CCG Adds 35 New Locations Q318 
         Appoints E. Robert Cornelius, Patrick Fahey, David Ball, Angela DeCrow, Sam Demas to Key Positions
 
San Jose, CA, September 27, 2018 ― Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the OE Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced today the signing of 35 additional collision repair centers to-date for Q3, and key executive and management position appointments of Bob Cornelius, Patrick Fahey, David Ball, Angela DeCrow and Sam Demas.  With 43 national vendor partnerships, CCG locations in 34 states provide strategic insurance partners and consumers a broad selection of the most stable, highest quality, best performing collision centers - providing more than 1,500 OE certification badges.

“Since CCG’s 2014 formation, the organization continues to be methodical in its approach to strategy, growth management and talent acquisition - acknowledging that with our non-intrusive, highly differentiated and valuable to collision, insurer and supplier constituents platform - CCG would consistently out-pace our peers respective to growth and results.  Via inter-industry relationships and the strength of our proven value proposition, opportunities to attract the right people at the right time have continued.  Adding highly respected, proven and trusted industry veterans like Bobby, Patrick, David, plus up-and-comers like Angela and Sam - continues to be instrumental in our successes and march across the U.S.”, stated Bruce Bares, CCG President and CEO. 

CCG Key 2018 Appointments

Bob Cornelius, Vice President, Affiliate Services 
A respected industry veteran, Mr. Cornelius provides CCG Affiliates 40-plus years of APD experience - including design, implementation and management of national DRP programs. Having held home office positions with Colonial Penn, Hartford, USAA, and Ameriprise, Cornelius’ depth in understanding of DRP network creation and management provides for a keen ability to implement CCG network strategies. 

Patrick Fahey, Vice President, Insurance Services
Mr. Fahey joins CCG with 27 years of property and casualty consulting experience, bringing best-in-class solutions to market. With deep domain knowledge, Fahey has developed successful partnerships that yield significant value-added gains for clients. Fahey previously held executive positions with CCC Information Services, Processclaims.com, Wheels Inc., Equian, and Driven Brands. Patrick is a key driver of broad and deep insurance carrier relationships, responsible for ensuring the consistent value they derive from CCG solutions, and is graduate of Eastern Illinois University.

David Ball, Affiliate Services Manager
Mr. Ball joins CCG with extensive knowledge of the collision industry in personnel and relationship management, sales and marketing, including 14 years of business development management with BASF Corporation, collision center management, training and service.  David is responsible for Affiliate member service loyalty across the Western U.S., holds a Masters School of Body Shop Management certification, is Mercedes Benz service certified, and a current at Southern New Hampshire University finance candidate.

Angela DeCrow, Insurance Services Manager
Ms. DeCrow joins CCG with a deep understanding of DRP processes, platforms and data analytics and b2b relationship management. Prior to joining CCG, Ms. DeCrow recently managed a DRP for the entirety of South Florida for a top 5 insurance carrier.  Angela’s responsibilities include hunting, nurturing, and managing carrier relationships – as well as national insurance service levels agreement performance.  Angela is a graduate of the University of Miami.  

Sam Demas, Business Analyst
Mr. Demas migrated to the automotive collision segment and CCG from the financial sector having been with both capital and banking institutions, specializing in data analysis and client services.  Sam is responsible for data and business analysis across each of CCG’s strategic business units, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado. 

About Certified Collision Group 
Certified Collision Group™ (CCG) provides non-intrusive competitive solutions to well-established automotive repair businesses with proven performance relative to advanced repair capabilities, customer satisfaction and b2b client key performance indicators.  CCG Affiliate repairers leverage multi-channel business development and supply chain features that lead to increased profitability and stability, to the benefit of consumers and key trading partners alike.  For more information please visit www.certifiedcg.com.

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Certified Collision Group™ Appoints Patrick J. Fahey Vice President, Insurance Services
San Jose, CA, August 15, 2018 ― Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the OE Certification and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced today the appointment of Patrick J. Fahey to the position of vice president, insurance services.
Mr. Fahey previously held executive sales and business development positions with CCC Information Services, Processclaims.com, Wheels Inc., Equian, and Driven Brands - and, is well positioned to make a significant impact on CCG growth.  Fahey is a key driver of broad and deep insurance carrier relationships, and responsible for ensuring the consistent value they derive from CCG’s highly differentiated platform, and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.
