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Joe AmodeiFounder & President, The Collision Centers of New York Inc.

Joe Amodei, Founder and President of The Collision Centers of New York and Long Island’s only regional MSO, started in 1989 with one location and currently at 6 locations..

Joe currently serving on the board of The National Auto Body Council and o-chair of recycled rides program. Also on ASA – Collision Operation Committee and recently served on the board.

Joe set up his own charity called Driving4change, a charity that assists the Collision industry with donation of vehicles, repairs, and auto insurance for recipients… Created for the people that are in unfortunate circumstances.

Marie ArtimVice President, Talent Acquisition for Enterprise Holdings

Marie Artim is the Vice President, Talent Acquisition for Enterprise Holdings – supporting the Enterprise, Alamo and National Brands.  She is responsible for company-wide strategies and practices that direct Enterprise’s over 200 local recruiters whose global hires include more than 9,000 university graduates each year. Marie also manages strategic partner relationships and collaborates with leadership to develop and implement programs to meet their workforce needs.

Marie is an alumna of Purdue University and began her career in the company’s nationally recognized Management Training Program soon after. Over the next several years she worked her way up through Operations, Human Resources and Recruiting.  Marie took over talent acquisition responsibilities in 2000 and gained global oversight when named Vice President, Talent Acquisition in 2010.

Marie has conducted presentations and seminars at many industry conferences and universities, and has been featured in national media outlets including BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The New Yorker and Good Morning America.  Under Marie’s leadership, Enterprise’s efforts have been recognized with top honors for their Campus Recruiting Program, Careers Website, Diversity Recruitment and Candidate Experience.

In addition, Marie recently served as President of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and is also a current member of the board for Food Outreach, a St Louis Based non-profit.

Bruce Bares - Master of CermoniesPresident & CEO, Certified Collision Group

Bruce’s career in Collision repair industry began in 1977 in the family’s Midwest collision repair facility.  In 1986, Bruce entered the insurance industry as a field appraiser, relocating out West. Over the next 20 years and three mergers with Colonial Penn, GE Auto and Home, and AIG, Bruce provided vision and leadership in the areas of inside and field claims operations, regional management, regional and national DRP oversight, and technology acquisitions. He eventually was appointed to the top material damage executive home office position with GE auto and Home.  After 20 years in Insurance claims management, Bruce returned to the Collision repair segment as President Chief Operating Officer of a California 10-location MSO. In 2010, Bruce founded Certified Collision Centers, an Arizona MSO that was sold to the Boyd group where Bruce spent 2 years working on process implementation.  January of 2016, Bruce joined the Board and is currently the President and CEO of Certified Collision Group, a network that represents, DRP centric OE certified collision repairers to the insurance industry while supporting business development through search engine optimization, buying power and rebate programs.

Cheryl BoswellManaging Partner & CFO, DCR Systems, LLC

Cheryl Boswell is a managing partner and CFO of DCR Systems, LLC, a company that develops outsourced, turnkey accident repair centers based on “lean manufacturing” principles. Cheryl provides strategic leadership for DCR Systems, overseeing the company’s financial functions while developing best practices. She is also a recognized Process Improvement “Kaizen” leader who has volunteered her time working with repairers and insurers on process improvement in both the United States and Canada in order to foster better relations for the benefit of the consumer.   Cheryl has served on the Collision Industry Foundation Board of Trustees since 2013 and currently serves as the Treasurer. Cheryl was elected to the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) Board of Directors in 2015 and currently serves on the WIN Executive Board as Treasurer and participates in the Most Influential Women and Finance Committees as a Co-Chair. Cheryl is a 2015 Most Influential Women recipient.

Angela Goff ChmuraOwner, Goff’s Collision Repair Centers

Angela Goff Chmura is the second-generation owner of Goff’s Collision Repair Centers in Milwaukee WI.  Goff’s was founded over 50 years ago by Angie’s father Bob Goff who also invented the Goff Curtain Wall.   After completing her graduate degree in Business Law in 1996 in CA, she moved back to Wisconsin to help run the family’s small shop in Pewaukee, WI.   Angie thought it would be an interim job while she found her “real career”.   Fast forward 20+ years, Goff’s has grown to 6 locations in the metro Milwaukee area.

