Friday, 03 May 2013 16:44

Collision Industry Leader Matthew Ohrnstein Passes Away at Age 57

Matthew Ohrnstein: 1956 - 2013

Matthew Ohrnstein, managing director of Symphony Advisors and co-host of the Collision Repair Executive Webcast (CREW), and formerly Caliber Collision Centers CEO, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 30, while jogging near his home in southern California. He was 57.

Ohrnstein is survived by his wife of 19 years, Marcy Tieger, who was his business partner with Symphony Advisors, and sons Michael and Steven and daughters Jessica and Rose.

Prior to founding his consulting firm, Symphony Advisors, Ohrnstein served as chairman and CEO of Caliber Collision Centers from 1997 until October 2004. Under his leadership, Caliber added 68 stores in California and Texas with annual revenues of more than $200 million and more than 1,600 employees.

He was a featured speaker at many industry events both in the U.S. and internationally. He was a co-founder of the Collision Repair Executive Webcast (CREW), an every-other-month webcast that features a guest speaker and focuses on collision repair topics.

As managing director of Symphony Advisors, Ohrnstein and his wife Marcie assisted countless collision repair businesses with services covering mergers/acquisitions, strategic planning, litigation management, succession planning and more.

In recent years, Ohrnstein traveled the world to share his experience and knowledge with industry participants as a featured presenter at events such as the NACE MSO Symposium, the International Bodyshop Industry Symposium (IBIS) in Europe, the Canadian Collision Industry Forum, and many others.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 3 p.m. at University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA. The family has asked that donations be made to Rady Children's Hospital in lieu of flowers. Please choose "Heart Institute" in the designation section, and in the comments section please indicate "at the discretion of Dr. John Lamberti." Dr. Lamberti conducted five heart surgeries on Ohrnstein's son Steven.

Erick Bickett, CEO of Fix Auto USA, a longtime friend and business associate of Matthew, said, "Matt was a great man, father and husband. I can think of only a few people who have had the kind of positive impact for collision repairers in our industry with the heart, integrity and depth of knowledge that he possessed. My life and career has been improved through my association with Matt, he will be missed."


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