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 Expert  730350

Expert in Automotive Collision Damage and Repair valuations, Appraisal, Diminished Value Assessment, etc.


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Florida (FL)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

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Expert is second generation collision repair professional and the founder and CEO of Auto Damage Experts, Inc. an automotive consulting firm providing professional services to all parties including the general consumer, fleet operator, corporate clientele, insurance claims person, legal professional and governmental agency (local, state and federal) in issues involving automotive forensic related services including, but not limited to Diminished Value Assessments, Settlement Dispute Resolution (Appraisals, Arbitration, Mediation, Litigation), Total Loss Replacement valuations, Pre-Repair damage assessments, Post Repair Inspections, Pre-Purchase Inspections and evaluation of vehicles for various needs such as total loss replacement valuations, bankruptcy, divorce, estate liquidation/settlement, IRS donations etc.

Expert provides industry consultation services to auto body repair business professionals, claims-handling practices and other inter-industry related issues and has been called upon to testify as an expert in many civil claims regarding issues including diminished value, repair quality and property damage insurance claims.

The services provided are often times as unique as the clientele he serves. From the typical individual consumer, fleet unit to the one-of-a-kind custom, exotic and/or rare collectible, Expert has been there to assist those in need in a expeditious and professional manner.

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vehicle damage assessment


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Tampa, Florida;  Saint Petersburg, Florida;  Orlando, Florida;  Clearwater, Florida;  Cape Coral, Florida;  Palm Bay, Florida;  Lakeland, Florida;  Melbourne, Florida;  Deltona, Florida;  and Largo, Florida.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2010   Master Certification   All Disciplines of Auto Body Repair/Refinishing   Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)   3rd 4-year Recertification
2003   AAM   Accredited Automotive Manager   Automotive Management Institute (AMI)  
1976     Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Technology.   Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute (PVTI)   Graduate of Honors
1973   Associate of Arts     St. Leos College while serving in the United States Air Force.  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2000 to 2012

 

Auto Damage Experts, Inc.

 


 

Founder-CEO

 

Expert began providing the much needed and sought after automotive damage/repair forensic related services as early as 1993. Because most appraisers and their organizations provide services to insurers, a significant void and need was found to exist. Auto Damage Experts, Inc. was founded by Expert as a result of the specific needs of consumers and industry professionals for a truly independent and unbiased service provider, capable of providing a high degree of professionalism, accuracy and an ethical commitment to those who require its services, regardless of their positioning. This commitment has enabled us to be recognized across the country by legal professionals, local and state governmental overseers and corporations, as well as the individual consumer in need of assistance. Since inception, Expert has performed all duties and responsibilities associated with start-up enterprise.

1993 to 2001

 

Brandon Paint & Body, Inc.

 

Management/Marketing/Sales/Production

 

President, Senior Partner

 

Expert entered into another new venture whereas as President and CEO for Brandon Paint & Body, Inc. a high quality collision and restoration facility in Brandon, Florida, significant and steady growth in revenues ensued. During the 15 years that followed, Brandon Paint & Body, Inc. enjoyed exceptional growth in sales, profitability and reputation as being ranked among its peers and quality oriented insurers as one of the nation's “Top-Shops”.

The company was nominated and received numerous local and regional awards including two local Chamber of Commerce “Small Business of The Year Awards” and “The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Small Business of The Year Award”. The company, and Expert's efforts, have been recognized nationally throughout the collision repair and related industries.

1994 to 1992

 

Hi-Tech Collision, Inc.

 


 

Managing Partner

 

Expert later became a partner and managing partner for a new venture independent high quality collision repair facility located within a new/use car and light truck GM dealership. After a very successful start-up and first year Expert sold his shares and entered into another new venture closer to home.