CCG President and CEO Bruce Bares stated “Mr. Fahey fits our culture well, is a seasoned consultative professional who's served the insurance community for more than 25 years.  Our ability to continue to attract the industry's best people, like Patrick, is a testament to the organization we've built and the value we add".
CCG provides the strongest KPI performing, well branded, OE Certified, and succession-plan anchored independent collision repairers a sustainable platform that levels the playing field by providing proven business development and supply chain benefits.  Now operating in 34 states, CCG is rapidly expanding, offering strategic insurance partners and consumers the opportunity to leverage the power of more than 1,500 OE structural certification badges within CCG’s highly differentiated national collision repair network.
Founder and SVP Insurance Services Thomas Adams added, “Patrick understands insurers, and has a well noted, trusted track record of providing solutions to meet thier needs.  We are fortunate to be able to continue to identify ways to re-invest in our abilities to add value for our affiliates, vendors strategic carrier partners.  For a business development and supply chain firm in the APD space… that always starts with our people and growing our strategic business units.  The addition of both Patrick and Angela DeCrow fuel our efforts to deliver on our promise to be both differentiated and value long -term.”
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Certified Collision Group™ Appoints David Ball Affiliate Services Director, Western U.S.
San Jose, CA, June 1, 2018 ― Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the OE Certification and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced today the appointment of David Ball to the position of Manager, Client Services.
CCG President and CEO Bruce Bares stated “Mr. Ball brings a unique background to this position that will serve him well in working with our Affiliates - including 14 years of business development management with BASF,  on-site collision center management, including recently opening a greenfield facility in AZ, training and service writing. David understands our each aspect of our business well, and that will be leveraged to further assist our Affiliates. He also holds a Masters School of Body Shop Management Certification; Mercedes Benz Service Certification; and is currently enrolled at Southern New Hampshire University, majoring in Finance."
CCG provides the strongest KPI performing, well branded, OE Certified, and succession-plan anchored independent collision repairers a sustainable platform that levels the playing field by providing proven business development and supply chain benefits.  Now operating in 34 states, CCG is rapidly expanding, offering strategic insurance partners and consumers the opportunity to leverage the power of more than 1,500 OE structural certification badges within CCG’s highly differentiated national collision repair network.
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Certified Collision Group™ Promotes E. Robert Cornelius to Vice President, Affiliate Services 
San Jose, CA, May 15, 2018 ― Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the OE Certification and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced today the promotion of E. Robert (Bob) Cornelius to the position of vice president, affiliate services.
A respected industry veteran, Mr. Cornelius joined CCG in 2016 and provides CCG Affiliates 40-plus years of APD experience - including design, implementation and management of national DRP programs. Having held home office positions with Colonial Penn, Hartford, USAA, and Ameriprise, Cornelius’ depth in understanding of DRP network creation and management provides for a keen ability to implement CCG network strategies. 
CCG President and CEO Bruce Bares stated “Bobby has been instrumental in our ability to grow and navigate that growth.  His reputation proceeds him, and he's absolutely the right person - understanding each aspect of our business units - to lead out Affiliate loyalty and services efforts."
CCG provides the strongest KPI performing, well branded, OE Certified, and succession-plan anchored independent collision repairers a sustainable platform that levels the playing field by providing proven business development and supply chain benefits.  Now operating in 34 states, CCG is rapidly expanding, offering strategic insurance partners and consumers the opportunity to leverage the power of more than 1,500 OE structural certification badges within CCG’s highly differentiated national collision repair network.
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CCG Adds 39 Locations Across U.S. On Pace to Eclipse $1B in Annual Collison Sales by Year’s End
 San Jose, CA, May 5, 2018 ― Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the OE Certification and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced today the signing of more than 39 new locations since January, 40 national vendor partnerships, and is on pace to eclipse $1B in collision sales prior to year’s end.
“Since CCG’s launch in September of 2015, our finite target audience for participation continues to be guided by strongly vetted proven performance, and the quality and KPI results we strive to continue to consistently deliver.  Our organization’s unique platform and ability to scale smartly solely with those that perform and are committed to advanced OE certification capabilities is on track to deliver against a plan that creates industry stability. And the execution of that strategy continues to considerably enhance stronger-than-ever alliances with, and value for, our key insurance carrier and vendor partners,” stated Bruce Bares, CCG President and CEO.  