 Angie has been involved in countless industry groups over the years including serving on her local I-Car committee as well as chairing technical school boards for both auto body and business management.   In 2001 Angie was amongst the first group of ladies to win the Most Influential Women award.  The Women’s Development Center has also honored Angie with the Partners in Change Award for her work in advancing women in non-traditional careers.  Most Recently in May 2018, Angie received the Trailblazer in Business Award from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for her positive impact on the Wisconsin economy as a female business owner employing over 100 people which represents less than 1% of female owned businesses nationwide.

Aaron ClarkVice President, Assured Performance Network

Aaron has more than 30 years of experience in the Collision Repair industry and was raised in a family owned collision repair business. Aaron was a technician as a young adult and moved into management and shop ownership in 1994. He has served in the industry in several capacities over the years.

2013-2017    Vice President – Assured Performance Network
1998-2012    Aaron Clark was President and co-owner of Collision Solutions, Inc., a collision repair organization with 5 Indiana locations. Aaron and his brother sold the business in 2012 to ABRA Auto Body & Glass.
2011-2013    Aaron served as the Chairman of SCRS – Society of Collision Repair Specialists
2006-2011    Aaron served as Vice Chairman, Secretary, and National Director for SCRS – Society of Collision Repair Specialists
2004-2006    Mr. Clark founded the Indiana Auto Body Association (IABA) in 2004. He served as the inaugural Chairman and President of the Association.
1994-1998    Aaron was the founder and President of Autokraft Collision Centers in Indianapolis, IN. Aaron sold the business in 1998 to a local dealer in Indianapolis.
1989-1994    Aaron worked as a technician as several capacities for the family collision repair business.

Aaron has always been committed to improving the local and national collision repair industry in several ways; he has volunteered for many organizations including: CIC Committees, SCRS, I-CAR ISAC (Industry Segment Advisory Council), I-CAR Gold Class / Platinum Advisory Council member, Past Chairman of the Indianapolis I-CAR committee, Lincoln Tech advisory board member, Founder, Past Chairman and member of the Indiana Auto Body Association, CIECA member, NABC member

John EckCollision Manager, Wholesale Dealer Channel, General Motors Customer Care & Aftersales

John Eck has over 28 years of automotive aftermarket experience with General Motors and has held numerous field, marketing and management positions in several business segments in the USA, Canada and South Africa. He joined the Wholesale Business Channel in May 2014 and serves as the Collision Manager for the Wholesale Dealer Channel for General Motors Customer Care and Aftersales. John is responsible for managing the collision business including GM Dealer Wholesale parts strategies, programs and industry relationships. Additionally, John serves on the I-CAR Board of Director’s Strategic Policy Committee, is the current President and Chairman of the Board for the OEM Roundtable Board of Directors, an active participant on the CIC Governance Committee and the Collision Industry Quality System (CIQS) committee.

Dave FosterVice President, Franchise Development, CARSTAR (North America)

Dave Foster has been Vice President, Franchise Development of CARSTAR (North America) since July 2017. Previously Dave Foster held the positions of Associate Vice President of CARSTAR Canada Partnership, LP from March 2017 to July 2017, and was the Director of Business Development for CARSTAR from July 2016 to March 2017. From January 2013 to July 2016, Prior to joining CASTAR Dave held various positions with Axalta Coating Systems, including National Strategic Accounts Manager and Regional Business Development.

Dave has a background in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed Tool & Die Maker. Dave has spent a large portion of his career in the Auto Manufacturing space, 8 yrs in design and build of automated machinery and 14+ years in Sales Management.

At home Dave lives in Cambridge Ontario Canada and is married to his beautiful wife Kim, together they have 3 teenage daughters, Rylee, Addison and Mackenzie. Dave is an avid sports enthusiast, enjoying mostly the beautiful game of soccer and is a die hard Liverpool FC supporter.

Paul GangePresident, CEO Member, Board of Directors, Fix Auto USA

Paul Gange is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Fix Auto USA. In his role, Paul is responsible for all aspects of the company. In 2011, Gange launched the company’s franchise systems strategy, providing independent repairers an opportunity to reposition in the multi-store operator (MSO) market segment while enjoying a host of benefits including utilization of the company’s best practice operating system, brand marketing campaigns, back office infrastructure, a 24/7/365 call center, and a world-class technology suite.