1977 to 1992

 

Progressive Insurance Company

 

Claims

 

Senior Claims Adjuster

 

Provided the opportunity to learn the claims practices, Expert joined a national auto insurer and worked his way to Senior Claims Adjuster whereas his primary responsibilities was the evaluation of vehicular damages and repair including motor cycles, commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles and other personal property. Claim resolution responsibilities included the evaluation, assessment and settlement of property damage issues, including pre-loss condition evaluations; pre-repair damage assessments/estimates, total loss valuations, liability investigations, accident scene reconstruction, post repair inspections, diminished value claims etc. Additional activities included the assessment and settlement of property damage issues including, but not limited to structure (private and commercial), miscellaneous personal property repair and/or replacement valuation, first and third-party bodily (personal) injury and other loss related assessments including loss of use, temporary dwelling and others as called upon.

After five years, Expert left the insurance industry to re-enter the collision repair industry whereas he successfully carried out the responsibilities as manager of an independent high production collision facility, followed by joining two GM new/used car dealerships as collision center operations manager. His duties included all day to day operations including, equipment acquisition/maintenance, advertising, interacting with upper management, team members, vendors/suppliers, consumers, and insurance claims people.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

ASA, ASE, I-CAR, ICAN-2000, CCRE,

Licenses/Certifications

•Successfully completed the nationally recognized 3M (ARMS) Automotive Collision Repair Shop Management Program.

•Certified by Mitchell International in Advanced Computer Assisted Auto Collision Estimating and Management Program. •Certified by ADP in Computerized Automotive Collision Damage Repair Assessments.

•I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) trained, including “Collision Repair 2000” (8 part course), aluminum welding, and plastic repair (3 part course).

•ASE Master Certified in Collision Repair and Refinishing; Structural Analysis and Damage Repair; Nonstructural Analysis and Damage Repair; Mechanical and Electrical Components, and Damage Analysis and Estimating through the 2010. (ASE = Automotive Service Excellence). •Successfully completed and achieved academic accreditation for the professional designation of Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) from the Automotive Management Institute (AMI, 2003 graduate). The AAM designation is the Collision industry's first business education accreditation. AMI courses concentrate on five core areas of business management education: financial management, marketing and sales, operations and service, management and administration, and personnel and human resource development.

Professional Appointments

•Current Ex-officio and past President Elect for the Greater Seffner Area Chamber of Commerce (2 years, Aug. 2005 to Aug. 2007).

•Past member of ASA (Automotive Service Association) National organization. •Past Vice President of the Collision Division, ASA Pinellas County, 1992.

•Past ASA Vice President of Collision Division ASA State of Florida (2 consecutive terms) 1997, 98. •Past President ASA Hillsborough County Inc. (2 consecutive terms), 1996, 1997. •Past Vice President of the Collision Division of ASA Hillsborough County Inc., 1994, 1995. •Charter Member of ACRA (Americas Collision Repair Association). A national organization of Collision Industry professionals. •ICAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) served (2 years) on the ICAR training Committee assisting in the development, promotion, scheduling, and training of collision repair in the Hillsborough County area.

•Involvement in Cooperative Education Clubs of Florida thru division of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education for the State of Florida Department of Education. Previously on board of Directors for ADAPT (The Automotive and Diesel Apprenticeship Program for Tomorrow). A youth apprenticeship program for Hillsborough County Schools.

•Advisory Counsel Member University Technical Institute (UTI). Invited several years to lend advice to their management staff members, students and faculty's programs and curriculum by representing the unbiased independent segment of the collision repair industry.

•Member of the CCRE (Coalition for Collision Repair Excellence) and former National Advisory Committee member.

•Founder and past Chairman for the Hillsborough County Collision Steering Group. An association of quality collision facility owners and managers in Hillsborough County to discuss industry and related business issues.

•An active and long-time member of the Plant City Church of God participating in activities such as choir member and past, “Caregiver”, Worship Arts Council member and team leader, Family Care Ministry member and other programs in providing services as visitor host, usher etc.

•Past Officer and longstanding member of a local chapter of Business Network Manager (BNI) a professional business-to-business referral organization.

•Member of the Christian Business Connection, a local business-to-business referral group consisting of local Christian businesspeople.

Awards/Recognition

•Brandon Paint & Body was nominated and subsequently selected as finalist for Brandon's “Small Business of the Year Award” for the consecutive years of 1998, 1999 and 2000.

•Brandon Paint & Body was awarded the “2000 Brandon Small Business of The Year Award”.