CCG provides the strongest KPI performing, well branded, OE Certified, and succession-plan anchored independent collision repairers a sustainable platform that levels the playing field by providing proven business development and supply chain benefits.  Now operating in 29 states, CCG is rapidly expanding, offering strategic insurance partners and consumers the opportunity to leverage the power of more than 1,400 OE structural certification badges within CCG’s highly differentiated national collision repair network.
CCG Co-founder and SVP Insurance Services, Thomas Adams added, “Our commitment, know-how and capabilities to truly help the industry’s top operators, while focusing on and providing strategic insurance partners a network proven to provide the most predictably consistent outcomes, is something we are very proud of.  CCG’s design and mission has always been to help the very best people and organizations within our industry - top independently owned and operated collision repairs who invest in performance and capabilities, and forward-thinking insurance partners we are best suited to serve.  Adding the right new DRP relationships and same-store-sales for our coveted Affiliate partners is being driven by insurance partner and consumer needs to work with collision centers that verifiably out-deliver their competitors in quality, satisfaction, advanced OE certified capabilities, and LOR.”
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 Certified Collision Group™ Partners with Body Shop Nation
 CCG to Provide BSN's Industry Leading Automotive Digital Marketing Expertise to Affiliates Driving SEO
 San Jose, CA - March 21, 2018 – Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive Collision repair and Insurance communities, announced today the formation of a strategic partnership with Body Shop Nation (BSN) of Scottsdale, AZ. 
CCG continues to expand business development and supply chain features specifically designed and proven to improve financial stability for hundreds of select CCG Network affiliates, that now span in 30 states. Body Shop Nation offers Digital Marketing services and online search expertise that includes website design, search engine optimization (SEO), reputation management, social media and pay per click management. The partnership with BSN now allows CCG to provide Affiliate locations search engine optimization (SEO) that includes CCG-sponsored, highly optimized web-pages that are focused on OEM certifications.  
 Bruce Bares, President and CEO of Certified Collision Group stated, “we are proud of the opportunity to provide our Network Affiliates Body Shop Nation's leading digital media marketing solutions, which quite significantly enhance web-presence results with industry leading SEO.  Each day that CCG rapidly yet methodically grows across the nation, we strive to evolve by implementing platforms and tools that increase partner profitability and reduce operating costs ― directly and indirectly benefiting of CCG Affiliates, Insurance, and Vendor partners."
 Bares continued, "As we inch closer to $1B in annual collision sales, our growing collision, insurance, and vendor partner value propositions require a highly differentiated, well managed, thoughtful and strategic digital marketing services partner. We find those proven strengths and capabilities - plus the very highest levels of commitment - in the offerings and with the team at Body Shop Nation. BSN solutions now land CCG Network Affiliates in a top position when consumers search for automotive repair services”. 
“98% of online searchers trust businesses that are located on the first page of Google.  In essence, the higher you show up in an internet search the more perceived Trust and Authority your businesses have on the internet.  We place our client’s businesses multiple times on page one search by paying attention to every factor that the search engines use to rank websites” says Don Miller, President of Body Shop Nation.  Miller continued, “ultimately, our goal is to significantly improve each CCG location’s online visibility in their market area by prioritizing their Digital Marketing strategy.” 
CCG location pages are designed with original content and embedded within each CCG Affiliate site, and each is optimized to include all images and calls to action.  Implementation of BSN platforms improve CCG Affiliate and Network capabilities to connect with consumers — particularly those searching for high quality, independently-operated, OEM Certified collision centers.  BSN maintains page analytics, ranks tracking, creates and reviews monthly performance reporting— providing CCG Affiliates detailed, in-depth analysis of website performance.
"Our clients often see quality website leads double or triple from improved website clicks and conversions, improving shop revenues” stated Mike Fischer, VP for Business Development for Body Shop Nation.  “We are looking forward to our partnership with the Certified Collision Group and mutual growth with the industry's leading, national OEM Certified collision repair network.”        
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 Certified Collision Group™ Now Fifth Largest Collision Repair Services Organization in U.S.
