At a meeting of I-CAR staff held on Thursday, Sept. 2, President and CEO John Edelen shared his plans to retire from I-CAR at the end of 2010.
“It has been a privilege to work with the staff, the instructors and the volunteers of I-CAR and its outstanding board of directors and supporters over the past three years,” said Edelen. “And, it has been an honor to work with the industry on the I-CAR Professional Development Program a training and development framework that we hope will serve the training needs of the industry for years to come.”
Chairman of the I-CAR International Board of Directors Tom Moreland said, “On behalf of the I-CAR board, we thank John for his efforts and contributions over the course of his tenure as president and CEO.”
Moreland added, “With the introduction of the I-CAR Professional Development Program in 2010, the planned introduction of a more robust online training curriculum, and a new training and development program for the technical schools and colleges in 2011, the near-term strategies and activities of the organization have been defined. Given the significant improvement in the financial condition of the organization and its improved efficiency and effectiveness at a staff level, I-CAR is very well positioned, financially and operationally, to serve the collision industry in the coming years.
“I’d also like to share with the industry that John’s decision to leave at the end of the year does not come as a surprise. The executive committee of the I-CAR International Board of Directors and the board have planned for this succession and the transition of leadership to a new president and CEO to ensure that the quality and value of I-CAR’s training, products and services continue to meet the needs of the industry.”
The board will issue a call for candidates for the position of I-CAR president and CEO shortly.