Prior to joining Fix Auto USA in 2009, Paul held senior executive positions with both Audatex, a Solera Company, and Mitchell International. Paul has served the industry as a member of the board for CIECA, is an active CIC participant, currently is part of a number of industry advisory boards, and serves on the Board of Directors for Fix Auto USA, Auto Center Auto Body, and Nuventory. Paul resides in San Diego, California with his wife of more than 25 years, Angie and his three sons: Charlie, Christian, and Scotty.

David GoldsteinChief Talent Officer, Caliber

David is Caliber’s Chief Talent Officer overseeing more than 12,000+ teammates across almost 600 locations and 19 states.

David’s responsibilities fall across every element of Caliber’s culture and teammate success including recruitment, compensation and benefits, and training and development that ultimately leads to the best trained, most satisfied teammates in the collision repair industry.

David began his career in the collision repair industry in 1988 as a technician on Long Island, New York. He relocated to Dallas in 1994 and in 1997 was a member of a Colleyville repair shop acquired by Caliber. In 1999, David was promoted to Colleyville Center Manager after mastering all phases of the collision repair business including paint, body work, structural repair, parts management and production.

As Caliber continued its rapid growth into the California market, David was tapped in 2006 to oversee all California operations consisting of 35 centers across the Southern California region. David was promoted from Regional Manager to Vice President of California Operations in 2008.After commuting for four years between Texas and California, David and his family relocated to California in 2010 as the total number of locations continued to grow to more than 60 centers.

Based on his outstanding operational performance, David was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations in 2012.

David and his team built Caliber’s California operations to over 170 locations with a strong focus on teammates and culture. In late 2017, David was asked to take over Caliber’s corporate-wide approach to culture and teammates as the Chief Talent Officer.

David has been married 15 years to his wife Shelby and has two beautiful 13 and 24 year old daughters.

David is a graduate of the UCLA Anderson Executive Program in 2015. David is also an avid runner and has competed in more than 30 marathons and ultra-marathons over the past 8 years.

Susanna GotschDirector, Industry Analyst, CCC Information Services Inc.

Susanna Gotsch is Director, Industry Analyst at CCC Information Services Inc. She has been with CCC since July of 1992. Susanna brings twenty-plus years of experience within the automotive claims industry as Director, Industry Analyst.

She has authored The Crash Course, CCC’s annual publication on trends impacting collision repair and total loss costs since 1995. This publication has become a key resource for the industry in understanding how broader trends within the economy, new and used vehicle market places, and collision industry are impacting auto claim frequency and costs. Ms. Gotsch also consults with the on-going development of CCC’s industry-leading data warehouse and reporting products.

Ms. Gotsch has presented her research at numerous industry meetings and symposium. In 2011, Ms. Gotsch was awarded the annual industry honorarium Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry established by AkzoNobel Automotive & Aerospace Coatings America (A&AC). She has also served on the Board for the Women?s Industry Network (WIN®) since 2011.

Jim KellerPresident, 1 Collision Network

Jim Keller opened his collision business in 1981, and opened his second in 1985. He has over 40 years of experience as a multiple-shop operator, franchise operator, partner in an early consolidator in the late 80’s, and founder and President of the 1Collision Network. Keller has been highly engaged in the industry, and is a past board member and Chairman of the Automotive Service Association (ASA), past chairman of ICAR of Wisconsin, a past Committee Chair for CIC and ICAR, past Wyoming Technical Institute, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Waukesha Area Tech College Advisory Board member, is an inductee into the Collision Industry Hall of Eagles, and is the 2003 recipient of the Body Shop Business Magazine Executive of the Year Award. In the late 80’s Jim conducted 125 management seminars for 3M ARMS in the US and Canada, has been a featured speaker at NACE and various other Industry events. Jim is also the founder and President of the 1Collision Network, which provides corporate level  support to independent and dealer owned collision shops through increasing their performance, marketing, insurer relationships, HR  including admin, recruiting, and finance.

Lou DiLisioPresident, Automotive Industry Consulting, Inc.

Lou began consulting in the mid 1980’s and during that time opened a fraud investigations company working with insurance companies. In 1992 he began consulting with CCC Information Services in the development of the Collision Center Connection program. In 1997 Lou joined Carter & Carter International as vice president of the US operations.

In 1999, Lou left Carter & Carter and opened his own consulting firm: Automotive Industry Consulting, Inc. His company works with insurance companies, vehicle manufacturers, refinish paint companies, body shops, salvage vendors, information providers, aftermarket parts manufacturers, I-CAR, and equipment manufacturers and distributors in a wide variety of services including strategic and tactical planning and implementation.

