Friday, 14 August 2020 17:15

CIC Continues Virtually for November Conference, Announces New Chairman


The Collision Industry Conference (CIC) is excited to announce its next chairman as Darrel Amberson, president of operations for LaMettry’s Collision in Henderson, MN.

This comes alongside the news CIC will continue virtually for the fall meeting, after the announcement of SEMA's cancellation.


CIC is coming off the heels of a highly attended and very interactive July meeting, where attendees frequented the “open mic” with comments or announcements, while the committees shared in-depth interactive presentations. Some even had panel discussions, and all fielded audience questions in their Q&A or even during their reports.


There were more than 300 industry participants for the two-day sessions, a very large group for the first-ever online format.


The upcoming meeting is being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Nov. 11 and 12, via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. As with the live CIC, several committees will make presentations and attendees will have the opportunity to raise their hand and speak throughout, with Q&A and open mic times.


The celebration at this time is the announcement of Amberson as the chairman successor, while CIC continues to navigate growth in the time of a national pandemic.


With more than 40 years in the collision industry, Amberson's experience spans committee leadership, volunteer board work and moderating events. He has served on multiple CIC committees, in addition to his many years of attendance and participation. Most recently, he is the chair of the Governmental/Legislative Committee, which has hosted multiple outside reporters and panel discussions.


“I’m so excited to have Darrell Amberson follow me as chairman of CIC," said current CIC Chairman Jeff Peevy. "We’ve worked together in multiple capacities for many years, so collaborating to hand over the reins will be as seamless as possible. Working with committee leaders to positively improve our structure---while still facing uncertainty with meeting style for COVID-19 concerns---will continue to allow the Conference to flourish and grow.


"The groups’ work to bring forward issues for discussion is more relevant than ever, and we have the opportunity to improve our industry in every aspect of CIC.”

Amberson said he looks forward to the chairmanship role.


“I am both humbled and flattered to be selected as the next CIC chairman," he said. "While I am a repairer and come with repairer perspectives, I recognize the importance of serving all industry entities. CIC is the place where our interdependence is demonstrated and highlighted.


"I look forward to CIC increasing its significant industry presence by being THE place where we openly discuss the key issues of today, remember the lessons of the past and shape our future. And we will have some fun doing it.”


CIC will release an agenda of topics for each time slot, with more specific information for upcoming committee presentations, when available.


To learn more about CIC or to sign up to attend, click here.


Source: CIC

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