Connecting at CONNEX: CIECA’s 15th annual conference, CONNEX 2024, to be held September 24 to 25

Detroit, Michigan — The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) has announced that its 15th annual conference, CONNEX 2024, will be held at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel in Detroit, Michigan from September 24th to the 25th.

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Intersection of Data and Mobility,” and will be emceed by Bill Garoutte, former president and chief executive officer, National Auto Body Council (NACB).

During the two-day event, industry experts will discuss where technology and businesses are headed and what the collision repair industry can do to prepare for future trends.

A recent press release noted that a highlight of the event will be an exclusive tour of the American Center for Mobility. The conference will also include networking opportunities, a vehicle gifting as part of the NACB Recycled Rides program and a celebration of CIECA’s 30th anniversary of creating data integration standards.

The agenda for the event will also include OEM representatives from Audi, Ford and Lucid Motors, as well as a panel discussion focused on 3D printing in the collision industry and a digital claims panel.

Information will also be shared on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, EV batteries, OEM repair procedures and telematics.

Speakers for the event will include:

OEM Panel Discussion

  • Mark Allen Audi of America; Jake Rodenroth, Lucid Motors; and Chris Wallace, Ford Motor Company

3D Printing

  • Mario Dimovski, Boyd Group; Michael Driehorst, Headlights.com; Michel LoPrete, Auto Additive; and Harold Sears, Iperion X/Imagine Additive Consulting

Industry Updates

  • Pat Blech, OEC; Greg Horn, PartsTrader; and Jamie Shackelford, Caliber Collision

AI Cameras and Transportation Solutions

  • Chris Piche, Smarter AI

AI in the Customer Experience

  • Gaurav (Rav) Mendiratta, SocioSquares and Propel


  • Joel Pepera, Arity

EV Batteries and Electric Grid Infrastructure

  • Richard Mueller, DTE Energy; and Emil Nusbaum, ARA

Digital Claims

  • Michael Anderson, Guidewire; and Paul Riffel, GAINSCO

CAPIS Technical Updates

  • Paul Barry and Paulette Reed, CIECA

For more information about CIECA CONNEX 2024, click here.


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