteen members of the in-house Quality Control team from the CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) have completed I-CAR’s course in collision repairs on the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck, which makes the most extensive use of aluminum of any light-duty vehicle on the road, CEI announced today.

“Auto manufacturers are starting to use more aluminum because of its strength, lighter weight and greater corrosion resistance, but it requires a range of completely different repair techniques than steel,” said Greg Neuman, CEI’s senior manager of quality control. For example, he said, different welding tools and procedures are required, and repairs must be made in a totally separate and contained area of a repair shop to keep the metal free from any contact with steel, which causes aluminum to corrode.

The Ford F-150 – one of the most popular fleet vehicles – is the first American-made vehicle to use aluminum for all of its body panels and most of its internal structural parts. “What’s happening with the F-150 is a harbinger of things to come in fleet, ” said Wayne Smolda, CEI’s CEO and president. “Every fleet and its business partners need to be prepared to deal correctly with the challenges of aluminum collision repairs, and I-CAR’s course is a great way to do it.”

The day-long course was conducted at CEI’s headquarters and concluded with an examination.… Read more

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Avoid These Pitfalls When Creating a Fleet Safety Culture

Trevose, PA, July 2, 2013 — Inconsistent fleet safety policy enforcement and lack of senior leadership support are common pitfalls to avoid in creating a fleet safety culture, according to CEI’s Brian Kinniry.

Mr. Kinniry, the company’s manager of risk and safety services, is quoted in the cover story of the June issue of Automotive Fleet, “9 Pitfalls to Avoid in Creating a Safety Culture.”

The article points out that effective fleet safety policies must be regularly updated and internally consistent. “In addition to the policy itself being consistent, it needs to be consistently enforced, and in a timely manner,” Mr. Kinniry pointed out. “Always treating drivers the same way for the same violations helps protect the fleet sponsor from liability. holding drivers accountable as soon as possible after their…violations is vital to changing driver behavior,” he noted.

Senior management must also make clear to employees that safety isn’t a secondary consideration, according to Mr. Kinniry. “All employees need to know that senior management views fleet safety…has a major impact on how well [the company] performs,” he said.

To see the full article, please visit: http://www.automotive-fleet.com/channel/safety-accident-management/article/story/2013/06/planning-to-implement-a-safety-program-avoid-these-9-pitfalls.aspx… Read more

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CEI Sponsors Mobile Application Program Guide for AFLA Annual Conference

Trevose, PA, August 28, 2012 — The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) announced today it is sponsoring the mobile program guide application for next month’s annual meeting and conference of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA).   The event will be held September 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas.

“The theme of the conference is ‘Innovation,’ and sponsoring this innovative way to distribute AFLA’s guide book was an appropriate way to demonstrate our on-going commitment to creating new solutions for the fleet industry,” said Vincent Brigidi, CEI’s president and chief operating officer.

This year’s conference marks the first time that AFLA will offer an electronic version of its program guide, which AFLA executive director Paul Hanscom said typically is about 20 pages long.  “We’re going to provide the mobile app version and a paper version this year, but we hope to move to the electronic version exclusively in the future,” he said.

 About AFLA

The Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association was founded in 1969 to promote growth, expansion, and professionalism within the commercial fleet management industry by providing education, networking, research, technical standards, representation, and advancement of member interests.

Today, AFLA has more than 300 member companies representing all industry segments, including: fleet managers and sourcing professionals; auto manufacturers and dealers; remarketers; fleet lease; management; maintenance and repair companies; safety, transporting, upfitting, and many other specialized suppliers.… Read more

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Match Fleet Safety Programs to Your Culture

Trevose, PA, August 22, 2012 — The most effective fleet accident management prevention programs are those are built to match their sponsor’s corporate culture. That’s the key piece of advice Vincent Brigidi, CEI’s president and chief operating officer, offers in a featured video interview  in the latest onlined edition of Fleet Management Weekly.

“Culutre matters,” says Mr. Brigidi, because safety needs to be driven by many stakeholders, including risk managers, fleet managers, HR, legal [and] the driver’s line manager, Mr. Brigidi says.  “Don’t force your culture into a safety program…Culture matters.”

New and improved safety program features and technology are important, “but if you are going to work against what you know is out there in your culture, you are going to find taht you are less successful than if you are working with [a supplier] who is adapting their technology and their program to what works best for you,” he explains.

Mr. Brigidi also comments in the interview on the some of the latest technology advancements coming from CEI. To see the entire video, visit http://www.fleetmanagementweekly.com/ and click on “Developing a Culture of Safety.

 

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CEI Raises Drivers’ Awareness of their Safety Record with New DriverCare Risk Manager™ Home Page

Trevose, PA, August 9, 2012 — The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) announced today an enhancement to its online DriverCare Risk ManagerTM application designed to raise fleet drivers’ awareness of their safety record.

Called “My Driver Center,” the enhancement is a boldly redesigned fleet driver home page that immediately shows drivers their risk rating and how it compares to the ratings of the entire fleet driver workforce.

“ We believe that accident prevention programs are most effective when drivers are aware of all of the events contained in their driving record, including how they compare to their peers as well,”  said Brian Kinniry, CEI manager of risk and safety solutions. “Drivers need to have a clear understanding of how their record relates to fleet policy and how future events could affect their health and safety in addition to their employment.”

The new home page has been redesigned so that after logging in, fleet drivers see an array of clickable icons for every feature of the DriverCare Risk Manager application.  The biggest icon is a pie chart that shows the percentage of drivers in each of a fleet’s three or four risk categories, with the one the driver is in highlighted.

Clicking on the pie chart summons a pop-up window that shows every event that has contributed to the driver’s risk rating, including accidents, motor vehicle violations, and any other events that have contributed to the driver’s score, and the dates they occurred. … Read more

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