 Recognizes Partners at SEMA Appreciation Event Prior to CIC Reception at The Renaissance
 San Jose, CA, October 24, 2017 ― Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the OE Certification and KPI-focused solutions provider to the collision repair and insurance communities, announced today the signing of more than 30 new locations since August, growth into 27 states, and is now the 5th largest collision repair services operator in the U.S. 
“Each day we hear from our affiliates, strategic partners and the industry at large that we are in step with both the current and future needs of forward-thinking repairers and insurance carriers alike.  CCG’s consistent monthly double-digit growth on-boarding high performing, OE Certified single-store and MSO operators keeps us firmly on pace to eclipse $1B in annualized repairs in the very near future”, stated Bruce Bares, CCG President and CEO.  
 CCG provides the strongest performing, well branded, OE Certified, and succession-plan anchored independent collision repairers a sustainable platform that levels the playing field by providing proven business development and supply chain benefits.  Now operating in 27 states, CCG is rapidly expanding, offering strategic partners and consumers the opportunity to leverage the power of more than 1,000 OE certification badges within CCG’s highly differentiated national collision repair network.
Bares stated, “CCG multi-channel efforts bring together OE Certified repairers with both consumers and insurance carriers who recognize the importance of matching today’s complex vehicles with repairer capabilities, driving our continued success.  Simultaneously, expanding partnerships with the industry’s best providers and respective brands 
will continue to add value for affiliates, consumers and their b2b trading partners. By leveraging our expansive network’s supply chain and business development resources, CCG affiliates are realizing stronger bottom line performance while successfully utilizing the finest automotive products and services in the world.”
 Bares continued, “our commitment and capabilities to truly help the industry’s top operators, while providing CCG constituents a network offering predictable consistency and more than 1,000 OE certification badges is very humbling to us.  It is with that in mind, we look forward to both recognizing and thanking our affiliates and strategic partners during our SEMA CCG Partner and Peer Appreciation event.” 
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Certified Collision Group™  Reports Strong Mid-Year Results Adds 52 Locations
San Jose, CA July 24, 2017 – Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the OE certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive collision repair and insurance communities, announced today strong 2017 mid-year growth results to its board of directors and the industry at large.  
Thus far in 2017 CCG has added 52 additional locations all who will benefit from its supply chain and business development platform.  CCG Affiliate auto body repairers serve motorist in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. 
Simultaneous to this tremendous Affiliate growth CCG supply chain partnerships have grown from 23 vendors to over 44 in the same time frame with another 25 agreements in process.
 “We are proud to deliver these results to our Board of Directors, our insurance and vendor partners and to the industry at large.” stated Bruce Bares, President and CEO of Certified Collision Group. “OE Certified, forward thinking repairers continue to see the value and embrace the CCG solution.  Our founders had a vision that we are executing on to bring tremendous value to repairers and our insurance partners. We all know strong independent repairers outperform the market.  We intend to continue to grow our footprint while we increase top line revenue for our valued Affiliates while reducing operating costs for them as well.”    
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Certified Collision Group™ and AkzoNobel Strike Strategic Alliance
 San Jose, CA – April 4, 2017 -  Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive collision repair and insurance communities, announced today the formation of an alliance with AkzoNobel to support collision repair businesses across the nation that are both performance-driven and OEM Certified. Through the alliance, CCG and AkzoNobel have agreed to work together closely to identify independent repairers whose Proven Performance meets CCG's strict qualifying criteria. 
Those identified top performers that become CCG Affiliates will be provided CCG's KPI management, business development, and supply chain support, helping each to create a lasting competitive advantage in its market. As CCG grows its national brand and footprint, both consumers and auto insurers will continue to have a broadening selection of competent, well-trained and results-driven collision businesses capable of meeting their collision repair needs.
 “Working with AkzoNobel to identify quality-focused, performance-driven, OEM Certified repair businesses is proving to be an extremely effective partnership.  AkzoNobel professionals understand CCG’s sweet spot, and refer market performance leaders that will benefit from multiple CCG value channels,” stated Bruce Bares, President and CEO of Certified Collision Group.  “We look forward to working closely across the U.S. with AkzoNobel to support CCG’s aggressive, yet methodical growth trajectory. We will also continue to provide consumers and key insurance partners the stability of CCG locations that lead the industry in certified repair capabilities, quality, customer satisfaction and other key performance metrics,” Bares concluded.   
