When was CIECA established and how was it started? (New)
CIECA was established in 1994 and is celebrating 25 years of service to the industry. The organization was formed out of the need to address one of the challenges in the collision repair industry at the time—the re-keying of estimate data from the estimating system into the body shop management system. In the 1980s, a group of industry stakeholders approached the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) membership about this issue and a taskforce was formed. It was called the Collision Industry Electronic Data Interchange Subcommittee (CIEDIS).
The group met throughout the 1980s and 1990s as a subcommittee of CIC. As it grew, members realized the need to form a separate organization. CIECA was incorporated on January 20, 1994. Thirteen companies provided the seed money to fund the organization for one year. Roger Cadaret was CIECA’s first executive director and Fred Iantorno became executive director in July 2002 and continues to lead in that position. Charley Quirt is CIECA’s project manager and Stacey Phillips is the marketing and communications coordinator.
Who can join CIECA?
Membership is open to all companies, such as, Insurance companies, Insurance agents, Independent Insurance Adjustors, Collision Repair facilities, Auto Glass Replacement and Repair facilities, Parts and Materials Providers, Car Rental companies, Towing companies, Information and System providers, Salvage and Recycled Parts providers, Subrogation providers, Property Information providers, incorporated industry associations, and other related organizations, that provide products and services to the Collision Repair industry.
Why do Companies join CIECA?
Companies join CIECA for many and different reasons.
Foremost, all companies join CIECA for the professional networking opportunities. "CIECA members tend to do more business with other CIECA members." CIECA members know that other CIECA members have the expertise and capability to implement data exchanges quickly and efficiently, thereby, reducing time and costs.
For systems and Information providers, they join CIECA to gain access to the CIECA standards. They implement the CIECA standards in their products and services to provide the industry with ease of data exchange and incresed efficiency.
For Repairers, Car Rental companies, Salvage providers, Parts and Materials Suppliers, Insurance companies, Subrogation providers, Independent Appraisers/Adjustors, and Glass Repair/Replacement providers, CIECA membership affords them, not only, the use of the CIECA standards, but also, a voice in the development of the standards to ensure that their company's requirements are met, now and in the future.
For more information, visit Members Benefits Matrix and Why become a CIECA Member.