Michael MacalusoPresident, Carstar

Michael is a graduate from Western University in London, Ontario, where he studied business and economics.

As President at CARSTAR North America, he is the company’s leader responsible for the strategic direction and day to day operations. Based in Hamilton, CARSTAR is a network of 575+ collision centres across Canada and the United States.

Michael lives in Hamilton with his wife Daniela and three sons. He speaks English, French and Italian. Michael sits on the board of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, AIA Collision Canada, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Festitalia, and The Hamilton Tiger Cats. He is also a committee member of the Charity of Hope and sits on various fundraising committees.

Shannon MartinCEO, Paceline Collision Centers

Shannon Martin is CEO of Paceline Collision Centers. In just over 20 years, Mr. Martin has taken the company from one employee working in a single stall to 9 locations and 175 team members serving in 6 different communities. A passion for leadership, transparent communication, and providing opportunities for his team members has driven the success of the company.  Mr. Martin is very happily married with six children, and enjoys his time at home and on his mountain bike.

 Paceline is focused on restoring peace of mind to their team, customers and partners, a cultural tenet expressed through- out the organization. Mr. Martin ensures that the stores are operated by adherence to this mission, rather than basing decisions strictly on the bottom line.

Brad MewesPrincipal, Supplement Advisory

Brad helps you increase the value of your largest asset – your business. He does that by helping your company grow, helping you understand the value of your business, maximizing your value prior to a sale, and providing executive level consulting and advisory, all designed to help you answer one critical question – Where should your company invest right now?

Brad has a hands-on perspective of the automotive aftermarket industry because he literally grew up in a shop, working in and running his family’s bodyshop. But he also has an MBA from the University of California, Irvine (where he graduated top 12% of his class), an undergraduate degree in International Economics from the George Washington University, and is an instructor of Financial Analysis at UC Irvine. Prior to founding Supplement, he gained experience in equity research and management consulting, in addition to having direct P&L responsibility at his family’s business.

Supplement is an advisory firm that provides corporate finance and strategic advisory services to clients globally, with clients currently domiciled in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Brad works directly with some of the largest public and private businesses in the automotive aftermarket, including leading companies in the service and repair, distribution, and manufacturing sectors. Major institutional investors and analysts retain Supplement for answers and insights into the North American automotive aftermarket, including Raymond James Capital Markets, Nomura Holdings / Instinet, and other undisclosed investors and analysts.

DJ MitchellDirector of Operations, Car Guys Collision Repair

DJ Mitchell is the Director of Operations for Car Guys Collision Repair. Car Guys Collision Repair is a Regional MSO locate in Florida that currently owns and operates 14 locations. DJ attended the University of Central Florida (National Champions). DJ has been in the business since his teens. DJ started as part time help, worked as a painter and combination technician, managed shops, and now oversees Car Guys Collision Repair. #WHOSYOURCARGUY

Ron NagyPresident, Nagy's Collision Centers

Ron graduated from Chippewa High School in 1982. He immediately began his career working for his father as a body\paint combination technician. During his career as a technician he held the Platinum designation from I-car training and ASE Collision Master Technician. In 1995 he and his brother purchased the single location business. They have grown it to its current size of 13 locations.  He is very active in the industry and has been on the boards of ASA, Ohio Collision Registration just to name a few.  He lives in Doylestown, Ohio with his wife Kristine who is a retired guidance counselor. They have been married since 1986. He sits on several non-profit boards, enjoys anything outdoors, leading career class at his Church and helping his wife with their true love which is rodeo and horses.

Nick NotteSenior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, I-CAR

As Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Notte leads I-CAR’s Sales and Marketing teams in developing and implementing strategic initiatives that drive the organization’s growth. His career spans more than 30 years and various providers across the collision repair industry.

Notte has served on several boards, most notably, the Inter-Industry Conference for Collision Auto Repair (I-CAR) board of directors and is currently a past chairman of the board of directors of the organization, the board of directors as President and Chairman of the National Auto Body Council (NABC), was a member of the executive committee (Vice Chairman) of the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) board of trustees and sat on the board of trustees of the Collision Industry Foundation (CIF).