“We firmly believe that independent, performance-driven collision repair operators who invest in OE Certification will significantly benefit from participation in the Certified Collision Group.  CCG’s highly differentiated model levels the competitive playing field for qualifying repairers like none other,” stated Scott Townsend, North American Strategic Sales Manager for AkzoNobel Vehicle Refinishes. “The AkzoNobel-CCG strategic partnership is an integral, long term value-add for our most prominent collision repair customers, many of whom seek to retain and grow market share through the delivery of superior capabilities and KPI performance.”
Both current and future CCG participants possess OE certifications and are required to consistently deliver verifiable market-leading performance in repair capabilities, customer satisfaction, cycle time and loss of use management.
Mark Tantillo, President of Certified Collision Services, a two location operator in Matthews and Monroe, NC, and an AkzoNobel Sikkens customer, stated "we are realizing significant new DRP relationships being created in very short order, in addition to economies of scale we otherwise would never have qualified for - creating top and bottom line improvements - while being affiliated with the nation's top collision repair operators.  The partnership between Akzo and CCG creates enhanced value propositions from our two most strategically important providers."
About AkzoNobel 
AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Chemcraft, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.
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CCG Expands Executive Management Group Appoints Martin Evans Vice President of Business Development
 San Jose, CA, April 3, 2017 ― Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive collision repair and insurance communities, announced today the appointment of Mr. Martin (Marty) Evans to the position of Vice President of Business Development.   
A seasoned consultative sales executive, Evans provides more than 25 years of direct automotive refinish and distribution business development, sales, and strategic account management experience to the automotive collision community.  During his recent role with BASF Corporation, Evans responsibilities encompassed identifying and solidifying new business, as well as  management of strategic accounts ― including large MSOs and key distribution channels across the Western U.S. and Canada. 
“The CCG leadership group’s broad industry relationships - coupled our unique value summary to multiple constituents and the industry at large – continue to allow us to recruit the industry’s most knowledgeable, talented and proven professionals; those who are truly committed to helping the industry through our differentiated model designed to addresses today’s highly significant challenges and opportunities”, stated Bruce Bares, CCG President and CEO.  “We are pleased to be able to appoint another well-respected, proven leader like Marty to our executive group. His deep understanding of the needs of industry, lasting relationships, and proven track record of securing strategic partnerships that add long lasting value clearly reinforces the strength of  our commitment to CCG Affiliates, Insurance Partners, and key Industry Providers.  With the addition of more than ___ CCG Affiliate locations in April, his leadership and relationships are a strong and immediate value add.”  
“Having watched CCG since inception blossom into an organization that provides seamless, yet highly significant value to each of our industry’s constituents — only the strongest Independent Collision Repair Operators investing in Certification; Key Insurance Partners, tightly aligned Industry Providers, and OE’s has been impressive”, Stated Mr. Evans.  Evans continued, “The satisfaction in contributing to an organization who’s platform becomes necessary and value-added by the day and truly to our industry at large.  And, the strength of the team and platform CCG has launched is well on its way to selective, yet timely and robust growth, to the benefit of each of our Affiliates and business partners alike.  The pool may well be 500+ locations, and with a footprint approaching 25 states I firmly believe we can stay true to our selectively and grow into all 50.” 
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Certified Collision Group™ and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Enter into Strategic Alliance
San Jose, CA - October 25, 2016 -  Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive collision repair and insurance communities, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced today the formation of a strategic alliance to support CCG's growing national network of collision repair businesses that are both performance-driven and OEM certified. 
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is known for its extensive network of locations and outstanding customer service. This agreement leverages the support of Enterprise's growing ARMS®Business Solutions technology offerings to benefit CCG affiliate collision repair locations across the country by increasing operating efficiencies, enhancing customer service and streamlining communications with insurance companies and customers.    
CCG's accelerated growth, projected to be upward of 500 locations within the next three years, will require a robust data platform to further automate and manage CCG's multiple business development and supply chain offerings. CCG affiliates will fully utilize Enterprise's solutions for insurance replacement rentals, while also realizing a preferred rental program when they travel. 
 "We are proud to have the opportunity to be a participant in the ongoing development of Enterprise's suite of technology offerings. Our growth and broadening of our value channels requires a partner laser focused on service - as we are - and we find that level of commitment with the team at Enterprise," stated Bruce Bares, President and CEO of Certified Collision Group.  "As CCG grows its national footprint of OE Certified repairers, we are confident Enterprise will be with us each step of the way by providing essential business tools to help our affiliates and their strategic business partners better compete every day".  
