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CIECA opens search for new executive director to entire industry

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Want to be the next head of the Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association? Now’s your chance.

Rather than opt for a behind-the-scenes search, the technical standards organization said Wednesday it was open to all comers.

Email CIECA board member Roy Schnepper (Butler’s Collision, Automotive Service Association) for a more detailed job description. Applicants also are asked to give Butler “a short proposal outlining how they meet the specific requirements,” according to CIECA.

Applications are due July 12.

CIECA develops the back-end technical means for software from diverse collision-related industries — repairers, insurers, suppliers, estimating services, etc. — to communicate.

“CIECA develops and promotes electronic communication standards that allow all collision industry stakeholders to be more efficient,” the organization said in its news release Wednesday. “CIECA’s vision is to have an eCommerce-enabled collision industry that allows the industry segments to communicate electronically, independent of platform or software used. The organization’s membership includes all market segments of the collision repair and property restoration industries, and related segments: repairers, insurers, OEMs, parts and material suppliers, information and software providers, car rental companies, towing companies, salvage and recycled parts providers, auto glass replacement facilities, subrogation providers, general service providers and property restoration providers.”

The organization is neutral, a nonprofit, and run by a board of folks from all over the auto body repair ecosystem (who’d be your bosses should you get the executive director job).

“The ideal candidate for the executive director position should have excellent leadership skills and interpersonal communication with multiple stakeholders as well as solid management experience, office computer proficiency and be technically savvy,” CIECA wrote in a news release Wednesday.

“A partial list of responsibilities includes: consulting with and answering members and non-members questions about CIECA, recruiting new members, Board of Trustees meeting preparation and management, budget management, researching new technologies and assessing applicability to CIECA and the collision repair industry, presenting new technology to CIECA committees, attending industry events/conferences, coordination of CIECA’s annual conference, hosting monthly CIECAst webinars, inter-association management, and developing and maintaining effective and meaningful working relationships with collision industry groups/influencers.”

The new executive director would oversee a nonprofit which brought in $435,078 — mostly from member dues — and spent $437,443 in the 2017 tax year, the last for which financial records were available. Primary expenses were employee compensation, external management fees and the CIECA conference and meetings. CIECA had $312,379 in net assets at the end of the year.

Longtime Executive Director Fred Iantorno announced he would leave CIECA effective July 31, sparking the current search. Iantorno took over at CIECA in July 2002 and was one of its founding board members in 1994.

More information:

“CIECA Initiates Industry-Wide Search for Executive Director”

Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association, July 12, 2019

Featured image: The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association’s logo. (Provided by CIECA)

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