•Brandon Paint & Body was nominated and selected as semi-finalists for The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's 2007 Small Business of the Year Award.

•Brandon Paint & Body had been selected as a nominee for “Collision Business of The Year” for several years. This program was developed to recognize the “Best of Industry” and is sponsored by the Business Development Group (BDG), a Collision Industry leader in management tools and information. This selection was made from over 50,000 automotive collision/cosmetic repair facilities throughout America and its territories.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Numerous articles in industry trade journals relative to sales, marketing, liability avoidance etc.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Collision Repair Management inclusive of all elements including sales, marketing, liability avoidance, management including hiring/termination, human resource related issues, marketing/sales/branding, set-up of processes and procedures, increase in productivity and efficiency without loss of quality and moral. Increase in sales, gross profit and bottom line profitability.
  • Consumer empowerment: Providing information to consumers to understand their rights of repair, how to protect those rights as and assert them as to not forfeit them
  • Insurance Consulting regarding claims practices as to best serve the consumer while avoiding unnecessary and avoidable liabilities.
  • Legal Professionals: To educate on the benefits derived from the inspection, assessment and documentation of property/collision damages to provide a clear understanding and assessment of loss related damages as to better support and substantiate claims for loss related personal and bodily injury
  • Governmental Agencies; Relative to understanding the collision repair industry and the relationship of insurance carriers to the repair process.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has been called upon by both plaintiff and defendant counsel to offer expert testimony as a deponent and Expert witness in civil and small claims litigation. Case history includes both plaintiff and defendant clientele.

His expert professional testimony regarding collision and cosmetic repair/refinishing, auto valuations, pre-and post repair inspections, diminished value assessments and other automotive related forensic efforts have been recognized and accepted in numerous jurisdictions throughout Central Florida including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Charlotte, Lee, Leon, Volusia, and Broward counties.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Market Research:
The Collision Repair Industry and the various services provided are often found foreign to the average consumer who is unaware and unprepared to deal with the issues surrounding proper and thorough repair and pricing. Expert believes there are few entities and/or organizations which look out for the welfare and well being of the uninformed relative to collision related repair issues. While services are rendered to all parties, representatives of Auto Damage Experts Inc. have no business alliances, agreements or relationships with any insurance carriers, repairers or others. Expert has been actively involved with Florida and National Collision Industry organizations in presenting proposals to the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida State Senate for consumer protection related bills. He has championed consumer rights regarding the disclosure and mandated use of aftermarket crash (non original equipment) parts as well as protecting the consumer's freedom and legal right to select a collision repairer facility of their choosing (vs. a facility chosen by an insurance carrier) for the repair of their vehicle. Expert's goal is to protect all parties from the harmful practices and effects of repair and/or insurance fraud and/or poor workmanship.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

•Graduate of Honors from Pinellas Vocational Technical Institute in Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Technology.

•Successfully completed the nationally recognized 3M (ARMS) Automotive Collision Repair Shop Management Program.

•Certified by Mitchell International in Advanced Computer Assisted Auto Collision Estimating and Management Program. •Certified by ADP in Computerized Automotive Collision Damage Repair Assessments.

•I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) trained, including “Collision Repair 2000” (8 part course), aluminum welding, and plastic repair (3 part course).

•ASE Master Certified in Collision Repair and Refinishing; Structural Analysis and Damage Repair; Nonstructural Analysis and Damage Repair; Mechanical and Electrical Components, and Damage Analysis and Estimating through the 2010. (ASE = Automotive Service Excellence). •Successfully completed and achieved academic accreditation for the professional designation of Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) from the Automotive Management Institute (AMI, 2003 graduate). The AAM designation is the Collision industry's first business education accreditation. AMI courses concentrate on five core areas of business management education: financial management, marketing and sales, operations and service, management and administration, and personnel and human resource development.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

In the daily activities of managing and operation of large collision repair facilities, Expert interacted and developed long-term and successful relationships with manufacturers, distributors and vendors of parts and materials on a consistent basis.

Other Skills and Services

Writing (articles), professional speaking/presentations


 

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