"We are thrilled to be a preferred provider of CCG and look forward to working with them," said Dan Friedman, Assistant Vice President, Collision Sales, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car.  "Our technology products will support CCG in their emergence into the OE certified Collision repair space and as a national provider. Consumers and Insurance partners choosing CCG Affiliates will be given the exceptional Enterprise service experience, while participating shops benefit from state of the art technology."   
Certified Collision Group™(CCG) provides non-intrusive competitive solutions to well established collision repair businesses with Proven Performance relative to repair capabilities, customer satisfaction and client KPI's. CCG Affiliate repairers enjoy multi-level insurance partnership solutions and significant economies of scale that lead to discounts on everyday products, services and equipment purchases to both increase profitability and create a more level playing field in their markets. The 1stCERTIFIED™ tier within CCG represents our highest performing repairers. 
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Certified Collision Group™ Launches Aggressive National Expansion
San Jose, CA - October 1, 2016 -  Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the OE certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive collision repair and insurance communities, announced today both continuing results and the group's outlook relative to further expansion. CCG added an additional 18 new affiliate locations along with securing 93 additional DRP agreements during Q3, expanding its countrywide network towards their goal of 100+ locations by year end 2016.
"With the success of our initial growth objectives now in the rear-view mirror, we have set our sights on a new target of adding 30 locations this quarter," stated Bruce Bares, President and CEO of Certified Collision Group.  "High performing, OE Certified repairers and forward thinking insurers looking to move their DRP networks towards the future, continue to seek out CCG as the link to meeting these objectives."    
The New CCG Locations Include: 
  • A&D Auto Body (Avondale & Arrowhead AZ) operated by Sue Cerqua and Pam Counts
  • Absolute Auto Body (Everett & Lynnwood WA) operated by Troy Peterson
  • Auto Square Collision Centers (El Monte & Arcadia CA) operated by Gerry Enders
  • Body Shop Express (San Diego CA) operated by Patrick O'Neill
  • Higgins Body & Paint (Salt Lake, West Jordan & West Valley UT) operated by Gerald Higgins
  • Kelly's Auto Body (Bellevue WA) operated by Al Kelly
  • New Look Collision (Las Vegas & Henderson NV) operated by Michael Whittemore
  • Phil Long Collision Center (Colorado Springs CO) operated by Steve Lacy and Duane Meszler
  • Premier Coach (Camarillo, Thousand Oaks & Oxnard CA) operated by Cliff Sullivan
  • South Riding Collision (Chantilly VA) operated by Sadiq Hafiz
"CCG proudly welcomes our new affiliates and we look forward to sharing our robust network buying power and rebate offerings going forward. We continue to vet out the industry's best: those who are committed to proper repairs, respected in their communities, coveted by insurance partners, and fully understand the importance of collaboration with like-minded repairers within our network - while maintaining their individual brand names and market identities," concluded Bares.
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Certified Collision Group™ and BASF Automotive Refinish Strike Strategic Alliance
San Jose, CA - August 2, 2016 -  Certified Collision Group™ (CCG),  the Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive Collision repair and Insurance communities, announced today the formation of an alliance with BASF Automotive Refinish to support collision repair businesses across the nation that are both performance-driven and OEM Certified. CCG and BASF have agreed to work together closely to identify independent repairers with the Proven Performance that meets CCG's strict qualifying criteria.
Those identified top performers that become CCG Affiliates will be provided CCG's KPI management and marketing support, helping each create a lasting competitive advantage in its market. As CCG grows its national brand and footprint, both consumers and auto insurers will have a broadening selection of competent, well-trained and results-driven collision businesses capable of meeting their collision repair needs.
