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The nation’s largest association of insurer fraud investigators has contributed $10,000 to a memorial fund honoring two Louisiana investigators who were killed in the line of duty on June 7, according to Insurance Journal.

The board of directors of the International Association of Special Investigation Units authorized the donation to the fund created by the Louisiana Insurance Department in the wake of the murders of Rhett Jeansonne and Kim Sledge last month.

The insurance department investigators were shot by an agent they were seeking to interview in Ville Platte, La.

“They were members of IASIU and dedicated professionals. IASIU appreciates the support of the Louisiana insurance department over the years. The senseless murder of our fellow IASIU members is unimaginable,” IASIU president Dave Rioux, of Erie Insurance, wrote to Louisiana Commissioner Jim Donelon on behalf of the IASIU members.

The fund will be used to purchase and place a permanent memorial on the insurance department’s grounds in Baton Rouge. Any remaining money will go to the estates of Jeansonne and Sledge.

“Kim and Rhett were true Louisiana heroes who lost their lives protecting our citizens and we hope to memorialize their efforts in an appropriate manner. Know that the outpouring of support from our colleagues has been invaluable,” Donelon said to Insurance Journal.

The Houston Auto Body Association (HABA) held their monthly members meeting on June 28th at the UTI (Universal Technical Institute) in Houston at 7:00 pm.

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 15:20

CCAR Names LA Shop “GreenLink Shop”

The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) recognized a Slidell, LA, collision repair shop with its “GreenLink Shop” status on June 29.

Texas Commissioner of Insurance Mike Geeslin has warned auto insurers in a bulletin that some claims settlement practices may be in violation of Texas law. Geeslin's bulletin says that reports of steering, limiting labor/reimbursement rates, and other potential unfair claim settlement practices continue to be received by his department.

What happens when two brainiacs spend time together? At Autocraft Bodywerks in Austin, Texas it happens to be a Light Inspection Tunnel, used to find defects in the painting process and perfect the standard of their work in this high end collision repair facility. Owner John Borek and his IT guy, Dan McLaughlin, of  Next Technologies, designed and built this Light Inspection Tunnel.

The Light Inspection Tunnel came about through John Borek’s continual quest for improvement in his business. He believes that if OEM’s are manufacturing automobiles, and collision repairers are in the business of remanufacturing automobiles then certain technology should apply. Borek realized it was becoming more difficult to find imperfections in refinish. He also recognized the challenges for paint buffers to reach the lower half of refinished panels to properly cut and polish cars. He thought through the process; how do the manufacturers build, refinish and examine the cars?

A Light Inspection Tunnel, similar to the OEM’s would work well in this high end collision repair center, helping deliver customer perfection.

An auto repair facility in Texas was recognized by the Coordinating Committee For Automotive Repair (CCAR) as one of the group's GreenLink Shops for the month of May on June 1.

The GreenLink Shop status is an extension of CCAR’s CCAR-GreenLink Environmental Compliance Assistance Center and S/P2 Safety and Pollution Prevention E-learning Program—designed to promote consumer confidence in local automotive repair facilities’ environmental/safety awareness and stewardship.

The new GreenLink Shop is; Sterling McCall Nissan Collision Center in Stafford, Texas.

“CCAR is proud to recognize these newest members of the GreenLink Shop program and their commitment to best practices in environmental and safety processes,” said Daren Fristoe, CCAR president and chief operating officer.

CCAR requires that repair facilities seeking the GreenLink Shop recognition must maintain high standards of excellence in 10 areas.

For more information please visit www.ccar-greenlink.org.