CIECA Announces Agenda for CONNEX Conference

CIECA Announces Agenda for CONNEX Conference

The theme for this year's event being Sept. 24-25 at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel is, "The Intersection of Data & Mobility."

The Collision Industry Electronic Commerce Association (CIECA) announced that its 15th annual conference, CONNEX 2024, will be held Sept. 24-25 at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel in Detroit, Mich. This year’s theme is, “The Intersection of Data & Mobility,” and the event will be emceed by industry veteran Bill Garoutte.

During the two-day event, thought leaders and industry experts will discuss where technology and businesses are headed and what the collision industry can do to prepare. 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 National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides program and a celebration of CIECA’s 30th anniversary of creating data integration standards.

The agenda will 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 about the following topics and how they will impact the collision industry and CIECA standards in the future:

  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • cybersecurity
  • EV batteries and the electric grid
  • OEM repair procedures
  • telematics

This year’s platinum sponsors include IAA and OEC. Gold sponsors are CarPartPro.com, Nexsyis and the United Recyclers Group (URG). Silver sponsors include AkzoNobel; Allstate; the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA); Axalta; Caliber Collision; Comsearch; Enterprise Mobility; Mitchell, an Enlyte Company; Safelit; and Solera.

Speakers will include:

  • OEM Panel Discussion. Mark Allen Audi of America, Jake Rodenroth of Lucid Motors and Chris Wallace of 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 of OEC, Greg Horn of PartsTrader and Jamie Shackelford of Caliber Collision
  • AI Cameras and Transportation Solutions. Chris Piche, Smarter AI
  • AI in the Customer Experience. Gaurav (Rav) Mendiratta, SocioSquares and Propel
  • Telematics. Joel Pepera, Arity
  • EV Batteries and Electric Grid Infrastructure. Richard Mueller of DTE Energy and Emil Nusbaum of ARA
  • Digital Claims. Michael Anderson of Guidewire and Paul Riffel of GAINSCO
  • CAPIS Technical Updates. Paul Barry and Paulette Reed of CIECA

For more information about CIECA CONNEX, click here.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Early-bird registration and discounted room rates at the MGM Grand Detroit are available until Aug. 24. To register, click here.

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