Jun 20, 2024 | News

Insightful Speakers, Networking, NABC Recycled Rides® gifting &
American Center for Mobility Tour

Sanford, NC—June 19, 2024—The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced that its 15th annual conference, CONNEX 2024, will be held at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel in Detroit, MI, September 24-25. This year’s theme is “The Intersection of Data & Mobility” and will be emceed by industry veteran Bill Garoutte.
During the two-day event, thought leaders and industry experts will discuss where technology and businesses are headed and what the collision industry can do to prepare. A highlight of the event will be an exclusive tour of the American Center for Mobility. The conference will also include networking opportunities, a vehicle gifting as part of the National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® program, and a celebration of CIECA’s 30th anniversary of creating data integration standards.
The agenda will include OEM representatives from Audi, Ford and Lucid Motors, as well as a panel discussion focused on 3D printing in the collision industry and a digital claims panel. Information will also be shared about the following topics and how they will impact the collision industry and CIECA standards in the future: artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, EV batteries and the electric grid, OEM repair procedures and telematics.
This year’s Platinum sponsors include IAA and OEC. Gold sponsors are, Nexsyis and the United Recyclers Group (URG). Silver sponsors include AkzoNobel, Allstate, the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), Axalta, Caliber Collision, Comsearch, Enterprise Mobility, Mitchell, an Enlyte Company, Safelite and Solera.
Speakers include:
OEM Panel Discussion
Mark Allen Audi of America; Jake Rodenroth, Lucid Motors; & Chris Wallace, Ford Motor Company
3D Printing
Mario Dimovski, Boyd Group; Michael Driehorst,; Michel LoPrete, Auto Additive; and Harold Sears, Iperion X/Imagine Additive Consulting
Industry Updates
Pat Blech, OEC; Greg Horn, PartsTrader; and Jamie Shackelford, Caliber Collision
AI Cameras and Transportation Solutions
Chris Piche, Smarter AI
AI in the Customer Experience
Gaurav (Rav) Mendiratta, SocioSquares and Propel
Joel Pepera, Arity
EV Batteries and Electric Grid Infrastructure
Richard Mueller, DTE Energy; and Emil Nusbaum, ARA
Digital Claims
Michael Anderson, Guidewire; and Paul Riffel, GAINSCO
CAPIS Technical Updates

Paul Barry and Paulette Reed, CIECA
For more information about CIECA CONNEX, visit
For information about sponsorship opportunities, visit – /sponsors?lang=en.
Early-bird registration and discounted room rates at the MGM Grand Detroit are available until August 24. Register today!

For more information, contact:
Stacey Phillips Ronak
CIECA Marketing Director
Mobile: 858-401-2692
About CIECA:
The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) develops and promotes electronic communication standards that allow the collision industry to be more efficient. CIECA’s vision is to have an e-commerce-enabled collision industry that allows all industry segments to communicate electronically, independent of platform or software used. CIECA membership is open to the collision industry and related segments, which includes repairers, insurers, OEMs, information technology companies, appraisal services, new and aftermarket parts suppliers, materials suppliers, equipment and tool companies, rental car companies, salvage and towing.

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