"Having BASF as our initial partner in identifying quality, performance-driven OEM Certified repair businesses has proven to be extremely effective.  BASF regional representatives will refer market performance leaders that would benefit from the Certified Collision Group brand," stated Bruce Bares, President and CEO of Certified Collision Group.  "We look forward to working closely across the US with BASF to support CCG's growing country-wide expansion as the best repair option for consumers and insurers based on repair quality, customer satisfaction and other key performance metrics."     "We believe that independent, performance-driven repair facilities that have invested in OEM Certification will benefit from participating in the Certified Collision Group," stated Tim Dawe, BASF Automotive Refinish Sales Director - North America. "This program will be an integral value-add for our collision repair customers who want to increase revenue through the delivery of superior KPI performance."   About Certified Collision Group Certified Collision Group provides non-intrusive competitive solutions to well established collision repair businesses with Proven Performance relative to repair capabilities, customer satisfaction and client KPI's.  CCG offers a significantly differentiated national model to qualified collision and value-added business partners alike.  The CCG network represents the highest performing repairers within CCG.  About BASF
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.4 billion in 2015. For more information about BASF's North American operations, visit  www.basf.us. At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information at www.basf.com.
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Certified Collision Group™ Announces Addition of New Mexico MSO Car Crafters to Elite CCG Network
San Jose, CA – June 15, 2016 – Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive collision repair and insurance communities, announced today the addition of Car Crafters Collision Centers in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  With the addition of the Car Crafters five locations, along with four additional in May, CCG is on pace to meet the forecasted center count of 130 locations by year’s end. Car Crafters provides Collision, Mechanical and Auto Glass services from their five locations in Montano and Carmony in the North Valley. The Northeastern shop serves the Eastside, the Palomas shop for the Southeast customers and the Interstate-25/Paseo Del Norte location serving North Albuquerque and Santa Fe communities.  Car Crafters is owned and managed by CEO Jim Guthrie, who began in the business as a technician in 1980.  Family operated and long recognized for its commitment to customer service, Car Crafters demonstrates its pledge to repair quality through its wide range of OEM Certifications, I-CAR Gold and VeriFacts VQ statuses. 
“CCG provides Car Crafters a unique and effective national relationship management platform to compete more effectively based on our advanced repair capabilities and proven ability to achieve KPI objectives,” stated Jim Guthrie, CEO of Car Crafters.  “We see CCG playing a significant role in the evolving collision repair space and professionally representing independent shops like ours to consumers, insurers, vehicle manufacturers and vendors.” 
“We are proud to add Jim Guthrie and his team to our family of CCG network providers; truly the best of the best in our industry,” stated Bruce Bares, CEO/President of Certified Collision Group. “Performance-driven independent repairers who demonstrate their commitment to the proper repair of today’s technologically advanced vehicles through ongoing training and OEM Certifications, like Car Crafters, will dominate the repair landscape as vehicle technologies continue to advance at a quickening pace.”
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Certified Collision Group Board Appoints Bruce Bares President and Chief Executive Officer
San Jose, CA - January 11, 2016 – Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive Collision repair and Insurance communities announced today the appointment of Bruce R. Bares to the position of President and CEO.   Mr. Bares was also elected to CCG’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.  
“Bruce’s extensive leadership experience in both Insurance claims management and Collision repair uniquely positions him to lead CCG and manage the 1stCERTIFIED™ initiative,” states CCG Managing Director, Thomas Adams. “Bruce’s vision for improving the competitive position of top performing, independent collision businesses while adding value for their key trading partners, is significant for the advancement of CCG’s mission.”
Mr. Bares career in Collision repair industry began in 1975, as a combination body and paint technician in the family's Midwest collision repair facility, advancing to estimator and center manager.  In 1984, Bares entered the insurance industry as a field appraiser, relocating out West. Over the next 20 years of carrier service 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 and Chief Operating Officer of a California regional 10-location MSO. In 2012, Bruce founded Certified Collision Centers, an Arizona regional MSO.  Bruce most recently served in an executive special projects role with the Boyd Group. 
“CCG’s commitment to improving the competitiveness of top performing collision repair businesses in a rapidly changing and consolidating industry is a vision and a mission I am excited to part of,” states Bares. “The 1stCERTIFIED™ solution focus on repair certifications, proven performance, and the retention of well-established local brands while creating a national presence, is a strategy that’s both needed and unique within our industry.”CCG Affiliates are centric to collision repair consumer satisfaction, insurer partnerships and certifications. Both current and future participants are required to consistently deliver verifiable market-leading performance in repair capabilities, customer satisfaction, cycle time and loss of use management.