Jeff PeevyPresident, Automotive Management Institute

Jeff is a 36-year industry veteran and president of the Automotive Management Institute (AMi). He has spent the last 20 years advancing learning in the industry while studying and globally advocating the concept of learning as a sustainable competitive advantage. Jeff is currently leading the AMi “next generation” project, collaborating with hundreds of industry training providers to increase the acceptance of professional, verifiable credentials.

As a long-time industry educator, Jeff serves as co-chair of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) Education and Training Committee.  He is a former board member of the NABC and CIF and current board member of the American Liver Foundation.

He is supported by a wonderful family, including his wife, Marie Peevy, owner of Automotive Training Coordinators, LLC and WIN board member, as well as six children ranging from 34 to 5 years of age.   When not working in the industry, he and his family spend most of their time on the water, bass fishing, enjoying nature and a variety of water activities.

Amber RitterChief Operations Officer, Collision Career Institute

Amber began her career in the not-for-profit world with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the YMCA working in a variety of areas including fundraising, program development, and training young talent. During her tenure with the YMCA she managed the hiring, training and program implementation in a new after school program under California Prop 49 for over 200 employees at 8 sites, serving over 500 youth per year.

Amber began her career in the collision industry working alongside Erick Bickett with Fix Auto. Here she worked for 5 years on a number of projects including prototyping a training program. It became clear this program was not just for one company but could be an industry solution.  The Collision Career Institute was founded in 2016 by Erick Bickett, Shelly Bickett, Charlie Robertson and Amber Ritter.  In combining the experience and leadership of this team she has found a home with connecting motivated individuals with rewarding careers as Painters, Technicians and Estimators through apprenticeship. Amber has led the charge for the Collision Career Institute to receive approval from California Departments of Apprenticeship Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In addition to being passionate about bringing new talent into the industry through apprenticeship, she is also passionate about connecting with women in the industry. She has been a member of the Women’s Industry Network and has served on the Scholarship Committee for two years.

David RobertsManaging Director, FOCUS Advisors, Inc.

David Roberts brings unparalleled knowledge and experience to his advisory work in the collision repair industry. He and Matthew Ohrnstein co-founded Caliber Collision, the world’s first consolidator and now its largest collision repairer. As Chairman of Caliber and leader of its initial Corporate Development team, he wrote the book on how to change, grow and thrive in this intensely competitive industry. In his 10 years at Caliber, he helped raise more than $125 million in capital and led the acquisition of 37 individual shops and Multiple Shop Operators. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and his writing appears in various industry publications.

As President of FOCUS Advisors Automotive practice, he collaborates with key bankers across the industry with deep experience in strategic advisory, capital formation and M&A transactions for entrepreneurs, acquirers and investors in collision repair, paint jobbers, dealers, mechanical services, quick-lube and retail services. As a former Managing Director at FOCUS Investment Banking, he led 12 successful transactions in the last 36 months in the collision repair and paint jobber industries.

Mr. Roberts holds a JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley where he has been an Adjunct Lecturer since 2003. He earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University.  Mr. Roberts also served as an officer in the US Navy.

Vincent RomansManaging Partner & CEO, The Romans Group, LLC

Vincent Romans is the founding principal and managing partner of The Romans Group LLC established in 1996 leveraging four decades of business operator and consulting experience with domestic and global enterprises. The Romans Group provides business, market, financial and strategic development advisory services to the collision repair, property and casualty auto insurance, and the auto physical damage aftermarket ecosystem.

He is a frequent speaker, moderator, panelist and writer on the dynamic and evolving marketplace and industry trends impacting the collision repair, property and casualty auto insurance, and numerous other adjacent segments involving the auto physical damage supply chain. Through his thought leadership and as a change agent, catalyst and facilitator of concepts and ideas, he drives the development, introduction, understanding and acceptance of new innovative and disruptive business models.

His broad base specific market experience, SME, has assisted domestic and international private equity, investment banking firms, and strategic buyers in their research, evaluation and acquisition of target assets. He has participated in developing company, market, industry and competitive due diligence knowledge and intelligence involving most segments within the auto physical damage and P & C insurance marketplace.

Vincent holds a BS degree in Management from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Temple University.

 

Randy StablerPresident & Co-owner, Pride Collision Centers

Randy Stabler is President and co owner of Pride Collision Centers, Inc. which opened its first location in Sherman Oaks, CA in 1983. Today, 35 years later, Pride operates 7 state-of-the-art collision repair facilities and a retail estimating center with 200 employees.

Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, Randy started the business with his current business partner Robert Turchan and have maintained a friendship that dates back to 1966 when they were 1st grade classmates. After high schools, Randy obtained a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA.

From humble beginnings, repairing vehicles in a two car garage, Randy and his partner turned their love of cars and craftsmanship into a successful multi-location enterprise. In their market area they were the first to embrace every major technological and educational advancement in the industry. Further, they were part of the braintrust who conceived of and created the first privately financed consolidator in this industry Today his company Pride Auto Body is a manufacturer certified collision center for almost all vehicle brands. Pride Auto Body remains a pioneer in the industry with their early adoption of Lean operating models and a unique hourly pay structure and accountability system.

Randy remains dedicated and active in all day-to-day operations of the company. He is also very involved in all of the major collision repair industry organizations, including SCRS, The California Auto Body Association, Acoat Selected, I-CAR, CIECA, Fix Auto and is a past chairman for the Collision Industry Conference.

Randy is happily married and has two very spoiled dogs and lives in Scottsdale AZ and enjoys golfing, flying, off road motorcycling and travel with his wife Cheryl.

Zachary S. TaylorCEO, John Harris Body Shops

Zachary S. Taylor, CEO – John Harris Body Shops. Resident of Columbia, SC since 1990. Graduate of Columbia International University. Transitioned from manufacturing management to the collision industry in August 2010, joining John Harris as a Shop Manager. I served as General Manager for John Harris Body Shops from 2011 to 2015. Prior to joining John Harris Body Shops, I worked in procurement & plant management for Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Co. for 14 years. I am married with 2 children Kylie Jo age 9, and Lucas Yates age 4. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, hunting, soccer, playing guitar, drums and most outdoor activities.

 

 

Russell Thrall IIIEditor-in-Chief, Collision Week

Russell D. Thrall III, a second-generation collision repairer, has been involved in the collision repair industry his entire life. Starting as a clean-up person in body shops owned and managed by his father, Thrall has experienced the industry from the bottom up. At the age of 14, Thrall began working part-time as a technician in a shop close to home. By the time he was 17, he was promoted to assistant manager. Thrall joined the staff of Chilton’s Automotive Body Repair News (ABRN) in 1991 as technical editor. In 1992, he was promoted to senior editor, responsible for maintaining the content of ABRN editorial and representing at industry events nationwide.

From 1993 through 2000, Thrall served as editor of Collision Repair Industry INSIGHT, a subscription-based publication with English-language circulation throughout the world. In 2000, Thrall founded CollisionWeek, a business newsletter for all segments of the global collision repair industry. CollisionWeek provides daily business news and trend research on the Internet and in weekly email, fax and print editions to subscribers around the world. Thrall continues to serve as Publisher of CollisionWeek.

Also in 2000, Thrall returned to the staff of ABRN and served as Editor-in-Chief of the world’s largest monthly trade magazine until July 2004. Thrall is a frequent speaker at industry events including, the Collision Industry Conference (CIC), NACE, the Insurance Services Office APD Panel and numerous other U.S. and international events. He served as chairman of the Collision Industry Conference from 2009-2010 and is a Past-President of the National Auto Body Council Board of Directors. In December 2002, Thrall was inducted into the Collision Repair Industry Hall of Eagles.

John WalcherPresident, Veritas Advisors, Inc.

Mr. Walcher brings a wealth of knowledge to every engagement. During his more than 20 years in M&A, he has been involved in dozens upon dozens of collision repair transactions, including numerous MSO deals on both the buy side and the sell side. His background also includes multiple deals in health care, engineering & construction, manufacturing and various service industries, and transactions in China, Brazil, England and Canada. He provides expert witness testimony and valuation opinions, speaks on M&A trends and strategies, and has advised some of the country’s largest private equity groups on consolidation strategies.

Prior to starting Veritas Advisors nine years ago, Mr. Walcher spent many years in corporate M&A, doing deals for two Fortune© 500 corporations, as well as spending seven years at Caliber Collision Centers, departing in 2007 as its Vice President of Corporate Development and Governmental Affairs (during which time the company was ranked #9 on the INC. 500© list of Fastest Growing Private Companies).

Prior to graduate school, Mr. Walcher was a senior economist performing econometric analysis as a U.S. Department of Defense contractor. Mr. Walcher holds a Master of Science in Finance from the London Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Economics, cum laude, from the University of California.