CIECA Recognizes Member Contributions During Red Carpet Awards Breakfast
Posted on Nov 21st, 2018

CIECA announced its Electronic Commerce Company of the Year and Outstanding Achievement Awards during the second annual Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) Collision Industry Red Carpet Awards Breakfast on October 31. Held during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the awards ceremony provided the opportunity for industry organizations to recognize outstanding leadership, dedication and commitment for individuals and businesses in the industry. 
“CIECA is really proud this morning to recognize four individuals and one company for their exceptional efforts,” said Clint Marlow, Allstate Insurance, and CIECA’s chairman of the board.
Electronic Commerce Company of the Year
NuGen IT
The Electronic Commerce Company of the Year award recipient was NuGen IT. The award was accepted by Pete Tagliapietra, business development manager of the company. “The board of trustees extends this award every year to a company in recognition of their outstanding leadership, contribution and dedication, furthering CIECA’s mission in the collision industry,” explained Marlow. “NuGen IT’s open systems integrate with many platforms in the collision repair industry. The company and its products are fully aligned with the mission and vision of CIECA.”
Outstanding Dedication
Andy Bober
Andy Bober, ARMS Business Solutions, received the Outstanding Dedication Award. “An integral contributor to the CIECA standard, Andy was primarily focused on mobile data standards,” said Marlow. “He single-handedly developed a process in which CIECA transforms our BMS message suite to the messages that mobile devices support, ensuring that our BMS works on future mobile devices.”
Outstanding Contribution
Joanna Cohen
Joanna Cohen,, received the Outstanding Contribution Award. “Joanna has been a long-time contributor to the development of CIECA standards,” said Marlow. “She has been focused primarily on procurement and estimating messages.” Cohen recently spoke at the annual CIECA Symposium and held a CIECAst webinar about updating estimates with alternate parts.
Outstanding Leadership
Marlow said two deserving individuals received the Outstanding Leadership Award: Leslie Redfield from Genpact and Darrell Amberson from LaMettry’s Collision.
After a short time being involved with the Photo Estimating Committee, Marlow said Redfield led the message development--particularly the message that identifies the estimate as being created from a photo. “That enables all parties involved to track which estimates or supplements are getting created from one source,” explained Marlow.
Amberson led the CIECA Scanning Committee from inception. “His efforts as a contributor really helped the work that was done, which now includes multiple BMS messages from assignment to repair order where the scanning information can be included,” said Marlow. “He never missed a meeting and always kept the committee focused.”
Marlow thanked all of the CIECA members, companies and employees for their support over the past year. 
“In 2018, CIECA members participated in over 250 conference calls and face-to-face meetings to respond to the needs of the industry,” he said. “When we think of 2018, it’s a very exciting time for CIECA. It’s the 15th year in a row that we had two major publications of messages. We now have over 200 business functions that have standardized messages to support it.”
Marlow also highlighted some of the projects completed over the past year, especially those that support mobile devices. These include First Notice of Loss (FNOL), photo estimating, enhancing the estimate and an exchange information repair procedure project.
He said it’s an exciting time to be part of CIECA and encouraged industry involvement from all stakeholders. 
During the breakfast, awards were also presented by Automotive Management Institute (AMi), Automotive Service Association (ASA), BodyShop Business, I-CAR, National Auto Body Council (NABC) and SCRS.
Thank you to the following industry publications for sharing this announcement: 
Article about entire event in Autobody News and details about CIECA Awards in Autobody News
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