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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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CEI’s Wayne Smolda to Present Fleet Executive of the Year Award at 2014 AFLA Conference

Trevose, PA, August 29, 2014 – Wayne Smolda, founder and chief executive officer of the CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) will present the winner of this year’s Fleet Executive of the Year award next week at the 2014 Conference of the Automotive Fleet & Leasing Association (AFLA) in Las Vegas, Nevada, CEI announced today.

Mr. Smolda will present the award at a special breakfast meeting honoring the association’s award winners on Tuesday, September 9. CEI has been co-sponsoring the award with Fleet Financials magazine since its inception in 2003.

The award recognizes exceptional leadership by managers who have the title of vice president or higher. The winner is selected by panel of judges drawn from the fleet industry. Criteria include cost-saving initiatives, policy-setting, creation of innovative programs, and cultivation of fleet manager training and management. Last year’s winner was Jerome Webber, vice president of global fleet operations for AT&T.

CEI also announced that it has raised its AFLA sponsorship from Platinum to Diamond, the organization’s highest sponsor level. “For more than 40 years, AFLA has been at the forefront in helping to raise the professionalism of the fleet industry,” Mr. Smolda said. “We’re proud to be a member and pleased to extend our support for the benefit of all of those who keep the wheels of business turning.”

The conference is being held September 8-10 at the M Resort & Spa Casino.… Read more

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Ryan Dicken: CEI Technology Helping Fleets Do More, Spend Less and Keep Drivers Focused on Safety

Trevose, PA,  December 5, 2012 – CEI’s current focus is on advancing its technology to help fleet administrators do more, spend less and make drivers safer.  That’s the message Ryan Dicken, a regional sales manager at the CEI Group , Inc., delivers in this week’s featured video on FleetManagementWeekly.com.

“One of the biggest things we’re seeing [in the fleet market] is, ‘How can we spend less and get more,’” Dicken says in the video interview.  As a result, he says “we’re focusing on the ease of our customers’ accessing our systems [and calling up] instant reports on our dashboards.”

As an example, Dicken says CEI is rolling out a capability that enables fleet administrators and drivers access CEI’s online accident and risk management services with just one login on their company intranet.

He also says that CEI has redesigned its online fleet driver interface so that the first thing drivers see is how they rank in terms of risky driving behavior compared to all the other drivers in the fleet, and their most recent driving incidents.  “It almost becomes a self-training tool, because if they can see themselves in a [high] risk level, they know their management is seeing the same thing, so they realize they need to be more cautious behind the wheel.”

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CEI Employees Gave $1,500 for Children’s Holiday Gifts

Trevose, PA, January 20, 2012 – Employees of the CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) raised more than $1,500 in cash and gifts to make the recent winter holidays brighter for disadvantaged area children.

The donations included $835 in cash and more than $700 in new toys, dolls, games and electronics to Bethanna, a children’s charitable organization based in Southampton, PA. It was the fifth year that CEI employees played Santa Claus for children supported by Bethanna, including orphans, adopted and foster children. For more information about the charity, visit www.bethanna.org.

CEI employs some 200 people at its Bucks County, PA headquarters. CEI’s “Fish Team,” a volunteer employee activity committee, collected the gifts through its annual “Project Good Cheer,” featuring raffles, a 50/50 drawing and a grab-bag of holiday wish lists from Bethanna children themselves.

About The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI)

CEI is a leading provider of technology-enhanced vehicle accident, driver safety and fleet risk management services. Its provider network consists of some 4,000 collision repair shops in North America, and includes nearly 900 truck collision repair centers. Its customers include self-insured, commercial, institutional and government fleets, directly and through alliances with fleet leasing companies. CEI also provides vehicle direct repair program outsourcing to leading property and casualty insurance companies.… Read more

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