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Friday April 24

Insurer and Industry Professionals Elected to CAPA’s Technical Committee

The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) has announced that Joe Lacy of GEICO and Keith Manich of KEIMAN Business Consultants have been elected to CAPA’s Technical Committee. CAPA’s Technical Committee monitors and updates the standards governing CAPA’s Quality standards.

“We are thrilled to have professionals like Lacy and Manich join the amazingly talented group of industry experts that make up CAPA’s Technical Committee,” said Jack Gillis, Executive Director of CAPA.

Joe Lacy is currently the Director of Claims at GEICO’s home office in Washington, DC. He is responsible for the Auto Damage Performance Review audit staff of 20 and monitors the performance of all auto damage associates at GEICO. Lacy is also responsible for helping develop auto damage claims handling policy. He has been with GEICO for 37 years and has held positions from Auto Damage Adjustor to Director of Claims Efficiency. His affiliations include the “Write it Right Committee” and the I-CAR Education Foundation. He has been attending CAPA Technical Committee meetings as an industry observer for over four years.

Keith Manich has been in the Collision Repair Industry since 1978. He spent ten years as a line technician, shop manager, and director of operations before being hired by Allstate Insurance Company in 1988 to handle field claims in Virginia. He has been an I-CAR trainer, completing over 6,000 student units, and has supervised the redevelopment of the auto training group at Allstate’s Tech-Cor research facility. While at Tech-Cor, Manich represented Allstate on the Technical Committee for two years. He left Allstate in 2001 to work for Entela, (now Intertek) as a Business Development manager prior to establishing KEIMAN Business Consultants. He has been a guest speaker at NACE on several occasions.

“CAPA is fortunate to have such a broad range of industry expertise represented on our Technical Committee,” stated Gillis. “Their insight into issues facing the repair parts industry and guidance with the program are extremely important to CAPA’s continuing success.”

The CAPA Technical Committee is comprised of a cross-section of industries involved in collision repair and includes manufacturers, distributors, insurers, collision repairers, and general interest groups. The group develops and maintains the CAPA Quality Standards, reviewing and refining them as necessary.

Technical Committee members include:

  • Bill Brower, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Alan Bush, USAA
  • Toby Chess, Holmes Body Shop
  • Mike Chiu, Pro Fortune
  • Ed Eaton, Keystone-LKQ
  • Rod Enlow, RENLOW Auto Technical Consulting, Inc. (Chairman)
  • Scot Hansen, Collision Parts Network
  • Charlie Hogarty, Superior Collision Parts
  • Steve Huang, TYG Products
  • Jackson Kwok, Genera/TYC Brother
  • Joe Lacy, GEICO
  • Keith Manich, KEIMAN Consulting
  • Dave McCreight, Collision Resources Inc.
  • Ron Nagy, Nagy’s Collision Center
  • Edward Salamy, KSI Trading Corporation
  • Nick Scheid, API/Cornerstone
  • Mike Schoonover, Schoonover Bodyworks, Inc. (Vice-Chair)
  • Jeanne Silver, CARSTAR
  • Bob Smith, Storm Appraisal & Management Service, Inc.

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