Alioto’s Garage of Daly City, CA was founded in 1939 by Frank “Babe” Alioto Sr.  Now, with locations in San Francisco’s Marina, Pacific Heights and Bayshore neighborhoods, Babe’s grandsons, Chris and Matt, continue to manage this well-known business. Long recognized for its commitment to quality repair and customer satisfaction, Alito’s Garage has achieved I-CAR Gold and VeriFacts VQ status while securing several OEM Certifications, including Porsche and Tesla. 
“As recent acquisitions in our markets have changed the competitive landscape, CCG provides Alioto’s a national relationship management platform to compete more effectively based on our advanced repair capabilities and proven ability to achieve our client’s KPI objectives,” states CEO Chris Alioto.  “CCG’s non-intrusive approach positions us to benefit from both our strong local market reputation and CCG’s national brand.”
CCG Affiliates are centric to consumer satisfaction, insurer partnership and repair certification. They must possess verifiable proven performance relative to customer service and client KPI’s. Both current and future CCG Affiliates must consistently deliver verifiable market-leading performance in repair capabilities, customer satisfaction, cycle time and loss of use management. 
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Certified Collision Group™ Expands Platform to 26 Shops in 4 States
San Jose, CA - September 29, 2015 - Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive Collision repair and Insurance communities, announced today nine additional facilities - to total 26, as CCG expands from California into Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
One of the new Affiliates joining CCG is Parks Royal Body Works of Boise, Idaho. Almost 40 years ago, Ted Thornton and a partner took the opportunity to purchase their facility. His son, Matt Thornton grew up in the family business and eventually became its owner in 1999. Their family, employees, and community have depended for almost 7 decades on Parks Royal and its commitment to craftsmanship, exceptional service and professionalism. Parks Royal's OE Certifications, CSI scores and cycle time make them a great fit for CCG.
"Having the CCG brand complement our current values and partners is crucial to us in today's marketplace," commented Matt. "The ability to participate in a larger network - while maintaining our individual identity - is the kind of support we've been looking for. My family and our staff are excited to grow into the future with the Certified Collision Group."
Thomas Adams, CCG's Managing Director notes, "Parks Royal is a prime example of how CCG will grow its network platform initiatives; adding unique value for well branded, owner operated, performance-driven organizations.  Our ability to quickly expand into multiple markets is based on the value of our non-intrusive, high performance solutions to both qualifying collision repair businesses and the auto insurance community."
To be considered for CCG participation, each applying repair organization must be keenly focused on consistently delivering top-level repair quality, customer satisfaction, cycle time, and loss of use management results to their customers and auto insurers.
Certified Collision Group™ Launches platform for Independent Collision Repairers
San Jose, CA - September 24, 2015 - The recently formed Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), the Certifications and KPI-focused solutions provider to the automotive Collision repair and Insurance communities, announced today the launch of its  brand platform with seventeen independent collision repair centers.  The initial independently owned and operated Affiliates are Blake's Auto Body, LC Automotive Group, and Pan American Collision. These MSOs represent three of the nation's highest performing, OE Certified, and best locally branded collision repair businesses.
CCG Affiliates are OEM certification centric, ensuring that each facility possesses the equipment, training and skills necessary to meet or exceed industry repair standards. Both founding and future CCG Affiliates are those who consistently deliver verifiable, market leading performance in repair quality, customer satisfaction, cycle time and loss of use management. CCG offers a cost-effective B2B opportunity that creates significant competitive benefits for collision repairers with both proven performance track records and a strong commitment to the continued ownership and operation of their businesses.
"CCG offers high-performing collision repairers a viable, non-intrusive means of growing their businesses in the face of a rapidly consolidating industry," states CCG Managing Director Thomas Adams.  "CCG is committed to being a positive force in maintaining a more competitive marketplace, ensuring that consumers and insurers retain a sufficient number of high quality repair options.  Given current industry dynamics and the value provided through CCG business development and supply chain value channels, we anticipate rapid, but manageable growth across the U.S.  "CCG member and co-founder Luis Alonso, CEO of Pan American Collision, adds, "The opportunity to compete on a higher level is appealing to us as we continue to grow.  We are very excited that we will we be affiliated with only best-in-class operators who invest in the training and certifications necessary to consistently deliver market leading repair quality to both consumers and our valued insurance partners."
To be considered for CCG participation, each applying repair organization must be keenly focused on OE certifications and consistently delivering top-level repair quality, customer satisfaction, cycle time, and loss of use management results to their customers and auto insurers.