CIECA Connex Conference Agenda Includes Crash Test at IIHS

CIECA announced that its annual symposium this year will include viewing a crash test at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). CIECA’s 11th annual conference—CIECA Connex 2019—will take place in Charlottesville, Virginia, September 16-18. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear information about blockchain, cybersecurity, legislation regarding autonomous vehicles, calibration, technical sessions such as Swagger and GraphQL, and other topical industry issues.
Speakers include: Darryl Amberson, LaMettry’s | Mark Allen, Audi | Greg
Brown, NABC first responder program | Jon Delgado, APU Solutions | Sheryl Driggers, Universal Collision | Dan Gluck, Enterprise Holdings |Sean Guthrie, Car Crafters Collision Centers | Kim Hazelbaker, IIHS | Bob Jacobs, Microsoft | Patrick McGuire | Michael Ortega & Chris Poulos, IAA | Bob Redding | John Shoemaker, BASF | Eric Shultz, ALLDATA.

In addition, there will be a 25th-anniversary celebration, a tour of IIHS, networking opportunities among industry segments and a vehicle gifting by the National Auto Body Council (NABC) as part of its Recycled Rides™ program. The full agenda can be found by visiting:

“We encourage all industry stakeholders to attend CIECA Connex 2019,” said Steve Betley, chairman of CIECA. “This year, we are highlighting the technological changes ahead and how to best prepare. By having all stakeholders gather and work together, the goal is to help our industry be as efficient, profitable and successful as possible.”

Discounted room rates at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel are available until August 15 and early-bird conference registration fees are being offered until August 23.

All industry stakeholders (members, non-CIECA members, OEMs, shop owners, insurers, information providers, recyclers, property restoration providers, etc.) are invited.

During the event, attendees will:
Hear about current and future industry challenges and opportunities,
Gain timely, relevant business and technical knowledge,
Network with other members and industry colleagues, and
Take part in learning opportunities for all industry segments.

This year’s event sponsors include: AkzoNobel, Allstate, Audatex-Solera, Axalta, Caliber Collision,, CCC, comsearch, Enterprise, Hertz, IAA, LKQ, Mobile Tech RX, NuGen IT, Precision Body & Paint, SafeLite Solutions and URG.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, visit

Register for the IIHS tour and CIECA CONNEX Conference, and book a room by visiting:

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CIECA develops electronic standards, codes and standard messages and provides implementation guides to make the industry more efficient. All standards are developed by members. CIECA membership is open to 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. 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.

Stacey Phillips