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.”   

 

 

Certified Collision Group™ Launches Aggressive National Expansion

San Jose, CA - October 25, 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 & Lynwood 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
  • Premiere 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™ 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™ 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."

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 realize multi-channel business development and supply chain benefits that lead to increased profitability.   

Please visit www.certifiedcg.com, or contact us directly at info@certifiedcg.com, to learn more.

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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Certified Collision Group™ 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 Collison 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 foot print 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™ 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 BARES

BRUCE BARES

“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 futureparticipants 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. 

 

Certified Collision Group™ Expands Platform to 26 Shops in 4 States

San Jose, CA - September 29, 2015 Certified Collision Group™ (CCG), which announced its initiative last week, now announces nine (9) 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 1stCERTIFIED™ 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 1stCERTIFIED™ initiative; 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 1stCERTIFIED™ 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) 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 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 1stCERTIFIED™ branding, we anticipate rapid, but manageable, growth across the U.S."

CCG member and founding Affiliate 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 consistently delivering top-level repair quality, customer satisfaction, cycle time, and loss of use management results to their customers and auto insurers.