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Part Distributor and Insurer Elected to CAPA’s Board of Directors

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The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) announced the election of John Palumbo of PartsChannel, Inc. and Bill Brower of Liberty Mutual Insurance to its Board of Directors.

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Palumbo is a widely recognized leader in the collision repair industry, CAPA says. Palumbo’s 15 years of experience began in 1996 as chief financial officer at Keystone. His responsibilities included strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions, banking, insurance, benefits, finance, accounting, tax planning, compliance and investor relations. He is currently the chief executive officer for PartsChannel, Inc., a privately held distributor of aftermarket collision replacement parts.

Palumbo received his BS degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., and graduated with an executive master of business administration from Peter F. Drucker Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif. He is also a certified public accountant.

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Brower is a highly respected property and casualty claims management professional with extensive claims experience and a long established background in auto physical damage claims, according to CAPA. Since 2004, Brower has been the assistant vice president and manager, Auto Physical Damage, for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, in 2005. He is in the process of studying for his MBA, which he expects to complete in 2013. Brower began his career as a repair technician at his father’s body shop in Liberty, N.C., in the 1970s. He served on CAPA’s Technical Committee for six years, holds positions on the PCI Physical Damage Committee and is vice chairman of the I-CAR Board of Directors.

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"CAPA is fortunate to have both of these gentlemen on the CAPA’s board. Their expertise and guidance will be invaluable in our effort to ensure market has continued access to high quality alternative certified parts," said Jack Gillis, executive director of CAPA. "Our Board provides CAPA with a unique insight into issues facing the aftermarket parts industry and has contributed enormously to the nation’s foremost part quality certification program."

CAPA’s Board includes:
Bob Anderson, Anderson’s Automotive Services
Bill Brower, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Bill Daly, Allstate Insurance
Warren Farrar, State Farm Mutual Insurance
Jackie Gillan, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Jack Gillis, CAPA
John Palumbo, PartsChannel, Inc.
Clark Plucinski, True2Form/Boyd’s Group
Ed Salamy, K.S.I. Trading Corp.
Ben Steinman, Ben’s Auto Body
Mike West, Southtowne Auto Rebuild

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