2018 CIECA Symposium Focuses on Innovation and the Role of Data Standards
Posted on Oct 5th, 2018



October 5, 2018



CIECA: Where Business and Technology Come Together


Northbrook, Illinois--CIECA held its 10th annual Symposium in Tampa, Florida September 17-19. Members and guests had the opportunity to hear a wide range of speakers discuss relevant industry issues. These included business and technical presentations about blockchain, photo estimating, OEM vehicle recalls, automated parts procurement, telematics and the connected car, Xsd2JsonSchema and positioning yourself in the collision repair industry.


One of the highlights during the event was the gifting of a vehicle by the National Auto Body Council (NABC), Allstate and Caliber Collision-St. Petersburg. Tampa veteran Deundre Williams received a 2016 Kia Optima as part of the NABC’s Recycled Rides program.


The diverse group of attendees included information providers, repairers, insurers, parts and materials suppliers and rental car companies. Throughout the three-day Symposium, they had the opportunity to discuss and learn about electronic data standards and how they impact all industry stakeholders.


“It’s an exciting time to be involved in the CIECA organization,” said Clint Marlow, CIECA’s chairman of the board. “Over the next several years, we’re going to see a lot of innovation in the industry. What makes that innovation possible is data standards.”


CIECA’s mission is to develop and promotes electronic communication standards, codes and standard messages that allow the collision industry to be more efficient.


“CIECA standards help organizations do business more efficiently by improving data flow and reducing errors,” said Fred Iantorno, executive director of CIECA. “CIECA Standards can be used to seamlessly exchange information with external partners, or between departments within companies/organizations.”


Since the last CIECA Symposium, Iantorno said that membership has continued to increase and there are currently 17 different volunteer Standard Development Committees, including Architecture, Photo Estimating, FNOL (First Notice of Loss), Repair Order, Repair Status, Scheduling, Salvage and Rental.


“We offer our members the opportunity to learn effective strategic and tactical plans for integrating CIECA standards into their businesses,” said Iantorno. “Information is regularly shared to help improve application processing and members also have the opportunity to network and learn from each other.”


CIECA will hold its next Symposium in 2019 — named CIECA Connex — September 16-18 in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more information, visit and follow CIECA’s new LinkedInFacebook and Twitter pages.



CIECA (Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association) develops collision industry electronic standards, codes and standard messages and provides implementation guides to make the industry more efficient. All standards are developed by members. CIECA is composed of members of the automobile collision repair industry: repairers, insurers, vehicle manufacturers, parts and material suppliers, information and software providers, general service providers and related segments and industries. CIECA's goals are to deliver benefits to all participants through reduced development and support costs, lower cost of implementation, reduced barrier to entry and faster development times. 


Thank you to the following publications for sharing this information: 


ABRN Symposium article and NABC giveaway article


Autobody News Symposium article and NABC giveaway article 


BodyShop Business NABC giveaway article


CollisionRepair Magazine general article


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